SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 15, 2012)
— The Public Relations Society of America
(PRSA) has given its 2012 Paul M. Lund Public Service Award to Metro Atlanta Chamber Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing Bari Love
. The award, presented today at the PRSA International Conference
in San Francisco, is given annually to a PRSA member whose public service has benefited his or her community and reflected positively on PRSA.
“Bari is the consummate public relations professional and a dedicated public servant,” said PRSA chair and chief executive officer Gerard F. Corbett, APR, Fellow PRSA
. “Public relations professionals everywhere would do well to emulate her service to her profession and her community. One of the hallmarks of the profession is the commitment to pay it forward and she is a testament to true public service.”
Love is well-known within her community for her work with local, national and international diversity initiatives and society improvement programs. She serves as a mentor to public relations professionals and as a “community connector” for Atlanta businesspeople. She also serves on the boards of 21st Century Leaders, YWCA of Metro Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and Leadership Atlanta.
In 2008, Love received the Radiant Star Award from PRSA’s Georgia Chapter, and in 2010, she was inducted into the Chapter’s Order of the Phoenix, its highest individual award for outstanding career achievements spanning a period of at least 20 years.
“Working on behalf of my community is an extremely rewarding experience, and I’m incredibly humbled by PRSA’s recognition of my efforts,” said Love. “I share the Paul M. Lund Public Service Award with the many bosses, colleagues, Chapter members, family and friends who have supported me in my efforts to build a better city and profession.”
The Paul M. Lund Award is named for the late AT&T vice president of public relations and employee communications, who served the company in the early 1970s. Lund was known not only as an accomplished leader in the field of public relations, he was also a community leader who made extraordinary commitments to public service outside of his work.
About the Public Relations Society of America
is the largest professional organization serving the U.S. public relations community. With a mission to “advance the profession and the professional,” PRSA provides news and information, thought leadership, continuing education and networking opportunities; sets standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct
; and advocates for the business value of public relations
and greater diversity
among public relations professionals. Based in New York, PRSA comprises 112 local Chapters
; 14 Professional Interest Sections
that focus on specific industries and practice areas; and the Public Relations Student Society of America
(PRSSA), which is active at more than 320 colleges and universities