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FPRA’s 79th Annual Conference "It’s Personal: Research. Relate. Respond." is a four day conference of unparalleled professional development and networking for public relations professionals. 

Attendees will hear from major industry and thought leaders who will provide the inspiration, motivation and affirmation needed to help rocket your PR efforts to new heights.

This year’s conference will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando from August 6th to 9th.

This year’s blogging team consists of Colleen Thayer, APR, CPRC, Susan Vernon-Devlin, Amelia Bell, APR, CPRC, Amanda Handley, APR, Katarina Dos Santos, Laura Kern, APR. Mollt Kellogg-Schmauch, Robyn LaPorta, Rachel Denton, Kim Livengood, Erin Morton, APR, CPRC, Sarah Coulson, Erin Knothe, Sarah Hansen, Brandi Gomez, Stella Harbilas, APR, Alyssa Holcomb and Maria Isabel Sanquirico. Follow their work here.

Conference attire is professional business. Please note that the average temperature in the hotel is 72 degrees. To ensure comfort, attendees may want to have a sweater or jacket available.

For the President’s Welcome Reception, casual attire is recommended. As this year’s theme is Harry Potter, attendees are encouraged to wear house-themed clothing.

The Golden Image Awards Banquet is formal wear, black-tie optional. 

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Zenaida Kotala

University of Central Florida - News and Information
Associate Director
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Tina Banner, APR, CPRC

University of Florida Advancement
Assistant Director of Social Media & Digital Communities
avatar for Suzanne Dameron, APR, CPRC

Suzanne Dameron, APR, CPRC

Lime Communications
CEO/President
avatar for Roy Reid, APR, CPRC

Roy Reid, APR, CPRC

Adventist Health System - Florida Division
Executive Director of Communications
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Nicole Stacey

Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce
President/CEO
avatar for Melanie Mowry Etters, APR, CPRC

Melanie Mowry Etters, APR, CPRC

Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Communications Director
avatar for Linda Homewood

Linda Homewood

University of Florida
Director of News and Communications
avatar for Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC

Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion
Director of Communications
avatar for Kim Polacek, APR, CPRC

Kim Polacek, APR, CPRC

Moffitt Cancer Center
Senior PR Account Coordinator
avatar for Chris Gent, APR, CPRC

Chris Gent, APR, CPRC

Kissimmee Utility Authority
Director of Corporate Communications
avatar for Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC

Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC

Duke Energy
St. Public Engagement Specialist
avatar for Carole Savage, APR, CPRC

Carole Savage, APR, CPRC

Executive Director, PACE Center Marion
FPRA VP of LeadershipFPRA
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Brianna Barnebee

RB Oppenheim Associates
Capital Chapter
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Brittany Jackson

Greater Tampa REALTORS
Tampa Bay Chapter
avatar for Barbara Carbaugh

Barbara Carbaugh

Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services
Community Relations Manager
avatar for Amelia Bell, APR, CPRC

Amelia Bell, APR, CPRC

Marketing Communications Manager, RTI Surgical
FPRA VP of Member Services
avatar for Alyson Lundell, APR, CPRC

Alyson Lundell, APR, CPRC

Director of Public Relations, Universal Orlando Resort
FPRA VP of Golden Image


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