Member PRofile: Roger Pynn, APR, CPRC

October 9, 2014

By: Judy Froehlich

 

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Roger Pynn, APR, CPRC, says that one of the best things to ever happen to him professionally was being told to get involved in FPRA leadership. Forty years ago, Pynn sat in the office of his first boss, the late Don McAllister, APR, explaining how he wasn’t getting much out of his FPRA membership. He had gone to some of the meetings and noticed many of the members were printers, sales people and people that just wanted to talk to the PR practitioners. Pynn remembers his boss looking over his glasses at him and saying, “Pynn, membership in FPRA isn’t an option. You are required to represent this firm (McAllister-Barker Associates) in the organization.  And if you don’t like the way the chapter looks, fix it.”

Forty years later, Roger Pynn is absolutely honored to be the most recent president-elect of the state association. Back then, Pynn joined with several of the friends he’d made in the chapter to take on the challenge of revamping the FPRA Orlando Area Chapter after being motivated by his boss to make a difference. After a few months, he was nominated to be president of the chapter. Joe Curley, APR, CPRC, was elected chapter secretary, promising he’d create a chapter newsletter and agreeing that the next year they would switch roles.

Pynn explained that he and Curley made a great team. They knew how to work well together and get things done. Ten years later, Curley was head of public relations at Martin Marietta, now Lockheed Martin, while Pynn was head of public relations at Westinghouse Power Generation. After five years of working in their positions, they were both faced with the decision of accepting a promotion and moving out of state. Instead of picking up and starting over in a new place, the two started their own company in Orlando.

Curley & Pynn (branded as The Strategic Firm®) is a leading public relations and marketing communications firm that provides public relations counsel and marketing communications management to corporate clients. Pynn says the firm has been a blessing. They have been able to work with companies in many sectors, including economic development, higher education, theme parks and many more amazing clients.  While Curley retired 8 years ago, Pynn says he isn’t going anywhere and is actively working with the firm’s next generation.

After 40 years of service with FPRA and growing his own successful firm, Pynn was approached to take on the role of president-elect of FPRA for next year. At first Pynn laughed, and then realized they were serious. While initially thinking they should go with someone younger, he decided how honored and excited he would be to represent the organization that has provided so much for his career and delivered so many friendships and opportunities.

“This organization provides opportunities for people to grow and mature.  I used to think FPRA was all about networking, and that is one of the great benefits of belonging to FPRA.  I also thought it was all about professional development.  It does give you great programming opportunities, classes and networking. But I am convinced that FPRA is really about leadership.  It gives you an opportunity to learn about becoming a leader.  How to lead people, how to lead projects, etc.  It positions members to be leaders in their community, not just in their profession,” said Pynn.

Asked his vision as president, Pynn explained for now his job is to be a really good first lieutenant for Rachel Smith, APR, CPRC, the existing state president of FPRA.  After that, we’ll have to wait and see.


2014 Board Installation & Award Recognition

September 8, 2014

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By: Gabriel Soltren
Orange County Library System

 

 

 

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Immediate Past President Cynthia Lambert, APR addressed members of the Orlando Area Chapter of FPRA at the 2014 Board Installation & Award Recognition event held at Artisan’s Table Restaurant in Downtown Orlando.

 

Cynthia congratulated members for their wonderful job and for becoming the second largest FPRA chapter in membership.She thanked the officers, board of directors and family members for their many hours of dedication. “The unsung heroes are the families. Take time to thank them for their support.”

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Cynthia congratulated Dan Ward, APR, CPRC, for earning the Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) credential and congratulated him for his 20 years at Curley & Pynn.

 

 

The CPRC credential recognizes professional growth and achievement of senior members who have earned the APR designation and have a minimum of 10 years of professional practice in public relations.
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She also recognized award winners including Nicole Huie, the 2014 Bob Davis Award winner. “She is a faithful supporter. Her work is done while no one is around.”

 

 

The award is presented annually to an individual for his or her “behind the scenes” volunteer efforts that go largely unnoticed by chapter members and are not recognized by other awards programs. The award is named in honor of Bob Davis, Ph.D., ABC, APR, CPRC, a former professor and mentor from the University of Central Florida who gave tirelessly to FPRA and the profession for three decades.

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Alayna Curry was named as the 2014 FPRA-Orlando Member of the Year. “She plays a vital role in getting communications out to our members,” Cynthia said. “She spoke to our student chapter and found a solution to save us money.”

 

The Member of the Year Award recognizes one member of the Orlando Area Chapter who has made a significant contribution to the Association through outstanding leadership, demonstrated enthusiasm, extraordinary involvement and loyal support.

Special guest Laura Byrnes, APR, Florida Public Relations Association Executive Committee Member, spoke about leadership and encouraged members to learn about the history of the Orlando Area Chapter dating back to the founders of the Orange Blossom Chapter in 1956. Laura inducted the 22 incoming Board of Directors and encouraged them to anticipate, and not wait to be asked to participate. She herself benefited early in her career from holding FPRA leadership positions. “An introvert by nature,” she said, she was forced into being an extrovert by her profession.

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Laura presided over the induction ceremony for new president Kerry Martin, APR. After thanking her colleagues, Martin shared a few thoughts and encouraged members to participate in events during the upcoming year. “We will strive to meet and exceed your expectations.”

 

For a list of current board members, click here.


Chapter Rewind: April in May

June 3, 2014

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By: Jamie Floer, APR, CPRC

FPRA-Orlando welcomed April Salter, APR, CPRC to our morning breakfast meeting in May. April, president and COO of Salter>Mitchell and a long-time FPRA colleague of mine, traveled from the FPRA Capital Chapter in Tallahassee to share her expertise. A packed house of PR professionals filled the University Club to hear what I will call “April-isms.”

She started by giving a shout-out to some FPRA all-stars, including our own Chris Gent, APR, CPRC, and her extensive network of industry contacts. Then, she proceeded to impart pearls of wisdom based on her experiences as a PR professional. From jovial moments like the discussion of performance issues to somber reflections from the days of crisis communications following the sudden passing of former Gov. Lawton Chiles, April filled the session with plenty of ideas for the young and young at heart. Thank you to April for sharing your time and talents with our members.

Check out a few tweets from the event:

. stresses importance of in . Make sure you know the Code of Ethics:

Don’t work 24/7, but have your clients back and make sure your relationship let’s them know you’ll be there! Agree!

: . and strongly recommend APR when you are ready to go for it in your career, contact us for more!

. “How do you get to the next level? Start with listening and asking questions: analyze the big picture.”

: You must anticipate and move ahead of change. practitioners must embrace and steer their org for change ~

Agree with that PR folks need to be present, be in the mtg, focus, listen, don’t let mind wander