Arkansas Public Relations Pros to Honor Dan McFadden, APR, With 2010 Crystal Award for Lifetime Achievement

January 22, 2010

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A longtime Little Rock public relations veteran will be honored in February for his contributions to the profession and the community.

Dan McFadden, APR, director of communications for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, will be awarded the Arkansas Crystal Award by the Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

The Crystal Award is presented to a member of the Arkansas Chapter who, in the opinion of its Past Presidents Council, has made significant and continuous contributions in the public relations profession throughout his or her career. McFadden, will be presented the 2010 award by last year’s recipient, Amy Barnes, APR, assistant professor of mass communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

McFadden began his career in public relations 27 years ago. He spent nine years in broadcasting working for several Little Rock news stations including KARK-TV, KLRT/FOX 16 and KTHV-TV. He later worked for Magic Springs and briefly launched an independent public relations/marketing consulting service called The McFadden Project before joining the City of Little Rock, where he served as a public relations specialist.

McFadden was recruited by the Arkansas Department of Health, where he served as media director and focused his PR skills on the health care industry. While serving as special media manager at St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock, McFadden led a hospital team that researched and developed the hospital’s first intranet — a multi-faceted public relations project that was honored with the PRSA’s national Bronze Quill award of excellence, the first for a member of the Arkansas Chapter of PRSA. Before accepting his current position as director of communications for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, McFadden served as senior public relations account executive for Little Rock full-service marketing agency Stone Ward.

Under McFadden’s leadership at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, he has assembled an in-house public relations firm/ad agency, which continues to break hospital records for public relations and marketing awards on the local and national fronts. He served as president of the Arkansas Chapter of PRSA in 2004 and previously in five positions as a member of its board of directors. One of McFadden’s many contributions to the chapter was transforming its member communications from print to Web, launching the chapter’s first online presence in the spring of 2000.

The Crystal Award ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 19, at noon at the Little Rock Club in downtown Little Rock. Tickets are $35 for guests. Chapter members’ tickets are complimentary.

For reservations, contact Andrea Smalec, APR, at asmalec@mwlaw.com or 501-688-8848 by Feb. 8. Event sponsors are Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Balfour Printing and Floral Express.

About Arkansas PRSA

The Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is dedicated to developing and enriching the professional lives of Arkansas public relations practitioners. The chapter seeks to build understanding and support for public relations throughout the business community and within the academic community for future practitioners.

For more information, visit arkprsa.org.


Source: newswire

comments powered by Disqus