Invest in Your Future: Renew Your FPRA Membership Today

September 9, 2013

It’s that time of year again … time to renew your FPRA membership!

You already know FPRA offers its members tremendous benefits and value, and we encourage you to continue investing in your professional development by renewing your membership today.

Here are the top three reasons why you should renew:

  1. Our outstanding monthly programs give you the unmatched opportunity to grow professionally, engage with other public relations professionals and hear first-class presentations from top-notch speakers.
  2. You’ll get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into some of Orlando’s most coveted companies.
  3. You’ll also gain access to a network hundreds of public relations professionals in Orlando and beyond.

You’ve recently received your membership renewal form in the mail. You can renew online or complete the form and mail or fax it to FPRA’s State office.

Know anyone interested in learning more about the benefits of FPRA? We’d love for them to join us. Just email Lauren Hyer, APR.

Recharged and Ready to Take Charge

September 5, 2013

By: Fernando Agudelo
President | Quotes, the PR Club at UCF



Throughout the summer, the new Quotes board worked diligently to plan a top-notch program for its members. As a student chapter of FPRA, our focus this year will be on strengthening student relations with the valuable network of professionals in the Orlando area. Building connections with professionals like you, eases the pre-graduation anxiety as we learn more about your experiences and the path you took to get where you are today.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Orlando Area Chapter leadership will help us kick-off the fall program with a meeting centered on FPRA and the many benefits students can take advantage of. Cynthia Lambert, Michael Lawrence and Laura Kern will be joining us to encourage our members to attend the monthly breakfasts and participate in Image Awards, just to name a few.

Quotes has also gone through a vigorous rebranding process as we worked to abide by FPRA’s branding policy while preserving our brand identity. Through this extensive process, we’ve changed our logo, created branding standards and restructured our Constitution, which hasn’t been updated since 1991. After implementing the recent changes, we’ve seen an increase of interest from students at UCF. If you’d like to take a look at our new image and the exciting events we’ve got planned for the rest of the semester, I invite you to check out our website (

Member PRofile: Kayla Torpey

September 5, 2013

D32_5020 Kayla Torpey (HR)

What is your title and company name?
Communications Specialist, Kissimmee Utility Authority

Give a brief explanation of your job.
As part of a two-person team at KUA, I share responsibility for internal and external corporate communications, including marketing and advertising, media and public relations, employee communications, special events and corporate philanthropy. I also serve as the back-up spokesperson for the utility. KUA is Florida’s sixth largest municipally-owned electric utility company.

How many years have you been a part of FPRA? Why did you join?
2 years – I joined FPRA to expand my professional network, as well as develop my personal and professional skills within the public relations field. In 2012, I served on the committee for the Image Awards gala. Being involved has helped me make some great friends along the way!

What was your favorite FPRA event?
The 75th Annual Conference in St. Petersburg was definitely my favorite FPRA event thus far. I really enjoyed the networking, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, Golden Image Awards and getting to know my fellow FPRA Orlando Area Chapter members a little better. This event confirmed my love for public relations and why I chose to pursue a career in this field.

Tell us about an exciting achievement (personal or professional).
My most exciting achievement is being the first in my family to graduate from college. Go Knights!

Tell us something people may not know about you.
I was an exchange student in Germany in the summer of 2005. It was an unforgettable experience!

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