Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)

OCTA Ted Nguyen Earns Highest OC Public Relations Award for Distinguished Service

Ted Nguyen, manager of Public Communications and Media Relations for the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), has earned the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Orange County Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for making a significant contribution to the public relations practice, the chapter and the development of young professionals. Nguyen received the highest honor bestowed by the OC Chapter of PRSA at the 37th Annual Protos Awards & Banquet held recently to recognize the work of area practitioners.

Nguyen is a nationally award-winning public relations and communications professional with more than 20 years of developing and executing cost-effective programs. He has been at OCTA for the past decade.

“Ted is a long-time member of the Diversity Committee and a true credit to the PR profession,” said Angela Burrell, APR, OC/PRSA board member and Diversity Committee chair. “He joins an elite group of 35 other individuals, who committed themselves to achieving excellence in representing their organization, and improving the career of others.”

For example, Nguyen has an impressive track record of leading successful PR campaigns and garnering positive results for OCTA, having earned several 2012 OC/PRSA Protos Awards for exceptional programs. In addition, as an early adopter of social media, he was tapped to be the keynote for the first Orange County Social Media Summit recently held this year, and he has amassed over 36,000 Twitter followers! He frequently shares his social media expertise with executives, colleagues and students through local and national presentations. In 2011, he won Best Social Media Program and Best Email Campaign from the Internet Marketing Association.

Nguyen also earned the communications industry’s most-prestigious honor — the national Silver Anvil award from the Public Relations Society of America in 2008 for best issues management program during a 10-day strike of bus drivers. In 2007, he was honored as the “PR person of the year” by PR News magazine at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about Nguyen, an avid mentor and contributor to the community, visit Follow him on Twitter @TedNguyen. For more info about OC/PRSA, log on to