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2017 Communicator of the Year - Nannette Rodriguez
Nannette Rodriguez - 2017 COY
Sept. 7, 2017 (Anaheim, CA) - 3CMA Presents the 2017 Communicator of the Year Award to Nannette Rodriguez from Palm Beach County, FL.

Growing in stature and importance since it's inception, the 3CMA Communicator of the Year award has come to be synonymous with those members who have not only performed above and beyond the call in their individual agencies, but have made their mark on 3CMA, providing leadership, mentorship and the kind of innovative thinking that has kept this organization growing as the premier association for government communicators for almost 30 years ...
 
This year's recipient embodies all of those qualities and so much more ...
 
The 2017 Communicator of the Year has been a local government professional for more than 20 years and a member of 3CMA for nearly all of that same time. She is a creative, high-energy and award-winning communicator with a proven record of developing, executing and managing public relations and marketing projects and campaigns for her agencies.
 
She is an innovator in use of social media at the local level - how many agencies had a MySpace page? Today, the various social networks she started have collectively amassed more than 100,000 followers with their Twitter account being recognized nationally as one of the Top Five Government Twitter Handles by Code for America in 2011.
 
This member not only enhances the creative aspects of any project she's working on, she also has a firm grasp on ethical government leadership. She has led the way in communicating any number of local crises - from rogue public safety officers to hurricanes to protests and much more. She cultivates mutual respect with the local, state and national media while always provide forthright public relations counsel to senior staff and elected leaders.
 
For 3CMA, she currently serves on the Board of Directors. Previously, she has served as conference chair for mid-year and regional conferences and the Savvy Awards committee. She has presented on a myriad topics through the years from passing bond issues to mult-cultural and crisis communications, just to names a few. And, she has judged more Savvy categories than most of us put together.
 
Perhaps most importantly, she has also mentored many government communicators while simultaneously advocating for 3CMA professional development opportunities. 
 
She is a proud graduate of the University of Miami, where she lectures regularly and has been married to her husband, Angel, for 32 years. They have two successful adult children.
 
And so ... in recognition of these accomplishments and so much more, the City-County Communications & Marketing Association, assembled in conference in Anaheim, California on Thursday - September 7, 2017, is proud to confer its highest honor - the Communicator of the Year - on our friend and colleague from Palm Beach County, Florida - and your incoming 3CMA President - Ms. Nannette Rodriguez.

2016 Communicator of the Year - Tom Bryson
Tom Bryson - 2016 COY
Sept. 8, 2016 (San Antonio, TX) - 3CMA Presents the 2016 Communicator of the Year Award to Tom Bryson from the City of Farmers Branch, TX.

This year’s winner is Tom Bryson, Director of Communications for Farmers Branch, Texas. Tom Bryson is clearly the epitome of a creative, experienced and dedicated government communicator. He has a passion for engaging citizens in their community. As a 3CMA member, he has done it all from entering and winning Savvys, to founding our annual film festival, to sharing his expertise, to helping host conferences and serving as a board member. Tom Bryson is a communicator that we all aspire to become. 

Tom’s involvement in 3CMA is exemplary, as is his professional affiliations. He has outstanding credentials and strong skills!

2015 Communicator of the Year - Chris Floore
For Immediate Release - 3CMA Announces 2015 Communicator of the Year
September 10, 2015

(Washington, D.C.) The City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA), the nation’s premiere professional association for local government communicators, has presented its 2015 Communicator of the Year Award to Chris Floore from Macon-Bibb County, GA.

3CMA announced the 2015 Communicator of the Year winner at the organization’s annual conference, held Sept. 9-11 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Nominees for the award were judged on a wide variety of qualities, including leadership, innovation and strategic planning, ethics, quality of their work, and contributions to 3CMA.

In recognition of his many contributions to local government community relations and public affairs. Over the last decade, Chris has had an extensive career as a public, government communicator. The testimonies from his community members showcase the respect and adoration they have for him. Chris is an acknowledged leader for innovation and strategic method of communication.

2014 Communicator of the Year - Pier Simeri
Pier Simeri
For Immediate Release - 3CMA Announces 2014 Communicator of the Year
September 5, 2014

Community Relations Director, Pier Simeri from the City of Avondale, AZ received the 3CMA Communicator of the Year Award.

Nominees for the award are judged on a wide variety of qualities, including leadership, innovation and strategic planning, ethics, quality of their work, and contributions to 3CMA.

"In recognition of her many contributions to local government community relations and public affairs. Her work has led to innovative and creative programs. She is a strong advocate of social media ensuring that city management and council understand the value of this form of communication and how essential it is in many aspects of marketing and public information. Her efforts contributed greatly to Avondale being named in 2013 the Number One Digital City in the Nation in its population group. She has a deep and abiding commitment to quality, creative communications with a passion to share her knowledge with others."

