Date:   Sept. 14, 2021
Time:   12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Price:   $30 for members | $40 for future members | $25 for students
Location: Dave & Busters – 13499 S Cleveland Ave Ste 400, Fort Myers, FL 33907

Speaker(s)/Presenter(s): Devon R. Chestnut, APR, CPRC; Communications Manager– Cox Communications and FPRA State President

Program Overview/Topic: Welcome to the first event of our 2021-2022 chapter year! Join us for a panel discussion recapping this year’s 82nd FPRA State Conference, which was held August 8-11 in Orlando. Panelists will include our conference scholarship recipients and members of our leadership team who will share with you conference highlights and key takeaways from some of Florida’s top industry leaders.

This luncheon will also include installing our newly appointed 2021-2022 Leadership Team. Devon Chestnut, APR, CPRC, and FPRA State President, will conduct the swearing in and share her theme and goals for this exciting new year.

Conference sessions that will be highlighted include:

  • The Trust Transformation
  • Building an Effective Multigenerational Workforce
  • Journalism Trends & Media Pitching
  • How to Use Social Media for Effective Always-On Brand Storytelling
  • Is Strategic Planning by the PR Dept Strategic or Planned?

Bio: Devon Chestnut is the communications manager for Cox Communications, the largest private telecom company in America, providing advanced digital video, internet, telephone and home security and automation services to six million homes and businesses across 18 states. Devon’s role includes managing Cox’s Southeast Region internal communications for 1,900 employees based in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana. She also plays a pivotal role in several national company projects and initiatives.

Devon serves on several Ocala/Marion County boards such as PACE Center for Girls, Leadership Ocala/Marion and Leadership Ocala/Marion Youth. In August, she was installed as President of the Florida Public Relations Association, one of the oldest and most prestigious public relations associations, serving more than 1,000 professional and student members. She is a graduate of Leadership Ocala/Marion Class 22 and Leadership Gainesville Class 37.

A native of Ocala, Florida, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2012 and Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) credential in 2016.

Panelists:  Alexandra Argueta of Pushing the Envelope; Kelly Apfel of Midwest Food Bank; Jennifer Benton, APR, CPRC of TeleSpecialists; Ashley Loubier of M&M Multimedia; and Juliana Metzner of Vectra Digital.