Presidents Award

The Presidents Award is the highest honor PRSA Cincinnati Chapter can bestow on a non-public relations professional. The award honors a Cincinnatian who doesn't work in the public relations profession, but who uses PR essentials - strategy, storytelling and brand building - to bring positive awareness and build the positive reputation of the City of Cincinnati.

View all previous Presidents Award winners here.

Presidents Award 2017

We're proud to announce that Buddy LaRosa is the recipient of Cincinnati PRSA's 2017 Presidents Award. The Presidents Award is the highest honor PRSA Cincinnati Chapter can bestow on a non-public relations professional. The award honors a Cincinnatian who doesn't work in the public relations profession, but who uses PR essentials - strategy, storytelling and brand building - to bring positive awareness and build the positive reputation of the City of Cincinnati.

Buddy embodies all these qualities and more. Not only has his iconic pizzeria, LaRosa's, greatly impacted the Cincinnati region, but he continues to give back to the community in many ways.

Buddy's favorite quote:

"Good Better Best, Never Let It Rest, Until Your Good Is Better and Your Better Is Best"

It's easy to see how Buddy has taken this quote to heart in all his endeavors.

In 1954 Buddy opened his first pizzeria on Boudinot Avenue in Western Hills after his discharge from the Navy. LaRosa's now has 65 family pizzerias which serve communities throughout Greater Cincinnati; Northern Kentucky; Southeast Indiana; Dayton; Columbus; and Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as locations at Kings Island, Coney Island, The Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Great American Ball Park.     

He is also the founder of the Cincinnati Golden Gloves for Youth; a non-profit organization serving our community youth in the OTR Boxing Center focused on programs building character, self-esteem, discipline, sportsmanship and values to live productive and drug free lives. He is a member of the Golden Gloves Hall of Fame, the Roger Bacon High School Hall of Fame and the Hamilton County Sports Hall of Fame.

Please join us in celebrating Buddy at Cincinnati PRSA's Blacksmith Awards on November 16 at The Center - 115 East 5th Street, Cincinnati. Visit our Blacksmiths web page to register for tickets and for more event details.