The Walk of Fame

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Everyone’s a star during Golden Image, so join the FPRA Walk of  Fame and make sure your name (or someone you would like to  honor) is part of the evening’s festivities!

Order your star today or honor a chapter member, chapter  president, or PR peer who you think deserves a star on the FPRA  Walk of Fame! All proceeds from the Walk of Fame benefit the  Florida Public Relations Education Foundation.

Order your star  today! Deadline is July 31.

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 final group of members of this year’s class!

 

EGrayEstella V. Gray, Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Tampa Bay Chapter

From her chapter’s nomination in her words: “I am a fearless advocate for FPRA.”

 

 

 

CSmithCarin Campbell Smith, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Treasure Coast Chapter

From her chapter’s nomination in her words: ”I enjoy being a part of this organization that has given me so much professionally. I feel a responsibility to give back and play an active role in moving the chapter forward and making it even better.” 

 

 

SStrongStefany Strong, Volusia County Health Department
Volusia-Flagler Chapter

From her chapter’s nomination in her words: I am serving as Immediate Past President of the Volusia Flagler Chapter of FPRA. It is an honor to be associated with such great public relations professionals.”

#FPRAlove Promotion

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Show Us Some Love!

Show your love for FPRA by participating in the #FPRAlove promotion on Pinterest. “Pin” images representing why you love FPRA. Not sure what to pin? Check out FPRA’s #FPRAlove pinboard at pinterest.com/fpra_state/fpralove/.  Create your own #FPRAlove pinboard and pin away for your chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. Make sure you hashtag all pins with #FPRAlove and submit your entry.

How to Participate:

Step 1: Follow @fpra_state on Pinterest
Step 2: Create a pinboard with the title: #FPRAlove
Step 3: Pin images representing why you love FPRA.  Not sure what to pin? Check out the FPRA Pinterest board #FPRAlove at pinterest.com/fpra_state/fpralove and feel free to pin away!
Step 4: Tag each pin with #FPRAlove
Step 5: Submit your info (include your board link) at
Step 6: Be entered to win a $50 gift card.

HOW TO ENTER & PHOTO GUIDELINES: You must join Pinterest in order to participate in the Sweepstakes. Pinterest is free to join. During the Sweepstakes Period, follow the official Florida Public Relations Association account, @fpra_state, on Pinterest.com, create a pinboard titled “#FPRAlove” on your own Pinterest account, and pin or repin at least one item to your pinboard representing why you love FPRA. Each pin on your pinboard must include the hashtag #FPRAlove. To enter the Sweepstakes, visit http://bit.ly/FPRAlove and submit an entry form for the Sweepstakes. Limited to one entry per Pinterest account. If you choose to pin images from FPRA, FPRA grants you this non-exclusive, limited rights to pin such images for the purposes of this Sweepstakes. Sweepstakes begins July 6, 2015 at 12:01am EST and ends August 13, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. Winner will be notified and announced by August 17, 2015. See below for Official Rules.

 

Florida Public Relations #FPRAlove Promotion on Pinterest

OFFICIAL RULES:

1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

2. Eligibility. The Florida Public Relations Association #FPRAlove promotion is open to any individual residing in the United States. Entrant must have an account on Pinterest to participate. Pinterest is free to join. Entrant must follow the official Florida Public Relations Association account, @fpra_state, on Pinterest.com, create a pinboard titled “#FPRAlove” on the entrants own Pinterest account, and pin or repin at least one item to their “#FPRAlove” pinboard representing why they love FPRA. Each pin must include the hashtag #FPRAlove. Entrant must complete an online entry form to be entered to win (see Entry information for more details).

3. Entry.  The promotion will begin at 12:01 a.m. E.S.T. on July 06, 2015 and end at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T. on August 12, 2015 (“Promotional Period”). All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. E.S.T. on August 12, 2015 via the online entry form located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FPRAlove. Each Official Entry Form must include entrants full name, email address, FPRA Chapter, and entrant’s #FPRAlove pinboard URL.

4. Prize. One winner will be randomly selected from among all eligible entries received. Winner will receive a $50.00 Visa gift card.

5. Winner Notification: Winner will be notified by email on or by August 17, 2015.

The Sponsor’s decisions are final on all matters relating to this promotion. If Winner does not acknowledge acceptance of prize within 10 days from email notification, it may result in disqualification and an alternate Winner may be selected. Winner may waive his/her right to receive prize. Prize is non-assignable and non-transferable. No substitutions allowed, except that prize is subject to availability, and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes. The Winner may also be required to complete a Release of Liability and Publicity Release/Prize Acceptance Form (except where prohibited by law). Affidavits and release forms must be returned within five (5) days of date of postmark and/or sent date. Failure to sign and return the affidavit or release within five (5) days, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may result in the winner’s disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize, and the award of the prize to an alternative winner. Sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for damages, losses or injury resulting from acceptance or use of any prize. Acceptance of prize by winner constitutes permission to use the winners’ name and likeness without further compensation, except where prohibited by law.

6. Participation. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this promotion as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the promotion is compromised by tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor, which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the promotion, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the promotion. Should the promotion be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prize based on the entries received before the termination date.

7. Sponsor. The promotion is sponsored by Florida Public Relations Association whose decisions regarding the selection of winner and all other aspects of the promotion shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the promotion. If you have any questions regarding this promotion, please contact Devon Chestnut, Vice President of Technology for the Florida Public Relations Association at devon.chestnut@cox.com.

 

Time to Book Your Room for the PR Event of the Year!

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DEADLINE: THURSDAY, JULY 2 BY 5:00PM

Don’t delay and book your room today at this year’s host property for FPRA’s 77th Annual Conference. Rooms are going fast and once they’re gone, they’re gone. To take advantage of FPRA’s discounted rate at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate you must reserve your room by five o’clock on Thursday, July 2.

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