Outstanding Sales Professional of the Year

The VPA Outstanding Sales Professional of the Year Award allows you to celebrate the qualities, traits and skills that are a part of your best sales professional team member. The winners will be considered role models whose qualities have led to great success in the newspaper/online advertising profession. It’s a great way to recognize a shining star!

  • This award is designed for sales personnel from a VPA member publication only. 
  • A manager may be eligible only if he/she spends 50 percent or more of his/her time actively selling local accounts during the normal sales cycle through the year.
  • Candidates will demonstrate leadership and tenacity that have engineered growth in linage and revenues, developed and grown new accounts. 
  • Additional skill sets should include: excellent time management, organized approach to sales presentations, detail-oriented, accurate paperwork, excellent copy and layout skills, excellent communication skills and extraordinary customer service for clients.
  • The nominee will have an ongoing positive attitude to change within and outside the industry. Will be competitive, knowledgeable of the benefits as they pertain to our industry. The nominee will demonstrate that he/she is reliable and responsible in the relationship between the customer and their employer with regards to credit, collections and profit. He/she will have a professional appearance and demeanor at all times. 
  • Nominations should be submitted on the official nomination form.

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS IS JANUARY 29, 2016.

Other Awards Resources

VPA First Amendment Award

The Virginia Press Association First Amendment Award, first presented in 2007, is given to journalists, newspapers or citizens who, in an extraordinary way, seek to advance, defend or preserve the First Amendment.

The criteria is broad. It would include those who challenge closed government, closed courtrooms, access to information or threats to press freedom, such as search warrants and subpoenas. It could recognize extraordinary educational efforts, including First Amendment training, and efforts to change or strengthen laws pertaining to the First Amendment.

Golden 50 Club

The VPA Golden 50 Club is an "honor roll" of individuals who have spent a minimum of 50 years in the newspaper industry. Nominations are solicited from among the membership, and those honorees (and guests) are invited to attend the induction ceremony during the VPA's annual Advertising and News Conference. 

Lifetime Achievement Award

From time to time, the Virginia Press Association recognizes exceptional individual contributions to the newspaper industry by presenting an individual with the VPA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Outstanding Young Journalist Award

Virginia Press Association seeks to recognize exceptional young journalists in Virginia by presenting the VPA Outstanding Young Journalist Award.

Winners of this award will have demonstrated excellence in the field of journalism and maintained high standards of quality and ethics. The award aims to reinforce the importance of a journalist’s role by recognizing and nurturing talent to promote quality journalism.

Outstanding Journalist Award

Virginia Press Association seeks to recognize exceptional journalists in Virginia by presenting the VPA Outstanding Journalist Award.

Winners of this award will have demonstrated excellence in the field of journalism and maintained high standards of quality and ethics. The award aims to reinforce the importance of a journalist’s role by recognizing and nurturing talent to promote quality journalism.

Outstanding Young Sales Professional of the Year

The VPA Outstanding Young Sales Professional of the Year Award allows you to celebrate the qualities, traits and skills that are a part of your best sales professional team member. The winners will be considered role models whose qualities have led to great success in the newspaper/online advertising profession. It’s a great way to recognize a shining star!