By Talia Myres
When I was a kid, being part of a winning team was fun. I felt a sense of accomplishment when my name was called and I was handed a trophy. I couldn’t wait to get home and put it on my shelf so everyone could see it.
As an adult, that same sense of pride still exists, and I’m lucky enough to experience it on a yearly basis as part of Cherokee Nation Businesses’ winning communications team.
Each year, we submit the projects we’ve worked on to various groups such as the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators and Ragan Communications, to name a few.
Sometimes, we compete against other local groups and businesses, but other times, we compete on a national level. In 2012, our publication Where the Casino Money Goes won the Ragan’s PR Daily Award for Best External Publication (Print or Online), beating out industry giants like Time Warner Cable.
This year, we won a PRSA Silver Link award for Where the Casino Money Goes, and last week, we won eight IABC Bronze Quill awards for our brochures, press releases, media alerts and economic impact report.
It’s gratifying to win these awards, but even more fulfilling is the fact that our publications and work are being recognized as effective, top-tier communication pieces. These awards confirm that we’re successfully communicating important messages from the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses. We’re letting our citizens and employees know how we’re spending the money earned from our diversified businesses. We’re featuring real people and their success stories. We’re reaching out to the communities where we live and work and illustrating how we’re a proud partner of Oklahoma.
I encourage you to take the time to read some of our award-winning pieces and learn how CNB is making an impact on Oklahoma. Because although winning awards is definitely gratifying, the satisfaction of knowing we’re making a difference in the lives of our citizens, our communities and our state is far better than any award we can put on our shelf.