Meeting/Event Information

5th Annual PRestige Awards Presented by Business Wire

November 06, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

University Club of Tampa
201 N. Franklin St., One Tampa City Center, 38th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602

Join PRSA Tampa Bay as we celebrate outstanding communications work at the 5th Annual PRestige Awards Presented by Business Wire

The program features lunch, valuable insights from keynote speaker John Bell, president and CEO of Tampa Theater, and an exciting awards ceremony celebrating excellence in public relations. Daytime syndicated host Cyndi Edwards will serve as our Master of Ceremonies as we congratulate our award winners and recognize our latest members to earn the prestigious Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) designation.

The 2019 awards luncheon, held at the University Club of Tampa, is located in the heart of downtown Tampa offering breathtaking views of Tampa Bay.

We sincerely hope you will join us as we gain insights from community leaders, and cheer on our colleagues for award-winning work at this signature event presented by our generous sponsor – Business Wire. 

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location: University Club of Tampa, Harbor Room, 201 N. Franklin St., Ste. 3800, Tampa, FL 

Ticket Prices:

Tickets are $50 for students; $60 for PRSA members; $70 for non-members; and $350 for a table of eight. 

Keynote Speaker: 

John Bell
President and CEO
Tampa Theater

John Bell is an experienced historic theatre leader having successfully managed two different historic theatre projects over his career. He was named managing director of the historic Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC, in 1979. After he assumed management responsibilities in Tampa in 1985, Tampa Theatre revamped its programming to include a heavy mix of first run and classic films supplemented by concerts, educational programs and special events. This successful formula remains in place today, as the Theatre presents more than 500 film screenings a year along with concerts, summer camps, and scores of special community events. 

John has served on the board of directors of the League of Historic American Theatres, including two years as chairman, and has served on the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce board of directors. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Catawba College in North Carolina. 

Master of Ceremonies:

Cyndi Edwards
Broadcast Journalist
Host of Daytime

Cyndi Edwards has been hosting the Nationally Syndicated TV show Daytime since 2006. Over the years she’s met countless celebrities and experienced things she never could have imagined. From zip lining over alligators to hang gliding, to herding cattle, Cyndi will try almost anything. The best part of her job is sharing stories about all the good that’s happening in the world, especially right here in Florida. Cyndi and her husband Colin are active in the community and love spoiling their golden doodle Freebee. 

11:30 – 11:55 a.m.  Registration and Networking
11:55 a.m – 12:35 p.m.  Welcome and Keynote Address
12:35 – 12:55 p.m.  APR Pinning and Chapter Volunteer Awards
12:55 – 1:20 p.m.    PRestige Awards Announced
1:20 – 1:30 p.m.      Door Prizes and Closing Remarks

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Business Wire:

Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, is the global market leader in commercial news distribution. Thousands of companies and organizations depend on Business Wire to transmit their news releases, regulatory filings, photos and other multimedia content to journalists, financial professionals, investor services, regulatory authorities and the general public.

Menu: Mediterranean Chicken (Sauteed breast of chicken topped with olives, plum tomatoes, garlic, lemon, white wine and feta cheese served over a fresh bed of spinach) and dessert. Please note any dietary restrictions in your registration comment section. A vegetarian option is available.

Recommended parking: Fort Brooke Municipal Garage, 107 Franklin St., is located at the corner of Franklin and Whiting Streets. The garage has a skybridge on the third floor that connects to One Tampa City Center, where the University Club is on the 38th floor.


FROM 275 NORTH OR SOUTH: Take 275 N/S to the Ashley Street Exit (exit 44). Follow Ashley to Whiting (two stop lights past Kennedy). Turn left (east) and go up two blocks to the Fort Brooke Garage, 107 Franklin St.

SOUTH TAMPA: Take Bayshore Blvd. to the Platt Street Bridge. Go underneath the Convention Center. Turn left at the second light (Florida St). Go two blocks to Whiting and turn left to park in the Fort Brooke Garage. 

FROM I-75 AND CROSSTOWN:  Take exit #7 Downtown West. The 2nd stoplight is Franklin Street. Turn right onto Franklin St. Go two blocks to Whiting St. Turn left on Whiting. Turn immediately right and enter the Fort Brooke Garage.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by noon on Friday, Nov. 1, will be refunded without penalty. Regarding cancellations made after that date, registrations paid in advance will not be refunded.





$60.00 Member
$70.00 after 05:00 pm November 4
$50.00 Earlybird rate before October 23

$70.00 Non-member
$80.00 after 05:00 pm November 4
$60.00 Earlybird rate before October 23

$50.00 Student
$60.00 after 05:00 pm November 4
$40.00 Earlybird rate before October 23

$350.00 Table Sponsor