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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

IABC Nashville Announces Music City Gold Pen Awards 2018 Winners

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Nashville Chapter presented the 2018 Music City Gold Pen Awards on Sept. 20, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Pete Weber, the Voice of the Predators who is beginning his 21st season as part of the Nashville Predators broadcast crew, presented 28 awards in categories ranging from internal communications to social media programs. Photos from the event are posted on

Genma Stringer Holmes and Pete Weber, the voice of the Nashville Predators.
Lysa Rigo and Genma Stringer Holmes
Pete Weber
Gene Boulware, IABC Nashville Chapter President and Genma Stringer Holmes

Award winners at this year’s event, which was sponsored by Exhibits South, StagePost, Vincit Group, and Sollie Studios, represented a range of industries, including strategic communications, education and healthcare. 2018 year’s award winners are:

  • Angela Argiro, MP&F Strategic Communications
  • Michelle Fowler, MP&F Strategic Communications
  • Amanda Gambill, MP&F Strategic Communications
  • Laura Haynes, FirstBank
  • Genma Holmes, The Ohio State University
  • Mich Michaud, M*Modal
  • Mich Michaud, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Cole Miracle, MP&F Strategic Communications
  • Misty Moore & Mignonne Blair, HCA Physician Services Group Communications
  • Ameerah Palacios, APR, MBAMetro Nashville Public Schools
  • Rosemary Plorin, Lovell Communications Inc.
  • Jan Read, Vanderbilt University
  • Rob Scobey, World Christian Broadcasting
  • Javier Solano, MP&F Strategic Communications
  • Millie Wert, MP&F Strategic Communications
“It’s a great joy to recognize the most talented communicators in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky with the Music City Gold Pen Awards,” said IABC President Gene Boulware. “The annual awards ceremony not only recognizes great work, but also provides attendees with the opportunity to connect with top professionals who are raising the bar for excellence in communications.”

Genma Stringer Holmes, the owner of Holmes Pest Control and GSH Media, won three Gold Pen Awards for Excellence in Communications for her work with The Ohio State University. She won in the division of communications research, digital communication, and social media.  Genma shared later, "It was an honor and privilege to work with the researchers at the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children, and Youth at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. I am so thankful for Dr. Karen Patricia Williams and her guidance throughout the project with the university and beyond. To receive recognition by IABC who sets the global standards for communicators is more than I ever hoped or imagined. It was a beautiful day and to have so many friends from near and far to be in attendance to show their support will always be cherished by me."

Visit to learn more about the Music City Gold Pen Awards, IABC Nashville, and our professional development luncheons and networking mixers. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

IABC Nashville is one of more than 100 chapters in 70 countries providing learning opportunities for its members and professional development sessions that offer new insights into the latest communication trends, technology and issues facing the industry. The chapter is diverse, with members representing area agencies, broadcast stations, corporations, universities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. IABC Nashville also offers ties to job bank services and the annual Music City Gold Pen Awards program. IABC is the only place to connect with communicators globally.

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Photos by Earl Flippen

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