VisitPITTSBURGH’s Marketing Department Named Best in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – VisitPITTSBURGH’s executive team is proud to announce that its Marketing Department was named the PR Team of the Year at the annual Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Renaissance Awards, held Jan. 30 at Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Additionally, the successful Pull Up a Chair. You are Welcomed Here. national campaign was honored with a Digital Renaissance Award. The award was accepted on behalf of all Pittsburghers who continue to push out the message of Pittsburgh being a welcoming city.

“We are honored to receive this Renaissance Award and we thank PRSA for recognizing our hard work,” Chief Marketing Officer Tom Loftus said. “Our Pull Up a Chair campaign is like no other in our industry, as it was conceptualized and produced in-house thanks to my innovative team and built around the act of offering someone a chair – a sign of respect and hospitality. Our success is because Pittsburghers around the world have embraced, supported and shared the message. We take pride in promoting the greatest city in the world, and we will continue to work hard to shine a bright light on Pittsburgh.”

“VisitPITTSBURGH is proud to have such a talented and creative Marketing Department that works hard each day to promote our city to the world,” Executive Vice President/Interim CEO Jerad Bachar said. “This team continues to show why Pittsburgh is a premier destination for business events, sports events and leisure travel, and I’m excited to watch them grow the Pull Up a Chair campaign.”

Also at last night’s ceremony, Bryan Iams, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marketing, and Government and Community Affairs at PPG Industries and Chairman of VisitPITTSBURGH’s Board of Directors, was honored with the coveted Hall of Fame Award for his contributions and dedication to the industry over the last 30 years.

PRSA is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals and empowers a diverse community of communications professionals who value the role that public relations plays in their careers, organizations and the region. PRSA Pittsburgh is one of the largest chapters within the Eastern Central District, one of 10 PRSA districts.

As the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, VisitPITTSBURGH is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.