Celebrating Leaders: Annual Networking and Recognition Breakfast

Join FPRA’s Orlando Area Chapter on Thursday, August 22 for a networking event with incoming FPRA State Association President Chris Gent, APR, CPRC as we celebrate a successful year! Chris will condense his 15 years of chapter leadership into five must-have traits for rising leaders before inducting the chapter’s new board members. Our Member of the Year and Bob Davis Award recipients will also be honored.

We’ll be starting the new board year in style at a private event at Cask & Larder, the southern-inspired sister restaurant of the Ravenous Pig. To start, a fresh-made seasonal yogurt parfait will be served as you meet and mingle with Orlando’s finest PR professionals, then you’ll enjoy your choice of classic eggs benedict or vegetarian quiche.

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Cask & Larder | 565 W. Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
(Parking is available at the restaurant and at the shopping center next door. Please do not park at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.)
8:00 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m. – Program Begins

About the Speaker

Chris M. Gent, APR, CPRC
Vice President of Corporate Communications
Kissimmee Utility Authority

Chris is responsible for internal and external corporate communications for KUA, including marketing and advertising, media and public relations, employee communications, special events and corporate philanthropy. Hired by KUA in May 1993, Chris previously served as Manager of Corporate Communications and Communications Specialist for the utility.

A third-generation Floridian, Chris grew up on Florida’s Space Coast. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Central Florida and master’s degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he graduated valedictorian in 2011.

Chris is the incoming president of the Florida Public Relations Association, the oldest public relations organization in the United States. As a statewide Association, FPRA boasts nearly 1,500 professional and student members, all which make up the 15 professional and 11 student chapters. Chris has held several FPRA leadership positions at the chapter and state levels, including chapter president.

In 2004, Chris received FPRA’s Bob Davis Award for his behind-the-scenes contributions to the public relations profession in Central Florida.  In 2010, he was inducted into UCF’s Nicholson School of Communication Hall of Fame and was named Central Florida’s Public Relations Professional of the Year by FPRA. Chris’ work at KUA has earned 266 local, state, national and international communication awards for public relations programs, events and publications.

About the Venue

Located in Winter Park, Fla., Cask & Larder serves southern-inspired cuisine with seasonal ingredients, house-brewed beers and handcrafted cocktails in a vibrant, historical neighborhood brewery and kitchen. James Beard-nominated Chef Owners James and Julie Petrakis oversee Cask & Larder, along with sister restaurant The Ravenous Pig. Learn more about Cask & Larder at http://www.caskandlarder.com, and don’t forget to connect with us at facebook.com/cask.larder and @CaskLarder on Twitter (#ohmylarder).

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