Barker and Fisher to speak during May Lunch N Learn

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Join the May 22nd PRSA Gulf Coast Chapter’s lunch and learn where we will hear from leaders from the region’s largest daily newspapers, The Naples Daily News and The News-Press.

Bill Barker, publisher and president of the Naples Daily News and The News-Press and Penny Fisher, editor of the Naples Daily News will lead the discussion.  We will explore the changing face of media in Southwest Florida and the role first amendment in today’s environment.

Please, come with questions.

The luncheon will be held Tuesday, May 22 at the Naples Hilton. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and presentations begin at noon. Lunch includes salad, pasta primavera and dessert. A vegetarian option is available.

Reserve your seat today.

Bill Barker

Bill Barker is the West Florida Regional President of Gannett Company, as well as publisher and president of the Naples Daily News and The News-Press, community publications, and related digital products. He also oversees the newspaper operations in Tallahassee and Pensacola.

Bill last served as vice president, regional publisher of the Journal Media Group overseeing operations at its newspapers in Naples and Florida’s Treasure Coast, as well as in Knoxville, Tennessee; Anderson, South Carolina; and Evansville, Indiana.

Bill joined the Daily News in fall 2013 as regional publisher and chief revenue officer after nearly a decade overseeing newspaper and media operations in the Tampa Bay area, including serving as president and publisher of The Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Tribune and TBO.com.

Before coming to Florida, Bill worked his way through the operational ranks at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he was named director of operations in 1996. During his time in Richmond, Barker oversaw the construction and launch of three new facilities and an organizational restructuring.

Penny Fisher

Penny Fisher’s love affair with journalism began in rural southern Indiana. She grew up in a 500-person town just down the road from Milan, Ind., the real-life inspiration for the movie Hoosiers.

Penny joined her high school newspaper staff during her junior year and has spent every day since devoted to the craft. In college, she worked as a designer and editor for the Vincennes University Trailblazer and the Ball State Daily News.

In February 2007, she traded the hills of Indiana for the beaches of Florida and joined the Naples Daily News as a lead designer and later associate editor of The Banner. Penny served as the managing editor for seven community publications and for the Naples Daily News before being named the top editor in November 2016.

Penny is geeky about design, passionate about good story telling and over the top with organization. She enjoys shopping, traveling, cooking and spending time with her sportswriter husband Adam Fisher and her two kids Audrey, 5 and Alec, 3.

LUNCH N LEARN – THIS MONTH: Best practices in Storytelling with Video

This month, we join forces with the Naples Daily News for an evening Holiday Social and we welcome Amy Oshier to discuss the best practices in creating effective stories with video. Amy has served as the anchor for “Behind the Headlines” for USA Today Network (the parent organization of the Naples Daily News and News-Press) since January 2016.
She has received numerous awards for her reporting and anchoring in breaking news situations and for medical and investigative news pieces. She currently provides content for both broadcast and digital platforms. Amy is a graduate of the University of Florida.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
5-7 p.m.
Naples Daily News
1100 Immokalee Rd, Naples, FL 34110

Cost: $30 for PRSA, $38 Non-Members, $25 Students

Reservations must be made by Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.

*No-shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, Nov. 24. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the featured event. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given.

October Lunch N Learn

LUNCH N LEARN – THIS MONTH
The importance of Ethics in Communication

Dr. Leonard Ferenz received his Ph.D. in Philosophy with a specialization in Medical Ethics from Georgetown University and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics in Washington, D.C.. He is now retired from a 25 year career teaching at the university level. Concurrent with his teaching career, Dr. Ferenz has served on several hospital, home health, and extended care ethics committees. He presently serves as the Vice President of the Character Council of Collier County. Dr. Ferenz has numerous publications in the field of medical and business ethics, he conducted an external ethics of audit of Collier County Government in 2003 and he was the key author of a character education program for the Collier County Public School system, known as the “Circle of Excellence”.
Dr. Ferenz was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, attended Denver University as an undergraduate, had a brief career as a stock broker and investment banking consultant before returning to school to earn his Ph.D. at Georgetown and commence his academic career. Dr. Ferenz is married and has a son who presently has no interest in philosophy or ethics insofar as he is only nine years old.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

11:30 Social; 11:50 Luncheon
Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North

Naples, FL 34103

Cost: $30 for PRSA, $38 Non-Members, $25 Student
s

Reservations must be made by Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.

