AWC Honors Nancy Blanton with 2011 Founder’s Award

Nancy Blanton, the Port of Seattle Manager of Corporate Communications, received the Georgina

MacDougall Davis Founder’s Award at the meeting on June 1. In addition, the chapter awarded scholarships to four Washington state communications students.

Established in 1976, the Founder’s award (affectionately called the Georgina) is given annually to a chapter member who consistently exhibits the highest ethics, professional excellence and personal commitment in everything she does.

Blanton has been a chapter member of AWC since 1992. She has served on various committees for the group, including co-chair of the Matrix Table event, the Communicator of the Year committee, VP Membership, VP Professional Development; and in 2005 as the chapter president.

Sharon Rockwood, the 2010 Georgina Award winner, said, “Nancy is a consummate professional, and AWC is a stronger organization because of her.”

Blanton has worked at the Port of Seattle since 1999 in its Public Affairs Department. In 2010 she won the American Association of Port Authorities Award of Excellence for the Environmental Annual Report, and an Award of Merit for the Port’s Intranet Site. In addition, she has received awards from the Puget Sound chapter of Public Relations Society and the Society for Technical Communications, and a Gold CASE award.

Jane Kilburn, Director of the Port of Seattle Public Affairs Department, active member of AWC both locally and nationally, and herself a past Georgina winner, said, “Nancy has an innate ability to produce “spot-on” communications—written, visual and spoken. She is a consummate professional and adheres to the highest standards of excellence in all she does. She exudes class, and has a calm, pleasant and competent demeanor.”

An author in her own right, Blanton wrote and illustrated a children’s book titled “The Curious Adventures of Roodle Jones,” which was published in 2009. She is currently working on a novel.


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