Order of the Phoenix

The Order of the Phoenix was established in 1986 by the Georgia Chapter to recognize and honor distinguished public relations professionals for their career achievements, significant contributions to the field and exemplary community service.

Chapter members inducted into The Order of the Phoenix also enter the Georgia PRSA Hall of fame, created in 1988 by the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Georgia in cooperation with the Chapter.

2021 Order of the Phoenix Inductee:
John Walker
Founder & Managing Partner, Chirp

John Walker founded Chirp in 2017 following a 20+ year marketing and communications career at multi-national public relations firms and global corporations, including Edelman, Ketchum, Publicis, Syniverse as well as formative experience at Planet Hollywood International Inc. and the Walt Disney World Company. Based on his experience, he envisioned a different way to service clients with dedicated senior counsel that develop and implement integrated programs, collaborating with in-house resources and existing partner agencies to deliver results that matter. Chirp is a next-generation integrated brand marketing, communications, digital and PR agency for B2B and technology companies. 

Before founding Chirp, John Walker oversaw global marketing communications at Syniverse, including positioning, branding, special events, digital marketing, as well as internal and external communications. In 2014, John transitioned to a newly created role to lead the company’s global marketing efforts targeting multinational enterprises as VP and CMO of the enterprise solutions business unit. 

Before joining Syniverse, John developed his B2B and technology acumen at two of the world’s largest public relations firms, and last served as Executive Vice President at Edelman where he led the firm’s southeast corporate practice and developed integrated communications strategies for clients that ensured they stood out and told their stories effectively. 

John has earned several industry awards, including a PRSA Silver Anvil, PRSA Georgia Phoenix Awards, IABC Golden Quills, and many others, and was recognized as one of 30 under 30 by PR Week magazine. He’s a past president of PRSA Georgia, an alumni of LEAD Atlanta and serves on the Executive Committee of PRSA’s Counselors Academy. John holds a Master of Business Administration in international marketing from Rollins College and a Bachelor of Professional Accountancy from Mississippi State University.