The award cited his "communication skills." And he certainly made himself clear to Channel 7's Tony Kovaleski.
After tracked down Ross and some of Pinnacol's top performers on a their five-day wine-and-golf getaway to Pebble Beach this spring, he told the reporter, "You point your finger at me again, and I'm going to break it."
Pinnacol Assurance is a quasi-public agency that gets a variety of breaks from the state in exchange for providing workman's compensation insurance for any Colorado business, no matter how risky; the company recently was slapped in a state audit for can't-miss bonus standards and sloppy expense reports.
"In our opinion, the fact that 75 percent of the sample we tested contained violations of the travel and entertainment expense policies bordered on abuse under Government Auditing Standards," noted the lengthy State Auditor's report.
"I am honored to be recognized by the Colorado PRSA chapter," Ross said in accepting the award last month, before the audit was released. "Managing the public's perception of your company and having an open flow of communication is essential to a company's success, and I have the highest respect for those in the public relations field who help CEOs like myself manage those perceptions."