The Call for Nominations for our 2017 chapter awards is open. To nominate someone for these awards or questions about the awards, email email@example.com by Monday, March 27.
Each year, the FPRA Southwest Florida Chapter presents three awards to members of our chapter: The PR Professional of the Year; The Rising Star; and The FPRA Chapter Member of the Year.
This year, we will be recognizing FPRA members for their outstanding commitment to our profession at the Image Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 13. This is a great event that recognizes the best in our PR community. To register for the awards ceremony, click here. Please consider nominating someone for these prestigious awards. Nominations should come via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be shared with the Committee.
Our chapter honors a member who exemplifies the high standards of the public relations profession in Southwest Florida with the PR Professional of the Year award. The recipients of this award display a professional attitude and exercise professional conduct, are cooperative and supportive of fellow public relations professionals, and are very interested in raising the professional standing of FPRA in our community. Think of this person as one who both leads by word and deed. She/he is a person you respect for their work and for their determination to constantly improve.
2016 PR Professional of the Year: Connie Ramos-Williams
The Rising Star Award recognizes an up and coming leader in our chapter. This is someone who has shown enthusiasm and passion for the profession, and where ever you see them, they are likely to be making a positive difference through their service to chapter events, career pursuits and in other arenas. We like to encourage our members to seek opportunities to get involved, and the Rising Star awardee is someone who puts this call into action.
2016 Rising Star: Mckenzie Cassidy and Kate Walter, APR
The Southwest Florida Chapter Member of the Year Award is one who goes above and beyond in their commitment of time and energy to ensure the success of the chapter. Not only has this recipient embraced the creative thinking and opportunities for participation in chapter programs and projects, but she or he also serves as an ambassador to the community of what FPRA is all about. This person excels at their profession, and enjoys giving back to this chapter to inspire future PR leaders to learn and grow through FPRA.
2016 Chapter Member of the Year: Mike Jackson, APR
In 2013, we added another award to our annual slate of honorees. The Unsung Hero Award was created to recognize the contributions of an individual SWFL FPRA member for their hard work and dedication to the chapter ‘behind the scenes’ that helps to enhance and promote the Public Relations profession. This award honors an individual who consistently provides support and assistance to the chapter and its professional goals without hesitation.
2016 Chapter Unsung Hero: Tiffany Whitaker, APR
By far the most prestigious and honorable award, the Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for those public relations professionals who have dedicated their career to the profession and the advancement of it. It’s given only when there is someone eligible and is not required to be distributed annually.
2016 Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award: Carolyn Rogers, APR, CPRC
The Joe Curley Rising Leader Award is intended to identify and honor up-and-coming individual FPRA members that demonstrate emerging leadership traits along with dedicated active involvement in FPRA Chapter activities, programs, functions and events.
The goal of the award is to help recognize personal dedication and engagement of members with two to five years of membership, and to help build a healthy leadership stream at the local chapter level.
The chosen honoree for the Joe Curley Rising Leader Award is selected from the Rising Leader Class of that year. Membership into the Rising Leader Class is determined by chapter nomination, one candidate per chapter. The recipient of the Joe Curley Rising Leader Award is given a $500 cash award and $500 in FPRA credit to be utilized for any professional development offerings at the state level. Moreover, each finalist, or class member, is honored with a $150 FPRA credit, good for one year from the time of issue, that can be redeemed for professional development purposes (membership not included), at state level only.
To apply for the award, send an application (available here) to email@example.com by March 31.
|Year||PR Professional of the Year||Member of the Year||Rising Star||Unsung Hero||Lifetime Achievement|
|2015||Samantha Scott, APR||Angie Strait, APR||Jaimie Duthoy, APR||Vicki Moreland||Kate Gooderham, APR, CPRC|
|2014||Vicki Moreland||Heidi Taulman, APR||Trish Robertson & Jessica Boles||Kara Winton, APR, CPRC||Amy Gravina, APR|
|2013||Phyllis Ershowsky, APR, CPRC||Phyllis Ershowsky, APR, CPRC||Janelle Beaber||Laura Puerto, APR|
|2012||Carolyn Rogers, APR, CPRC||Michelle Nagel||Tiffany Esposito-Kittinger, APR|
|2011||Kate Gooderham, APR, CPRC||Phyllis Ershowsky, APR, CPRC||Erin Croop|
|2010||Pam Nulman, APR, CPRC||Victoria Moreland||Danielle Flood|
|2009||Tina Haisman, APR, CPRC||Laura Puerto, APR||Carla Ulakovic|
|2008||Kara Winton, APR, CPRC||Ginny Cooper||Vicki Collins|
|2007||Karen Sloan, APR, CPRC||Kara Winton, APR, CPRC||Laura Puerto, APR|
|2006||Mary Briggs, APR, CPRC||Olivia Orth||Kirsty Whelen|
|2005||Kate Gooderham, APR, CPRC||Deb Webb, APR||Kaley Miller|
|2004||Melinda Isley, APR||Nancy McCarthy, APR & Debbie Steele||Paul Filla, APR|
|2003||Colleen Reynolds, APR||Eileyn Sobeck-Bador, APR||Nancy McCarthy, APR & Olivia Orth|
|2002||Karen Ryan, APR, CPRC||Lee Rose|
|2001||Laska Ryan, APR||Kate Gooderham, APR, CPRC|
|2000||Susan Johnson||Kelly Powell|
|1999||Teri Hansen, APR||Tina Haisman, APR, CPRC|
|1998||Susan Bennett, APR, CPRC||Melinda Isley, APR|
|1997||Lynn Schneider, APR, CPRC||Susan Johnson|
|1995/ 1996||Andrea Meyer, APR, CPRC||Carolyn Rogers, APR, CPRC|
|1994||Kitty Green, APR & Craig Bair, APR, CPRC||Mary Briggs, APR, CPRC|
|1993||Margie Byers, APR||Betsy Pearce|
|1992||Deb Wolfson||Trish Leonard|
|1991||George Cecil||Claudia O’Brien, APR|
|1990||Donna Woldorf, APR||Cyndi Doragh & Steve Floethe|
|1989||Craig Bair, APR, CPRC||Lynn Schneider, APR, CPRC|
|1988||Laurel Smith, APR||Janette Hunt|
|1987||Amy Gravina, APR||Nancy Frahmann, APR, CPRC|