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Community members and leaders honored with leadership and communication awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The International Association of Professional Communicators Nashville chapter (IABC Nashville) honored local members with 2021 individual leadership awards.

The awards honored individuals who have made significant contributions to IABC Nashville and the communications profession and were announced at professional development events in January and February.

“We are proud to have so many outstanding communicators and contributors as part of our IABC Nashville Chapter,” said Kristin Appelman, president of IABC Nashville. “These awards recognize individuals who devote countless hours to supporting our Chapter and the communications profession.”

Receiving the Rising Star Award is Michael Payne, who is the social media manager at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and served as secretary of the IABC Nashville Board of Trustees and now president-elect. The Rising Star Award recognizes individuals with less than 10 years of professional experience who are dynamic young leaders shaping the future of IABC.

Jessica Hopson, senior account supervisor at Lovell Communications and former vice president of communications at IABC Nashville received the Communicator of the Year award. This award annually recognizes professionals who have demonstrated excellence in communication and leadership and who have more than 10 years of experience.

Ultimately, Paul Laddsenior correspondent and director of listener response at the World Christian Broadcasting received the Hall of Fame award.

“Paul has been a strong supporter of our Chapter for decades and has served at both the Chapter and Regional levels, including as Chapter President more than once,” said Birdie Loffler, former president of IABC Nashville and nominator of Paul. “He is very accomplished in his career in communications and you would be hard pressed to find an important public figure that he has not interviewed during his long and impressive career. He is a consistent professional and a member prominent in our organization.”

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About IABC Nashville
IABC Nashville is the local chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, serving Tennessee and from the south Kentucky. the Nashville The chapter is one of more than 100 chapters in 70 countries, with a mission to provide professional development and networking opportunities for members, as well as the wider communications community. In 2017, they received the Small Chapter of the Year award for their outstanding efforts to bring professional communicators together in meaningful and inspiring ways.

The chapter is diverse, with members representing agencies, governments, businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations. IABC Nashville also offers links to job bank services and the annual Music City Gold Pen Awards program. IABC is the only place to connect with communicators around the world.