Farewell Message from Jenn Dunn

As this year draws to a close and my time as president comes to an end, I’m humbled as I reflect on what we’ve accomplished this year as a chapter. I’m also forever indebted to this organization for what it has done for me, both professionally and personally.

As one of the largest PRSA chapters in our state, the Tampa Bay chapter has been fortunate to meet so many new members this year as well as reconnect and engage with members who have been a part of our organization for years. Through top-notch programming, this year we took a glimpse into the world of NFL PR with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, provided valuable facetime with local media at our annual Media Roundtable, and even had the honor of hosting author, entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector Peter Shankman.

Through our chapter’s nationally-recognized Accreditation program, we welcomed four new APRs into our ranks, bringing our total number of accredited members to 73. Now in its second year, we increased our total number of submissions to our chapter’s annual PRestige Awards by ten percent over last year. We even successfully filled nearly 100 percent of our chapter’s volunteer positions through the efforts of our tireless chapter volunteer coordinators.

We’ve also taken great strides to invest in our membership, the next generation of PR professionals, and our community. This year, our chapter hosted two successful membership mixers on both sides of the Bay, chock full of networking and connections (and don’t forget – our final membership mixer of the year will be held on Dec. 15!). We worked closely with our local PRSSA chapter at the University of South Florida to host specialized events and provide them access to our professionals and development opportunities, as well as provided scholarships to benefit students majoring in public relations. I’m proud to say we also made it a priority to give back to our local community through a public service event benefitting the Hillsborough Education Foundation and a holiday toy drive in support of Metropolitan Ministries.

As we look forward to 2017, I can attest that the future is bright for our chapter. Our 2017 board of directors is comprised of a stellar group of new leaders, including current president-elect and my friend, Bobby Eagle, APR. Under his leadership, I have no doubt that our chapter will rise to even greater heights.

It’s been my distinct honor and privilege to have served as your chapter president this year. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity – one I’ve aspired to for several years as both a member and volunteer leader of our chapter. It’s because of you, our members, that I’ll look back fondly on this experience. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your dedication and commitment to PRSA Tampa Bay and industry, as a whole.

Best wishes always,

Jennifer Dunn, APR

President, PRSA Tampa Bay

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