Ponte Vedra, Fla (Aug. 6, 2018) — Nick Zoller was presented his professional accreditation in public relations, and received the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR) at The Associations 80thAnnual Conference. Zoller now joins the more than 5,000 professionals nationally that represent an elite group of highly skilled public relations professionals committed to practicing with exemplary ethical standards.
Nick Zoller is the public relations director for Marion County and a member of the county’s senior management team. He joined Marion County in 2016, bringing a decade of communications leadership and media relations experience to his role.
Zoller oversees strategic messaging, branding, marketing and long-range communications planning, facilitating the county’s relationship building with internal and external customers and the media. Since joining Marion County, Zoller has endeavored to highlight the county’s strategies and vision for the community now and in the future with customers, residents, partners and stakeholders.
Zoller graduated from Florida International University in 2016, earning his master of science in mass communication. He completed undergraduate coursework in public administration at St. Petersburg College and is currently serving his third term as a college president-appointed member of the program’s advisory board. Zoller obtained Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2018.
Previously, he served as public information officer in Pinellas County, where his focus on two-way communication with customers and residents regarding public infrastructure departments led to increased transparency and positive community feedback. Prior to that, he spent 6 years providing communications and media relations consulting services to political and issue advocacy organizations.The examination is 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. The Florida Public Relations Association is a member of the UAB.
Lt. Col. John Dillin, APR, CPRC, established FPRA in 1938 for the purpose of helping public relations practitioners do their jobs better. As the oldest public relations organization in the country, FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. FPRA is comprised of 13 professional and nine student chapters throughout the state, providing professional development, networking and professional recognition opportunities.
Zoller was recognized at the conference by FPRA VP of Accreditation and Certification Ginger Broslat, APR, CPRC. Broslat, a member of the Ocala Chapter of FPRA, recognized a record number of 17 members earning the APR credential. Broslat also coached senior level practitioners seeking the Certified Public Relations Counselor credential. The CPRC, unique to FPRA recognizes the highest level of professionalism and advanced consultation skills in the practice of public relations. Broslat presented 13 newly confirmed CPRCs at the same ceremony.