Intrepid President Named Utah Professional Communicator of the Year
Chris Thomas Receives Honor for Intrepid’s Election to Global PR Group,
Garnering Prestigious Industry Awards and Being Named Utah’s Top PR Firm
SALT LAKE CITY – Dec. 7, 2016 – Intrepid president Chris Thomas has been named Professional Communicator of the Year by Utah’s chapters of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
Thomas received the honor for his efforts to increase Intrepid’s and Utah’s stature in the global PR industry, for garnering prestigious national and local awards and for his involvement over the past decade with Utah’s annual intercollegiate PR competition.
Most recently, Thomas played an instrumental role in Intrepid’s election as a full partner in the Worldcom Public Relations Group, making it the only Utah firm ratified by the Group. Worldcom is the largest global partnership of independently owned public relations firms with 143 offices across six continents. He also recently led Intrepid’s efforts to pass Worldcom’s rigorous peer review, the communication industry’s most comprehensive peer review process.
In 2016, Thomas led Intrepid teams that were awarded four Silver Anvils, the public relations industry’s most prestigious honor. Intrepid has garnered a total of seven Silver Anvils in the past five years. In the 70+ year history of the competition, only 16 Silver Anvils have been bestowed to Utah organizations. Under Thomas’s leadership, Intrepid has been named Utah’s top public relations firm 10 times, including the past seven consecutive years.
Thomas was also recognized for his efforts to give back, including helping to establish and lead the Utah PRSA PR Student of the Year competition. The intercollegiate competition adopts a deserving non-profit organization and then engages aspiring students from Utah colleges and universities to develop a public relations program to further the organization’s goals.
Thomas has more than 20 years of experience developing and executing hundreds of campaigns for clients including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, professional sports teams and technology companies. His experience has also encompassed managing more than 100 crises from corporate fraud and data breaches to protests, murders, kidnappings and racial issues. Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Westminster College and holds a certificate in negotiation from Harvard Law School. He is a contributing author to three books.
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