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 in April. This is a great event that recognizes the best in our PR community. Please consider nominating someone for these prestigious awards. Nominations should come via e-mail to Heidi@bia.net 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.
2014 PR Professional of the Year: Vicki Moreland, Lee County Port Authority.
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.
2014 Rising Stars: Trish Robertson, Collier Elections Office and Jessica Boles, Charlotte Behavioral Health Center
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.
2014 Chapter Member of the Year: Heidi Taulman, APR, Lee BIA Builders Care
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.
2014 Chapter Unsung Hero: Kara Winton, APR, CPRC
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.
2014 Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award: Amy Gravina, APR, Gravina, Smith & Matte & Arnold
|Year||PR Professional of the Year||Member of the Year||Rising Star||Unsung Hero|
|2014||Vicki Moreland||Heidi Taulman, APR||Trish Robertson & Jessica Boles||Kara Winton, APR, CPRC|
|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|