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Blacktop president Polowniak to receive JCCC’s Headline Award


Blacktop president Polowniak to receive JCCC’s Headline Award

Shawn PolowniakOVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Shawn Polowniak, president of Blacktop Creative, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Headline Award from Johnson County Community College’s journalism and media communications department.

He will receive the award at a reception Thursday, April 17, at Johnson County Community College.

The Headline Award is given to local media professionals whose example serves as an inspiration to journalism and media communication students at JCCC. It also recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of journalism or media communication.

Polowniak, described on his firm’s website as the “president and resident strategic visionary,” has helped develop brand experiences for companies from Applebee’s to the Johnson County Library to Sporting KC. Blacktop Creative is a partner company of Barkley, an advertising agency with offices in Kansas City, Pittsburg and Boulder, Colo.

Before establishing Blacktop Creative in 2001, Polowniak worked in sales, account management and new business development for Hormel, Muller + Company and C3. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Missouri-Columbia.