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 2016

At our last event of the year, Thane Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo, was presented the 2016 Presidents Award.

Friends and colleagues honor Thane Maynard, recipient of the 2016 President's Award

Past presidents gather around Thane Maynard. Back row, from left: Carrie Phillippi, APR; Rob Pasquinucci, APR, Mike Boehmer, APR; Thane Maynard, Lee Oberlag, APR; Shara Clark, APR; Lauren Doyle, APR; Jonathan Kissell, APR. Front row, Rick Pender, APR, Fellow PRSA; and Tom Schick, APR, Fellow PRSA.

Past presidents gather around Thane Maynard. Back row, from left: Carrie Phillippi, APR; Rob Pasquinucci, APR, Mike Boehmer, APR; Thane Maynard, Lee Oberlag, APR; Shara Clark, APR; Lauren Doyle, APR; Jonathan Kissell, APR. Front row, Rick Pender, APR, Fellow PRSA; and Tom Schick, APR, Fellow PRSA.

Thane Maynard is indeed a worthy recipient. He is one of the most respected zoo leaders in the country, but the past year truly let his ambassadorial light shine. As the chief spokesman of the zoo during a protracted crisis, he was called upon again and again to represent the zoo in the sometimes unforgiving glare of the public spotlight. He did that with clarity and empathy for all those involved, from the family to the zoo team to the public itself.

Congratulations, Thane, on this well-deserved award and thank you for all your work on behalf of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Zoo.