Sandy has received awards and recognition such as:

  • The Van Ryzin Award for volunteerism from the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle
  • Recognized as a Young Gun by West Virginia Executive Magazine for her entrepreneurial successes and community service activities
  • PR Professional of the Year by The American Advertising Federation – Greater Frederick (2013)






The Frederick Factor on DC NEWS NOW

Awards Nomination

Sass Choice Award Nomination for Best Podcast – Frederick Factor

Shepherdstown Rotary Events

“It takes a village” to keep our communities strong, which is why I’m an active member in community organizations.

Community Activities

And have I mentioned that I’m also a performing artist? 😉 Jokes aside, I love to support the arts in our communities… and sometimes have a cameo!


Journal News
Technicolor Dreamcoat Playing at Shepherd University



Praise from Past Clients and Colleagues

At the Virginia Aviation Conference, Sandy provided an economic development perspective that our aviation community really needed to hear. She was able to relate to our audience and provide them with actionable strategies for collaboration between aviation and economic development – two industries that should be working together every day, but often get stuck in their own silos. She provided examples of successful collaborations in airports across the country, along with customizing specific suggestions for our audience. Her energy and enthusiasm make her the perfect after-lunch keynote.”

Courtney A. Beamon

“Sandy is a top-notch expert in public relations. She is thorough, reliable, and very creative. Her attention to detail is remarkable!”

Sarah Sprecher

“Sandy is an experienced professional who brings a wealth of knowledge about marketing and public relations. She is detail-oriented and dedicated to making sure that the job is completed accurately and on-time. Her personable approach to every job make her a delight to work with.”

Tina Combs

“I recently attended the Wild West Veterinary Conference, in large part because I saw that Sandy was speaking on career development. I am a relatively new Certified Veterinary Technician with little business experience and I was excited to see that Sandy would be speaking on ‘Branding’, and ‘Communication in the Workplace’. I was not disappointed! Sandy’s presentations were informative, entertaining and useful! I highly recommend Sandy as a Career Coach and would encourage anyone to attend her presentations if given the opportunity.”

Susan Faulkner

“Sandy Sponaugle has a ‘can do’ attitude, always positive and encouraging. Her experience, creativity, and connections help her provide a great service to her customers. I have enjoyed working with her on a number of projects.”

Faith Monson

“Sandy is energetic, talented, and extremely personable! I have worked with her and recommended her services for about a year now, and have been impressed by the strong reach and relationships she has within the local community. She is easy to like and quick to make connections, both for her PR clients and business partners. I would highly recommend her!”

Kate Rader

“At its heart, public relations is about relationships first. Sandy understands this not just as a business guru, but as a thoughtful, engaged, powerful female leader. I deeply appreciated and benefited from her organizational expertise, her guidance on marketing and communications, and her strategic thought process.  

However, none of these was as valuable to me in a leadership role as her thoughtful engagement on matters of vision. I have relied on her confidentiality, her honesty and her support in times of calm and crisis and trust that my own leadership has been improved through her guidance and support.”

Bondy Shay Gibson, Ed.D.

“Sandy’s presentations on marketing and PR are engaging, interactive, customized, and perfect for our audience. Out of all of our guest speakers, Sandy gets the best results, evaluations, and feedback from our participants – which is why we invite her back again and again.”

Sherman Coleman

Sandy led a workshop for our organization on how to use social media to create a greater online presence. Sandy interacted well with students and has a fun and professional attitude. She provided eye-opening information that gave our customers and employees a better understanding of how social media works. Our team walked away with a sense of excitement and lots of new ideas!”

Kelly Hoover

“Sandy is great at breaking down all the necessary components of marketing. She provides helpful tips and tricks that any business can use, no matter how big in size or long the business has been established. She brings up topics and ideas that business owners are not necessarily thinking about, but can prove to be very useful.”

City of Hagerstown

“Our business has grown the last two years while working with Platinum PR and I believe it’s in part due to their influence. I’ve also been able to save money on advertising since Platinum PR helps me choose which types of ads are best for my business. 

Newsletters and Facebook posts are more professional looking and seem to be noticed more. Our contests that Platinum PR planned have been a big success and driven new people to view our Facebook page and website.

Plus… having Sandy as one of our #1 fans is encouraging!”

Katy Orr-Dove

“Working with Platinum PR is a good fit all around: right price, right personality, right experience. 

It’s best to work with a company that is passionate about your industry. As an economic developer or tourism organization, placing faith in PPR is a safe bet.”

Samuel Shoge

“Sandy gives talks that are engaging, educational, and filled with applicable strategies for [our] audiences. She’s passionate about what she does and makes things very easy. This is exactly why [we’ve] invited her to speak at [our] webinars and in-person events again and again!”

Erica Panado

Participants scored Sandy’s Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Course 5/5 in all areas including presentation style, practical application of material, helpful activities & practice sessions, stimulating discussion and involvement within the group, and sensitivity to participants’ needs and questions.

“The instructor was very clear on ways to improve EDI in the workplace.”

“I very much enjoyed the course and how it was very conversation-based. Love it! Keep doing this topic!”

Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Workshop