Linhart PR Managing Partner Paul Raab, APR, tapped for lifetime achievement award

DENVER – Aug. 8, 2023 – Linhart Public Relations, a national communications strategy and engagement firm based in Colorado, won five awards from the Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) during the chapter’s annual Gold Pick Awards event. The firm was recognized for its outstanding work supporting clients in the energy, professional services, healthcare and food and beverage industries. In addition, Paul Raab, APR, the firm’s managing partner, received the chapter’s Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Raab received the Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished service to the PR profession, community and PRSA. He brings more than three decades of corporate PR and counseling experience to Linhart PR and its clients. Before joining Linhart PR in 2006, Raab was director of communications for A.T. Kearney, the Chicago-based global management consulting firm, and he worked as a senior vice president at Golin in Chicago for 11 years. During his 18 years in Chicago, Raab served as president of the PRSA Chicago chapter. He is a graduate of Ohio University. Since coming to Colorado, Raab has served on the boards of the Colorado Mountain Club and Naturally Boulder, an economic development group focused on the natural and organic products industry.

Sharon Linhart, founder of Linhart Public Relations, was a recipient of the Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by PRSA Colorado for my work in public relations,” Raab said. “PRSA has been an important part of my professional life for many years and I’m grateful to my business partners, teammates and Linhart PR clients for the opportunity to do rewarding, challenging work that helps create community, increase understanding and bring so much value to society.”

Linhart PR also was recognized for its work and results with Black Hills Energy, Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner., Cochlear Americas and Graebel Companies, Inc., receiving the following awards:

  • Gold Pick: Beef. It's What's For Dinner. Showcases Beef’s Versatility, Affordability & Quality for Summer Grilling Season (Earned Media Relations, Packaged Goods)  
  • Gold Pick: Beef. It's What's For Dinner. Celebrates An Exceptional Cattle Rancher Making a Positive Impact (Earned Media Relations, Packaged Goods)  
  • Gold Pick: Black Hills Energy Helps Colorado Utility Customers Use Less Energy and Save Money (Earned Media Relations, Consumer Services)
  • Gold Pick: Cochlear Harnesses the Power of a Celebrity Advocate to Educate Key Audiences on Hearing Loss and Generate Awareness in Local Markets (Events and Observances, Business)
  • Gold Pick: Reaching Global C-Suite Executives with Compelling Sponsored Content for Graebel (Paid Promotions)

Linhart PR client, Hillary Makens, executive director, issues management & public relations for Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner., managed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, also won the chapter’s Public Relations Person of the Year award.

About Linhart Public Relations

Linhart Public Relations, a national communications strategy and engagement firm based in Colorado, partners with forward-thinking organizations to achieve their business objectives through the power of strategic communications. Key industry areas include premium food and beverage, multi-unit restaurants, energy and utilities, health and wellness, and financial and professional services. Founded in 1996, Linhart PR is recognized as an award-winning firm for its client work and business results, including being named PR Week Boutique Agency of the Year and being featured regularly on Best Places to Work in Public Relations lists. For more information, visit

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