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Network recognizes agencies for outstanding client work in international awards show at bi-annual meeting in Bucharest, Romania

PRGN's executive director Gábor Jelinek, left, pictured next to HMA Public Relations president Scott Hanson

(BUCHAREST, Romania – Nov. 8, 2018) – The Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) announced the appointment of Gábor Jelinek as its first executive director at its fall meeting held in Bucharest, Romania.  The international group also recognized its member agencies with awards for the best communications campaigns in the past year.

As PRGN’s executive director, Jelinek will oversee all aspects of the global organization, ensuring that strategic objectives are effectively met while developing new sponsorship initiatives, enhancing partnerships and creating fresh marketing opportunities for PRGN’s participating firms, their staffs and clients.

“The network is pleased to welcome Gábor Jelinek to the team,” said C.L. Conroy, current president of PRGN and CEO of Miami-based The Conroy Martinez Group. “We are confident that with the addition of the executive director, PRGN will meet its strategic growth goals and push our organization to new heights.”

With nearly 15 years of agency management experience following a decade in journalism, Jelinek brings extensive knowledge in management and international relations, along with an in-depth understanding of communications disciplines and practices. Jelinek spent 10 years as a partner at Hungary-based, PRGN-affiliate partner, Goodwill Communications, where he managed the business communications portfolio of clients in multiple industries. Prior to joining Goodwill Communications, Jelinek served as client service director at Weber Shandwick in Hungary, as well as editor-in-chief of The Budapest Business Journal.


Also, at its fall meeting, PRGN recognized its member agencies’ best public relations campaigns that were carried out over the past 12 months. This year, a record number of 29-member agencies participated in the network’s annual International Best Practice Awards program, with 106 entries submitted, of which the best-of-the-best earned awards, as voted upon by member agency leadership.

“Each year we recognize the best performing campaigns that our agencies accomplish for their clients in the previous 12 months,” said Conroy. “There is always great excitement along with some surprises. This year we were pleased to see a record number of agencies participating in the contest, further increasing its weight and depth in the international public relations scene. I congratulate all of our agencies for their outstanding work and express my appreciation to our clients who place their trust and reputation in our member agencies. These award-winning projects and case studies show the breadth of professional knowledge of our members and the high-level of service they carry out for clients across the globe.”

Overall, the most recognized agencies in the 2018 contest were HWB Communications of South Africa and Landis Communications, Inc. (LCI) of San Francisco, California, which both received two golden, two silver and one bronze awards. They were followed by Spider PR of London, UK with two golden, one sliver and two bronze awards. The highest number of golden awards were collected by L.C. Williams & Associates of Chicago, Illinois, which earned three  golden awards in Bucharest as well as a bronze.

Other agencies winning multiple awards were Free Communication of Bucharest, Romania; ADVERUM of Vilnius, Lithuania; Buchanan Public Relations of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The Conroy Martinez Group of Miami, Florida; The Fearey Group of Seattle, Washington; Goodwill Communications of Budapest, Hungary; Media Profile of Toronto, Canada; Multi Communications of Warsaw, Poland; Perspective Strategies of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Sound Public Relations of Milan, Italy; Stevens Strategic Communications of Cleveland, Ohio; and Xenophon Strategies of Washington D.C.

HMA Public Relations is a founding member of PRGN. Established  in 1990 by a group of visionary public relations leaders, now with more than $101 million in revenues and approximately 1,000 professionals in 50 locations, PRGN is one of the world’s largest international public relations networks. PRGN partners are independent, local, owner-operated public relations and marketing communications firms that share expertise and resources, while providing broad-based comprehensive communications strategies to clients worldwide. Companies or organizations interested in the services of PRGN’s local agency network can visit for more information.

Independent agencies interested in joining the network can visit the member recruitment section of the PRGN website,, for more information or email its membership chair, Lynn Erasmus, general manager, HWB Communications at


About HMA Public Relations

HMA Public Relations is a full-service marketing communications agency whose experience encompasses such disciplines as public relations, traditional media relations and digital communications, marketing communications, issues management, community relations and special events.

Located at 3610 N. 44th St., Suite 110 in Phoenix, HMA Public Relations can be reached at (602) 957-8881. Its web address is

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