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Release Date: 07.20.2010 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: PRSA|GA

Mark Dvorak APR of Golin/Harris International Wins PRSA|GA's "Chapter Champion" Award

ATLANTA – July 20, 2010 – Mark Dvorak APR, senior vice president of Golin/Harris International’s Atlanta office, has been awarded the Georgia Chapter’s Chapter Champion award in recognition of his outstanding volunteer work for the chapter.

Dvorak was presented with his certificate and an inscribed pen at the chapter’s monthly meeting Thursday, July 15.

The Chapter Champion award was created to recognize a member who has significantly contributed to the chapter’s success. It is given monthly or when appropriate.

Dvorak earned an M.A. in journalism administration from the University of Memphis and a B.A. in communications and history from Loyola University New Orleans. In the Golin/Harris Atlanta office, he leads the agency’s work for the National Peanut Board and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

"Early in my career, being involved in PRSA|GA gave me the opportunity to work with – and learn from – many talented and generous professionals. Nearly two decades later, many of those same people are my best friends and trusted advisors. I can’t imagine not having formed those relationships through my work with the chapter," said Dvorak.

In his 17 years as a member, Dvorak has served as newsletter editor, a member of the chapter’s board of directors, an officer, and 2002 chapter president. During his presidency the chapter created the special interest groups (SIGs) to meet the specific needs of an increasingly diverse membership. Remarkably, his involvement continued after his year as president was completed.

He has since served locally as a Georgia Chapter assembly delegate, and nationally as a member of the Universal Accreditation Board and the Task Force that created the Business Case for Public Relations in 2009. Most recently, he undertook the development of a comprehensive survey of chapter members while he was on medical leave earlier this year undergoing treatment for Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

As a result of this type of volunteerism, the Georgia Chapter ranks as the No. 2 Chapter in the nation and has been recognized for its best membership practices among PRSA Chapters across the country.

PRSA|GA, the second-largest local chapter in the national society, consists of nearly 1,000 professionals throughout Georgia. Its mission is to enhance the profession, provide continuing education and offer networking opportunities for its members.

The Chapter has monthly meetings as well as nine Special Interest Groups (Corporate & Employee Communications, Healthcare, Independent Agency Owners, Independent Counselors, Leader Board, Nonprofit, Technology, Travel & Tourism, and Young Professionals) that meet at various times.

The Chapter supports six PRSSA (student society) groups at the following colleges: Clark Atlanta University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University and University of Georgia.

Contact Info

Contact Name: Denise Grant

Company: PRSA|GA

Phone: 770.449.6369