What is your title and company name?
I’m an instructor in the advertising and public relations program in the Nicholson School of Communication at UCF. I am also a principal in Well Said Public Relations, a PR consulting company I formed with a partner back in 2007.
Give a brief explanation of your job.
At UCF I teach several public relations courses and oversee all the Ad/PR internships. I am currently working to add a course that will serve as a prep course for the UAB’s certificate in principles of public relations exam. This will allow our majors to leave school with a degree, up to two years of professional experience via internships AND a certification from the UAB.
I also serve as the faculty adviser for Quotes, the PR club at UCF as well as Zeta Phi Eta, the professional communication fraternity on campus. I love this part of my job because it lets me focus on what I think is the most important thing I can do for these students: help them develop a sense of professionalism.
Through my company, Well Said Public Relations, my partner and I assist clients with employee relations, public relations and marketing, team-building seminars and simulations, leadership development, strategic communication and event planning.
How long have you been a part of FPRA? Why did you join?
I first joined FPRA as a student at UCF. I’ve continued as a member because I like the sense of community and the opportunity to be connect with so many wonderful people in my industry. But what I appreciate most is the opportunity to continue to learn. I think I enjoy teaching so much because I truly, genuinely loved being a student. FPRA gives me the opportunity to slip back into that student role every now and then and learn from my peers and the mentors FPRA gives me access to. I’m constantly learning through FPRA and I can take those things back to the classroom as well as my clients.
What was your favorite FPRA event?
My favorite FPRA event is Annual conference. At heart, I’m a big nerd. The idea of taking notes and soaking up new information for three straight days is so exciting I’ll hardly be able to sleep come August.
What position will you hold on our board next year?
I am currently the VP of student outreach and hope to continue in that position for as long as I’m able to be helpful in connecting the chapter with students and vice versa.
Tell us about an exciting achievement (personal or professional).
When I was a student at UCF, Dr. Tom Morgan taught in the PR program. His intro to PR class is what made me fall in love with the field. I can remember sitting in his class and thinking that if I could be him when I grew up, I know I would be happy. He has this legendary professional history and so much wisdom and experience. One of the proudest moment of my professional career was when he wrote the letter of recommendation suggesting that UCF hire me to replace him when he retired.
What was your first job?
My first job ever was making snow cones at a snow cone hut.
Tell us something people may not know about you.
I get to do some really cool things through Well Said PR. My favorite is SIMSOC, short for Simulated Society. It’s an interactive, group leadership and team building exercise where participants create a mock community, encountering real-world challenges and opportunities that occur when governing a society. It’s essentially a role-playing game where participants grapple with issues like diversity, trust, communication, leadership and strategic thinking as they work to build their own version of a community. My partner and I are some of only a handful of people in the nation who are trained to facilitate this exercise so we get to travel all over the country to work with corporate groups, community groups and even youth groups. The simulation is entirely open to the interpretation and creativity of each group who tackles it, which means no two days are alike for me. It’s thrilling and a lot of fun and I know when we’re done each group of participants will be a little better prepared to communicate effectively, think strategically and assume a leadership role in their jobs or communities.