Karen Jones with GROWMARK, Inc. Receives Communications Award

Karen Jones with GROWMARK, Inc. Receives Communications Award

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 — Bloomington, Illinois – Karen Jones, GROWMARK cooperative affairs and communications specialist, took home the Michael Graznak Award from the Cooperative Communicators Association’s (CCA) Excellence in Communications Awards ceremony, held during the CCA educational Institute May 30-June 2 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Graznak Award recognizes an outstanding young communicator who is under 35 years of age who have made superior contributions to cooperative communications and who give promise of having a brilliant and successful future. The award is named after active CCA member Michael Graznak who worked for Farmland Industries before his untimely death while on assignment.

As GROWMARK’s cooperative affairs and communications specialist, Jones wears many hats – writer, youth development coordinator, cooperative educator, just to name a few. She also drives employee engagement and enrichment programs. Jones uses these roles to continually foster an appreciation for the value of cooperatives among coworkers and community.

Jones has been a member of CCA since 2007. She completed the Master Cooperative Communicator program in 2011 and served as a regional ambassador for the Midwest region in 2012. Most recently, she served as co-chair for the 2015 CCA Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

About CCA
Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) is an organization of 300 professionals who communicate for cooperatives. The organization is unique in both its mission and membership. CCA works toward helping members excel in communications — from writing, photography, and editing to video, layout and design. Just as important, CCA emphasizes ideas and strategies aimed at making communications more successful for cooperatives. Learn more at www.communicators.coop.


Cassie Becker GROWMARK Publications & Media Relations Specialist