Give a brief explanation of your job.
As communications specialist at Curley & Pynn, I implement public relations and marketing strategies for a diverse range of clients in the high tech, travel and tourism, higher education and economic development industries. I enjoy my job because no two days are the same and I get to do a little bit of everything, whether it’s media relations, marketing communications, research or social media and blogging.
How long have you been a part of FPRA? Why did you join?
I joined FPRA in 2010 as a member of Quotes, the student chapter of FPRA at the University of Central Florida—and it was one of the best decisions of my professional career. FPRA has been instrumental in my professional development, and since I joined, I have created lasting connections with dozens of PR pros. My FPRA membership was also incredibly valuable during my job search right after I graduated college. The job board and monthly networking opportunities ultimately helped me land my first job.
What’s your favorite FPRA event?
My favorite FPRA event is definitely the Professional Development Workshop. It’s a great opportunity to hear and learn from so many leaders in our industry, and the event offers valuable networking as well. I look forward to it every year.
Tell us an exciting achievement.
I’d have to say my most exciting achievement has been launching a blog about entertainment and pop culture. I started it three years ago on a whim with low expectations, and it’s now grown to have an audience of more than 41,000 readers. It’s taken a lot of time and effort, but I am incredibly proud to have built something with a loyal and dedicated audience.
What was your very first job?
My first job was as a billing clerk for my parents’ business in high school. I sorted and organized patient files, billed insurance companies, made follow-up calls to patients and assisted with general office duties. And just because I worked for my parents, that doesn’t mean they went easy on me! I definitely learned the value of a strong work ethic and attention to detail.
Share a fun fact that people may not know about you.
I am an unapologetic and enthusiastic Taylor Swift fan. I have seen her in concert three times so far, and if you asked me, I could recite the lyrics to any of her songs (yes, even from her very first album).