PRSA Tampa Bay ‘Teams’ Up with USF PRSSA

By Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA/Chair, PRSSA/New Professionals Committee PRSA

Tampa Bay members recently “teamed” up with an eager cadre of USF PRSSA members in our first-ever virtual “Resume Review” event. In years past, we have been able to physically interact with these future PR professionals to review and provide feedback on their resumes that will enable them to be better prepared for internship and job applications.

This year, obviously, presented new challenges. Yours truly is chagrined to report that he had a total and absolute Zoom-based technological meltdown, but USF PRSSA President Alanna Mccary saved the day by immediately transferring all participants to that Chapter’s Microsoft Teams page and the show was on!

The review session ran for 1 ½ hours, with lively and constructive conversations between PR pros and future-pros, and a comforting sense of “the future is bright for our profession” was felt by all of us. Feedback from USF PRSSA members has also been highly appreciative.

A sincere note of thanks to these PRSA Tampa Bay members who generously volunteered their time and expertise for our October 8 virtual event:

  • Jenna Stock, PRSA Tampa Bay Immediate Past President
  • Bart Graham, PRSA Tampa Bay Membership Chair
  • Joseph Priest, APR
  • James Raulerson, Past President, PRSA Tampa Bay
  • Scott Dietz
  • Leah Harms
  • Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, PRSA Tampa Bay Ethics Officer & Chair, PRSSA/New Professionals Committee


Throwback to our 2019 in-person Resume Review workshop with USF PRSSA students!

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Join the 2021 PRSA Tampa Bay Leadership Team!

PRSA Tampa Bay has set the standard for advancing the public relations profession and its professionals for more than 50 years. Making this possible is a legacy of outstanding volunteer leaders like you. And we need your help in 2021!

Your participation as a chapter leader makes a difference to all chapter members, and it helps you to get the most out of your membership experience. Learn new skills; form lasting friendships; and contribute your professional talents to benefit PRSA Tampa Bay and our community.

We are filling positions for elected officers and also accepting nominations for our 2021 committees. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Submit your nomination here

Which elected leadership positions are available for 2021?

Open board positions include the following:

  • President-Elect (1)
  • Secretary (1)
  • Treasurer (1)
  • Assembly Delegate (1)
  • Board Member (3)

When is the deadline?

The nomination form for elected officers must be completed by 5 p.m. on October 23, 2020.

What other volunteer opportunities are available?  

Open committee chair, co-chair or vice chair positions include:

  • Accreditation (must be accredited)
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • Digital Communications
  • Diversity
  • Independent Practitioners
  • Media Roundtable
  • Membership Recruitment
  • Membership Retention
  • Newsletter
  • PRestige Awards
  • Professional Development Day
  • Programs
  • Public Service
  • Scholarships
  • Social Media
  • Sponsorships
  • Students/New Professionals (must be accredited)
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Website/Blog

What happens next?

Elections will be held electronically in November. All members in good standing are eligible to vote. Elected board members and officers will be announced by the end of the year. Board members and committee members should plan to attend the PRSA Tampa Bay Leadership Retreat, date and location TBA.


If you have questions, please email [email protected].

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