Kissimmee Utility Authority

VP of Corporate Communications

Joins 2015 PRU

Chris Gent, APR, CPRC, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Kissimmee Utility Authority, is our official “Evaluation” speaker.

For the 2015 PRU conference, “Thirty Years of Slicing the PR-RPIE,” each of our expert speakers are addressing one aspect of the RPIE model (Research, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation).

Gent oversees communications, marketing, advertising, media and public relations, employee outreach, special events and corporate philanthropy for Florida’s sixth largest municipally owned electric utility. He has been a member of FPRA since 1994 and served 11 years on the FPRA state board of directors, including nine years on the executive committee.

Chris spearheaded the FPRA conference blog in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. He is a past president of the Orlando Area Chapter and received FPRA’s Doris Fleischman Award in 2001 and Member of the Year in 2011. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Central Florida and master’s degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he graduated as valedictorian in 2011.

Chris not only serves as FPRA’s immediate past president, but also sits on the boards of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, Florida Hospital Community Advisory Board, Community Vision, Leadership Osceola County and Kissimmee Main Street.

The 2015 Public Relations University workshop will celebrate the 30thanniversary of the SWFL chapter of FPRA on Thursday, October 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Florida SouthWestern State College, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919. Doors open at 8 a.m. Registration is now open at Early bird rates expire on September 8!