Meeting/Event Information

Sunshine District 2012 Conference: Navigating New Channels, Presented by AAA - The Auto Club Group

June 21, 2012
6:00 PM to 12:00 PM
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The Poynter Institute
801 Third Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
http://www.poynter.org
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Join PRSA Tampa Bay as we host the Sunshine District Annual Conference, June 21-23, 2012! Network with your peers from around the Sunshine State while enjoying St. Petersburg’s fabulous waterfront district, featuring world-class museums, restaurants, sports and recreational activities.

Sunshine2012 will feature more than a dozen of the country’s top media and communications authorities, presenting on a wide range of carefully chosen topics specifically targeted at improving professional growth, learning new tactics and techniques, and exploring new media. Sessions will be split between the prestigious Poynter Institute and the luxurious Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel.


Keynote Speakers

Allyson Park

Allyson Park
Vice President of Corporate External Affairs
The Coca-Cola Company

Falling in Love with Your Brand: Three Megatrends Affecting Consumer Behavior that PR Practitioners Must Learn to Recognize, Adopt, and Yes, Take to Heart!

David Grossman

David Grossman, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA
Founder and CEO
The Grossman Group

You’re Already Doing It: What to Do When You Can’t NOT Communicate

Pete Codella

Pete Codella, APR
CEO
Codella Marketing

Social Media’s PR Punch

Additional sessions
Topics and speakers for conference session are focused on improving professional growth, learning new tactics and techniques, and exploring new media. The breakout sessions are designed to give insight and instruction, and foster innovation and inspiration. To see the confirmed presenters and topics, visit Sunshine2012.com.


Thursday Kick-Off Event: Dazzling Decadence

Art enthusiasts and spectators from all over the globe have traveled to the Morean Arts Center for a glimpse of the Dale Chihuly Collection. One of the most popular and talented artists of the 21st century, Chihuly brought his unique hand-blown glass sculptures and pieces to St. Petersburg’s Morean Arts Center in 2011. The collection is featured in a magnificent 10,000 square foot setting designed by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso.

Chihuly's world-renowned artwork is treasured by celebrities, dignitaries and the masses, and is exhibited in museums throughout the country, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tacoma Art Museum in Washington.

Sunshine2012 is honored to host conference attendees and their guests among the Dale Chihuly Collection on Thursday, June 21 from 6–8 p.m. Dine on delicious hors d'oeuvres while sipping on sumptuous cocktails. Enjoy a feast for the senses in every sense of the word, as you mingle with PR friends from throughout the Sunshine State.

When: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: Morean Arts Center, 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cost: This event is included in the cost of the Sunshine 2012 Conference. Those who want to attend this event, but can't make the entire conference, are able to purchse tickets at the following costs: PRSA Tampa Bay Members - $30; Non-members - $40; Students - $25.


Friday Reception: Dazzling Decadence

Enjoy panoramic views of the stunning waterway while dining on some of the best food the region has to offer atop the St. Pete Pier at Cha Cha Coconuts! It’s summertime, so be sure to dress to impress in your favorite resort attire. And don’t miss the special drink of the evening – “The Sunshiner” – a concoction mixed up to take away even the most annoying client demands (a little PR humor)!

When: Friday, June 22, 2012, 7 - 10 p.m.
Where: Cha Cha Coconuts, 800 2nd Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cost: This event is included in the cost of the Sunshine 2012 Conference. Those who want to attend this event, but can't make the entire conference, are able to purchse tickets at the following costs: PRSA Tampa Bay Members - $40; Non-members - $55; Students - $35


Registration

PRSA Tampa Bay Members: $300
Please click the 'Register Now' button and enter your chapter username/password to login and register. 

PRSA Sunshine District Members: $300
Please click the 'Register Now' button and continue with registration as a guest, adding the 'PRSA Sunshine District Members' ticket. Please note: You will be required to enter your PRSA membership ID number to complete registration. This number can be found by logging in to your MyPRSA account. Once the ticket has been added to your cart, you will be able to enter the discount code emailed to you previously to reduce the price of the ticket to the 'PRSA Tampa Bay Members' rate of $300 ($250 earlybird). If you don't have the discount code, please contact your chapter president.

Non-Members & Guests: $360
Please click the 'Register Now' button and continue with registration as a guest, adding the 'Non-Members' ticket.

Students: $200
Please click the 'Register Now' button and continue with registration as a guest, adding the 'Student' ticket.


Accommodations

Special room rates are available for conference attendees at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel. Rooms start at $119 per night. These special rates will be available until May 31, 2012, or until rooms are sold-out, whichever comes first.


Presenting Sponsor

Tickets

$300.00 PRSA Tampa Bay Members
$250.00 Earlybird rate before May 8

$360.00 PRSA Sunshine District Members [Please use the discount code e-mailed to you previously to reduce the price to the PRSA Tampa Bay Members rate. If you don't have the discount code, please contact your chapter president.]
$310.00 Earlybird rate before May 8

$360.00 Non-Members
$310.00 Earlybird rate before May 8

$200.00 Students

$30.00 Thursday Reception ONLY (Members)

$40.00 Thursday Reception ONLY (Non-members & Guests)

$25.00 Thursday Reception ONLY (Students)

$40.00 Friday Reception ONLY (Members)

$55.00 Friday Reception ONLY (Non-members & Guests)

$35.00 Friday Reception ONLY (Students)

$50.00 Saturday Sessions ONLY (Members)

$65.00 Saturday Sessions ONLY (Non-Members & Guests)

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http://aquatampa.com/

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