Heidi Taulman, APR, of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) recently earned professional public relations accreditation, and received the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR).

Taulman joins the more than 4,300 active public relations professionals worldwide who represent an elite group of highly skilled professionals committed to practicing with exemplary ethical standards, including 31 in southwest Florida.

Taulman is the executive director for Lee Building Industry Association Builders Care, Inc. where she has worked for seven years coordinating completion of more than 150 projects to provide no-cost emergency home repair and renovations services to needy, elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged homeowners. In addition, Taulman serves in leadership roles with several local organizations, including the Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA and ArtFest Fort Myers. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Florida State University.

To earn accreditation, candidates must pass an oral presentation and rigorous written examination administered by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), which is an alliance of eight national and statewide professional associations dedicated to furthering the field of public relations and the development of public relations professionals. FPRA is a member of the UAB.

The Florida Public Relations Association was founded in 1938 and is the oldest public relations organization in the United States. FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. The Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA is dedicated to programs and activities for public relations professionals in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties. For additional information, please visit the Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA website at www.fpraswfl.org.