Gwin Johnston receives top honors for lifetime of accomplishments
Friday, 16 September 2011 18:44

GwinOur CEO, Gwinavere Johnston will be inducted into the Denver Press Club’s Hall of Fame tonight, an honor that recognizes her ongoing leadership in the public relations field and in the Denver community, where she has made numerous contributions.

“Gwin Johnston is not only a remarkably creative communicator, she also gives back to our community as much as anyone I know. Gwin is most deserving to join the best of the best at the Denver Press Club,” Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said when he learned Johnston was being recognized.

Johnston was a 28-year-old single mother when she founded The Johnston Group, and it eventually evolved into one of the largest public relations firm in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Known best for her crisis communications work, Johnston counseled BAE Baggage Systems when they came under fire, accused of causing the delayed opening of Denver International Airport because of flaws in their baggage systems. Johnston also worked with executives at Odwalla Juice when e-coli deaths were tied to their product.

At one time or another, Johnston has been involved in just about every Public Relations association. She was on the founding board of the Council of Public Relations Firms, the only association of firms in the country.  She has previously served as president of the Counselor’s Academy and the Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Most recently, Johnston served for four years as president of the North American Division of IPREX – a partnership of independent public relations firms around the globe. In that capacity, Johnston has traveled the world sharing her knowledge.

Johnston served on the University of Wyoming Foundation board for 12 years and is a member of the board of advisers of the College of Art and Sciences.

An active leader in her community, Johnston has worked with the Mayor’s office, the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs. She also has devoted a great deal of time to nonprofits, serving on boards for the Girl Scouts, the Altitude Research Center at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, the IIE, the Denver Athletic Club and the Two Percent Club, to name just a few.  Her firm has done pro bono public relations for countless non-profit clients. They also conducted Cocktail Talk trainings for just as many organizations’ boards of directors.

JohnstonWells has received numerous accolades through the years, including dozens of Gold Pick Awards from the Colorado Chapter of  the Public Relations Society of America. Colorado PRSA awarded her with the Lifetime Achievement award.

But none of those honors compare to being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Johnston said.

“I have spent a lifetime in Public Relations – it’s fast-paced, fascinating work. It’s so incredible to be recognized for the work I’ve loved every minute of,” Johnston said.