FPRA Membership Scholarship Available

September 14, 2015

FPRA OrlFPRA Membership Scholarship Available – Apply Now!

Do you know someone interested in joining FPRA who may find the cost to be a challenge? Are you interested in renewing but your employer is unable to cover your dues this year?

We are currently offering one membership scholarship to a renewing chapter member. Click here for more information or to apply.

The deadline to apply is Friday, October 16. For more information, contact Julie Hall, APR and Susan Vernon-Devlin.

Intern Pursuit | October 20, 2015

September 10, 2015

Intern Pursuit

The FPRA student chapter – Quotes, the PR Club at UCF formally invites you to Intern Pursuit on October 20th at the University of Central Florida.

The bi-annual internship fair, unique to students in communication-related fields of study, is from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union.

Intern Pursuit has been highly successful in providing great interns to employers like you in the past. This opportunity to meet with over 200 students and find an intern is a truly unique one as we strive to give students a chance to apply what they’ve learned in classes and learn from professionals like you. Some students also come with a wealth of experience from other internships they’ve gotten through past Intern Pursuits.

If you’re interested in being an employer at this event please fill out the application here.

Feel free to share this information with other professionals in need of interns! Should you have any questions please email me at quotesevents@gmail.com.

I look forward to seeing you at #IP2015!

#IP2015 is October 20th. Save the date!

Thanks so much for your time!

Javon Scott

Javon Scott / Director of Events
(904) 887-4090
Quotes, the PR Club at UCF

2015 Board Installation & Award Recognition

September 9, 2015

By: Gabriel F. Soltren

FPRA Board Induction 08_27_2015

The 2015 – 2016 Board of Directors at the Installation Breakfast.

Kerry Martin

Kerry Martin, APR

Immediate Past President Kerry Martin, APR addressed members of the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association at the 2015 Board Installation & Award Recognition event held at Artisan’s Table Restaurant in Downtown Orlando. Kerry thanked outgoing members for their service.

Kerry recognized award winners including Julie Hall, APR, the 2015 Bob Davis Award winner. “Julie Hall, APR is a rising leader, and she strives for the best in all she does,” said Martin.

Julie Hall, APR

Julie Hall, APR

The Bob Davis Award is presented annually to an individual for his or her “behind the scenes” volunteer efforts that go largely unnoticed by chapter members and are not recognized by other awards programs. The award is named in honor of Bob Davis, Ph.D., ABC, APR, CPRC, a former professor and mentor from the University of Central Florida who gave tirelessly to FPRA and the profession for three decades.

Jeff Marshall

Jeff Marshall, APR

Jeff Marshall was named as the 2014 FPRA-Orlando Member of the Year. In 2015, Marshall served as Vice President of Image Awards while earning his APR Certification.

The Member of the Year Award recognizes one member of the Orlando Area Chapter who has made a significant contribution to the Association through outstanding leadership, demonstrated enthusiasm, extraordinary involvement and loyal support.

Lisa Malone

Lisa Malone, APR, CPRC

Lisa Malone, APR, CPRC Instructor at the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida, was the guest speaker at our August chapter breakfast. She spoke about leadership in the field of public relations.

Malone’s experience in public affairs includes 30 years in the space industry at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Malone explained that professionals in public affairs in government cannot lobby and advertise, but they can inform and educate.

“Photography is an important component of public relations,” Malone said. She shared space program photographs from the Kennedy Space Center, the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and from the 9 year New Horizons flight to Pluto.

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Lisa Malone, APR, CPRC Instructor at the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida.

She spoke to FPRA members about crisis communications and the Challenger and Colombia space shuttles. After the crisis, the media came after NASA and wanted answers right away. “It would be great if you did not have to sleep,” said Malone. “You have to feed the beast.” Malone recommended providing officials with hot topics and issues to have them ready to for media questions.

Malone encouraged leaders to embrace new technology and continue learning how to tell better stories. For example, Malone learned about rocket science from engineers at NASA. The space program is evolving and working with commercial partners Boeing and Space X.

As FPRA Counselors’ Network Chair, she encouraged FPRA members to create lasting relationships at meetings and conferences.

Laura Kern

Laura Kern, APR

Kerry Martin, APR introduced Florida Public Relations Association State President, Roger Pynn, APR, CPRC. “The empahsis this year is in leadership,” said Pynn.

Pynn presided over the induction ceremony for new FPRA Orlando president Laura Kern, APR and the 2015-2016 Board of Directors.

For a list of current board members, click here.

2015 Board Installation Photographs

2015 Board Installation Breakfast

Member PRofile: Maria Isabel Sanquírico

September 9, 2015

Maria Isabel

What is your job title?
President and Founder of Eleven 11 Communications (Circa 2011)

Tell us about your job.
As a small business owner I have many hats to wear. My daily responsibilities range from following up with clients and monitoring projects to overseeing the stability and growth of the company. Because of our media background, I am a former news anchor and magazine editor and my colleague is a former Miami Herald and NBC network journalist, we receive a lot of media relations requests. We also generate lots of content for websites and publications on behalf of our clients. Among them, two quarterly magazines -one for a client on the field of education, another for a legal client- which we manage, develop content for, edit and layout.

What makes Eleven unique is the fact that we know how to communicate effectively with Hispanics, soon to be the largest minority in the United States. It goes beyond speaking the language, although we do. There needs to be sensitivity toward the differences between different groups as well as an understanding of cultural nuances.

How long have you been in FPRA? Why did you join?
I joined the local chapter two years ago because I saw it as an opportunity to expand my network and to learn more about our craft.

What’s your favorite FPRA event?
Professional Development, listening to the behind the scenes of the campaigns makes me feel validated, that I am not alone in this journey.

Tell us an exciting achievement.
The Today Show picked up one of my client’s stories.

What was your very first job?
My first professional job after school was working in Public Relations for the Miss Universe Puerto Rico organization. I learned a lot, especially how to make sure that your bathing suit stays in place (spray glue).

Share a fun fact that people may not know about you.
Working out is a priority to me. I workout at least four times per week, but not because I love it, but because my real weakness is Nutella. I can eat a whole jar in 24 hours.

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Quotes Corner

September 8, 2015

Javon ScottLeap of Faith: Planning my First Event

By: Javon Scott
Quotes Director of Events

If someone invited you to go swimming with sharks, would you go? If you were offered a top corporate position in a field that was unfamiliar to you, would you accept the job? Whether it’s a fear of heights, a fear of the dark, or a fear of public speaking, we have all experienced some type of fear. Perhaps the biggest fear for many of us, myself included, is a fear of failure. If we never try, how will we know the outcome? So many people worry about what will happen if they fail, that they lose sight of what could happen if they succeed.

When you’re going into the unknown you always have a variety of mixed feelings. As I’m adding one thing to my resume, I’m also adding a sense of reality that everything you do in life won’t keep you in your comfort zone. As the Director of Events for Quotes, the PR Club at UCF, I’m responsible for planning the club’s biggest event of the year, Intern Pursuit.

Never in my life did I think that I would be planning a large scaled event that brings out about one hundred employers and even more students. Anxiety can take over sometimes and you get thoughts of doubt as if you can’t accomplish your dreams. Though I am stepping out on something I’ve never done, I trust myself and the other board members to not let this event fail. Sometimes you may feel unqualified and ask yourself “why’d they choose me?” or “why would someone put me in this position?” The best thing to do is take a leap of faith and just go with the flow. You’re in the position you’re in for a reason.

I believe that I have been put into this position not only to grow as a young professional, but to also help other students reach the next level. As a former Quotes member who attended Intern Pursuit last year, I have been able to experience hands on the joy of receiving the business card that gets you the interview.

Intern Pursuit 2015

Intern Pursuit will take place this October 20 in the Pegasus Ballroom at 6:00pm. Last year we had one of the most successful Intern Pursuit events in Quotes history, with over 100 registered employers to attend, and over 250 students searching for internships. It is my goal to not only surpass these numbers, but to also lead my team in a way that brings the credibility of Quotes and the FPRA Orlando Chapter to a higher, elite standard, reaching students and increasing our student membership. Wish me luck! I hope to make this prestigious and successful chapter of professionals proud.

Orlando Area Chapter Shines at 2015 FPRA Annual Conference

August 13, 2015

This year’s FPRA annual conference boasted its share of amazing speakers, fun networking events and recognition for the Orlando area chapter and its members.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Board member Julie Hall represented Orlando as part of the 2015 Joe Curley Class of Rising Leaders.
  • Our chapter took home the President’s Award for Leadership Development, thanks to efforts to strengthen the board.
  • Orlando’s newest accredited members, Jeff Marshall, APR, and Laureen Martinez, APR, were honored by the state board.
  • Two Orlando Area Chapter members were inducted as part of the Executive Committee on the State Board: Alyson Lundell, who will serve as vice president of professional development and Roger Pynn, APR, CPRC, who will lead the organization as state president.
  • Multiple Orlando organizations and agencies took home Golden Image Awards including: the Central Florida Expressway Authority, MetroPlan Orlando, Curley & Pynn, Costa Communications, The University of Central Florida, Kissimmee Utility Authority and Consensus Communications.

