The stars came out: 2019 KC IABC Quills winners


Here’s well-deserved recognition for some of the best marketing communications work in Kansas City.

KC IABC held its annual KC Quills award celebration at the River Market Event Place in July. The KC Quills Awards recognizes the best in Kansas City marketing communications in a diverse category of skill sets. Congratulations to all the winners in the following categories.

Awards of Merit

Corporate Social Responsibility
Salvation Army/Westlake Hardware Fan Drive
Tom Mentzer, Susan Shank and Elaine Symanski

Employee Engagement
Burns & McDonnell

Quill Awards

Customer Relations
Email Newsletters Resonate with Clients
CBIZ Insurance Services

Employee Engagement
Can You Escape?
The University of Kansas Health System

Social Media Programs
Bench to Bedside
The University of Kansas Cancer Center

Cerner Innovation in Motion
Cerner and Dimensional Innovations

ERISA is a Friend of Mine
Lockton Companies

Corporate Writing
First Among Equals
Chris Marshall

Digital Communication
Women’s History Month
American Century Investments

Non-Profit Writing
2018 End of Year Campaign

Benchmark Magazine
Burns & McDonnell

Beyond the Bench
The University of Kansas Cancer Center

Special Events
9450 Virtual Expansion Event
Burns & McDonnell

Best in Show Award
Can You Escape?
The University of Kansas Health System

Floyd Walker Incredible Volunteer
Joyce Allard

The Floyd Walker Incredible Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a KC IABC member whose work for the chapter has gone much further than most. The award is meant to honor and remind us of the late Floyd Walker, who was Mr. IABC for many years back in the 70s and 80s. Floyd’s outsized level of energy, his incredible laugh and his dedication to his fellow members were legendary.

Arthur E. Lowell Award
Sheri Johnson
The Arthur E. Lowell Award is the highest honor given by KC IABC, and is named for the late Arthur E. Lowell, who demonstrate special qualities of excellence, achievement and civic involvement. The award is given to one who exemplifies a high level of personal ethics and service to the community and fosters an environment conducive to professional growth of those involved in the marketing and communications field.

Winners from the KC Quills Awards are eligible to submit to the 2020 IABC Gold Quill Awards, which will be evaluated on a seven point scale of excellence. The final deadline to enter is January 23, 2020, and winners will be announced at the IABC World Conference in Chicago next June. Read more.

The KC IABC chapter is a seven-time winner of IABC’s International Chapter of the Year award with a focus on professional development, networking, career opportunities for KC communicators and more. To learn more about KC IABC, visit