FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Sept. 22, 2017) — The Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA GFW) has named Paul Paine as its 2017 Communicator of the Year. GFW PRSA’s Communicator of the Year is annually awarded to one community member who has demonstrated leadership and communications ability while involved with an issue or event of significance to the greater Fort Worth region.

Paine, president of Near Southside, Inc. and former Navy captain, will receive the 2017 Communicator of the Year Award at the sixth annual Worthy Awards gala on Wednesday, November 8, at the Fort Worth Club. Established by GFW PRSA in 2012, the Worthy Awards showcase exemplary programs and tactics created by public relations professionals in the greater Fort Worth region.

A committee comprised of GFW PRSA board members selected Paine as Communicator of the Year because he has clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of collaborative leadership and communications skills to build a vibrant and culturally-rich community in Fort Worth.

“We’re beyond thrilled to honor Paul Paine as our 2017 Communicator of the Year,” said Claire Armstrong, president of GFW PRSA. “Paul exemplifies open, honest communication that inspires, informs, and shakes us out of complacency, while serving the public interest of the near Southside community and city of Fort Worth. Outstanding community leaders like Paul are what make this city such a tremendous place to live, work and serve.”

Since 2005, Paine has served as the president of Near Southside, Inc., a private, member-funded, 501 (c)(4) nonprofit organization working to revitalize the Near Southside. Paine also provides his skills and knowledge to area nonprofits, serving as chairman of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission, and as a board member of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau and Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth.

“I am extremely honored to be recognized by PRSA for this prestigious award,” said Paine. “It is very humbling because no one person could ever accomplish the revitalization of a major city district alone. The greatest challenge in bringing a diverse group together around a common cause is communications, but it is the driver behind the team that gets things done.”

Paine served the U.S. Navy for 26 years, where he commanded a F-14 Tomcat Squadron, spent three years in the Pentagon, and was the commanding officer at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.

Previous Communicator of the Year award winners include:

  • 2012 – Joel Burns, Fort Worth City Councilman
  • 2013 – Betsy Price, Mayor of the City of Fort Worth
  • 2014 – Walter Danby, superintendent of FWISD
  • 2015 – Patsy Thomas, president of Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County
  • 2016 – Robert Earley, president & CEO of JPS Health Network

In addition to honoring Paul Paine as Communicator of the Year, GFW PRSA will present more than 60 awards to area public relations and communications professionals for exceptional work in the field of public relations and strategic communications during the Worthy Awards gala. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and awards presentation at 7:30 p.m., with improv comedy troupe Four Day Weekend serving as masters of ceremonies. Individual tickets are $85 for members, $100 for non-members, and $50 for students. Sponsorships and advertising opportunities are available starting at $100 to $1,500, and details are online at


The Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (GFW PRSA) is an organization dedicated to enhancing the profession of public relations by promoting the professionalism of its members. Established in 1986 and serving more than 200 public relations practitioners in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the chapter is comprised of public relations and communications talent in the corporate, nonprofit and agency sectors. Its members are agency leaders, corporate communication practitioners, crisis communication experts, investor relations executives, media relations and social media gurus, freelancers, “wordsmith” pros and more. For more information, visit GFW PRSA:

# # #

3 Ways Effective Communicators Structure Unforgettable Messages

Even the best ideas must be presented in a way the listener will understand & remember. Here are 3 structures to help you communicate more effectively, via Entrepreneur.

June 2017 Luncheon

June 2017

“Cut through the Clutter. Get Noticed and Be Heard!”
Wednesday, June 14 – GFW PRSA June Luncheon

Sponsored By: Frasch Office Supply 

Join us Wednesday, June 14, for the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of PRSA luncheon at the City Club of Fort Worth in downtown, where a panel of DFW’s top journalists will offer insights on cutting through the clutter to make your pitches heard.

Register today!

The panel will also go into the “sausage-making” side of news planning, so you can see why your story pitch may make a morning cut, but doesn’t make it to air. Additionally, the panel will address new uses of social media and how you can utilize these news outlets’ websites and new media platforms to generate attention.

The panel will be driven, for the most part, by YOUR questions. Think about what you want to know and come prepared.

John McCaa, WFAA-TV Channel 8 anchor
Brandon Todd, FOX 4 reporter/anchor
Alexandra Myers Russell, NBC 5 assignment editor
Freda Ross, WBAP/KLIF news director
Deanna Boyd, Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter

Charlie Hodges, GFW PRSA chapter member, owner of Charlie Hodges Media
Charlie works both sides of the fence through his company and also as a Sunday morning anchor and reporter at the CBS Radio properties TSN and KRLD NewsRadio 1080.

May 2017 Luncheon


“Fast, Faster, Fastest: How to Find Joy & Balance in Today’s Lightning-Speed Life.”
Wednesday, May 10 – GFW PRSA May Luncheon PicMonkey Collage

Partnered With: Blue Zones Project and Murnahan Public Relations 

Join us Wednesday, May 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The City Club of Fort Worth as we welcome Tatiana Miller, who will share tools to help us live a well-balanced life.

Register today!

Tatiana has a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and marketing from The University of Texas at Austin, and is a yoga teacher, stress management consultant, Ayurvedic (one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems) health counselor and clinical specialist. Tatiana, who has studied with renowned teachers such as Deepak Chopra and Dr. Marc Halpren, is currently working on a doctorate in alternative medicine. Her motto, taken from Chopra, is to “bridge the technological miracles of the west with the ancient wisdom of the east.”

Life comes at you fast, no matter what life stage you’re in. From the fresh college graduates trying to adjust to new work schedules while also maintaining friendships, volunteerism and new relationships, to the new parents enduring sleepless nights and early morning meetings and schedules that just aren’t meshing. Once the kids get older, their schedules are often in conflict with yours. Even later in your career, when you assume life would go at a slower pace, you just can’t seem to find the even keel. Adult children move back home after college, aging parents require care, too many volunteer jobs, not to mention the 24-hour news cycle and never-ending feeling to be connected. Life moves fast and can often feel out of balance.

Invite your friends for this unique topic at the Greater Fort Worth chapter of PRSA. The more of us learning together, the better equipped we will all be to lead a fulfilled professional and personal life in our community.

January 2017 Luncheon


“How to Be Effective in an Ever-Changing Information Environment ”
January 11 – GFW PRSA January Luncheon

Join the Greater Fort Worth PRSA chapter on Wednesday, January 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the City Club of Fort Worth to learn how to be effective in the ever-changing global information environment. Our chapter’s own Robert Hastings, APR, Fellow PRSA, will share how to plan and implement strategic communications in a corporate world. He will touch on how to use research to better target your audiences, focus your strategies, measure your success and improve your ROI.

Register today!