*No-shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, Oct. 20. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the featured event. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given.

September 2017 Lunch N Learn – Building and Maintaining Your Corporate Reputation

Paul Dickard
Herc Rentals

LUNCH N LEARN – THIS MONTH
Building and Maintaining Your Corporate Reputation

This month’s featured speaker will be Paul Dickard, Vice President of Corporate Communication for Herc Rentals. Paul will discuss Corporate Public Relations: Building and Maintaining Your Reputation.

Paul is a senior corporate communications leader with diverse internal and external communications experience. Paul is skilled in leading staff and teams, managing large and complex communications projects, working in and across global, matrixed organizations, and achieving results that advance strategic agendas. His career has included leading and managing programs encompassing all major communications disciplines, as well as involvement with diverse industrial, commercial and professional services businesses.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
11:30 Social; 11:50 Luncheon
Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103

Cost: $30 for PRSA, $38 Non-Members, $25 Students
To Register – CLICK HERE

Reservations must be made by Friday, Sept. 22.

*No-shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, Sept. 22. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the featured event. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given.

August 2017 Lunch N Learn – Best Practices and Practical Ideas for Your Clients, Businesses and Organizations

Naples Daily News and PRSA Present a Social Media Panel:

Current Best Practices and Practical Ideas for Your Clients, Businesses and Organizations

 

In partnership with the Naples Press Club and the Association of Fundraising Professionals

NPC and AFP members may register at the PRSA member rate of $30.00

 

Date:               Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Location:        Naples Hilton

11:30 a.m.       Registration and networking

11:55 a.m.       Welcome: Pam Fultz, President, Gulf Coast Chapter of PRSA

Sponsor Remarks: Bill Barker, President, Naples Daily News

Lunch

12:15 p.m.       Introduction of Emcee: Rachel Pierce, NBC-2

Introduction of Panelists (see below)

Q&A

1:10 p.m.         Adjourn

Cost:
$30 PRSA Members
$38 Non-Members
$25 Students

*No shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, August 18, 2017. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the luncheon. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given. Thank you.

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Social Media Experts/Panelists

Name Organization Area of Focus
  Catherine Bergerson

 

Director of Communication and Marketing

Conservancy of SW Florida

Nonprofit best practices
  Jigsha Desai Digital Director

Naples Daily News

Media tools
  Georgia Beasley Director of TopicPulse Strategic Initiatives

Futuri Media

Media tools
  Matt Bernaldo Director of Digital

NBC-2

24/7 online news/story posting and monitoring
  John Miller Attorney at Law

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt

Legal aspects

May 2017 Lunch N Learn with Stephen Dupont

This month we welcome back Stephen Dupont, vice president of public relations and branded content with Minneapolis firm Pocket Hercules. Stephen returns to explain why marketing and communications professionals need to re-connect with their customers (and other stakeholders such as employees, vendors or investors) through real conversations. Based on his recent cover story for Chief Content Officer magazine, Dupont will offer practical tips on how to reinvigorate stale content marketing programs with real conversations and add the type of context that can make your content more relevant, authentic — and worth sharing.

About Stephen Dupont: Stephen Dupont, APR, is VP of Public Relations and Branded Content for Pocket Hercules (www.pockethercules.com), a brand marketing firm based in Minneapolis. He has more than 25 years experience in public relations, marketing and branding. He is a frequent contributor to PRSA’s The Strategist and Public Relations Tactics publications, and writers about marketing, content and branding on his blog, stephendupont.co. His work has been honored with three Silver Anvils, and he has served as president of the Minnesota chapter of PRSA.

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DATE:
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples

Schedule:
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Networking
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Presentation

Cost:
$27 PRSA Members
$35 Non-Members
$20 Students

*No shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, May 19, 2017. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the luncheon. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given. Thank you.

April Lunch ‘N Learn speaker Sarah Owen, President SFCF

Sarah Owen will discuss Crisis Communications and share how the Southwest Florida Community Foundation worked with local partners, municipalities and victims’ families to assist in the aftermath of the Club Blu shooting in Fort Myers.

Sarah’s journey into the non-profit sector followed a career in investor relations, public relations and corporate communications. She worked for publicly traded companies on the New York Stock Exchange as well as private companies throughout the Southeastern United States.Sarah shares her leadership at the national, state and regional level. She is Florida delegate for the National Vision 20/20 Initiative, serves as chair of the Community Foundations of Florida (a member group of Florida Philanthropic Network), is a member of the board of the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance and serves on the Healthy Lee Steering Committee.  The News-Press named Sarah their 2016 Person of the Year.

