Forty Under 40

Open to PRSA Georgia members and nonmembers across the state, the Forty Under 40 awards program honors rising stars who excel in professional PR, marketing, advertising and/or social media roles, while also giving back to their industry and community.

They’re the people you should know, if you don’t already. If they’re not trending or in the headlines, they are often making sure their clients, companies or products are!

The 2020 nominations period closed on March 2. Winners will be notified and recognized at a special event on April 30.

This event has been postponed until further notice. Please check back for updates. 

2019 Forty Under 40 Honorees:

  • Andrew Agan, Cookerly Public Relations
  • Gana Ahn, Golin
  • Elaine Armstrong, Goodwill of North Georgia
  • Rachel Barclay, CHEP
  • Jenn Bins, Ketchum
  • Kristie Benson, APR, High Museum of Art
  • Taylor Bryant, University of West Georgia
  • Rachel Buchman, Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • Erik Burton, HNTB
  • Alexia Hernandez Cargal, Dialogue Marketing
  • Matt Cochran, Cookerly Public Relations
  • Jamie Cwalinski, Full Tilt Consulting
  • Erica England, APR, Arketi Group
  • Chris Floore, Macon-Bibb County Government
  • Daniel Groce, Novelis
  • Dwayna Haley, Porter Novelli
  • Lindsay Haynes, APR, Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Jewel Hazelton, TSYS
  • Jasmine Hoffman, APR, Emory Univ. School of Nursing
  • Caroline Huston, APR, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
  • Whitney Jones, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Heather Kirksey, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Karlie Lahm, APR, Edible Arrangements
  • Chaundra Luckett, CHRIS 180
  • Maggie McDaniel, Communications 21
  • Mia McDonald, Clayton County Board of Commissioners
  • Elizabeth McMillan, APR, Fiserv
  • Alicia McNease, Georgia World Congress Center Authority
  • Dori Mendel, Call2Recycle
  • Katherine Morales, APR, Inflection Point Communications
  • Brian Murray, Southeastern Grocers
  • Elizabeth Olmstead, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Caroline Paris Paczkowski, UGA School of Public and International Affairs
  • April Phillips, APR, American Red Cross
  • Ashley Pilgrim, MSL
  • Quiana Pinckney, APR, HD Supply
  • Lauren Powers, Emory University Dept. of Medicine
  • Alyssa Thys, Beazer Homes
  • Carisa Turner, APR, Roswell Inc.
  • Sarah Weston, APR, The Wilbert Group

Student of the Year: Lauren Hunter, University of North Georgia
Best Small Company for Young Professionals: Full Tilt Consulting
Best Nonprofit Organization for Young Professionals: Goodwill Industries
Best Internship Program: Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau