Member PRofile: Bailey Morris

October 19, 2016

Give a brief explanation of your position.

Bailey Morris

Bailey Morris, Vice President of Professional Development & Media Mashup

I am responsible for planning and coordinating two of FPRA’s most exciting events of the year — our professional development event and Media Mashup — alongside my fabulous co-chair, Ms. Kelda Senior!

How long have you been a part of FPRA? Why did you join? #myFPRA
This is my first year in FPRA. I just graduated from UCF back in May with my B.A. in advertising and public relations. During my time as a student, I had the pleasure of serving as the President of Ad Club UCF during my Junior year. My responsibilities included planning and coordinating professional development events for students alongside a board of six awesome individuals. Upon graduating, I wanted to be involved in a professional organization where I could dip my toes into the PR world a little more. Needless to say, FPRA Orlando fit the bill.

Favorite FPRA event:

Media Mashup, no doubt!

Tell us about an exciting achievement.
So far, one of the biggest achievements I’ve had was when I was on the Ad Club UCF board in 2015, and we grew the club’s membership from 19 to 106 members — a 468% increase. The American Advertising Federation awarded us the College Chapter Membership Award for “Largest Growth” in the 2015 school year.

What was your first job?
Social Media Manager, at Think Creative Inc.

Tell us something people may not know about you.
I am a line dancin’ fool! On the weekends, you’ll most likely find me at Cowboys Orlando, scootin’ my boots to everything from Alan Jackson to Big & Rich.

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Chapter Rewind: October Breakfast – Downtown CREDO

October 19, 2016

Chapter Rewind | By: Gabriel Soltren

Five years after opening in Orlando, Downtown CREDO is providing thousands of dollars to local startups. Last year, Downtown CREDO gave $45,000 to three business startups. At the Florida Public Relations Association October Breakfast meeting, Jason Moore, Downtown CREDO Coffee Director said they plan to give another $45,000 this year.

Downtown CREDODowntown CREDO sells coffee and supports the Orlando community. They have three divisions; Coffee, Rally, and Conduit. The coffee division allows customers to name their price. Name your price makes customers think about what they are supporting. Otherwise, they would probably just pay and go home. Because of the pricing structure, customers usually start conversations with the baristas about the company’s mission

Downtown CREDO

Alayna Curry, APR and October Breakfast speaker Jason Moore, Coffee Director with Downtown CREDO.

FPRA Orlando President Alayna Curry, APR introduced Jason Moore. “We try to make an impact with the growers and families that we met in Guatemala,” said Jason Moore. “But we want to do as much as we can here locally as well.”

The Downtown Credo Rally division provides social enterprises with mentorship and startup cash. Funding is provided by individuals, groups or corporations that make at least $5,000 donations annually to Downtown CREDO.

The Conduit division offers persons the opportunity to carry out their ideas. For example, Jose Marantes, a regular customer created a Spanish and English language learning program called Fluente. “Credo is not passionate about language learning,” said Moore. “But we are passionate about Jose Marantes.” Downtown Credo succeeds by partnering with projects that their customers are passionate about.

According to Moore, the mission of the Downtown Credo is about helping people live their lives with meaning and impact. Check out the 2011 Ted Talk by the founder of the Downtown Credo.

Click here for event photographs.


Quotes Corner

October 19, 2016

Elyssa WienerQuotes Fall Feelings

By Elyssa Wiener, Quotes President

The semester seems to be moving at high speed as the months are quickly passing by. It feels like yesterday was our kickoff meeting at UCF’s Pop Parlour, which had an attendance of over 60 students, and now we’re coming up to Intern Pursuit (#IPUCF) and our NASA tour. Before we know it the semester will be over and we’ll be replacing our soon-to-graduate executive board.

Speaking of the board— we have an incredibly dedicated group of students this semester, working tirelessly to bring the most to our members. We have Tiffany Berthiaume as our vice president, Karina Saad Delgado as our webmaster, Joel Hawksley in the role of vice president of membership, Javon Scott as vice president of strategic communication and planning, Nikki Bloomfield as our historian and I, Elyssa Wiener, am our current president. We also have the lovely Lindsay Hudock leading us to victory as Quotes’ advisor. This incredible team has pulled together some great speakers, tours and events; a lot to be proud of this semester!

I hope to see FPRA members at Intern Pursuit on October 24 from 6:30-8 p.m.!  Our top students will be looking to get valuable internship experience with your companies. More information can be found here:


Meet the Board:


Elyssa Wiener

Elyssa Wiener, President


Tiffany Berthiaume

Tiffany Berthiaume, Vice President


Joel Hawksley

Joel Hawksley, Vice President of Membership


Javon Scott

Javon Scott, Vice President of Strategic Communication and Planning


Karina Saad Delgado

Karina Saad Delgado, Webmaster


Nikki Bloomfield

Nikki Bloomfield, Historian


Applications for scholarships

October 19, 2016

Membership Scholarship Deadline Extended

We’ve decided to extend the deadline for applications for scholarships until Friday, October  21, 2016,  at 5 p.m.

