August 2012: Member News

Elizabeth Baranik received the prestigious Rising Star Award from the Florida Society of Association Executives. The annual award honors  individuals for their leadership, dedication, and professionalism in FSAE and in their current positions.  Recipients are nominated by their peers and then a committee selects the winners according to a strict criterion of excellence and achievement.

“FSAE is all about leadership, commitment and the success of our members and their organizations which represent over 1.5 million professionals,” said Chairman of the FSAE Board of Directors John Ricco, CAE.  “The FSAE award recipients are outstanding leaders who have so excelled in their profession to have achieved the respect, admiration and ultimate recognition of their association and their peers.  We congratulate each of the honorees and their organizations for encouraging their professional development.”

The Rising Star Award was created to honor a FSAE member who has contributed significant time and talent to FSAE’s success or within their current job. Congratulations to Rising Star, Elizabeth Baranik,  Marketing Manager – Group & Travel Markets, Hard Rock International, Orlando, FL.

Vianka McConville has joined Curley & Pynn as a Communications Specialist. Vianka McConville brings unique experience in professional services and customer service operations to her new role. Before joining Curley & Pynn, McConville served as the team lead of client services for KEL Attorneys, where she informed clients of lender and legislative impact on foreclosure cases, and updated them on related news stories. In addition, McConville aided management with internal and external communications.

An active member of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), McConville worked on the FPRA Grand Image Award-winning Gator Nation Campaign, through which many proud University of Florida graduates and students shared pride in their alma mater.

McConville graduated from the University of Florida (UF) with a Bachelor of Science in public relations and a minor in business administration. She had an active college career and gained valuable experience through her volunteer work and internships at Insight Financial Credit Union, David Greenberg Communications and CBR Public Relations. McConville served as director for the Public Relations Student Society of America Fundraising Committee and as president of the Student Government Association at Seminole State College.

Andrea (Andi) Sell has been retained as the Vice President of Business Development & Public Relations for Capri Contractors.  “She will be instrumental in raising awareness as to the expertise Capri has in the areas of commercial and residential construction and development,” per Sunia Piermont, Principle of Capri.  Andrea is well-known as a community advocate and a local Public Relations, Marketing, Business Development, Event Planning, and Fundraising Consultant.

Capri Contractors, Inc. is a locally owned minority firm founded by Mario Prieto and his family in 2001.  Experience encompasses both Commercial & Residential properties.  Projects include: Homes, Hotels, Corporate.

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