If you missed this year’s conference, you can get caught up on all of the sessions by reading FPRA’s conference blog: http://fprablog.org.

Be sure to save the date for the 2016 conference: August 7-10 at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, Tampa.


Member PRofile: Christina Grover

August 12, 2015

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What is your job title?
I am the Assistant Public Information Officer at the Orange County Corrections Department (otherwise known as the jail). I am also the tours coordinator for our agency.

Tell us about your job.
My job primarily entails internal and external communications. I oversee the monthly publication of our newsletter, the Corrections Chronicle, and additionally I contribute articles to the Orange County employee newsletter, The Spiel. I am the web coordinator for the jail’s website (www.bestjail.com) and just recently we received the authorization to begin using social media to post interesting things as they take place within our department. Additionally, I give public record instruction to our employees as it pertains to our agency and Florida Statute 119 and occasionally I fill-in processing the daily media requests. As the tours coordinator I oversee the scheduling and deliver the opening presentations for our visitors from the outside. My clients would be mainly the employees and citizens of Orange County.

How long have you been in FPRA? Why did you join?
I originally joined FPRA a few years ago when I first received my promotion to my current position. At the time, Allen Moore was my supervisor, and he was a long-time active member. We truly enjoyed attending the monthly breakfast training sessions! When he retired it became difficult for me to maintain active in my membership as our agency was transitioning to my current supervisor, PIO Carrie Proudfit (formerly Hoeppner). After a short break in my membership I am pleased to be returning back to FPRA, this time with Carrie as a new member.

What’s your favorite FPRA event?
It was a workshop held on October 24, 2013 at Leu Gardens. There were numerous guest speakers who came to speak to us in different break-out sessions and towards the end a delicious lunch was served. I remember one gentleman in particular who was from UCF. The title of his presentation escapes me but it was very catchy and intriguing. During lunch the female presenter spoke to us about Pinterest, what it was and how to use it. It was the first time I had ever heard of Pinterest. Now, it has really taken off in popularity. The best part of the event was the opportunity to network. I met some wonderful professionals in the business who were delightful to talk to, and I normally wouldn’t have met them under any other circumstance with working at the jail.

Tell us an exciting achievement (personal or professional).
My biggest achievement has been through being a member of Toastmasters. In case you are unfamiliar, Toastmasters is a worldwide organization that helps people to develop or enhance their communication/public speaking and leadership skills. Since joining the club at work approximately eight years ago, I have completed over thirty speech projects and have volunteered my time in several different board officer positions. It is through my role as VP of Public Relations that I first became interested in the field. I have grown from a bashful, embarrassed speaker whose face would immediately turn red to one who demonstrates self-confidence without stammering for the next word to complete my thought. In addition, my experiences and skills helped me to become eligible for a promotion into my current position. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Toastmasters. I encourage your readers to try visiting a club nearby so they can experience for themselves the benefits and see their potential in becoming better speakers or presenters.

What was your very first job? 
My first job was at 17 and only lasted for about a month or two. I worked at Dino’s Pizza taking phone orders and working in the dining area, a job my best friend introduced me to since she started to work there. Although I discovered I really liked the customer service aspect, I learned that I was terrible at being a waitress. I would forget who ordered what drinks or food, I would get distracted with other things and probably made the customers wait too long, or I would over compensate and check on them way too often. What I soon found out was that I didn’t like waiting on people for extended periods of time. I was always happy when I would get a tip but I saw my best friend made a mint as a delivery person. She was very cute and the guys loved us!

Share a fun fact that people may not know about you.
I love to paint pictures on either canvas or wall murals. My favorite pictures are of landscapes but painting murals for children’s rooms are the most enjoyable. Although I have tried water colors, I find working with acrylics are more suitable for me and what it is I am looking to do (that desired effect!). However, I have recently become addicted to the old Bob Ross painting shows on PBS. After studying his techniques I am tempted to try oils now. I would also like to one day learn how to do portraits.

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I hope I never see you at my job though! :)


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