PITTSBURGH – Jan. 26, 2024 – Gatesman is honored to announce Beth Thompson, VP, Director of PR & Social Media, has earned the esteemed title of PRSA Pittsburgh’s 2024 Communicator of the Year. Thompson was recognized by members of the Pittsburgh public relations community for exemplary contributions to the field on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the 2024 PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards.

“It it is rare to find a talent who cares so deeply, strives so hard and always brings the energy to compete—Beth brings that,” said Shannon Baker, president, Gatesman. “She embodies passion, creativity, teamwork and responsibility. Beth is the heart of Gatesman, and I have no doubt that she will continue to build her legacy.” 

Thompson began her career at Gatesman, starting as what Baker describes as a high-potential assistant account executive and ultimately advancing to her current role as department director. Her selection as Communicator of the Year underscores her impressive achievements over the course of her career thus far, including securing hundreds of news headlines, significantly expanding the agency’s growth and earning more than 80 awards as a leader and key contributor to her clients’ business and work.

“The contributions Beth has made to our agency’s culture and our clients’ success have been phenomenal,” said John Gatesman, CEO. “It doesn’t matter what the challenge is, Beth is the one to go around, through and underneath to make it happen.”

Thompson’s achievement also acknowledges her impact beyond the agency, including active involvement in PRSA Pittsburgh and IPREX—the global, independent PR agency network. Thompson was a member of IPREX’s inaugural Emerging Leaders Academy calls in 2021-2022. She also serves as a member of her alma mater Slippery Rock University’s Communications Department Academic Advisory Council, helping to shape curriculum and coursework to prepare the next generation of PR professionals. Thompson actively gives back to the community as well, leveraging her expertise as a member of the Western Pennsylvania Diabetes Association’s executive board.

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About Gatesman:

With offices in Pittsburgh and Chicago, Gatesman offers expertise in strategy/branding, advertising, public relations, social media, digital and analytics. Gatesman is a partner in AMINWorldwide, an alliance of over 50 independent marketing agencies, and IPREX, a global communications network. Gatesman acquired Quest Fore in 2014and Noble Communications in 2017.