“Throughout his impressive and successful career, Gary has set aside significant time and energy to give back to the public relations profession through PRSA,” said Kathy Barbour, APR, 2015 PRSA National Chair. “From his role as CEO and Chair of PRSA in 2010, to his dedication to public relations education as co-chair for Champions for PRSSA and the PRSA Foundation, Gary has given so much to our Society and I’m happy to have the opportunity to say thank you by presenting him with this award.”
The award is named in honor of the late and legendary Patrick Jackson, APR, Fellow PRSA, a widely known and respected practitioner in the public relations profession. It is intended to recognize a PRSA member who has significantly contributed to advancing PRSA from the Chapter to National levels, as well as furthered the Society by inspiring fellow practitioners professionally and personally.
McCormick was inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows in 2006, which was the same year he received the David Ferguson Award for outstanding contribution to public relations education. From 2005 to 2006, McCormick was president of the PRSA Foundation, a charitable organization that raises funds to fuel the passion, dreams and futures of a diverse range of ambitious and promising students to careers in PR. In 2010, McCormick served in the highest position on the PRSA National Board of Directors, chief executive officer and chair.
"It takes an incredible number of talented and committed volunteers to ensure that PRSA remains viable to its members and the profession," said McCormick. "It's both humbling and a great honor to be singled out to receive this award from among all those who contribute so much to our Society on an ongoing basis. I have already been rewarded through the friends, knowledge and network that 25 years in this organization has given me."
For more than 35 years, McCormick has excelled in the research, development, implementation and evaluation of public relations and integrated marketing communications programs. He has worked in the nonprofit, private and federal sectors, offering his expertise in social responsibility, media relations, crisis management, issues management, risk communications and program management. McCormick was instrumental in developing and implementing many of the federal government’s first community relations programs nationwide.
The 2015 PRSA International Conference will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, November 8 – 10. A full lineup of speakers and registration information can be found at the Conference website.
About the Public Relations Society of America
PRSA 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 110 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 340 colleges and universities.