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Anatomy of Award-Winning Communications: Examining EPPC Awards Winners

Gain insight into the judging process for our annual EPPC Awards and learn tips to improve application write-ups and fine-tune submission materials.
February 14, 2023

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Learn what makes a winning EPPC Awards submission

On Tuesday, February 14, 2023, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST, APPA will hold a webinar titled “Anatomy of Award-Winning Communications” to provide members with insight into the judging process for our annual Excellence in Public Power Communications (EPPC) Awards, as well as offer tips to improve application write-ups and fine-tune submission materials.

The EPPC Awards honor utilities, joint action agencies, and state/regional associations for high-quality, compelling communications across three categories—print & digital, social media, and video.

In advance of submissions opening for the 2023 awards, we will host a discussion with last year’s judges to allow each of them to share their unique expertise and insights with members. Moreover, attendees will hear about the elements that defined compelling entries, and how to turn a good submission into a winning one.


Tuesday, February 14, 2023, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST.


  • Barbara ArmentroutBarbara J. Armentrout, CAE is an independent consultant working exclusively in the association space. She is a frequent volunteer, including serving as awards judge for multiple professional societies.  Barbara enjoys helping associations develop and refine sustainable non-dues revenue programs that deliver solid value to the association staff and members as well as the partnering companies. Her background includes serving on association staff, at a marketing agency, and in publishing. Barbara is a Washington, D.C. native now living the good life in sunny South Florida where she happily no longer owns a snow shovel. 
  • Dr. Eric CornishDr. Eric Cornish is a tenured Professor of Graphic Design Technology at Miami Dade College (MDC) in Miami, where he has taught for over 15 years. He is an Adobe Education Leader and is certified by Adobe as a Digital Design Expert. His teaching philosophy emphasizes collaboration, inclusivity, and active learning. He is also a co-faculty advisor for a student-run literary arts magazine and founder of the D3 Art & Design Conference. Professor Cornish also leads cultural immersion study-abroad programs to promote global citizenship through design and believes that creativity is a fundamental human activity accessible to all.
  • Benjamin H. RomeBenjamin H. Rome: Creative. Storyteller. Writer. Multi-award winner. Speaker. Right-brain dreamer. Gamer. Ben H. Rome defines himself as “a unique blend of creative vision and thinking,” and is currently AIHA’s Program Director of Communications. He’s been in the association space since 2009, immersed in communications, website design, content marketing and strategy, publications, and social media. Add in an additional 25 years of experience as a creative freelancer, Ben knows award-winning and results-driven success in multimedia and transformative media, including game design, audio and video production, editing, writing, graphic design, and content creation.



  • Introduction—Tobias Sellier, Senior Director, Media Relations and Communications, American Public Power Association
  • Audience, Purpose, and Metrics—Barbara Armentrout
  • Communicating Visually—Ben Rome
  • Effective and Engaging Design—Eric Cornish
  • Q&A

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Staff from public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state/regional associations who work in communications, marketing, human resources, and customer relations.