AMA Tampa Bay launches Marketer of the Year Awards: Names Publix as inaugural Marketing Hall of Fame recipient

(PR NewsChannel) / February 2, 2016 / TAMPA, Fla. 

PublixThe American Marketing Association (AMA) Tampa Bay is pleased to announce that Publix Super Markets will be the inaugural Marketing Hall of Fame recipient as part of its inaugural Marketer of the Year Awards. The Hall of Fame recognizes a venerable local brand that has distinguished themselves in the marketing community for their excellence.

“Publix Super Markets has a long-standing history in the Tampa Bay community and has established itself as a well-known, loved brand. Through heart-warming and also savvy marketing campaigns and dedication to the customer experience, Publix continues to be seen as a leader in the marketing and community relations disciplines. The AMA is pleased to honor this esteemed leader in the marketing community with our first Marketing Hall of Fame award,” said Kristin Whitaker, VP-Marketer of the Year, event chair.

Publix will be honored as part of the Marketer of the Year awards ceremony, hosted by the AMA Tampa Bay chapter, on March 23, 2016 at the Centre Club. Brands and agencies from all over Tampa Bay will join in the celebration as marketing leaders and teams receive recognition for their results-based work.

“It is an honor for Publix to be part of the AMA Tampa Bay’s Marketer of the Year Awards, specifically as the first local brand inducted into the Hall of Fame. We have a talented and energetic marketing team focused on doing great work, so it’s rewarding to have our peers recognize those efforts,” said Maria Brous, Director of Media and Community Relations, Publix Super Markets. “Publix has long been a proud community partner in Tampa Bay and we are thankful to be a pivotal part of the culture that makes it great!”

Founded in 1930 by George Jenkins, Publix is the largest employee-owned retail grocery chain in the United States. Their mission is to be the premier quality food retailer in the world. Publix is one of the 10 largest-volume supermarket chains in the country. Retail sales in 2014 reached $30.6 billion. Currently there are 1,111 store locations in the Southeast employing over 179,000 people.

AMA Tampa Bay Marketer of the Year Awards
The Marketer of the Year awards ceremony will be held on March 23, 2016
at the Centre Club, Tampa. As the Tampa Bay area’s premier, results-based marketing award, the Marketer of the Year will recognize and honor the very best marketers from both brands and agencies for their work, excellence and success in 14 categories, as well as an overall winner, the prestigious Grand Marketer of the Year. Publix Super Markets will be awarded the Marketing Hall of Fame and a Distinguished Educator of the Year will also be recognized.

Candidates that believe they have an award-winning marketing campaign from 2015 can submit their applications. The awards criteria are results-based so companies and budgets of all sizes are encouraged to enter the competition. Any marketing work that was created by a marketer, marketing agency, or advertising agency based in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota or surrounding areas is eligible for submission.

Go to for details and to complete a Marketer of the Year application. All entries must be submitted by February 10, 2016.

AMA Tampa Bay is a membership organization of marketing professionals with the mission to foster an interactive community dedicated to the future of marketing and innovation. AMA provides access to marketing resources, networking opportunities, career resources and monthly events with nationally recognized speakers discussing the latest trends, developments and hot topics in marketing.

For more information, please contact Kristin Whitaker-VP-Marketer of the Year or 813-262-1778. All entries must be submitted by February 10, 2016.

Go to for details and to complete an application.

Save the date for the Marketer of the Year Ceremony & Dinner, March 23, 2016, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Centre Club, Tampa. All are invited to attend.

Sponsorships are available for Marketer of the Year. Visit for details or contact Brenda McGowan .

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SOURCE:  AMA Tampa Bay

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