Karen Ryan, APR, CPRC has been the Public Relations Manager for LCEC for 17 years. She manages a public relations staff of several super-stars who have helped to make LCEC a recognized name in Southwest Florida and throughout the electric utility industry. The LCEC PR team has received their share of professional awards and was recognized by PR Magazine as a Small Corporate Communications Team of the Year in 2006 and has won multiple other communications plan and design awards within the public relations field. Karen was the 2002 FPRA Public Relations Professional of the year and served as the Chapter President from 2002-2003.

Karen received a diverse background in public relations while employed by Lee County Government, Edward Debartolo Shopping Centers and American Airlines. Her first professional PR position was as the promotions director for US Cable’s Friday Night Fights. She was one of the first women to be accepted into the world of professional boxing at the time. A major part of her twenty five years of public relations experience comes from performing pro-bono work for non-profit organizations such as the Edison Festival of Light, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and CCMI.