candid marketing + communications Produces Award-Winning Work for DBIA-MAR 2017


Taylor Hays, candid; Sara Freetly, candid; Oretta Smith, DBIA-MAR Executive Director and Josh Wendell, candid celebrate at the BMAKC Fountain Awards.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 17, 2018) candid marketing + communications was recently honored with four Fountain Awards and one Certificate of Merit from the Business Marketing Association/American Marketing Association of Kansas City (BMAKC/AMAKC). One of the first-place Fountain Awards was in the Educational Events Category for work done on behalf of the Design-Build Institute of America’s Mid-America Region (DBIA-MAR) 2017 Regional Conference.

The premier design-build event of the year, the 2017 DBIA-MAR Conference provided educational sessions and speakers, as well as opportunities for networking. candid developed a theme for the Conference — Design-Build United — that was carried throughout all event materials, online, promotional emails and giveaways. DBIA-MAR’s Conference had more than 40 speakers/panelists, 120 attendees and 10 exhibitors — making more than $30,000 for the organization.

“We take pride in achieving extraordinary results for our clients and it’s an honor to be recognized by our peers in the business-to-business marketing industry,” said Sara Freetly of candid marketing + communications. “We have enjoyed a great relationship with DBIA-MAR over the last five years, so it’s exciting to win an award for such an outstanding organization.”

The Fountain Awards took place on May 14, 2018, in the Muehlebach suite at Boulevard Brewery in Kansas City, Mo. The entries are judged by an independent group and rated on creative, production, objective/strategy and results, with the top point leader in each category winning the Fountain Award and the runner up winning the Certificate of Merit. candid received the following awards:

Samples of the award-winning work for the 2017 DBIA-MAR Regional Conference.

Fountain Awards

  • 2017 Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Mid-America Regional Conference: Educational Events
  • ACBSP is Igniting A Standard of Excellence: Sales Package
  • ElevateEdgerton! Partnership for Economic Advancement: Identity Program
  • KCP&L Local Partners Holiday Training Event at the Hotel Phillips’ P.S. Speakeasy: Special Event for Customers and Prospects

Certificate of Merit

  • LOIS Gets a Makeover: Rebranding LocationOne Information System (LOIS): Brand Campaign


About candid marketing + communications

candid marketing + communications is a client-centric branding, marketing, advertising, public relations and interactive agency. The firm produces simple, yet innovative marketing campaigns that result in positive momentum for our clients. candid has extensive experience providing turnkey, integrated marketing communications services to transportation and logistics companies, economic development organizations, as well as commercial real estate and A/E/C firms. candid is a 100% women-owned business and holds local, state and national WBE certifications. For more information, visit