PRSA Tampa Bay Salutes 2020 “Emerging Professional” Alexis Novales

After careful review of applications, the PRSA Tampa Bay Chapter 2020 “Emerging Professional” award for an outstanding public relations student at the University of Tampa has been presented to AD/PR major and graduating senior Alexis Novales.

"I’m deeply honored and forever grateful to the Tampa Bay chapter of PRSA for selecting me as this year’s ‘Emerging Professional.’ My four years at the University of Tampa have been pivotal in my academic, professional, and personal growth. I am eager to begin my career in public relations after graduating this May!"

In saluting Alexis’ accomplishments, Chapter President Kelsy Long commented, “On behalf of our Board of Directors and more than 200 Chapter members, we are pleased to recognize Alexis for her accomplishments. PRSA is dedicated to advancing the field of public relations and helping to launch successful careers. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to welcoming her to this wonderful field of practitioners.”

Alexis is currently engaged in a very successful internship with B2 Communications. University of Tampa alumna Missy Hurley, APR, co-founder and principal of this amazing PR firm, had this to say: “It has been a pleasure working with Alexis during her Spring 2020 internship - so much so that we’ve asked her to extend her internship through the summer! She has been a sponge, soaking up opportunities to learn how a PR agency functions and how we can best serve our clients. She’s curious and driven, and she has embraced the opportunities for mentoring that B2 Communications provides. Her desire to learn, along with an open mind, will serve her well in our profession. She has an incredibly bright future in public relations, and we look forward to seeing her grow!”

The future of the public relations profession lies in the hands of today’s public relations students, young men and women who have discovered through their studies as well as internships their passion. The Tampa Bay Chapter, Public Relations Society of America, is proud to recognize these rising superstars and to annually identify a student whose accomplishments are a clear indication of an “Emerging Professional” in the field of public relations.


Special thanks to these PRSA Tampa Bay members for serving as judges for this professionally rewarding initiative:

  • Kelsy Long, Director of Media Relations, Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Col. Mark Baucom, Branch Chief, USCENTCOM, Strategy, Plans and Policy Directorate, Central/South Asian Assessments
  • Vanessa Castrogiovanni, Communications Coordinator, Pinellas Clerk of the Circuit Court
  • UT alumna Makenna Imholte, Public Relations Specialist III, Syniverse
  • Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, UT Adjunct Professor of Communication

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