PRestige July 2014




Conference – just three weeks away

Think you’re on top of Social Media? Think again.The annual conference has no less than four sessions to bring us up-to-speed on the latest marketing madness that is the Internet. Keynote speakers come from global firms, major retail corporations and The Weather Channel. There is something to learn from each of them. Join your colleagues as we navigate the challenging but never boring waters of PR. Read the brochure and register TODAY!

PResident's Perspective by Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC

July is HOT, HOT, HOT

This month’s professional development meeting is jam-packed with important components! Don’t believe me?

Consider this for starters: 2014 Communicators of the Year! Yes, we’ll announce the recipients for individual and institutional honors for outstanding communication practices. As in years past, the competition was fierce for these prestigious tributes.

Not convinced yet? Then what about learning from a two-time Emmy®-award winning videographer who makes his home right here in our own backyard?

Still a naysayer? The cherry on our Sundae is the launch the revamped website with a “live” reveal to everyone in attendance. Hand-held technology will be provided to every attendee (you must return it!) so we all see the new site at the same time. Face-to-face feedback is what we want, and you have the opportunity to provide this based on first impressions. As we all know, first impressions often are the most powerful and persuading.

ChrisandGoProAs if all this wasn’t enough incentive, State President Chris Gent, APR, CPRC is our special guest and he comes bearing a gift – a camcorder for one of us lucky enough to draw the winning number. This meeting is a GREAT example of the benefits you enjoy as a member of our local FPRA chapter. Know someone else who can also benefit? Invite them as your guest.

Until next month, continue to #ThinkFPRA!

Kevin Christian, APR
Marion County Public Schools
FPRA Ocala Chapter President

Point, Aim, Shoot

What does it take to create top-notch videos?
Find out on July 25

Our guest presenter, Marc Rice of Digital Fury, shares his amazing career path from TV news to marketing videos to running your own channel.

Marc is an award winning video producer with more than fifteen years experience in the television broadcasting industry. He is the mind behind MyOcalaTV, where he serves as the President and Director of Production. Marc also owns Digital Fury, the production company behind the content, talent, and delivery of the show. Prior to starting Digital Fury, he worked as a staff photojournalist for WESH TV, NBC Newschannel, and WKMG-TV in Orlando. During that time, his work aired on national TV and abroad.

Marc was recognized regionally and nationally by several prestigious organizations, such as the Florida Associated Press and the National Press Photographer’s Association. In 2004 and 2006, he received two regional Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Marc is a proud 30-year resident of Ocala/Marion County where he lives with his wife and three children.

Meet Ryan Kirby

He may be new to the job and new to our chapter, but Ryan has been exercising his PR skills in the academic setting before taking his new position with the City of Ocala. Get the details in this month’s Member Profile.

June Highlights

Last month’s luncheon boasted a record number of guests who got an earful from UF’s Prof. Sandra Chance about “Copyrights vs. Copy Wrong.” Check out the scene on our Gallery.

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