Rising Leader Nominees

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Congratulations to the nominees for the 2015 Joe Curley Rising Leader Award, who will all be recognized at annual conference in August! Here is the second group of members of this year’s class – the remaining members will be featured in July!

 

EMcClainElaine DeIorio McClain, Marion County Board of County Commissioners
Ocala Chapter

From her chapter’s nomination: “In her budding career in public relations and FPRA membership, Elaine has demonstrated the highest commitment to the profession with her keen judgment, strategic approach and attention to cost-effectiveness.”

 

 

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Julie Hall, AAA
Orlando Chapter

From her chapter’s nomination: “She is a go-getter, an engaged board member and an absolute pleasure to work with – a mix of qualities that gives her incredible potential in our Association.”

 

 

 

BWelkBrandi Welk, Council on Aging of West FL, Inc
Pensacola Chapter

From her chapter’s nomination: “In her second year as a professional member, Brandi joined the board and quickly took an active role as VP-Networking. She has scheduled numerous events and promoted them on the chapter’s Facebook page and Twitter. She attended Annual Conference and has represented the chapter at a State board meeting.”

 

 

TWhitakerTiffany Whitaker, Pushing the Envelope
Southwest Florida Chapter

From her chapter’s nomination in her words: “I am committed to representing and growing our industry through my involvement in FPRA and the community as well as serving the company I work for and my clients.”

 

 

BCrisafulliRebecca Crisafulli, McBride Marketing Group
Space Coast Chapter

From her chapter’s nomination in her words: “Leadership is a personal passion and FPRA has provided me with opportunities to lead at all levels.”

2015 Annual Conference Speaker Highlight: Ann Searight Christiano

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After a jam-packed morning and afternoon of break-out sessions, FPRA will present the second general session on Monday. This session features Ann Searight Christiano, Frank and Betsy Karel Endowed Chair in Public Interest Communications and professor at the University of Florida’s Department of Public Relations. Christiano will be talking about “Accelerant on the Flame of an Idea: Using Strategic Communications to Drive Social Change.”

Christiano will introduce attendees to the growing discipline of public interest communications and the importance of strategic communications in helping good ideas spread. She’ll focus on the unique value communications brings to advancing social causes and goals that transcend the interest of any single individual.

Ann Searight Christiano is the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She curates frank, an annual gathering of people who use strategic communications to drive change, and is building a curriculum in the discipline at UF. Christiano came to UF from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she developed strategies to support the foundation’s investment in reducing violence, promoting play and improving long term care. (Go Gators!)

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Each week leading up to conference here at FPRA.com and on our blog we’ll be highlighting the amazing line-up of speakers and professional development opportunities To register for FPRA’s annual conference PR Now: Stronger. Smarter. Faster. click here: http://www.fprastore.org/c-7-annual-conference.aspx. Early bird registration rates are good until July 13, 2015.

This year’s conference will feature 25 speakers, six general sessions, 18 breakout sessions all lead by some of the nation’s top PR professionals. Full conference registration also includes a ticket to the 58th Annual Golden Image Awards - The event celebrating excellence in public relations.

This year’s conference will be hosted at the beautiful Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate from Aug. 9 – 12. By attending you will be making a valuable investment in your public relations career.

Annual Conference Speaker Highlight: Elise Mitchell, APR, Fellow PRSA

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Each week leading up to conference here at FPRA.com and on our blog we’ll be highlighting the amazing line-up of speakers and professional development opportunities To register for FPRA’s annual conference PR Now: Stronger. Smarter. Faster. click here: http://www.fprastore.org/c-7-annual-conference.aspx. Early bird registration rates are good until July 13, 2015.

This year’s conference will feature 25 speakers, six general sessions, 18 breakout sessions all lead by some of the nation’s top PR professionals. Full conference registration also includes a ticket to the 58th Annual Golden Image Awards – The event celebrating excellence in public relations.

This year’s conference will be hosted at the beautiful Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate from Aug. 9 – 12. By attending you will be making a valuable investment in your public relations career.

On Monday morning, we get started with an inspiring talk by Elise Mitchell, APR, Fellow PRSA, CEO, Mitchell Communications Group and CEO, Dentsu Aegis Public Relations Network. In the first general session she’ll talk about “Full Throttle Leadership: Lessons Learned Looking Through the Turn.”

Looking through the turn is a basic principle of motorcycling that offers great business insight. As you approach a turn you must look where you want to go rather than fixating on potential hazards in the turn itself, using your instincts and experience to adjust within the turn — all in the moment. With PR evolving at breakneck speed, Mitchell will share lessons to help you anticipate what comes next and to lead with confidence. You’ll learn:

  • How to watch trends, anticipate approaching change and leverage emerging opportunities.
  • Demarcating potential for the greatest reward.
  • The value of taking the road less traveled, being a pioneer and standing for something.

