The Gainesville and Jacksonville Chapters of the Florida Public Relations Association recognized local professionals for excellence in public relations and communications at the North Florida Image Awards at Blue Gill Quality Foods in Gainesville on April 21.
The North Florida Image Awards is conducted annually and has become a standard of public relations excellence in the local region including professionals in Alachua and Duval counties. Winners demonstrate the very best examples of innovation, planning and design, and often go on to win at the state Golden Image competition, which has become a standard of public relations excellence in Florida.
Our members took home honors for leadership, as well as excellence in public relations.
Kimberly Brown Norman is a Rising Star.
Kimberly Brown Norman was name the Jacksonville Chapter's Rising Star, in recognition for her leadership efforts this year. When a new job brought her to the Jacksonville area, one of Kim's priorities was to get involved in her new home FPRA chapter. Immediately, she volunteered to fill a vacant role on our chapter board and as our VP of Programming has worked to not only plan valuable professional development sessions and member mixers, she also has assisted in member recruitment, chapter communications, and state board meetings. Kim's willingness to help demonstrates her passion for PR and the association. She balances all of this commitment with her family, a full-time job at JaxPort, and her graduate studies at the University of Florida. As Jacksonville Chapter's Rising Star, Kim is also the chapter's nominee for the statewide Joe Curley Rising Leader Award.
Liz Slobodian, APR, Leads Firehouse Subs Team to Image Award.
Liz Slobdian, APR, and Firehouse Subs won an Image Award for the Firehouse Subs Supports Tornado Disaster Relief Fundraiser, a public relations program entered in the community relations category.
Thomas Ross Takes Home Two Awards in the Student Division.
Thomas Ross and Phin Communications at Jacksonville University, directed by Professor Courtney Barclay, won both an Award of Distinction and a Judges Award for a student projects in the social media category. The project, #DreamTogether, was a social media fundraiser in partnership with and to benefit Dreams Come True. Phin Communications thanks Jacksonville member Andrea Siracusa, Director of Community Relations at Dreams Come True, for her mentorship.