MIAMI – February 25, 2009 – Christine Barney, CEO and managing partner of rbb Public Relations, has been named a finalist for PRWeek’s 2009 PR Professional of the Year award. Barney is one of five finalists nationwide who will be individually recognized at the 2009 Awards Dinner on March 5 in New York.

“Christine is truly an innovative and strategic thinker. We get to see it on a daily basis at rbb, and I’m glad the industry as a whole is taking notice,” said Lisa Ross, president of rbb Public Relations. “We’re very lucky to be able to work with someone of her caliber, so full of passion, energy and creativity.”

Barney’s innovative management style earned many national accolades in 2008. Her firm, rbb Public Relations not only won the PR Week Small Agency of the Year, but the Overall Agency of the Year – the ultimate validation of her “employee-driven workplace.” This philosophy put the firm on the Wall Street Journal’s Top 30 Small Workplaces list for the last two years. Recently, she took home three Silver Anvils, a Gold SABRE and the 2008 “Women Who Mean Business” award. In seven years she’s grown rbb into one of the largest firms in the Southeast. She invented an employee-driven management system, reinvigorated a major urban think tank and was a founder of the Converge™ Network. She chairs several leading institutions and still finds time to speak regularly to students and business leaders.

With offices in New York and Miami, rbb Public Relations has a national reputation for delivering results. Named PRWeek’s “2008 Agency of the Year” and included among Inc. 5000’s list of “Fastest Growing Private Companies,” 34-year-old rbb delivers clients results on par with the largest national firms, but with the individual attention of a boutique agency. Its 28 communications professionals excel in media relations, corporate communications, crisis counseling, product introductions and events management The firm’s capabilities encompass a variety of practice areas, including professional services, consumer products, crisis communications, travel & leisure, healthcare, real estate, fashion, art, lifestyle, and food and beverage. rbb is a member of the ConvergeTM network of PR firms. For more information, call (305) 448-7450 or visit