Awards and Recognition

2017      Elected into the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) College of Fellows, a national honorary organization comprised of senior practitioners and educators who have left a significant footprint on the public relations profession. (Fewer than 2 percent of PRSA members are accepted into the College of Fellows.)

2017      Successfully completed PRSA’s Reputation Management Certificate Program.

2011      PRSA Cleveland Rocks “Gold” Award in the category of Crisis Communications (Government, Associations, Nonprofits) for work on behalf of Saint Joseph Academy of Cleveland

2010      PRSA Cleveland Rocks “Gold” Award in the category of Crisis Communications (Government, Associations, Nonprofits) for work on behalf of The MetroHealth System

2009      “Best of Show” PRSA Cleveland Rocks Award for work with another agency on the national peanut butter recall, on behalf of King Nut Companies

2009      PRSA Cleveland Rocks “Gold” Award in the category of Crisis Communications (Business Products & Services) for work on the national peanut butter recall, on behalf of King Nut Companies

2004      Silver Anvil from PRSA (national) for work on a rezoning campaign on behalf of Barberton Citizens Hospital

2004      PRSA Cleveland Rocks “Gold” Award in the category of Community Relations for work on an environmental project for The Hoover Company of North Canton, Ohio

2003      PRSA Cleveland Rocks “Gold” Award in the category of Community Relations for work on a rezoning campaign on behalf of Barberton Citizens Hospital

2002      Silver Anvil from PRSA (national) for Vinyl By Design®, an outreach and education program conducted on behalf of The Vinyl Institute

2002      Gold SABRE Award from The Holmes Group recognizing the best public relations programs in the nation, awarded in the category of business-to-business marketing for work on behalf of the Wallcoverings Association

2002      East Central District PRSA Round-up Award for work on behalf of the Wallcoverings Association

2001      PRSA “Award of Excellence” for a program to support 3M’s redevelopment of a brownfield site in Copley, Ohio

2001      “Women of Achievement” Distinction from the Summit County YWCA

1997      Mary O’Neil Award for work with the Akron Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications

“Barb Paynter was a voice of reason, helping hone in on key issues, messages and processes for our client. It has been a pleasure to have your professional resources for [company name redacted].” Val Hoover, Esq.

Val Hoover Law Offices, Columbus