January 2019 PRestige


Lauren Debick
FPRA Ocala President

Happy 2019!

The word I want to focus on this month as we move into the New Year is strategy.

As PR Professionals we know how important strategy can be when planning a campaign but I encourage you to think beyond individual projects and instead think about how you are going to strategize to hit both personal and professional goals in 2019.

There are many ways to be active in FPRA and having a strategic plan can be useful because you can map out what you are going to work on and when.

Here is a sample strategy for 2019 as it relates to FPRA:

Q1 2019-Think about a project(s) you would like to submit for an Image award and complete your entry. More information will be coming soon about this. Also, begin thinking about leadership opportunities you want to take advantage of throughout the year. Some examples include the LeadershipFPRA program and serving on the board.

Q2 2019-Attend the FPRA Ocala Regional Summit May 2 & 3 for a day and a half long event for professional development.

Q3 2019- Want to take your career to the next level? Consider getting your accreditation in public relations or becoming a certified public relations counselor. Reach out to our Accreditation Chair, Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC for more information! Kevin.Christian@marion.k12.fl.us.

Q4 2019- Talk to non-member colleagues about joining the Ocala Chapter and look for ways to get involved and active in FPRA.

I hope 2019 is the best year yet for each and every one of you as it relates to personal and professional accomplishments. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or want more information about anything mentioned above.

With Gratitude,



2019 Mid- Florida Local Image Awards Ceremony

The 2019 Mid-Florida Local Image Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the “PRospecting for Gold” event at the Ocala Downtown Market, 310 SE 3rd St, Ocala, FL 34471 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Call for entries details coming soon!


Purchase a Media Directory.
FPRA Ocala Media Directory is available as an Excel file that can be received via web download. The price to purchase is $50 for non-members and a discounted rate of $25 for FPRA members. Just another perk of FPRA membership! Click here to purchase your media directory today!


Looking to expand your professional experience and build a stronger reputation? Earning your APR, or Accreditation in Public Relations, can make that happen.

Your Ocala chapter offers FREE study sessions to help you prepare for the APR process.  Our next set of successive sessions takes place on Monday evenings, 5:30PM-7PM.

Dates:  Jan. 7. 14, 28, Feb. 4, 11 & 25, March 4 & 11.

Location: Marion County School Board, 512 SE 3rd Street, Ocala, 34471

The APR process involves three specific steps to earn the credential fewer than 20 percent of PR professionals have achieved.  Come learn what the APR process entails and how earning your APR will teach you more than you ever imagined!

Let Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC, know you’re interested by emailing him at Kevin.Christian@marion.k12.fl.us.


Dan Gentry , President
Third Power Performance

Join us for our January Luncheon

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Friday | January 18

11:30 am- Networking

Noon- Presentation

Ewers Century Teleconference Room

CF | 3001 SW College Road

Get Fired Up but Don’t Burn Out!

In today’s tumultuous world, stress and burnout is a constant issue. This program identifies the signs of burnout and how to stop burn-out and reduce stress by building a more balanced life using the Life Triad concepts. It is designed to help you discover how to fire up your  life with tips and techniques that will make you more effective at work and home all while having more fun and fulfillment. The presentation will clear up the myth of “work-life balance” and show how true Life Balance is doable in today’s world.


Speaker Bio:

Dan Gentry is the President of Third Power Performance, a life transformational company focused on helping high achievers maximize their potential while maintaining life balance.  He takes his 30 years of experience in software and systems development, adds in 20 years in management experience in companies from small local businesses up to Fortune 10 companies, mixes in a lifetime of the study of self-improvement, and finally adds a large pinch of humor to create remarkable experiences for his audiences.

Dan is an Air Force veteran and an entrepreneur that owns several companies in the technology and insurance fields. He is the author of “99 Steps Towards Life Balance”, and has another book due out this summer.

Over the past 10 years, Dan has been helping companies from the Fortune 10 to one-person entrepreneurs create success and Life Balance. He has helped large virtual telecommuting teams create cohesion, small company teams deal with overload and individual business owners recover their sense of purpose.

Dan is married and has five children. He lives in Central Florida with his wife and two young sons that are still at home.

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We would like to wish the following member a very happy birthday this month!
3rd Alexzandria Hampton
8th Tammy Gantt
13th Judi Zanetti
22nd Lisa Varner
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