Rhudy & Co. Reveals a Secret

We love when our clients walk on red. When their names are announced via microphone. When they come home packing some bling.


Because it means they’ve been recognized for a job well done.

For the past decade, we’ve worked closely with our clients to share their stories. And sometimes their stories are just too big to remain with a smaller audience. We want everyone to know.

“At these times, we partner with our clients in helping them apply for trade and workplace recognition programs. Throughout the years, we’ve created a secret recipe of how best to compile an award application.”

Currently, we have clients considering applications for Best Places to Work in Virginia. The deadline to register to participate is Aug. 30. Maybe we could help you tell your story on this application.

We’ve helped clients earn honors from organizations including:

  • Gallup
  • Working Mother
  • AARP
  • Richmond Chamber of Commerce
  • Virginia Business
  • Modern Healthcare
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association
  • Public Relations Society of America

But not every application we collaborate on is a winner. We’d never promise that. We do, however, guarantee our best effort, an effort that has been sharpened and informed thanks to our nearly 10 years of experience in writing award applications.

Our clients tell us that seeking recognition is not about stuffing their trophy cases. Instead, it’s about always challenging themselves to continue building strong, successful and compassionate workplaces that are worthy of recognition and that ultimately create employee retention and engagement.

We love these stories. And we’d love to share yours, too. But we really love it when a good story gets the recognition it deserves.

There. It feels good to let out that cat. 

Learn more about Rhudy & Co.’s award writing service

Nicole van Esselstyn spearheads most of Rhudy & Co.’s award writing services. 

About Nicole's first award entry:

Nicole started writing award applications when she was in third grade. She secretly wrote and submitted a nomination letter for her mother to win the local radio station’s Working Woman of the Week award.

Nicole didn’t include her mother’s name, just referred to her as “Mom,” and didn’t include her phone number or address. The radio staff made calls around the small town and found someone who turned out to be Nicole Motley’s uncle. The station announced Nicole’s mom, Joan, the winner on air and gave her flowers, a plaque and a dinner out on the town.

Thankfully, Nicole's attention to detail is much better now.