Communicator of the Year Awardees

John Deveney ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, IABC Fellow | 2014

John Deveney is not only DEVENEY’s president and founder; he’s a national leader in travel and tourism, known for some of the industry’s best campaigns, results and counsel in strategic marketing and communication. A New Orleans native, John attended Loyola University New Orleans, first graduating in 1988 (later returning for a master’s degree in mass communication).

In November 1996, John left his position at a growing public relations agency to forge a new path. His own. In opening DEVENEY, John created a new approach to professional communication, specializing in the areas of crisis, healthcare, tourism and hospitality. In his time here, John has led on-site communications during the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, managing more than $400 million in media scrutiny in war-like conditions. For his efforts, John received his twelfth IABC Gold Quill and was named PR News’ “Agency Executive of the Year” in 2006. He also led Louisiana’s Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism through the BP oil spill nightmare, reshaping public perception and preserving the state’s $9.4 billion tourism industry.

When he’s not winning industry awards or speaking internationally, John enjoys working out hard at the gym and the dinner table and has trouble deciding between shrimp, oyster or soft shell when it comes to po’boys.

John is a Southern Region member-at-large. Connect with John on LinkedIn.

Jennie L. Lamb | 2016

Jennie L. Lamb Jennie L. Lamb is Creative Manager at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), where she’s worked since 2007. She develops and provides strategic design, communication, and marketing advice, content and project management for superiors, fellow communicators and clients. She is responsible for the CVM Website, assists with email marketing efforts and social media administration and provides art direction, design and production coordination for a variety of print and digital media.

Most of her 20+ years as a professional communicator have been in support of science in higher education. She regularly guest lectures about her career and visual communications in Journalism classes at Texas A&M University, speaks about graphic design at professional communication conferences and enjoys supporting non-profits with freelance and pro bono graphic design and communications consulting work.

An active IABC member and volunteer leader since 2010, Jennie has served as President, President-Elect, VP Finance, and Awards Chair for Brazos Valley IABC. She was the 2013 and 2016–2019 Southern Region Silver Quill Awards Director and her work was the catalyst for the role to become a VP position on the Board in 2019–2020, when she moved into the VP for Communications role. She has also served IABC International as a member of the World Conference Program Advisory Committee (2016–2017), the Credentials Committee (2016–2018), and the Ethics Committee (2017–2019).

Jennie holds a Bachelor of Journalism in Media Studies degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been recognized with multiple IABC Bronze and Silver Quill Awards and by the Houston Society for Technical Communication. In 2016, IABC Southern Region named her Communicator of the Year. In 2018, Sharon Hunter, SCMP, honored Jennie with the IABC International Chair’s Award.

When Jennie isn’t working or volunteering, she enjoys collecting Monopoly games, scrapbooking, cooking and fishing with her husband, Martin, and spending quality family time with their dogs, Logan and Bruno.

Jennie is a member of Brazos Valley IABC. Connect with Jennie on LinkedIn.