Michelle Ubben Named Best Executive

Press Release from Ron Sachs Communications

Tallahassee – A leading Florida communications executive is receiving national acclaim as a leader in advertising, marketing, and public relations. Ron Sachs Communications today announced Michelle Ubben, partner and chief operating officer of the firm, has been named the 2008 winner of the international Stevie Award, recognizing top women in business. During ceremonies last week in New York City, Ubben was named Best Executive – Service Businesses for Up to 100 Employees in Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations in the Women in Business category.

“We are extremely excited Michelle has received such a prestigious award,” said Ron Sachs, President and CEO of Ron Sachs Communications. “This is a global recognition of our esteemed colleague, and we are very fortunate to have her as a leader of the Ron Sachs Communications team. We value her dedication to the firm and our hard-working staff.”

In October, Ubben became a finalist in the Best Executive category of the 5th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, which is an international competition that honors women executives, entrepreneurs and the companies they run. The Stevie Awards are produced by the American Business Awards creators and have been hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” (New York Post, April 27, 2005).

Eight other women were chosen as finalists in Ubben's category, including Megan Conahan, senior sales manager of Direct Agents, Inc. in New York, NY; Claire Koeneman, co-president of Financial Relations Board in Chicago, IL; 
Leslie Singer, president and chief creative officer of G2 Branding & Design in New York, NY; Samantha Bedford, vice president/Client Services and Analytics of Location3 Media in Denver, CO; Shannon Morris, president of Sigma Group in Oradell, NJ; 
Jennifer Louis, creative director of ThinkMonster in Atlanta, GA; 
Tara Walpert Levy, president of Visible World in New York, NY; and 
Lydia Wilbanks, managing partner of WilbanksElam in Birmingham, AL.

Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors who selected the Stevie Award winners include industry leaders from major marketing, advertising and public relations entities reaching from Scotland to Washington D.C., from Los Angeles to Tokyo.

Ubben's past achievements include being named by the Tallahassee Democrat as one of the top businesswomen in the region in 2007. Ubben also was named one of Tallahassee's "25 Women You Need to Know,” in celebration of Women's History Month. In 2006, PR News chose Ubben as one of five national finalists for the distinct honor of "Agency Executive of the Year" award. She also received honorable mention for her successful reengineering of firm operations that increased revenue by 27 percent.

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