Member PRofile: Kerry Martin, APR

May 12, 2016
Kerry Martin APR

Kerry Martin, APR
Communications Manager
Aquatic Design & Engineering

Give a brief explanation of your job. 

Our firm designs and engineers large scale fountains, resort pools, interactive water features and other specialty aquatic projects, which is quite a specific niche in the development industry. In my role, I communicate with members of that industry through specialty publications, and our own channels including our newsletter, blog and website.

How long have you been a part of FPRA? Why did you join? 

When I joined FPRA in 2008, I had the good fortune of working at Curley and Pynn, where it was encouraged to get involved in the association for professional and leadership development. I am so grateful for having supportive employers who invest in their people through organizations like FPRA.

Tell us about an exciting achievement.

Having my daughter early last year was life-changing in so many ways, and it’s been fun to see all the other professional women in FPRA in the same boat. I think sharing in that personal milestone has made it even more special.

What was your favorite FPRA event?

I always love the FPRA Backstage Pass events, and one of my favorites was getting to go behind the scenes of the construction site that was the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

What was your first job?

I started with Curley & Pynn right after college, and I owe everything of what I learned and accomplished in my career to the team, especially Roger.

Tell us something people may not know about you.

I think I have a photographic memory when it comes to Seinfeld episodes. Had I only attained the same skill for useful knowledge…

Contact Info:

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Chapter Rewind: 2016 Image Awards

May 12, 2016

Image Awards 2016

2016 Image Awards | By: Mary Ann Horne

FPRA Orlando Chapter celebrated our best and brightest at the 2016 Image Awards gala, held at Crayola Experience Orlando on April 14, 2016.

We honored PR Professional of the Year Joan McCain, as well as top PR projects. Joan McCain Video

Joan delivered a funny and inspiring message about her career journey and was cheered on by her enthusiastic current and former students at the UCF Nicholson School of Communication. This was followed by presentation of more than 40 awards to PR professionals for outstanding projects in Audio/Visual and Online, Print, and PR Program.

Image Awards 2
The night’s Grand All Image Award went to Orlando Economic Development Commission for the “You Don’t Know the Half of It” campaign.

Grand Image for Print went to UCF News and Information; Grand Image for Audio/Visual and Online went to Kissimmee Utility Authority.

Judith Pariseau

Judith Pariseau
VP of Image Awards

Many thanks to Image Chair Judith Pariseau, the Image Awards Committee, and all the FPRA members and friends who made this a memorable night! Proving once again that #FPRAIsForLeaders

Image Award Winners 2016

Click the photograph below for more photographs from the event.
2016 Image Awards

2016 Scholarship Winners

May 12, 2016

Congratulations to the student recipients of the 2016 scholarships.

Irene Farrell Pynn Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Barbara Lopaciuk is an Ad/PR major and a writing and rhetoric minor. She’s a member of Quotes, The Golden Key Honor Society, the Dean’s list, and Zeta Phi Eta, the professional communication fraternity.

Darden Communication Scholarship

Derek Giebler is an Ad/PR major and a sociology minor. Derek is a member of the UCF Ad Club, Ad2 Orlando, American Advertising Federation and the Univesity’s Dean’s List and carries an impeccable 4.0 GPA.

Orlando Area Chapter FPRA Dr. Bob Davis Memorial Scholarship

Caitlin Leach is an Ad/PR major. She’s been recognized on the Dean’s List, the President’s List and the President’s Honor Roll.

Jenna Smith is a Radio TV Journalism major with a marketing minor. She’s a member of both the Dean’s and President’s lists and currently serves as the social media manager for Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society.

Hannah Watkins is an Ad/PR major with a writing and rhetoric minor. She’s a member of Ad Club and serves on the board of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity.

Natalie Arana is an Ad/PR major with minors in Marketing and Mass Culture and Collective Behavior. She served as director of membership for Ad club UCF in 2015 when the club was recognized by the American Advertising Federation for a more than 400 percent increase in membership.

Nicole Moshe is an Ad/PR major with a marketing minor. She’s a member of the Dean’s List, the President’s honor roll and the LEAD Scholars program.

Amy Covel is a Human Communication major who’s also pursuing a public and professional writing certificate. She has served as webmaster and vice president of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Lauren Manning is a Human Communication major who has been recognized on the President’s honor roll and is a member of the Lamda Pi Eta Honor Society.

