MIAMI – March 18, 2010 – Christine Barney, CEO and managing partner of the award-winning firm rbb Public Relations, was named “Outstanding CEO of the Year” by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) at its Top 100 Minority Business Awards Luncheon held March 12, 2010. This awards program applauds South Florida’ minority business community and celebrates the region’s rich diversity and spirit of entrepreneurship.

“The ‘Outstanding CEO of the Year’ award recognizes an individual who has excelled in their field, devoting time, energy and demonstrating a unique vision to strengthen and transform the organization to which they belong. Christine exemplifies these qualities to a ‘tee,’ as evidenced by the prosperity and accolades her firm has achieved over the years,” said Victoria E. Villalba, Chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Top 100 Minority Business Committee. “She is a jewel in this community, and the perfect CEO to be chosen for this honor.”

The “Outstanding CEO of the Year” award was one of six categories in which the GMCC recognized individual and corporate accomplishments among a finalist pool of 100 minority-owned businesses. rbb is a 100% woman-owned independent PR firm with a strong roster of major national and regional brands including Homewood Suites by Hilton, Zumba Fitness, Bijoux Terner, Florida Power & Light, the Florida Marlins, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and Cleveland Clinic Florida. Today, rbb ranks as the top independent PR firm in Florida, according to the O’Dwyers Report.

“The Chamber is South Florida’s leading business organization and it is a great honor to have been recognized by my peers,” said Christine. “This award is a meaningful validation of the management practices we put in place at rbb.”

Under Christine’s leadership, rbb is the only Florida firm to win every major public relations industry award, including being named the 2009 “Boutique Agency of the Year” by The Homes Report and the 2008 “Agency of the Year” by PRWeek Magazine, two of the industry’s leading publications. For three years running, rbb was also recognized as one of Wall Street Journal’s “Top Small Workplaces,” and one of 2009’s “Best Companies to Work For” by Florida Trend Magazine.


About rbb Public Relations

rbb Public Relations has a national reputation for delivering results. Named PRWeek’s “2008 Agency of the Year” and The Holmes Report’s “2009 Boutique Agency of the Year,” rbb delivers clients results on par with the largest national firms, but with the individual attention of a boutique PR agency. Its bilingual staff excels in media relations, corporate communications, digital/social media, product introductions and crisis counseling. The firm’s capabilities encompass a variety of practice areas, including B2B, consumer products, travel & leisure, health and fitness, luxury goods, real estate and food and beverage. rbb is a member of the Converge network of PR firms. For more information, call (305) 448-7450 or visit