McShane Earns Young Professional Award

Ryan McShane, a 2008 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, has been named the 2010 Young Professional of the Year by the Charlotte, N.C., chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

McShane (photographed) received his award during the annual PRSA Charlotte gala on Oct. 27.

According to the PRSA Charlotte Web site, the organization’s Young Professional of the Year award is designed “to honor a younger member of the chapter who exemplifies strong professional capabilities, leadership qualities, service to the public relations community and a respected character.”

McShane is an assistant account executive at Taylor, an international public relations firm with such clients as MasterCard, Gillette, Microsoft, Allstate, Staples, DHL, Johnnie Walker, Alltel Wireless, Smirnoff and Levi Strauss Signature.

McShane’s focus is on the Allstate account and two of its initiatives — college football sponsorships and motorcycle awareness.

His service to his profession has included serving as a regular speaker for PRSA Charlotte events and writing a blog dedicated to public relations students and young professionals. McShane is a past editor and current columnist for FORUM, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) newspaper.

During his time as a student at Arkansas Tech, McShane served on the PRSSA national committee. He was also editor and sports editor of the Arka Tech student newspaper while studying journalism and public relations at Arkansas Tech.