A graduate of Florida Southern College and the University of South Florida, Sarah holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education as well as certifications in environmental engineering from University of Florida’s TREEO Center.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

11:30 Social; 11:50 Luncheon
Vi Bentley Village, 701 Retreat Drive, Naples, 34110

Cost: $27  PRSA Members, $35  Non-Members, $20  Student
s

Reservations must be made by Friday, April 21.

*No-shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, Feb. 24. No cash is accepted at the door. Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the featured event. No shows will be billed if no prior notice given.

February 2017 Lunch N Learn

Media Panel discussion on
“The Changing Face of News Gathering”

This month’s Lunch ‘N Learn will be held in partnership with the Naples Press Club. The topic will be “The Changing Face of News Gathering” featuring Stan Chambers, Digital Content Director at WINK News; Penny Fisher, News Director at Naples Daily News; and Phil Borchmann, Editor-in-Chief at Gulfshore Business

For nearly 12 years, Phil Borchmann has served as the editor of award-winning Gulfshore Business, a business-to-business publication covering Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.  

He also edits Naples REALTOR-the official magazine of the Naples Area Board of Realtors-that is published by Gulfshore Life magazine.
 
Before his arrival in Southwest Florida, Borchmann spent about 15 years working as a reporter at newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and the Rockford Register Star in Rockford, Illinois, his hometown. Borchmann is a graduate of Illinois State University.   

 

Stan Chambers Jr., in some respects, is in charge of the present and the future.

As Digital Content Director for WINK News, Stan oversees the management and direction the station’s digital and social footprints, from content creation to strategy and design.
Stan describes himself as an “old digital soul leading a digital evolution.” He transitioned into digital journalism after nearly a decade as a newspaper reporter and about three years as a nonprofit communications director.
Stan currently lives in Fort Myers with his wife and very active three-year-old daughter.  

 

Penny Fisher’s love affair with journalism began in rural southern Indiana. She grew up in a 500-person town just down the road from Milan, Ind., the real-life inspiration for the movie Hoosiers. She joined her high school newspaper staff during her junior year and has spent every day since devoted to the craft.  

In February 2007 she traded the hills of Indiana for the beaches of Florida when she joined the Naples Daily News as the art director for one of its community publications. She has served as managing editor for the Naples Daily News’s seven community publications, has managed the business section and the features section. She was named interim executive editor in August 2016 and was named news director for Naples in December 2016.
She is geeky about design, passionate about good story telling and over the top with organization. She enjoys spending time with her sportswriter husband and their adorable kids: Audrey, 4 and Alec, 2.

Register Here

DATE:
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples

Schedule:
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Networking

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch and Presentation

Cost:
$27  PRSA Members & Naples Press Club Members

$35  Non-Members
$20  Students

*No shows will be billed if no prior notice given and only checks accepted at the door. NOTE: To guarantee seating and meal, reserve online and pay through PayPal by FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017.  No cash is accepted at the door.  Checks are accepted and must be provided at the time of the luncheon.  No shows will be billed if no prior notice given.  Thank you. 

January 2017 President’s Message

Photo by Brian Tietz

Educate, Engage & Energize!

As we begin 2017, we look toward a new year full of new ideas, new goals and new opportunities!
Our previous organizational leaders have laid the solid foundation upon which we have built a strong reputation as the foremost authority on public relations and communications issues in Southwest Florida.

As the 2017 Gulf Coast Chapter President, I am honored to continue their work and to lead our board of incredibly talented business professionals. Although we represent various industries and specialties, we are all committed to professional excellence and recognize the need to emphasize the core values of the ethical practice of public relations.

In the year ahead, we will offer a wide array of learning opportunities to enrich the educational and interactive experience for our members and guests. This year’s theme is Educate, Engage & Energize for Professional Excellence. We will kick off the year with our first lunch-n-learn gathering on January 24 at the Hilton Naples.

We hope that you will join us as we strive to create a positive and progressive environment for open communication and collaboration, respecting diversity, ingenuity and individuality.
If you have any questions about our organization, please contact me at pfultz@viliving.com

Let’s work together to make it a thoughtful and thankful 2017!

Pamela Fultz
Chapter President