Fifty-one of our current 126 members have renewed as of today, Monday, October 17, 2016.  Let’s make it 100% by the October 31 deadline.

If the budget doesn’t allow for discretionary income to retain membership in FPRA or you have  limited funds, your Orlando chapter is offering one full and one partial scholarship for membership renewals. We also have a scholarship for students who are advancing to their professional careers. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is NOW Friday, October 21, 2016.

If you wish to apply for a membership renewal scholarship please send me an email at  with responses to the following questions:

1. How long have you been a member of FPRA? Why is membership in FPRA important to you?
2. What kind of work do you currently do? Is more than 50% of the work you do related to PR?
3. What have you learned from your year(s) in FPRA that impacts your current job?

Once again, scholarship application are due by 5pm on Friday, October 21, 2016. Please send your responses to

A committee will the evaluate responses and award the scholarships accordingly.

Susan Vernon-Devlin
Vice President of Membership
FPRA Orlando Chapter

Honoring the Heroes Among Us

October 18, 2016

Honoring the Heroes Among Us

The Orlando chapters of the Florida Public Relations Association and the Public Relations Society of America met at Gator’s Dockside in South Downtown Orlando to honor the dozens of public relations colleagues and friends who were on the front lines of crisis communications following the Pulse tragedy.

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Heroes Among Us

Special thanks to event sponsors:



Member PRofile: Megan Paquin, APR

September 12, 2016
Megan Paquin, APR

Megan Paquin, APR Marketing Manager Hyatt Regency Orlando

Give a brief explanation of your job.

Ranked Orlando’s No. 1 meetings destination, Hyatt Regency Orlando is the second largest convention hotel for the Hyatt brand. As marketing manager, my role encompasses all aspects of the marketing mix – creative, public relations, digital ecommerce, social media, to name a few. Our team is responsible for increasing awareness and revenue, as well as engagement with our guests, clients and colleagues.

How long have you been a part of FPRA? Why did you join? #myFPRA

I joined FPRA in 2010 because I wanted to meet likeminded professionals and learn best practices. I recently returned to FPRA after moving out of the country. It’s been great to be back to re-connect with the local industry, and old friends!

What’s your favorite FPRA event?

Media Mashup. It’s the most efficient way to meet with an abundance of media and local professionals alike, to take a pulse on what’s important in our community and how we can align our communications strategies.

Tell us about an exciting achievement.

Earlier this year we welcomed our first daughter, Ryan Nicole, and becoming a mom is hands down my most exciting achievement ever.
First job: I started my career as a public relations coordinator with MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas where I specialized in international media relations and major broadcast, and was a part of the opening team of CityCenter which is the largest privately-funded development in United States history.

Tell us something people may not know about you.

I’m in the final stretch of earning a master’s degree in behavioral economics from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Two semesters left!

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Chapter Rewind: 2016 Board Inductions & Award Recognition

September 12, 2016
The 2016 - 2017 Board of Directors at the Installation Breakfast. Photo Credit: Chris Gent, APR, CPRC

The 2016 – 2017 Board of Directors at the Installation Breakfast. Photo Credit: Chris Gent, APR, CPRC

Laura Kern
Laura Kern, APR gave a recap of the previous board year and thanked outgoing members for their service.

Remember the television show “Miami Vice” and the University of Florida “The Gator Nation” public relations campaign?


Joe Hice, APR, CPRC, Chief Marketing Officer & Senior Vice President, Enterprise Florida. Photo Credit: Chris Gent, APR, CPRC

Joe Hice, APR, CPRC, provided the Wellcraft speed boats used on the TV show and as former University of Florida associate vice president for marketing and public relations, he developed the PR campaign to make the university more visible.

Joe Hice, APR, CPRC, chief marketing officer & senior vice president at Enterprise Florida recommended taking daily action on the most important and creative things first. Check your email later. Hice provided leadership advice from his 31 years as a professional with an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). His suggestions included communicating your mission verbally, in writings, in drawings and in any way possible. “Try to leave a legacy,” he said. He advised members to speak about their mission every day to get buy-in from others.

Member of the Year

Heather Smith, APR

Congratulations to Heather Smith, APR with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, who was honored as our Member of the Year. This award recognizes one member who has made a significant contribution to the chapter through leadership, enthusiasm, involvement and support.


Bob Davis Award

Congratulations to Lauren George, APR winner of the Bob Davis Award. This award is presented to someone for their “behind the scenes” volunteer efforts. It is named in honor of the late Dr. Bob Davis, former UCF professor and mentor.

Alayna Curry--2016


Alayna Curry, APR
Central Florida Expressway Authority

FPRA state president Terri Behling, APR, CPRC presided over the induction ceremony for new FPRA Orlando president Alayna Curry, APR and the 2016-2017 Board of Directors.

Click here for photographs from the 2016 – 2017 Board Installation breakfast.