Honoring our Special Award Winners

Past, Present and Future...

Communicator of the Year Award

Honors a member of the community for his or her contributions to the community through communications. This person is not a communicator by profession — but by passion.

2021- Phil Armstrong - 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission

2019- Teryl Rose - ONE Gas

2018- Kimberly Johnson - Tulsa City-County Library

2017- Jeff Stava - George Kaiser Family Foundation

2016- Shagah Zakerion - TYPROS

2015- Scott Shepherd - ONE Gas

2013- Bob Portiss - Tulsa Port of Catoosa

2012- Nancy Day - Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice

2011- Pierce H. Norton - ONEOK

2010- Sandra Lewis - Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless  

2009- Dr. Tom McKeon - Tulsa Community College

2008- Ann Smith - Neighbor for Neighbor

2007- John Gibson - ONEOK CEO

2006- Julie Tattershall - Heller and Clark Theatres

2005-  Gene Batchelder - ConocoPhillips

2004- Henry Zarrow - Tulsa philanthropist and businessman  

2003- Lucky Lamons -  Foundation for Tulsa Schools  

2002- Keith Bailey - Williams CEO

2001- Bill Self, KU Basketball Coach (TU coach at the time)   

2000- Kerry Walsh - Walsh Branding

1999- Susan Savage - Former Tulsa Mayor

John Hartman Professional of the Year Award

Recognizes the outstanding achievements of an IABC member in his or her career, profession and community.

2021- Jessica Carthen - Public Service Company of Oklahoma

2019- Becky Carver - ONEOK

2018- Megan Patterson - ONEOK

2017- Jennifer Rector, SCMP - ONE Gas

2016- Kendra Thompson - Cancer Treatment Centers of America

2015- Angela Byers - Byers Creative

2013- Shannon Frederick - Walmart

2012- Tom Droege - Rex PR

2011- Ginger D. Homan, ABC, SCMP- Zia Communications

2009- Steve Higgins - Williams

2008- Susie Wellendorf - Wellendorf Communications 

2007- Megan Washbourne - ONEOK

2006- Kerry Walsh - Walsh Branding

2005- Kim MacLeod - City of Tulsa

2004- Tracy Harlow, ABC - ConocoPhillips (Now Walmart)

2003- Joe Williams  

2001- Russ Florence - Schnake Turnbo Frank

2000- Kerry Malone - Williams

Rising Star Award

2021- Cynthia Hugli, PCM - Vonage (formerly Byers Creative)

2019- Kayla Merritt - Helmerich and Payne

2018- Noël Freeman, SCMP –  T.D. Williamson (formerly Byers Creative)

Leon Bolen Service Award

Formerly the President’s Award, the award is selected by the chapter president and given to the IABC Tulsa member who has contributed/volunteered the most to the chapter over the past year. The award was renamed in 2009 in honor of longtime IABC member Leon Bolen, owner of BolenInk, to recognize his many decades of service, leadership, dedication and generosity toward IABC/Tulsa in order to further the organizations’ mission. 

2021- Monica Johnson - TTCU Federal Credit Union

2019- Cindy Bolen - BolenInk

2018- Kim Kuehler - Tulsa International Airport

2017- Leslie Agee, SCMP - Linde Engineering North America

2016- Haylee Westwood - ONE Gas

2015- Cody Bromley - Enovation Controls / Sara Pollard - Walmart

2013- Angela Byers - Byers Creative

2012 - Rachel Payne Wagner - Walmart / Phillip Harris - Williams

2011- Lucia O’Connor - O’Connor Ink

2010- Shannon Frederick - Walmart

2009- Steve Higgins - Williams

2007- Lynn Zimmerman - ConocoPhillips

2006- Leslee Stewart -ConocoPhillips

2005- Ginger D. Homan, ABC - Zia Communications

2004- Shea Daugherty - Conoco Phillips 

IABC Fellow

The IABC Fellow designation is the highest honor we bestow on our members. Becoming a Fellow denotes a body of achievement by a communicator who has had a significant impact not only on their organization and IABC, but also on the communication profession at large.

2009 - Joe Williams

 

Lifetime Dedication Award

2016- John Simmons

 

20+ Years of IABC Membership and Service (as of 2020)

Joe Williams - 45 years

Ginger D. Homan - 37 years

Kerry Malone - 29 years

Kendra Thompson - 28 years

Steve Higgins -26 years

Susie Wellendorf - 25 years

Joe Epperley - 24 years

Barbara Hasbini - 21 years

Tracy Harlow - 21 years

Phillip Harris - 21 years

Shannon Frederick - 20 years