1998 OCIABC Communicator Awards

Bronze Beacon Awards

The 1998 competition resulted in Awards of Merit  and Awards of Excellence  in these categories:

Awards in the Writing category recognize effective use of language, style and structure in published work, scripts or speeches. Special consideration is given to clear, lively writing that draws the readers in.

  • Merit: April Henry, Kaiser Permanente (News story)
  • Merit:  Dan Keeney, Conkling Fiskum & McCormick, Inc. (Editorial and Opinion)
  • Honorable Mention: Mason Cole (The Crabbe Huson Group’s Annual Report)
  • Honorable Mention: Lisa Miles (GST’s Annual Report)

Entries in the design category represent an organizational brand identity or other project where design is the primary communication function or tool. These awards recognize Excellence:  in graphic design, creative design solutions and production within budget.

  • Excellence: Nancy Harris, PGE (Organizational identity)

Audio/Visual Communications

  • Merit:   PAC/WEST Communications (Permits Protect PSA)

Video/Multimedia/Electronic Communications
The electronic and interactive communications category recognizes excellence in computer-based or electronically distributed communication programs. Awards recognize both the quality of the information presented, as well as the ability to access and navigate the information easily.

  • Excellence:  Lisa Miles, GST Telecommunications

Communication Management
Entries in the Communication Management category demonstrate the entrant’s overall management of an effective communication program. Rather than focusing on the program components themselves (the key criteria for the Communication Programs & Promotional Campaigns category), awards recognize the entrant’s full range of communication management skills, including research, strategy, planning, implementation, measurement, and evaluation. 

  • Merit: Ellen Berg,Young & Roehr Group (NWEA Research Campaign)

Communication Programs and Promotional Campaigns
Entries in the communications programs and promotional campaigns category include projects, programs and campaigns defined by a well-developed communication plan, including research, strategy, planning, implementation, measurement and evaluation. Awards recognize achievement in communicating a variety of messages to a wide range of audiences through creative planning, use of materials and ability to obtain the desired results.

  • Excellence: Marsha Cutter, Pacificorp
  • Merit:  Dan Keeney, Conkling Fiskum & McCormick, Inc.
  • Merit:  Tom Unger, ABC, APR, Wells Fargo & Co.
  • Excellence: Dan Keeney – Conkling Fiskum & McCormick, Inc.
  • Merit: Paul Phillips, PacWest Communications
  • Merit: Pat Snyder, Boyd Coffee Company
  • Honorable Mention: Steve Kuyatt, GST Telecommunications

 Overall Presentation

  • Merit: June Taylor, Northwest Natural Gas Company (Magazines)
  • Merit:  Marsha Cutter, Pacificorp (Newsletter/ newspaper)
  • Excellence: Suzanne Richards O’Gorman, Standard Insurance Co. (Publication)
  • Merit:   Lori Stromquist, GST Telecommunications (Annual Report)
  • Honorable Mention: Julie Piper Finley, ABC, Standard Insurance Co. (Annual Report) 

One-person Submissions 

Special achievements by those who exhibit a high level of professionalism without the benefit of significant additional staff resources. Preference is given to those who have done at least 80% of all writing, editing, photography, photo editing, design and layout.

  • Excellence: April Henry, Kaiser Permanente  
  •  Excellence: Suzanne Richards O’Gorman, Standard Insurance Company


 Chapter Service Awards

Rodney Adair Memorial Award

More than twenty years ago, Rodney Adair left Oregon Columbia IABC with a legacy of active membership and dedicated service. After he died tragically in a car accident, the chapter created the Rodney Adair Memorial Award in 1980 “for sustained and exceptional service to the association and for professional advancement.” This is the highest honor our chapter can bestow to a member.

Sam Vigil Jr.: Sam has served on our Communicators Conference Committee for two years, where he was instrumental in the conference attracting some high quality speakers. Along with member Scott Frangos, Sam also launched our chapter into cyberspace and now serves as our webmaster. He’s also served on our chapter board in the past. And he has volunteered to once again serve on the board next term. He’s a delight to serve with, he’s an enthusiastic, friendly, always eager-to-pitch-in type of guy.