For more information about 3CMA, visit www.3cma.org, or call (703) 707-0830.

2013 Communicator of the Year - Michelle Bono
Michelle Bono
For Immediate Release - 3CMA Announces 2013 Communicator of the Year
September 12, 2013

This award was created to honor a 3CMA member who exemplifies what our profession is all about. Nominees are judged on a wide variety of qualities, including leadership in government communications and marketing, creativity and innovation, ethical and professional standards, understanding and implementation of the latest communications tools and devices in carrying out the mission of their organization, and of course, contributions to 3CMA.

3CMA is proud to say that the 2013 recipient of the award is a veteran - both in her career as a local government communicator, and most assuredly as a long-time member and supporter of 3CMA.

This years winner has a deep and abiding commitment to quality communications, a passion to share her knowledge, a strong emphasis on creativity, and a drive to ensure communicators have a place at the decision-making table. 

Michelle has raised the bar by pushing, teaching, and demonstrating the value of measurable results, giving communications a key role in her city’s initiatives. She is sought-after for presentations not just at 3CMA, but at other organizations’ conferences and webinars as well. She is quick to encourage and support 3CMA members by freely sharing her ideas, her communications plans, and her blueprint for obtaining measurable results. I promise that once you’ve attended a 3CMA session at which she presents, you’ll arrange your conference schedule the next time around to have the opportunity to hear her again. She also has donated her skills, knowledge and mentoring to innumerable community groups, non-profit associations and fellow communicators. 

Michelle insists on a creative element in every communications plan and is the driving force behind a long list of very creative campaigns for her city, from having a wake for an old Live Oak tree that had to be removed in front of City Hall; a flash mob to build excitement about a road and community redevelopment project; and a Reach for the Stars animal adoption campaign designed to engage the community and win attention and a cash prize from ASPCA. She demonstrates that the true key to success is not just excelling at a task – but also believing in what you do. 

It is 3CMA's distinct honor to present the 2013 Communicator of the Year Award to Michelle Bono from the City of Tallahassee, Florida!

2012 Communicator of the Year - Linda Harris
Linda Harris
For Immediate Release - 3CMA Announces 2012 Communicator of the Year
September 7, 2012

This award was created to honor a 3CMA member who exemplifies what our profession is all about. Nominees are judged on a wide variety of qualities, including leadership in government communications and marketing, creativity and innovation, ethical and professional standards, understanding and implementation of the latest communications tools and devices in carrying out the mission of their organization, and of course, contributions to 3CMA.

3CMA is proud to say that the 2012 recipient of the award is a veteran - both in her career as a local government communicator, and most assuredly as a long-time member and supporter of 3CMA.

"In recognition of her commitment to quality local government communication with diverse constituencies and leadership in raising the standards for marketing, civic engagement and community branding in Decatur, Georgia, and within the 3CMA family."

2011 Communicator of the Year - Kevin Knutson
Kevin Knutson
3CMA Presents Inaugural Communicator of the Year Award To Reno, NV Professional

For Immediate Release
September 22, 2011
Contact: Richard Lillquist, Executive Director, 3CMA. Phone: (703) 707-0830.

(Washington, D.C.) The City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA), the nation’s premiere professional association for local government communicators, has presented its first Communicator of the Year Award to Reno, Nev. Assistant City Manager Kevin Knutson.

3CMA announced the 2011 Communicator of the Year winner at the organization’s annual conference, held Sept. 7-9 in Austin, Texas. Nominees for the award were judged on a wide variety of qualities, including leadership, innovation and strategic planning, ethics, quality of their work, and contributions to 3CMA.

Knutson, who has 20 years of experience with city governments, was the unanimous choice of the judging panel. He was selected for demonstrating that communications and marketing are essential to open, accountable and effective local government. He has excelled in strategic planning and the implementation, integration of communication and marketing in city management, use of dynamic communications tools, and commitment to transparent and open governance. 

Knutson went to work for Reno in January 2008, serving as director of the Office of Management & Budget and director of Community Relations. He recently was promoted to assistant city manager, responsible for the oversight of administrative and governmental services, neighborhood services, community resources and public information. Prior to joining the city, Kevin served in several positions during 17 years with Coral Springs, Florida, including as director of Communications & Marketing. He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Florida International University in Miami, and recently received his Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association.

Knutson has managed many communications challenges, providing citizens and elected officials with information and insight into city finances and management, planning and capital improvements, issues and services. He also has made numerous contributions to several professional associations and community organizations in addition to 3CMA. 

Founded in 1988, 3CMA is the leading organization for local governments that are innovating new and better ways of communicating with their citizens. Members work for cities, counties, public utilities and other local government agencies, and include professionals in the fields of public information, public relations, marketing, government television, public affairs and more. 


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