Zoe Hammond is a Radio Television major with minors in business and marketing and some impressive leadership experience. She’s served as executive vice president for the UCF Panhellenic Council and as a College Sciences Senator with SGA.

Stephanie Cameron is a radio television major with a minor in sports business management. She’s a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and president of the Badminton Club.

Annabella Pujalte is an Ad/PR major with a writing and rhetoric minor. She’s been on the Dean’s List, the President’s honor roll and is currently the rock star president of Ad Club.

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2016 Sip & Savor Scholarship Fundraiser

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Quotes Corner

May 12, 2016

Joel HawksleyQuotes Capital Connection Trip 2016

By: Joel Hawksley
Quotes Vice President of Membership

On April 6, 2016, members of Quotes, the PR Club at UCF and Ad Club departed from the University of Central Florida for the opportunity to experience a live press event, network with professionals and tour VisitFlorida, Sachs Media Group, the Capitol and more. It was an adventure to learn more about the public relations career opportunities available in capital cities.

2016 Capital ConnectionFPRA Orlando Vice President of Student Outreach Lindsay Hudock, an Ad/PR instructor in the Nicholson School of Communication, organized and led the Quotes Capital Connection 2016 trip. This was the second year Hudock provided this opportunity to the students.

Quotes and Ad Club members, graduate and undergraduate students Tiffany Berthiaume, Christopher “Frenchie” Gulizia, Sean Murtha, Karen Rodriguez, Erica Michele and Joel Hawksley had the opportunity to experience an extremely well organized and educational discovery of the public relations field and the state capital from the professional perspective.Hudockcredited Sandi Poreda, APRwithBulldog Strategy Group and the Capital Chapter of FPRA with helping coordinate the trip.

On the first day in Tallahassee,thegroup participatedin a live press event with the city of Tallahassee and Leon County to announce Tallahassee/Leon County as First Dementia Caring Community in Florida, part of the Department of Elder Affairs’ Dementia Care and Cure Initiative. Communications leaders Allison Faris, manager of public information and marketing with the city of Tallahassee, Ashley (Marshall) Chambers, communications director with Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Heather Teter, APR, public information specialist with the city of Tallahassee, Mathieu Cavell, director of Leon County community and media, Britney Smith, Leon County community and mediaand Mike Bellamy, public information officer for Tallahassee Fire Department took special time away from their day to put together a Q&A after the press event.

Hudock continued the trip by giving the students a real life experience of a working lunch at the Paisley Café. Executive Director Liz Joyner, and Deputy Director Christine J. White, of The Village Squarewould discuss where grass roots meets public issues in the nonprofit arena so the students could experience a different side of public relations

Rounding out the business day would be a visit to VisitFlorida to see how Public Relations Manager Kenneth Morgan-Schleuning and the others on the communication team manage the state brand and a meeting with Executive Director Mandy Bianchi of the Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend to see how public relation professionals meet the challenge of championing a cause.

The conclusion of day one was an evening networking event with FSU’s FPRA student chapter executive board and FPRA Capital Chapter.

On the second day of the trip the group would have breakfast with local, state and national media to have a candid conversation with our media partners on the PR/media working relationship.

The next stop, the capitol building, where Director of Communications Ashley Carr, Office of Jeff Atwater the Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff on Communication Katie Betta, Office of the President of the Florida Senate, Communication Director Jenn Meale, Office of Commissioner Adam H. Putnam, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Communications Director Michael Williams, Florida House of Representatives took the time to talk about the communication opportunities in the legislature and how they work.  Then Jeff Takacs from the Office of the Speaker, Florida House of Representatives gave the students a tour of the capital.  This incredible opportunity brought the students a new awareness of the history and importance of the people who work in the capital.

Next was another working lunch for the students at The Edison to have a discussion with Bow Stern on the challenge of community building. Then the tour would wrap up with Public Affairs Associate Drew Piers,Sachs Media Group educating the students on the importance of being prepared and exercising being prepared for the unforeseen crisis communication.  Piers would introduce the students to several of the team and conclude with a meeting with Ron Sachs.

The Quotes Capitol Connection Trip 2016 was very successful and thesescholarsdepartedwith an even greater appreciation of public relations, publicity, press agentry, public affairs, lobbying, issues management and crisis management. They learned how important it is to develop an excellent working relationship with each other and the media to best serve their publics.