Communicator of the Year


Do you know someone who is an all-star in the communications field?

If so, you need to nominate them for the 2022 IABC Detroit Communicator of the Year.  You do not have to be a member of IABC to submit a nomination or to be nominated.

This prestigious award is presented annually by IABC Detroit to honor a communications leader who has demonstrated strategic communication excellence and is a stand-out in the field.

The recipient of this year’s award will be announced at the IABC Detroit's Renaissance Awards.

Nomination Criteria

Candidates are judged on their achievements in the following categories:

  • Excellence in professional achievements
  • Excellence in leadership roles
  • Excellence in striving to improve the communications field
  • Excellence in developing or advancing the communications process in a company or organization
  • Excellence in encouraging professionalism and integrity
  • Excellence displayed through a creative communications approach either professionally or in personal (civic or charitable) interests
  • Excellence in civic or charitable involvement

Nominations should include the following information:

  • Name of Nominator
  • Contact phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Name of nominee
  • Title and affiliation (resume is preferred)
  • A complete and concise description of achievements in all of the above categories that apply. Please provide specific examples to illustrate the nominee’s contributions.

You can add to this distinguished group of communicators by nominating your mentor, coworker, supervisor, boss or anyone else who you think stands-out in the industry.

Nominate someone today.

Please submit your nominations by July 1, 2022, to:

Joe Lieblang
2017 Communicator of the Year
2019 Communicator of the Year Chair

IABC Detroit Names Curt McAllister 2018 Communicator of the Year

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Detroit chapter announced today that Curt McAllister, Midwestern Public Relations Manager for Toyota Motor North America, is the organization's 2018 Communicator of the Year (COTY).

The prestigious award is presented annually by IABC Detroit and honors a leader who has demonstrated excellence in the communications field.

"It's fitting that the theme of our awards program this year is super heroes, because Curt exemplifies the modern-day communications professional who must think strategically, act quickly, and often leap tall deadlines in a single bound to achieve organizational objectives," said Heather Guenther, president of IABC Detroit.

According to COTY Chair Gary Spondike, honorees are selected based on their professional achievements, leadership, and commitment to advancing the communications process in an organization.

"Curt's depth of experience, significant professional accomplishments, and commitment to profession make him a role model for others in the field," said Spondike.

McAllister is a former award-winning journalist and has been involved in the public relations field for 24 years. During that time, he earned nearly 90 awards in the public relations arena, most for work in the automotive sector. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Ferris State University. In his current role as Midwestern Public Relations Manager for Toyota Motor North America, McAllister oversees public relations and media relations efforts for Toyota and Lexus in a 14-state region, comprising the Great Lakes and Heartland states.

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