Record Vote Total Powers Barks Re-election to National Press Club Board of Governors

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Members of the National Press Club re-elected Barks Communications President Ed Barks to the professional society’s board of governors with a record shattering vote total.

“I’m honored by the overwhelming support from the National Press Club’s Communicator community,” he said in post-election remarks. Barks garnered 115 votes, the highest total ever for a Communicator candidate.

“I’ve spent much time and energy keeping the focus on improving our membership retention, recruitment, and reward processes. I’m proud to see that effort bearing fruit,” he continued. “We must keep in mind that the National Press Club is, first and foremost, a membership organization.

“In addition, I want to continue working constructively and cooperatively to build bridges between Journalists and Communicators. This is an uneven path and, as Communicators, we’ve been subjected to some backsliding this past year. Facing a higher hill to climb means we must sharpen our focus on these relations.”

“I want to express my profound appreciation for the support of my fellow club members,” Barks added, “and look forward to building upon our collaborations in the next three years.”

He was elected by the club’s Communicator members—professionals from the public affairs and communications sectors. He joins two other board members elected by the club’s Communicator members as well as 12 elected by Journalist members.

Voting was held today at the club’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and for the past two weeks online. Barks begins a third three-year term in January.

Before serving on the board of governors, Barks was chair of the club’s Communications and Marketing Committee. He has also been involved with the club’s Book and Author Committee and as a frequent volunteer at club activities. In addition, he is a multiple recipient of the club’s esteemed Vivian award.

In his professional life, Ed Barks works on extended engagements with Fortune 1000 and Inc. 500 companies, and with large associations—organizations that want to refine their message and sharpen their executives’ communications skills. They gain an enhanced reputation, greater confidence, more opportunities for career advancement, and achievement of long-term business goals. He is the author of The Truth About Public Speaking: The Three Keys to Great Presentations. As President of Barks Communications since 1997, he has taught more than 5000 business leaders, association executives, and other experts how to succeed when they deal with the media, deliver presentations, and testify before government officials.