29-year-old Sarah Znerold Named Finalist in 'Most Admired CEO' Awards

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San Diego Business Journal Recognizes SZPR, Inc.

At the height of the Dot.com bust in 2002, when companies were experiencing layoffs and cutting costs, 25-year-old Sarah Znerold made a bold decision to leave her secure job in a successful public relations agency and pursue a dream of spearheading a company of her own. Just five years later, SZPR, Inc. is an award-winning national public relations and marketing firm, San Diego's 25th fastest growing privately held business and Znerold was just named a finalist in the Most Admired Chief Executive Officer Awards by The San Diego Business Journal.

"I am so proud to be recognized by my colleagues and peers. Building a strong team of passionate professionals who care about doing exceptional work has motivated my leadership style," says Znerold, president and CEO of SZPR. "At SZPR, we work as a team to evolve as leaders and professionals for each other and our clients. The results we achieve are fueled by our love for the work that we do."

Over the past four years, SZPR's revenue has grown more than 2,000 percent, starting with small local companies and flourishing into big-name, national clients such as Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Hilton Hotels and San Diego Restaurant Week. In the last year, SZPR garnered praise from the public relations community with two PRSA Bernay awards for its excellence in communications on behalf of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream and San Diego Restaurant Week. This year, SZPR is a Stevie Awards Finalist for "Best Communications Campaign" with Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream.

SZPR is well positioned as one of the top PR firms in San Diego and Znerold has been recognized at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business as "Best Young Entrepreneur," 944 Magazine's "Movers and Shakers Under 30," one of San Diego Metropolitan's "Top 40 Under 40" and YWCA's 2005 "Tribute to Women and Industry" (TWIN) award.

As part of Znerold's commitment to help increase awareness for nonprofit organizations with limited resources, she sits on the Board of Directors for Keep-a-Breast Foundation and also finds time to provide pro-bono public relations services to BRAVO San Diego, the Balboa Theatre Foundation and many other nonprofit organizations.

She is also active in San Diego business community through Vistage International, Downtown Business Association and Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

About SZPR, Inc.
SZPR, Inc. is an award-winning national boutique PR and marketing agency specializing in fresh, insightful communications that help companies stand out from the competition. Headquartered in San Diego with satellite offices in Boston and Hawaii, SZPR takes a personalized approach to strategic planning, media and analyst relations, editorial services and special events. SZPR's efforts have garnered coverage in top media outlets including USA Today, Forbes, Money, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business 2.0, Red Herring, Wired, Oprah Magazine, Self Magazine, Travel Leisure, InStyle, Harper's Bazaar, ESPN, MTV, VH-1 and many others. For more information about SZPR, visit http://www.szpr.com

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