Class of 40 Under 40 Award Winners

AC&M Group’s Natalia Flores, APR, Celebrates Two Big Award Wins

Our PR Director, Natalia Flores, APR, is adding two more award wins to her name this year. She has recently been named a Charlotte Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree and a PRWeek 2018 Champion of PR. Her dedication to the PR industry is matched only by her passion to give back and her sense of community. She is committed to helping companies and organizations better understand the Hispanic market. We are very proud of her recognition by local and national organizations.

“Her passion and enthusiasm is contagious and envelops her professionalism and volunteerism in the community. She has proven herself a consummate communications professional helping and guiding our clients to connect and engage with the new mainstream. Natalia’s accomplishments have made her an invaluable part of our organization and our community. We are honored to have her on our team and lucky to have her in our community,” said Pacino Mancillas, Partner and VP of Strategic Partnerships, AC&M Group.

Charlotte Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award

CBJ 40 Under 40 Award WelcomeThis award honors local professionals who are making major strides in their career while leaving a positive impact on their communities. Below are some highlights from Natalia’s profile by the Charlotte Business Journal.

Career history: AC&M Group, 2 years; Inspire Communications, president and founder, 7 years; PRNewswire/Hispanimark, director of marketing, 2 years; Porter Novelli, senior account executive, 1 year; The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, communications manager, 1 year; Burson-Marsteller, account executive, 3 years

Greatest business accomplishment of the past year: Key projects with Blue Cross N.C. and Bojangles’ have been recognized and awarded by prestigious industry organizations both locally and nationally.

Greatest civic accomplishment of the past year: Serving as a mentor for Girls on the Run and a mentor for the Central Piedmont Community College Ruth G. Shaw Women’s Leadership program.

Current civic/volunteer activities: Harris YMCA; Public Relations Society of America; Champion for Public Relations Student Society of America; Charlotte Chamber, Diversity Officers Roundtable; Latin American Chamber of Commerce; Tri It For Life; Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte

CBJ AwardThe most important issue facing the region: Having Charlotte rank dead last among America’s largest cities in upward mobility emphasized the problems that we face in our community across so many areas, from accessibility to education, housing to race relations, and inequalities in income and jobs. It is crucial that we bridge those gaps and help lift our community.

Last book read: Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office, by Lois P. Frankel

Last vacation: Disney World for the Star Wars 10K Race

Fantasy job: Official Doughnut Tester


PRWeek 2018 Champion of PR

The PRWeek Champion of PR award honors inspiring women, nominated by their peers and colleagues, who set the bar higher within their organizations. These U.S. communications pros are up for every challenge and are ready to go above and beyond to ensure results exceed business goals and achieve creative excellence.

According to PRWeek, honorees of this award are “women come to the table with new, innovative ways of doing business. They are mentors for women on their teams, creating a solid foundation of leaders for years to come.” Check out Natalia’s profile by PRWeek here.

“These women are more than top performers. They are truly champions of the craft.” – PRWeek

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