Ketchum veteran Ron Culp was presented with the prestigious John W. Hill award at the PRSA New York chapter's 2011 Big Apple Awards last night.
The award is named in honor of Hill, who set up iconic PR agency Hill & Knowlton in 1927 and was known for his ethical and transparent approach to communications. Previous winners include Harold Burson, David Finn, David Drobis, Richard Edelman, Howard Rubenstein, and Ken Makovsky.
Culp's 35-year career includes spells on the client side at Sears Roebuck, Sara Lee, Pitney Bowes, and Eli Lilly. He now heads Ketchum's North America corporate practice and is MD of its Midwest operations.
In his acceptance speech, Culp emphasized the importance of teamwork – focus on “we” not “I” - and good role models, thanking the owners of his local newspaper who gave him a weekly column when he was just 12 years old.
Ketchum also won the Best of the Best award for the “Centrum inspires women to love feeling healthy and energized” campaign, which took top prize in Marketing Consumer Products: Healthcare as well, one of five category awards won by the Omnicom agency on the night.
Weber Shandwick and Porter Novelli won in three categories, followed by Hunter Public Relations and CRT/tanaka, with two awards.