SOURCE: Fifth Ring

Fifth Ring

June 24, 2011 14:07 ET

Fifth Ring Wins PRSA Houston 2011 Mid-Size Agency of the Year, Firm's Houston Leader Wins PR Professional of the Year

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Jun 24, 2011) - Fifth Ring, the award-winning global integrated corporate communications firm, is celebrating after its Houston office picked up two prestigious awards. The firm won the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Houston 2011 Mid-Size Agency of the Year Award, while Brad Leone, Fifth Ring PR Leader, was named PR Professional of the Year.

The awards were presented to Fifth Ring at the annual PRSA Excalibur Awards Gala on Thursday evening (June 23). The Mid-Size Agency award was open to any Houston-area agency with a verified annual revenue between $500,000-$999,999 in 2010.

The PRSA Houston Excalibur Awards for Excellence Program is an annual, peer-judged competition that honours outstanding professional accomplishments in the development and execution of comprehensive public relations programs, highlights individual communications tactics and recognizes outstanding individual and team achievements.

"To be acknowledged by PRSA Houston and our peers as the mid-sized agency of the year in Fifth Ring's second full year of existence in Houston is amazing," said Brad Leone, PR Leader and head of Fifth Ring's Houston office. "Winning this award illustrates that Fifth Ring is well ahead of schedule in meeting our goal to deliver strategic public relations campaigns that increase awareness for our customers while strengthening their business."

The PRSA Cincinnati chapter, which judged the awards, said about the agency: "In two years, Fifth Ring has gone from an international communication agency with no local presence, to a Houston PR powerhouse. With just a handful of staff, Fifth Ring has been able to consistently grow its business, provide exemplary client service and remain innovative and creative."

The Public Relations Professional of the Year Award recognizes an established practitioner for exceptional leadership; outstanding achievements in public relations; knowledge of PR strategy, tactics and budgeting; and contributions to the community, the PR profession and his employer. All PR professionals who have been in full-time practice for more than three years are eligible.

The PRSA Cincinnati chapter said the following about Leone: "As the PR Leader and Vice President of Fifth Ring Houston, Brad Leone has taken an international firm with no local presence to speak of in 2008 and grown it into a half-million dollar business in two years. His ability to develop and implement influential communications strategies and tactics were evident in work with Fifth Ring clients, all while growing the practice and helping develop Fifth Ring's local identity, brand and culture."

Fifth Ring is a global integrated corporate communications company dedicated to business-to-business communications -- with a specialty in oil & gas. The firm started in Houston in August 2008 with the opening of its public relations practice.

Since then, the company has provided strategic public relations and crisis communications support for major companies in the energy industry as well as other business-to-business companies. In 2010, the firm's clients included BP, GE Oil & Gas, Expro, Artificial Lift Co., Tensar, Argus Subsea, Petrofac Training Services, CORESTAFF and One Media Corp.

In 2009 Fifth Ring won a PRSA Houston Gold Excalibur Award for the HIMA Americas North America Marcoms Campaign entry.

The company employs more than 80 people across the United Kingdom, United States, Middle East and Asia.

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About Fifth Ring
Fifth Ring delivers award-winning, results-driven public relations and marketing campaigns for its clients. The firm specializes in providing communications support for the energy industry, with offices located in the main oil & gas capitals of the world: Aberdeen, Scotland; Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE; Houston and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Houston office specializes in public relations, crisis management and PR-driven online engagement in a Business-to-Business setting.