By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– The California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) announced at its annual conference in Long Beach that Kathie Martin, marketing and public affairs officer for the Town of Apple Valley, was selected as the 2015 Paul B. Clark honoree, the highest individual recognition given by the statewide organization.
Martin was recognized for her professional commitment, mentoring of others and fostering a greater understanding of CAPIO among professional colleagues, community members and the media. Honoring the memory of esteemed founding member and colleague Paul B. Clark, the award bearing his name is given to an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership in the communications field.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers,” Martin said. “Public information officials do important work, forging the connection between our agency and those we serve. I’m proud to live and work in a community where that is valued, and I’m thrilled to be selected for the Paul B. Clark award.”
CAPIO is a statewide group serving communication professionals throughout the public sector including cities, counties, state agencies, special districts and private sector firms who support government communications.
Martin has been a member of CAPIO for 14 years, and has served as a conference committee member and speaker. She was recently elected as the Southern California Membership Chair. She has won numerous awards for her strategic communication initiatives. In her current position with the Town of Apple Valley, Martin’s ability to enhance social media and outreach materials has earned praise.
Kathie regularly offers advice to other public information officers and takes pride in being a mentor. While she avoids the spotlight, she always steps up to help the team or lend her voice to help others. She is also a contributing member to multiple professional agencies. She currently serves as an area governor in Toastmasters, and is past president of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley.
CAPIO, www.capio.org, a membership organization serving professionals throughout the public sector who engage communities provides California-focused education and networking that helps members and agencies develop and advance on the belief that good government requires good communicators.