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        PRSA CHICAGO CHAPTER TO HONOR BEST IN PUBLIC RELATIONS
                     WITH ANNUAL SKYLINE AWARDS

Cathy Calhoun, Weber Shandwick; John McDonough, Chicago Blackhawks; Jack
       Wlezien, PCI to be Recognized with Special Achievement Awards

CHICAGO (May 5, 2008) — The Chicago chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) will
honor the best in public relations at its annual PRSA Skyline Awards ceremony on May 21, 2008. In
addition to recognizing more than 60 of the past year’s best public relations programs and tactics, the
chapter will celebrate three individuals whose achievements and contributions to the industry have stood
out during the last year:


•   Cathy Calhoun, co-president, Global Consumer Marketing, and regional president, Weber
    Shandwick is named the Chicago Public Relations Professional of the Year. In her 16 years with
    Weber Shandwick, Calhoun has passionately built innovative workplace initiatives and created
    unforgettable, strategic campaigns for some of the agency's long-standing and most valued clients.
    Under her leadership, the Chicago office has been recognized by Crain's Chicago Business and
    Chicago Magazine as a top workplace, the only public relations firm to be featured on both lists. She
    launched more than 250 got milk?® milk mustache celebrity ads, helped Harley-Davidson celebrate
    three major anniversaries and introduced new products from Mega M&Ms to the Electrolux Icon line
    of high-end kitchen appliances.

•   John McDonough, president, Chicago Blackhawks is the Chicago Executive of the Year, an
    award that recognizes an individual outside of the public relations profession who uses PR effectively
    to further his/her organization’s goals. Since becoming the organization’s president in fall 2007,
    McDonough quickly jumped in to turn around public perception of the team. From holding fan events
    for Blackhawks’ legends to putting home games on TV, McDonough tapped PR and marketing
    tactics to reenergize a franchise and generate new fan support throughout Chicagoland.


•   Jack Wlezien, senior account executive, Public Communications Inc. will receive the fourth
    annual PRSA Chicago Young Professional award. With a personal interest in conservation issues,
    Wlezien has married that passion with his gift for telling a client’s story to deliver award-winning
    results. Notably in the last year amidst staff reorganizations, he managed nearly all of the Lincoln
    Park Zoo’s communication needs, including crisis management following a fatal tiger attack at a
    California zoo that cast zoo safety into the national spotlight.




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        “Cathy, John and Jack join some of the most respected professionals in Chicago as honorees of
these awards,” says Michael McGrath president, PRSA Chicago, and senior vice president, FD-Ashton
Partners. “Over the years, the chapter has had the privilege of recognizing individuals who truly are the
best and brightest in our profession. Their achievements aren’t just a testament to their own talent, but
also to the advancement of the industry overall.”
        Nominations for the three awards are accepted from public relations professionals throughout the
Chicagoland area then voted on by the PRSA Chicago Board.


About the Chicago Skyline Awards
        The PRSA Chicago Skyline Awards recognize programs and tactics that have successfully
addressed communications opportunities and challenges with superior skill, creativity and
resourcefulness. The dinner celebration and awards ceremony will be held at Galleria Marchetti in
Chicago on May 21, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available now for purchase by contacting the
chapter’s offices at (847) 526-2010. The event is being sponsored by Arment Dietrich PR, CME Group
FD-Ashton Partners, and DS Simon Productions, Inc.
        For more information, visit www.prsachicago.com.


With more than 28,000 members, PRSA is the nation’s largest association of public relations professionals. The
PRSA Chicago chapter, with more than 500 members, is one of the largest, and represents business and industry,
counseling firms, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional
services firms, and nonprofit organizations.

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