President’s Message

January brings on thoughts of new beginnings and we are pleased to announce the newly elected 2018 PRSA Tampa Bay leaders outlined below. This new leadership team joins a seasoned group of PR pros making up the chapter’s Board of Directors.

  • President-Elect (2019 President): Jenna Stock
  • Treasurer: Justin Herndon
  • Secretary: Kelsy Van Camp
  • Assembly Delegate: Betty Carlin, APR
  • Board Member: Sarah Kettenburg (overseeing digital communications)
  • Board Member: Denise Wilson (overseeing awards and public service)

If you're looking to build new PR skills or expand your existing talents, this year provides many opportunities to maximize your membership through volunteering. Specifically, we are looking for: vice chair of programs, assistant treasurer, website vice chair, programs communications chair, networking coordinator and committee members for Awards, Bylaws, Membership, Professional Development Day and Programs. If you’ve found value in your membership, I want to embolden you to get involved with the chapter. Learn more about volunteer opportunities on our website, and please reach out to our Volunteer and Recruitment Chair Bart Graham.

I want to extend a special THANK YOU to my predecessor, Bobby Eagle, APR, for his leadership and dedication to our chapter. He has raised the bar in offering excellent professional development opportunities through our monthly programs. He also implemented a strong financial foundation for the chapter’s treasury. With this strong foundation, we have a fiscally-responsible format to track and report our expenses and revenue. Bobby worked tirelessly this year in activities supporting the success of this chapter.

In 2018, my and the Board’s priorities will be to (1) ensure that we keep delivering amazing value to you through our many best-in-class programs and events, (2) help you professionally from doing better at your job to advancing your career in public relations, and (3) continue to provide you avenues for service within the community and with our PRSSA chapters at the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa. 

It’s my honor and privilege to serve as your chapter president this year, and I look forward to helping you make the most of your PRSA membership and experience. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, I’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact me anytime.

Looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting or program this year!

Mary Margaret Hull, APR

President, PRSA Tampa Bay

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