Padilla awards outstanding employee contributions

MINNEAPOLIS (October 27, 2016) – For the third consecutive year, Padilla has recognized employees who have made outstanding contributions to the agency in one of three categories – Client, Culture and Community – with the Living Our Purpose Awards. Each winner receives an award of appreciation and a cash stipend.

“Padilla’s annual Living Our Purpose Award gives us an opportunity to honor employees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty; have found creative and innovative solutions to challenges facing clients, our agency or the community; and consistently demonstrate an owner’s mentality, embodying our values in the workplace,” said Lynn Casey, Padilla CEO. “The employees honored this year come from across our agency and represent what it means to be a Padilla employee.”

2016 Living Our Purpose Award Winners:

Client – Thea Buri and Nicole Fischer

An associate creative director in Padilla’s Creative and Digital Group, Thea Buri produces stunning creative deliverables for clients. Colleagues recognized Thea for her ability to solve business problems through design-centric thinking and to articulate design rationales effectively. She’s based in the agency’s Minneapolis office.

Nicole Fischer, an account supervisor in Padilla’s Consumer Practice in New York, is known for the high quality of work she brings to all of her client accounts, across multiple industries, which include Coppertone and Prosciutto di Parma. Her professionalism and relentless enthusiasm are major assets to her clients and colleagues.

Culture – Jeff Wilson and Laura Krinke

Jeff Wilson, vice president in the agency’s Business Development and Agency Marketing Group, consistently goes the extra mile when it comes to spearheading new business and marketing initiatives for the agency. Colleagues recognized Jeff’s ability to easily work across the agency’s network of offices, as well as the numerous value-added contributions he brings to the agency. He works from Padilla’s Richmond office.

Laura Krinke, senior account executive in the agency’s Environmental Science Practice, has helped shape the culture of Padilla’s Minneapolis office and the agency as a whole. While she works hard to support her clients, Laura’s colleagues also recognized her ability to bring people together in a positive and fun work environment.

Community – Gayle Kelly and Cheryl Robinson 

Gayle Kelly, director of operations in Padilla’s Richmond office, and Cheryl Robinson, director in the agency’s Corporate Practice and based in Los Angeles, were nominated jointly for their efforts in the agency’s annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Richmond City-Wide Bake Sale fundraiser. Gayle and Cheryl have been a crucial part of the fundraising effort since the beginning of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in 2007, and they continue to dedicate an extraordinary amount of time and effort to the cause. Colleagues recognized Gayle and Cheryl for tirelessly working to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer and for truly making a difference in the community.

About Padilla
Padilla is a top 10 independent public relations and communications company comprised of 240 employee owners. Padilla builds, grows and protects brands worldwide by creating purposeful connections with the people who matter most through public relations, advertising, digital and social marketing, investor relations and brand strategy. Padilla includes the brand consultancy of Joe Smith, the food and nutrition experts at FoodMinds and the research authorities at SMS. Clients include 3M, Barnes & Noble Education, BASF, Bayer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, GE, Hass Avocado Board, Land O’Lakes, Mayo Clinic, Prosciutto di Parma, Rockwell Automation, U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, the Virginia Lottery, Welch’s and Xcel Energy. Padilla is a founding member of The Worldcom Public Relations Group, a partnership of 143 independently owned partner offices in 115 cities on six continents. Make a connection at PadillaCo.com.

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