Rex Kelly Award
PRAM Beach Chapter’s Professional Achievement Award


Rex Kelly

The award is named in honor of Kelly’s work as a distinguished communicator. Kelly has studied the impact of communication since a young high school speech teacher introduced the concept some 40 years ago. Along the way, he has continued to gain and apply knowledge of communication across a wide range of organizations and personalities.

Kelly has been the president of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) and was awarded the PRAM Professional Achievement Award. He is a Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) Senior Practitioner and served as a director of SPRF. His work in mass communication also earned national and regional awards from the National Association of Broadcasters and the American Advertising Federation. Kelly is a past president of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM).



Previous Rex Kelly Award Recipients

2016: April Lollar, APR

2014: Tracy Heggins Yanez

2013 Mary Cracchiolo Spain, APR*

2012 Lea Ivey Stone, APR*

2010 Ron Barnes, APR*

2009 Kristie Aylett, APR*

2008 Kurt Brautigam, APR*

2006 Richard Paul Maxwell*

2004 Terry Hines-Smith

* Denotes Rex Kelly Award recipients who have also received the Professional Achievement Award from the Southern Public Relations Federation.


PRAM State-wide Professional Achievement Award

The Professional Achievement Award is PRAM’s top honor and recognizes excellence in the field of public relations. It is presented to a public relations practitioner and PRAM member whose accomplishments have made a major contribution to the profession. Recipients embody the highest degree of professionalism, serve their communities, are committed to advancing the profession and have outstanding achievements in the practice of public relations.

A panel of public relations practitioners evaluate the nominations and make a selection based on the following criteria:

  • Career Accomplishments
  • Professional Achievements including PRAM/SPRF involvement and other professional activities
  • Accreditation and other continuing education
  • Community activities

Past Professional Achievement Award winners

2016: Samantha McCain, APR – Pine Belt Chapter

2015: Mara Hartmann, APR – Central Chapter

2014: Robin Street, APR * – Oxford/Ole Miss Chapter

2013: Mary Cracchiolo Spain, APR – Mississippi Beach Chapter

2012: Lea Ivey Stone, APR * – Mississippi Beach Chapter

2011: Susan Christensen, APR – Central Chapter

2010: Ron Barnes, APR – Mississippi Beach Chapter

2009: Kristie Aylett, APR * – Mississippi Beach/Gulf Coast Chapters

2008: Kurt Brautigam, APR – 
Mississippi Beach Chapter

2007: Caron Blanton, APR – Central Chapter

2006: Richard Paul Maxwell – Mississippi Beach Chapter

2005: Carl Crawford, APR – Central Chapter

2004: Terry Hines-Smith – Mississippi Beach Chapter

2003: Shelia White
 – Mississippi Beach Chapter

2002: Myron Webb – 
Mississippi Beach Chapter

2001: Sheila Skipper, APR – Central Chapter

2000: Yvonne Sorge, APR – Central Chapter

1999: Dr. John E. Forde, APR
 * – MSU/Starkville Chapter

1998: Dr. Deiedre McGowan, APR, CAE* – 
Central Chapter

1996: Janice Gough Baddley – Central Chapter

1995: Danny Gardner – 
MSU/Starkville Chapter

1992: Dr. John Forde, APR, Fellow PRSA * – 
MSU/Starkville Chapter

* Denotes PAA recipients who have also received the Professional Achievement Award from the Southern Public Relations Federation.


PRism Awards

The PRAM PRism Awards Program began in 2003 as a way to honor and recognize outstanding work in the field of public relations by professionals within the state of Mississippi. The awards are judged by professionals outside the geographical boundaries of the Southern Public Relations Federation — Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana. A best of show is awarded as well as a judge’s choice. The highest award honor goes to the PRism winners, followed by Awards of Excellence and Certificates of Achievement.

Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF), Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) and Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA) have joined together to provide their members with a user-friendly awards program website. The site is easy to use, efficient, and includes all the PRism Awards Program information you need to know.


For more information, visit