That’s a Wrap on the 2020 Music City Gold Pen Awards!

Thank you for joining us in recognizing business communicators from across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky for their professional achievements and brand campaigns.

About the Event

IABC Nashville broadcasted the 2020 Music City Gold Pen Awards on November 2 on Facebook Live. Danielle Breezy, Chief Meteorologist from WKRN-TV Nashville News 2, served as emcee, and singer-songwriter and American Idol semi-finalist Sarah Lake was the musical guest. A total of 36 awards were presented in categories ranging from change communications to nonprofit campaigns. Photos from the awards celebration are posted here.

From Our President 

“It is an honor for our chapter to recognize these communications professionals for their outstanding work and campaigns,” said Mollye Dietrich, IABC Nashville president. “From internal communications teams to public relations agencies, this year’s group of winners displayed the very best in business communications throughout Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky and are paving the way for our region to be recognized as one of the nation’s top locations to be a communications professional.” 

Congratulations To Our Award Winners! 

The award winners represented a range of industries, including strategic communications, public relations, non-profit, marketing, media relations, healthcare, and more. The teams at GSH Media and Keycom both took home numerous awards for their work in media relations, nonprofit campaigns, publications, audio/visual, social media programs, and special events. Words By Joe Diorio received the Best of Show award for the writing entry “A Few Words About Words” receiving the highest score out of all submissions. This year’s award winners and categories include:

  • Centerstone, Audio/Visual
  • The Change, Change Communications
  • Frist Art Museum, Social Media Campaigns (2)
  • Gilda’s Club of Middle Tennessee, Nonprofit Campaigns
  • GSH Media, Publications (6), Audio/Video (2), Social Media Campaigns
  • Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock, Audio/Visual and Special and Experiential Events
  • Keycom, Media Relations (2), Nonprofit Campaigns (2), Special and Experiential Events (2), Writing (2)
  • Smith Communication Partners, Human Resources and Benefits Communication
  • Veritas Federal Credit Union, Communication for the Web
  • Vokert, Inc., Communication for the Web
  • Words By Joe Diorio, LLC, Writing and Best of Show
  • World Christian Broadcasting, Audio/Visual (2)

IABC Nashville 2020 Leadership Awards

From Left: Kellie Davie, Kristin Appelman, Mollye Dietrich, Michael Deas, Genma Holmes

In addition to the Music City Gold Pen Awards entries, IABC Nashville also recognized individuals contributing to the chapter and profession with its 2020 IABC Nashville Leadership Awards. This year’s award winners include:

  • Kellie Davie, APR, SCMP, President’s Choice Award
  • Kristin Appelman, Rising Star Award
  • Michael Deas, ABC, SCMP, Communicator of the Year Award
  • Genma Stringer Holmes, 2020 Hall of Fame Inductee

Thank You To Our Sponsors! 

Sponsors for this year’s event including presenting sponsor, StagePost, gold sponsors Keycom and The Vincit Group, and silver sponsor Exhibits South.  

Watch the 2020 Music City Gold Pen Awards!