President, Pam Nulman, APR, CPRC, presents Erin Comerford with the FPRA SWFL Chapter’s Rising Star Award.

Erin Comerford, public affairs coordinator with the Lee County Port Authority, has been named the FPRA Southwest Florida Chapter’s 2011 Rising Star.

The Southwest Florida’s Rising Star award recognizes an up and coming leader in our chapter. Our Rising Star is someone who has shown enthusiasm and passion for the profession, and where ever you see them they are making a positive difference through their service to chapter events, career pursuits and in our community.

Erin joined FPRA in 2007 and quickly became active in the chapter serving as sponsorship chair, website chair and on the Lee County Port Authority Image Team. This past year she stepped up to the plate again and joined the 2010-11 board of directors as treasurer. Erin has taken her role as treasurer to heart and was responsible for moving our FPRA accounts to a new bank and developing easy-to-use and understand financial reports for the board to grab the information they need to make budget approvals. She has also been very creative in looking at new ways to generate revenue and hold down costs.

Erin is always quick to jump in with a smile and extra pair of hands. She has attended every meeting and event this past year, always ready to share her FPRA cheer and terrific southern hospitality. She “starred” in the FPRA “A” team video for our chapter last year and is helping to pull together auction items for the FPRA Education Foundation fundraiser on Sunday night of this year’s conference.

Erin truly exemplifies all the attributes the Rising Star Award embodies and is a tremendous asset to the Southwest Florida chapter and our profession.