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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Christian Care Ministry
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Liz Anderson

Firehouse Subs
Senior Public Relations Manager
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Tina Banner, APR, CPRC

University of Florida Advancement
Assistant Director of Social Media & Digital Communities
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Brianna Barnebee

RB Oppenheim Associates
Capital Chapter
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Bryan Beaty

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
Public Information Officer
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Terri Behling, APR, CPRC

Southwest Florida Water Management District
External Affairs Manager
avatar for Amelia Bell, APR, CPRC

Amelia Bell, APR, CPRC

Marketing Communications Manager, RTI Surgical
FPRA VP of Member Services

Kimberly Blair

Gulf Power
Communications Specialist
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Stacey Brady

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin
Director of Marketing and Communications
avatar for Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC

Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC

Duke Energy
St. Public Engagement Specialist
avatar for Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC

Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion
Director of Communications
avatar for Allison Campbell, APR, CPRC

Allison Campbell, APR, CPRC

A & A Campbell Group
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Barbara Carbaugh

Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services
Community Relations Manager

Barbara Carbaugh

Hiers Baxley Funeral Services
Community Outreach Manager
avatar for Christopher Carroll, APR, CPRC

Christopher Carroll, APR, CPRC

Donate Life Florida
Executive Director
avatar for Devon Chestnut, APR, CPRC

Devon Chestnut, APR, CPRC

Cox Communications
Communications Manager
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Kevin Coulson

UF College of Education
Digital Communications Strategist
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Sarah Coulson

CPAmerica International
Marketing Program Manager
avatar for Suzanne Dameron, APR, CPRC

Suzanne Dameron, APR, CPRC

Lime Communications
avatar for Melanie Mowry Etters, APR, CPRC

Melanie Mowry Etters, APR, CPRC

Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Communications Director
avatar for Julie Frey, APR, CPRC

Julie Frey, APR, CPRC

UF College of Journalism & Communications
Director, Office of Careers and Corporate Partnerships
avatar for Chris Gent, APR, CPRC

Chris Gent, APR, CPRC

Kissimmee Utility Authority
Director of Corporate Communications
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Cindi Green

Florida Eye Institute
Director of Marketing
avatar for Anna Hackett

Anna Hackett

City of New Smyrna Beach
Public Information Officer
avatar for Megan Hart

Megan Hart

KSC Inc.
Project Manager
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Brittany Jackson

Greater Tampa REALTORS
Tampa Bay Chapter
avatar for Warren Jones, APR, CPRC

Warren Jones, APR, CPRC

Inflection Point Communications
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Laura Kern

Rollins College
Associate Director of Social Media
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Kristen Encizo Knapp

Florida Health Care Association
Director of Communications

Zenaida Kotala

University of Central Florida
Communications Director, Research
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Zenaida Kotala

University of Central Florida - News and Information
Associate Director
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Danny Kushmer

International Responsible Farming Council (IRFC)
Executive Director
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Emily LeBlanc

KSC, Inc.
avatar for Wesley Lindsey

Wesley Lindsey

Christian Care Ministry
Communications Manager

Ashley Lopez

Ocala Fire Rescue
Public Information Officer
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Alyson Lundell, APR, CPRC

Universal Orlando Resort
Senior Director of PR
avatar for Alyson Lundell, APR, CPRC

Alyson Lundell, APR, CPRC

Director of Public Relations, Universal Orlando Resort
FPRA VP of Golden Image
avatar for Christine Martindale

Christine Martindale

City of Port Orange
Public Information Officer
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John J McShaffrey

Communications Manager
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Jason Medina

United States Central Command
Communication Strategist

Rita Miller

Lee County Clerk of Courts
Community Relations Manager
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Randy Mitchelson,APR

Vice President

Mackenzie Monteiro

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
Media Relations Manager
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Kenneth Morgan-Schleuning

PR and Communications for the Travel and Hospitality Industry
avatar for Lisa Murray, APR, CPRC

Lisa Murray, APR, CPRC

Interop Technologies
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
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Rick Oppenheim

RB Oppenheim Associates
CEO/Senior Counselor

Kenna Pell

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Communications Coordinator

Rachel Pleasant

Polk State College
Communications Director

Vickie Pleus, APR, CPRC

VP Communications
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Kim Polacek, APR, CPRC

Moffitt Cancer Center
Senior PR Account Coordinator
avatar for Roy Reid, APR, CPRC

Roy Reid, APR, CPRC

Adventist Health System - Florida Division
Executive Director of Communications
avatar for Carole Savage, APR, CPRC

Carole Savage, APR, CPRC

Executive Director, PACE Center Marion
FPRA VP of LeadershipFPRA
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M. Shaye Smith

The Center for Sales Strategy
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Olivia Smith

Leon County Government
Public Information Specialist
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Nicole Stacey

Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce
avatar for Kayla Stanley, APR

Kayla Stanley, APR

Kissimmee Utility Authority
Communications Specialist
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Sam Stark

Rollins College
Chief Marketing and Community Relations Officer
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Vernon Stewart

City of Pensacola
Public Information Officer

Rick Vach

USTA Florida
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Susan Vernon-Devlin

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Manager, Communications And Marketing
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Sheryl Vieira

Caldwell Trust Company
VP of Communications
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Sarah Whitfield

Santa Rosa County BOCC
Public Information Officer