Awards & Accolades

Local and National:

  • 2021 Business Women First “Enterprising Women” Honoree
  • “40 under 40” Award Recipient, Business First
  • 2008 “Woman Business Owner of Distinction,” National Association of Women Business Owners
  • 2012 “Most Admired Woman” Finalist, Today’s Woman Magazine
  • Featured in Louisville Courier-JournalPrep MagazineThe Voice Tribune, Business FirstToday’s WomanStyleBlueprint and Southern Living

Estes has also received national awards from:

Professional & Community Affiliations:

  • Les Dames d’Esscofier International
  • James Beard Foundation
  • Southern Foodways Alliance
  • Younger Woman’s Club of Louisville
  • Junior League of Louisville
  • University of Kentucky Alumni Association Board Member, Louisville Chapter
  • Heuser Hearing Institute Board of Directors
  • Mayor Greg Fischer’s Task Force on Bourbon and Food
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals
  • International Foodservice Editorial Council
  • Bourbon Women
  • The Hive (an elite group of women business owners, who’ve created a strategic alliance offering conference and meeting planning, event development, on-site production, hotel logistics, graphic design, public relations, database coordination, corporate sponsorship solicitation, vendor negotiation, travel coordination and trade show management)

EPR Awards:

Named one of Louisville’s Best Places to Work in 2019, Estes Public Relations has garnered numerous professional awards in its 15 year history. Also in 2019, EPR received two Landmarks of Excellence Awards from the Public Relations Society of America Bluegrass chapter: awards of merit in the special events category (for work on the 2018 James Beard Foundation Taste America Louisville event) and the media relations category (for work opening Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar). The company also earned two Landmarks of Excellence awards in 2018: awards of merit in the special events category (for work on KMAC Couture 2018) and for strategic writing/strategic content (for a series of articles in The Voice-Tribune). Estes Public Relations has had two team members (current and former) that have earned the Rising Star award from PRSA Bluegrass, an annual award for public relations professionals under 32 years old: Tracy Green (2015) and Hayley Amoss (2018).