John J. Castellani Honored with Bryce Harlow Business-Government Relations Award

John J. Castellani Honored with Bryce Harlow Business-Government Relations Award

04.07.11 | By

Last night in DC, our president and CEO, John Castellani, and Sen. Jon Kyl were honored during the Bryce Harlow Foundation's 30th annual award dinner.

John Castellani was the recipient of the 2011 Bryce Harlow Business-Government Relations Award, which is given to individuals who have made "significant contributions to the advocacy profession through a lifelong career as an exemplary role model."

Not only was John recognized for his years of hard work and success, he had the added thrill of being introduced by House Speaker Boehner. Many in attendance were touched by this gesture of professional respect and friendship on the part of the Speaker.

Sen. Kyl was then presented with the 2011 Bryce Harlow Award for his contribution to the advancement of business-government relations during his three terms in the U.S. Senate and four terms in the House.

Below are some thoughts from Linda Dooley, president of the foundation.

"For nearly 30 years, the Bryce Harlow Foundation has promoted the highest standards for professional advocacy and has supported an environment that encourages competing voices. Its principal mission over three decades has centered on education, working with teachers and students to develop an understanding of the important role that advocacy of non-profit, government and corporate interests plays in the formation of sound public policy in our nation's civic and commercial life. Never has this mission been more important than it is today.

"The first Bryce Harlow award was given in 1982, followed by an award bestowed every year to an individual whose career honored the foundational traits of integrity, dedication and professionalism that echoed the work and life of Bryce Harlow. From Capitol Hill and the White House to establishing Procter & Gamble's Washington office, Bryce exemplified the constructive role that government relations can and should play in policymaking. This very much lives on in our awards and broader Foundation activities, including the Bryce Harlow Fellowship.

"Last night, we were thrilled to present John Castellani, PhRMA's President and CEO, with the 2011 Bryce Harlow Business-Government Relations Award. Throughout his career, John has contributed significantly and honorably to the Harlow model - a model that aligns sound public policy objectives with strong, ethical advocacy. In his role at PhRMA, John is an engaged leader who champions the policies and ideas necessary to advance medical research and innovation both in the United States and across the globe. Clearly, there's plenty to do in this area and I can think of no one better suited to lead this effort than John.

"We are pleased to welcome him into the Bryce Harlow Foundation family, and encourage you to visit our Web site to learn more about the Foundation. Our mission is built on an ongoing conversation with our stakeholders and we hope you will take a few minutes to share your thoughts and ideas on how we can advance it together."

While admittedly biased, we at PhRMA applaud both men for these well-deserved honors.

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