The International Association of Business Communicators has named Fort Myers Beach resident Barbara Puffer, an Accredited Business Communicator, as one of this year's IABC Fellows. The IABC Fellow Award is the highest honor the association can bestow on a member, and acknowledges outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment and service to IABC and the profession. The award will be presented at the opening general session of the association's World Conference in Chicago in June. Puffer runs Puffer Public Relations Strategies, based on Fort Myers Beach.
Fellow selection criteria include contribution to the organizational communication field and profession; career achievement; authorship, speaking and lecturing; contributions to IABC; and other professional recognition for community activities and other business-related activities.
"The Fellow selection process is never an easy one because there are always many qualified nominees," said Brad Whitworth, ABC and 2012 Fellows Committee Chair. "The committee selected an outstanding IABC leader this year in Barbara. When you read her biography that shows her contributions to the communication profession and his volunteer activities for IABC and other organizations, you can't help but be impressed. We're delighted to welcome her as an IABC Fellow."
Barbara Puffer joined IABC in 1974 and there are few areas in which she hasn't been involved. She was Research Foundation chair in 1997 and Region Director of the Year in 2009. She has also served on numerous boards: CT chapter, 1970s; U.S. District 1 board, 1985-1990; Accreditation Council/Committee, 1984-1995; International Executive Board, 1985-1989, and Heritage Region as Director. Today, she is an Accreditation examiner, and serves on the Heritage Region Conference and Foundation advisory committees.
Puffer's efforts with other organizations are similarly prolific as she has also been honored for her teaching at University of Maryland and worked with volunteer leadership organizations such as the Special Olympics, American School for the Deaf, United Way, Bristol (Conn.) Girls Club Family Center, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Connecticut Race For the Cure, Bristol Hospital and Very Special Arts Connecticut. She has also spoken and lectured on topics for IABC and other organizations.
"I am overwhelmed and humbled with gratitude to be named Fellow -- to be in the company of so many esteemed colleagues, mentors and friends, Puffer said. "It's an understatement to say that this international association opens a world of opportunity. For 39 years, my personal and professional IABC friendships have enriched my knowledge and expertise at every turn of my career. Thank you. I intend to continue paying that gift forward."
The International Association of Business Communicators is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in 1970, IABC serves more than 15,000 members in 70 countries. For more information, visit www.iabc.com.
--submitted by Archana Verma (IABC)