SARASOTA, AUGUST 25, 2010 – Elise Lipoff, MBA, Public Relations Specialist for Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc., a Sarasota based Construction Management firm, won an award for Outstanding Public Relations Program at the Florida Public Relations Association’s (FPRA) 2010 Golden Image Awards ceremony. The award competition, presented as part of FPRA’s 72nd annual in Naples, Florida, honors excellence in public relations throughout the state.

Ms. Lipoff accepted an Award of Distinction for the Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.’s Green Open House and Sustainable Showcase. This special event took place in May of 2009, after the firm opened its doors to their new headquarters building in Lakewood Ranch. “It was an honor to represent my firm at the state level for our public relations efforts,” explained Lipoff. She continued, “We are a construction company who cares about our environment, and I think that is what really shined through to the judges.”

This has been a stellar year for Elise. She also accepted an award for the Best Video for her chapter’s submission, “We Tell the World” a spoof on We Are the World in the 80’s video competition at this year’s conference. Elise executive produced this video for the Central West Coast Chapter of FPRA. In addition, she won the “Rising Star Award” at the Local FPRA Image Awards and an Image Award for the Green Open House and Sustainability Showcase. Ms. Lipoff was recently elected as the incoming Chair of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group, as well as the Financial Vice President of the Central West Coast Chapter of FPRA.

Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. is a Sarasota based Construction Management firm primarily serving Southwest Florida since 1972. As the oldest construction firm in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the company enjoys the best reputation in southwest Florida for quality construction. They offer clients a solid background in commercial, industrial, educational, healthcare, museum specialty work and sustainable construction. The company is also a member of the Florida Green Building Coalition, U.S. Green Building Council, and Sustainable Sarasota. They now have 14 LEED Accredited Professionals (green building experts) on staff. The firm has made great strides in asserting itself as a leader in ‘green’ construction and has been awarded several contracts based in a large part on their experience in this field. A few of their notable green projects include: Willis A. Smith Construction’s 18,000 square foot Corporate Headquarters Building at Lakewood Ranch, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch corporate offices, Ringling College of Art and Design North Hall and Academic Center and The Wellness Community at Lakewood Ranch. For additional information, contact Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. at 941-366-3116 or via e-mail at [email protected].