EliseMitchellMitchell is an accomplished strategic communications professional and business leader whose entrepreneurial spirit helped build Mitchell Communications Group into one of the top 10 fastest-growing firms globally and a two-time Agency of the Year winner – honored by both PRWeek and The Holmes Report. The company’s client portfolio includes well-known brands such as Walmart, Procter & Gamble, Hilton Worldwide, Kraft, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant and Southwestern Energy. Under her leadership, the company grew more than 500 percent in five years to become a top 35 PR firm in the U.S. At the end of 2012, Mitchell sold Mitchell Communications, and today it is the leading PR agency brand in one of the world’s largest marketing communications companies, Dentsu Aegis Network. In addition to her role at Mitchell, Mitchell is working to build a global PR brand for the network. In recognition of her accomplishments, Mitchell has received numerous awards including being named PRWeek Agency Public Relations Professional of the Year and a Top 50 Power Player in PR.

Prior to founding Mitchell Communications, Mitchell worked on both the agency and corporate sides of the business serving as the top public relations executive for Promus Hotel Corporation; a vice president at Sossaman, Bateman, McCuddy; and assistant director of public relations at Walker & Associates.

Join the Annual Conference Blog Team!

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We are currently recruiting members for this year’s Annual Conference blog team! New to blogging? This is a great way to gain experience. Seasoned blogger? Then we need you.

What’s involved with being on the blog team? Great question! Simply summarize the talking points from your assigned session(s). Speaker bios and headshots will be pre-loaded and your content will be edited and posted for you. It can’t get any easier than that.

If you are interested in joining the blog tea, contact VP of Technology, Devon Chestnut, APR at devon.chestnut@cox.com.

Rising Leader Nominees

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Congratulations to the nominees for the 2015 Joe Curley Rising Leader Award, who will all be recognized at annual conference in August! Here are the first five members of this year’s class – additional members to be featured throughout June and July!

 

SStricklinStefanie Stricklin, Salter Mitchell
Capital Chapter
From her Chapter’s nomination: “For all the time and energy she invests in our chapter, Stefanie is one of those quiet professionals who doesn’t call attention to herself. She may be modest but Stefanie is nothing short of an FPRA rock star and shining example of the future of our profession.”

 

 

   Jeremy Piper, Realize BradentonJPiper
Central West Coast Chapter
From his Chapter’s nomination: “We believe Jeremy Piper is truly a rising star in our  community, in public relations and in our local chapter.”

 

 

 

 

AKinmanAlisha Kinman, Hippodrome Theatre
Gainesville Chapter
From her Chapter’s nomination: “Her dedication to the chapter, the association and the profession is evident in her active involvement…She is a dedicated professional…”

 

 

 

Elizabeth Austin, City of InvernessEAustin
Nature Coast Chapter
From her Chapter’s nomination in Elizabeth’s words: “My membership reinforces what I’ve learned in my graduate studies, and keeps it relevant to what’s happening today in the profession. All of this together, makes me faster—FPRA keeps me quick on my feet for the ever-changing communications landscape.”

 

 

KCarterKelli Carter, Visit South Walton
Northwest Chapter
From her Chapter’s nomination: “Kelli Carter is an advocate for FPRA and demonstrates the highest ethical standards. She has poured her heart and soul into FPRA…”

Presenting the 2015-2016 Slate of Officers

The following slate of officers for the Florida Public Relations Association will be voted on by the general membership during FPRA’s Annual Business Meeting scheduled for Monday, Aug. 10 at 8:30 a.m. at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

President – Roger Pynn, APR, CPRC (Orlando Area)  
President-Elect – Terri Behling, APR, CPRC (Central West Coast)
Immediate Past President – Rachel Smith, APR, CPRC (Capital)
VP Accreditation/Certification – Ryan Gerds, APR, CPRC (Gainesville)
VP Annual Conference – Julie Frey, APR, CPRC (Gainesville)
VP Chapter Services – Gordon Paulus, APR (Pensacola)
VP Communications & PR – Allison Campbell, APR, CPRC (Ocala)   
VP Finance – Jay Wilson, APR, CPRC (Tampa Bay)
VP Golden Image – Amelia Bell, APR (Gainesville)
VP Membership – Mary Dorn, APR (Volusia/Flagler)
VP Planning & Research – Ginger Broslat (Ocala)
VP Professional Development – Alyson Lundell (Orlando Area)
VP Student Services – Chad McLeod, APR (Tampa Bay)
VP Technology – Devon Chestnut, APR (Gainesville)
*Counselors’ Network Chair – Lisa Malone, APR, CPRC (Space Coast)
FPRE Foundation Chair – Suzanne Sparling, APR, CPRC (Space Coast)

*Elected by Counselors’ Network

2015 Golden Image Awards

GI LOGOFPRA’s awards program began in 1957. Now known as the Golden Image Awards, since 1968, the Golden Image Awards competition is conducted annually by the Florida Public Relations Association to recognize outstanding public relations programs in Florida and to encourage and promote the development of public relations professionalism in our state.

