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Excalibur Entry Deadline Extended & New Pros Events

Hello [firstname],

Late Deadline is April 16 for
Excalibur Award Entries

The regular deadline for this year's Excalibur award entries has passed, but don't worry!  You can take advantage of the new late deadline for only an additional $25 per entry, and submit awards as late as 5 p.m., Monday, April 16. 

No entries will be accepted after 5 p.m. April 16.

Deliver entries to:

Pierpont Communications, Inc.
c/o Sally Ramsay
1800 West Loop South, suite 800
Houston, TX 77027-3210

The evening of June 21, Gold, Silver and Bronze Excalibur Awards will be presented to talented PR professionals in dozens of categories. And one especially talented honoree will receive the ninth annual Grand Excalibur Award, recognizing the highest professional standards we strive to attain on behalf of our customers, clients, corporations, shareholders and ourselves as the masters of our profession.

The Presenting Sponsor is Hill & Knowlton . For other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Paula Ruth, APR, or 281.870.1717.

Visit for details and entry forms.

Note: We have received a few questions about preparing award entries. While two copies of the summary and entry form need to accompany each entry, only one binder and one set of supporting materials is required.

New Pros Hosts "Meet the PRos" Panel and Discussion:  April 17
Have you ever wondered how the pros in PR got started?  Want to know their career secrets and work philosophies?  What do they REALLY look for from new employees?  What makes or breaks a PR career?  Join us on Tuesday, April 17, 6 p.m. at the Greater Houston Community Foundation as a panel of corporate, non-profit and agency PR professionals address these issues and take your questions!  Panelists include:

Sally Ramsay, Senior Vice President
Pierpont Communications
Sally Mathis Ramsay is a senior vice president at Pierpont, serving the firm's public relations clients with more than 26 years of communication experience.  At Pierpont, Sally specializes in helping clients reach consumers in creative ways and communicate complex messages with clarity and purpose.  She has managed accounts including Capital One Bank, the Texas Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine's Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Money Management International and the ARAMARK/Reliant Park/Super Bowl.  In addition, she provided expert creative and counsel for the H-E-B online account and co-led the Houston Rockets Toyota Center account.
Sally's areas of expertise include financial and professional services, health care, non-profit and retail.  She is also an award-winning communicator, garnering numerous awards for client campaigns.  Sally was named Public Relations Professional of the Year by PRSA Houston in 2006. 
Before joining Pierpont, Sally worked for Reliant Energy, where her team was responsible for the development and implementation of the public relations campaign to promote a positive image of the South Texas Nuclear Project.  While at Reliant, Sally's areas of responsibility included public relations, community relations, customer service and training for employees and sales teams.  In addition, she served as the company's liaison to various regulatory bodies to resolve customer concerns. 
Sally is the past president of PRSA Houston and an active community and church volunteer.  She earned a bachelor of science in education from Louisiana State University and is a former Houston Independent School District teacher.
Latha Thomas, Vice President of Marketing & Communications,
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Latha Thomas is the vice president of Marketing & Communications for the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  She has been with the Museum for the past five years.  She oversees marketing, public relations, sales, special events, youth education and visitor services.  Prior to that, she worked at Fogerty Klein Monroe as an account supervisor for Kroger.
She started as a media buyer at Campbell-Ewald (Detroit) for Chevrolet before moving to McCann-Erickson in Houston as a media planner for Exxon, Six Flags, Buick and a variety of other accounts.
She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of arts in advertising.
Graham Painter, APR
Executive Vice President
Sterling Bank
Graham Painter, APR, is executive vice president of Corporate Communications for Sterling Bank and for its parent company, Sterling Bancshares, Inc.  He is responsible for the bank's public relations, media relations, advertising and employee communications.  He came to the bank from CenterPoint Energy, where he was vice president of public affairs.  He has worked in corporate public relations for 30 years, with experience in crisis communications as well as international public relations.
He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, past president of PRSA's Houston Chapter, and a recipient of PRSA's Legacy Award.  He is also a member of the board of directors and president-elect of the Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA), and was named Outstanding Texas Public Relations Practitioner by TPRA in 2006.
He is past president of the Houston-Harris County Immunization Registry and serves on boards of the Press Club Foundation of Houston, the March of Dimes of Greater Houston, and the Kickstart Foundation.  He is a member of the Education and Workforce Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership, a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum, a graduate of the University of Houston, and former chairman of the university's Alumni Organization.  He is also a recipient of the Alumni Organization's Distinguished Service Award. 
A native of Baytown, he and his wife Phyllis have three grown sons and enjoy traveling, motorcycling, and scuba diving.
New Pros' Meet the PRos Panel and Discussion
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Greater Houston Community Foundation
4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 100
Houston, TX  77027 
Members - $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Non-members - $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Please register at  We hope to see you there!  RSVP today!  Seats are limited.

SPECIAL NOTE: Only one or two entrances to the building will be open. Look for the entrance covered by a maroon awning (north side).

Volunteers Needed for Girl Scouts Public Relations Workshop at Moody Mansion
Sponsored by Moody Mansion
PRSA Houston is helping local Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) Public Relations Interest Project Award. The interest project encourages Girl Scouts ages 11-17 to learn about the public relations profession.

To earn the GSUSA Public Relations Interest Project Award, Girl Scouts are required to complete activities entitled Skill Builders where they create press kits to publicize themselves, interview public relations practitioners about their daily responsibilities and role-play pitches as a spokesperson for a favorite cause.

We need volunteers! Give back to the public relations profession and the community by volunteering for this educational and fun event! The event will allow our volunteers to apply their knowledge of public relations to the work of tomorrow's leaders.

Who: Cadette & Senior Girl Scouts & YOU!
Where: Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77550
When: Saturday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What to Bring: Examples of press kits, press clippings, promotional materials, etc. to share for inspiration.

For more details, feel free to email  or  call  Cheyenna Brehm at or 713.627.2223 x 1109. Thanks so much for considering! 

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