Del Galloway, APR, Fellow PRSA, Receives the 2018 Gold Anvil

November 2, 2018

Del Galloway [albert chau]
Del Galloway [albert chau]

PRSA honored Del Galloway, APR, Fellow PRSA, with its Gold Anvil Award, the Society’s highest individual honor recognizing lifetime achievements in public relations. PRSA Chair Anthony D’Angelo, APR, Fellow PRSA, presented the award during the General Session on Oct. 7.

Galloway has succeeded in building brands, strengthening reputations and driving results for Fortune 500 companies and other global organizations during his 35-year career — spanning the agency, corporate, nonprofit and education sectors.

As president and CEO of PRSA in 2004, Galloway established the Society’s first National Diversity Committee, and he is the Society’s first and only openly gay president and CEO. He is also an architect of Universal Accreditation, a designation adopted by multiple communications organizations recognizing excellence in public relations.

“Del Galloway has contributed leadership, vision and strategic thinking through a range of practice sectors and successful roles, demonstrating his versatility, energy and collaborative spirit,” D’Angelo said. “I’m proud to call him my mentor and friend, and congratulate him on this fitting honor.”

Currently vice president of communications at Wells Fargo in its Atlantic Region, Galloway previously was vice president of communications at United Way Worldwide, a global nonprofit leader. He has served with Young & Rubicam; Cohn & Wolfe; and Husk Jennings Galloway + Partners, where he was co-owner of this Jacksonville, Fla.-based PR and advertising agency.

Galloway holds a master’s in communications and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida, where he is honored as an “Alumni of Distinction.”

Backstage Q-and-A With Del Galloway

Through the years you’ve seen many outstanding PRSA members honored with the Gold Anvil. Did you ever think you might be receiving the award yourself some day?

Oh, no — certainly not.

For 70 years, the Gold Anvil has recognized lifetime achievement in advancing public relations. Industry icons received this award — Bernays, Burson, Burger, Cutlip, Dukes, Foster, Jackson, Plank and many others. That I’m now included in their company is humbling. What an honor.

What does this honor mean to you — both personally and professionally?

It’s rewarding, particularly to be recognized by your peers. Professionally, it’s an affirmation that I’ve helped advance our profession. Personally, it’s a reminder of the famous quote of Arthur Ashe, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

What do you attribute to your success during your career?

The love and support of family and friends; that safety net makes all the difference. It allows one to take chances, to fail — or succeed — and still feel the love. Plus, always knowing that relationships are what matter most.

What would the Del Galloway in 2018 go back and tell the account executive Del Galloway fresh out of the University of Florida?

He’d tell Del, “You were right: relationships are what matter most — and kindness, collaboration and civility go a long way, too.”

What do you think might be some of the topics of discussion at the PRSA International Conference in 2028?

I suspect we’ll discuss what we’ve long explored, which is foundational to public relations: understanding human behavior, and how to ensure we’re trusted advisers to our clients.

In general, what’s your outlook for the PR/communications profession?

Illuminating! We’re a profession filled with possibilities. We have been and will continue to be the conscience of an organization; the bridge between an organization and its stakeholders. Exciting stuff! — John Elsasser


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