The Golden Image Awards have become a standard of public relations excellence in the state of Florida. Winners demonstrate the very best examples of innovation, planning and design. The awards competition includes four divisions of categories: Public Relations Programs, Printed Tools of Public Relations, Audio/Visual Tools of Public Relations and Student Projects in Public Relations. To qualify for judging, an entry must incorporate sound public relations research and planning. Entries also must meet the highest standard of production, execution and evaluation of results and budget.

Deadline to enter the 2015 Golden Image Awards is May 15. To enter, click here.

This year’s Golden Image Awards banquet, An Evening with the Stars, will held at the beautiful Omni at Champions Gate in Orlando on Tuesday, August 11 from 7 to 10 p.m.

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Congratulations to the following public relations professionals who earned their APR or CPRC.

Accreditation is offered through the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) to members of participating organizations, including FPRA. Though five years of public relations practice was previously required, ALL members are eligible regardless of years of experience. However, the objective, multiple-choice, computer exam does test a variety of knowledge, skills and abilities, so members interested in seeking accreditation need to be prepared in a variety of skill areas.

Earning professional public relations accreditation and receiving the designation of Accreditation in Public Relations (APR):

Jeff Marshall
Jeff Marshall, APR
Senior Communications Coordinator
Central Florida Expressway Authority
Orlando Area Chapter

 

 

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Laureen J. Trudell, APR
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
Orlando Economic Development Commission
Orlando Area Chapter

 

 

 

Certification is a unique, second tier credential offered exclusively to FPRA members. Candidates must have previously earned their APR and have ten or more years experience in the field of public relations. Though it is a second tier credential, it is not APR 2.0. This exam is a subjective exam that requires candidates to draw from their experience to solve problems and present solutions. Earning the CPRC credential involves passing a written exam (16 essay questions) and an oral exam (presentation of a public relations program or project).

Earning professional certification in public relations and receiving the designation of Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) from the Florida Public Relations Association:

 

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Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC
Communications Manager
Careersource Citrus Levy Marion
Ocala Chapter

 

 

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Allison Campbell, APR, CPRC
Public Relations Director
Jenkins Auto Group
Ocala Chapter

 

 

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Lisa Varner, APR, CPRC
Customer Relations Manager
Jenkins Acura/Jenkins Mazda
Ocala Chapter

 

 

For more information on Accreditation and Certification, as well as any available chapter or State Association rebates, please contact your local Accreditation and Certification Chair or Lanette Hart, APR, CPRC, VP Accreditation/Certification at Lanette.Hart@me.com.

Upcoming Webinar: 8 Imperative for Using Communications to Drive Change

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8 Imperatives for Using Communications to Drive Change 

April 10, 2015 | 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST

$25 for Members | $75 for Non-members
Discount Code for Members Only: Change

Communications has extraordinary power to drive change, when it’s practiced well. Often, those in leadership positions in change-oriented organizations think they don’t have time to communicate or develop a strategic communications plan. Christiano will offer eight rules to apply to the work you’re already doing to help you connect in new and tangible ways with your target audiences.

Takeaways from this webinar are:
• New Orientation to Existing Work
• Simple Rules that Can Apply Across Your Organization
• Focus on Tangible Results

 

FPRA Webinar SpeakerAnn Searight Christiano holds the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She curates frank, an annual gathering of people who use strategic communications to drive social change, and is building a curriculum in the discipline at UF.

Ann came to UF from the Robert Wood Foundation, where she developed strategies to support the foundation’s investments in reducing violence, promoting play and improving long term care

To ensure an interactive and efficient program, virtual seats are limited. Registration is expected to fill up fast so don’t delay and register today!

 

Call for Nominations for the Joe Curley Rising Leader Award and 2015 Rising Leader Class!

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The Joe Curley Rising Leader Award and Rising Leader Class is intended to identify and honor up-and-coming individual FPRA members for their personal dedication to and demonstration of emerging leadership traits, along with dedicated, active involvement in FPRA chapter activities.

The Joe Curley Rising Leader Award includes a $500 cash award and a $500 FPRA state credit that the winner can use for state professional development seminars, workshops or annual conference registration. All members of the 2015 Joe Curley Rising Leader Class of 2015 will receive professional development credit in the amount of $150.

Nominees must be current FPRA members for a minimum of two years prior to nomination. It is up to the leadership of each chapter to select one candidate from their pool of nominations to represent their chapter. Only one nominee will be selected from each chapter. The selected representative will automatically be recognized as an official member of the Joe Curley Rising Leader Class of 2015.

Nominations should detail the role(s) the nominee has played in serving his or her local chapter on committees, developing programs, handling activities, serving as a local board member, etc.

Chapter leadership is encouraged to put forth a Rising Leader representative as well as help to invest in our Association’s future leaders. Nominees must complete the nomination form and submit it, along with an updated resume and a professional headshot, to their chapter president by March 31, 2015. One finalist will be put forth by each chapter. All finalists will represent the Rising Leader Class of 2015.

Access the nomination form by clicking here.