February panelists – the changing newsroom

The February Lunch N Learn will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Tiburon Golf Club, 2620 Tiburon Drive in Naples. We will hear from a media Panel on how newsrooms are changing and evolving and public relation strategies to meet those changes. CLICK TO REGISTER

The panel will include:

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 and her two kids Audrey, 5 and Alec, 3.

Julie Glenn
Julie Glenn is the Interim News Director and host of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live. She has been working in southwest Florida as a freelance writer since 2007, most recently as a regular columnist for the Naples Daily News. She began her broadcasting career in 1993 as a reporter/anchor/producer for a local CBS affiliate in Quincy, Illinois. After also working for the NBC affiliate, she decided to move to Parma, Italy where she earned her Master’s degree in communication from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication is from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Fluent in Italian, Julie has also worked with Italian wine companies creating and translating web content and marketing materials. Her work has been featured in international, national, and local magazines. She has served as president of the local chapter of Slow Food where she remains on the board. Her interests include cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Darrel Lieze-Adams
Darrel Lieze-Adams serves as the Vice President of News for Waterman Broadcasting (NBC2 and ABC7). He has been with the station since 1997. During his tenure at Waterman Broadcasting the station has won four National RTNDA Edward R. Murrow’s for Investigative Reporting. Darrel says, “I believe investigative reporting is the foundation of a great news department.” The station has also won several Regional Awards including Best Station, Best Breaking News, Best Newscast and Best Reporting. The news staff has won many Florida Associated Press Awards too, including Best Overall, Best Newscast, Best Weathercast, Best Sports, Best Public Affairs, and Best Reporting.

Darrel currently serves on the ABC News Director Advisory Board. This is a select group of News Directors who give feed back to the network. He served as Board Chair from 2006-08. He has served on many local boards, including the founding board of the Southwest Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. He has also served on the Island Coast AIDS Network (ICAN) and Children’s Home Society boards. He is a 2003 Graduate of Lee County Emerging Leaders and one of Gulfshore Life’s 2008 Men of the Year.

Darrel came to Fort Myers from Minneapolis. He was the senior executive producer for KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities. A native of Motley, Minnesota, Darrel holds a degree in broadcast journalism and speech communication from St. Cloud State University. He grew up on a dairy farm in Central Minnesota. Darrel currently lives in Lee County and is the proud father of twin daughters.

January 2018 President’s Message

Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season and is recharged for 2018. The arrival of a new year marks a turning of the page in the PRSA Gulf Coast Chapter leadership, when one president hands the reins to a new one. Despite the natural inclination to look ahead, we cannot do so without looking back.
This time last year, past president Pam Fultz assumed her new Board role. The list of her accomplishments is lengthy but suffice to say, the chapter has greatly advanced under her guidance. My deepest thanks to Pam for setting this course and providing such inspiring leadership with her vision to Educate, Engage and Energize!
As the 2018 Gulf Coast Chapter President, I am honored to serve 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 and the ethical practice of public relations. Having been a member of PRSA and participated in our Gulf Coast Chapter programs the last 8 years, I have greatly developed my professional skills and have made many meaningful connections. You have my commitment to continuing the legacy set forth by our former chapter leaders.
So, where do we take things from here? Well, it starts with maintaining the successful programs that have been embraced by our members and non-members alike. 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. Our monthly professional development luncheons will remain at The Hilton Naples, with the exception of a couple of new venues that we will inform about in the near future so stay tuned!
I look forward to seeing you at our next luncheon on Tuesday, January 23rd, at The Naples Hilton, where our 2018 Board of Directors will be inducted by Collier County’s Sheriff, Kevin Rambosk. Please be sure to welcome our newest Board members: Alisa Marie Coccari, Margie Hapke, Catherine Bergerson and Reagan Terry.
On behalf of the board, we wanted to let you know that we appreciate the countless hours many of you have invested in our chapter. It is important that we maintain strong connections with each other and appreciate your service and feedback. Please feel free to reach out if you would like to get more involved or just to chat. Our successes are shared and should be celebrated! Here’s to an exciting year ahead!
Niccole Howard
President, Gulf Coast Chapter of PRSA

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

Paul Dickard
Herc Rentals

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.

September is PRSA Ethics Month

In September, PRSA members throughout the country will celebrate Ethics Month with the theme: “Ethics, Strengthening Our Core.”  As your Ethics Chair for PRSA Gulf Coast, I wanted to share the host of Ethics Month activities and resources available to you:

  • CLICK HERE to read the PRSA Tactics Article by Jim Lukaszewski–“How to Be a Truly Trusted Strategic Ethics Advisor.” As you may recall, Jim spoke at one of our PRSA Gulf Coast meetings recently.
  • Ethics Webinars (visit prsa.org ):
    – 3-4 p.m. EDT, Sept. 14: Incorporating ethics in the public relations classroom: Tips, tools and resources for communications educators – Drs. Carolyn Kim, Lucinda Austin and Dean Mundy, and Dr. Denise Bortree, Arthur W. Page Center. Free for members-Register now!  Available on-demand: 9/21  REGISTER HERE http://apps.prsa.org/Learning/Calendar/register/8844
    – 3-4 p.m. EDT, Sept. 19: The Ethical Expectations of Leadership: Jim Lukazewaski, Dr. Juan Meng, University of Georgia,  Nance Larsen
    REGISTER HERE  http://apps.prsa.org/Learning/Calendar/display/8845/The_Ethical_Expectations_Of_Leadership#.WZNaFVGGM2x
    Free for members – Register now! Available on-demand: 9/26
  • Twitter Chats: #PREthics
    – 8:30 p.m. EDT, Sept. 12: Strategies for revealing and disclosing mistakes and bad news -Kirk Hazlett, Associate Professor Curry College and Rachael Gass, Director for the Ethics & Compliance Institute formerly (Ethics Officer Association).
    – 4 p.m. EDT, 25:  Truth in Communications – PRSA/SPJ with Andrew M. Seaman (Journalist Reuters) , Lauren Bartlett, SPJ member (Director of Communications) and Travis Phelps, WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation)
    – Blogs: Posts throughout the month
    – Research: New materials for the classroom through the educators’ academy
  • Ethics Sessions at the PRSA International Conference, “Your Society at Work: Board of Ethics & Professional Standards”
    — Sunday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. – Noon, “Developing a Personal Crisis Preparedness Plan,”
    – Tuesday, Oct. 10, 8-9 a.m. , “How to Speak Up and Keep Your Job,”
    – Tuesday, Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – this one will be the results of BEPS’ study with the PRSA College of Fellows

Register here for the national conferencehttp://apps-prssa.prsa.org/events/Conference/index.html

Donna C. Heiser, APR, CFRE
PRSA Gulf Coast Ethics Chair
Chief Advancement & External Affairs Officer
Ave Maria School of Law      

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


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

Introduction of Panelists (see below)


1:10 p.m.         Adjourn

$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.

Click Here to Register


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


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

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt

Legal aspects

Gary Meo guest speaker for June 20 meeting

For our June meeting, Gary Meo discuss media tracking and research, specifically how audience tracking and measurement options assist companies in understanding consumers.

Meo will also address methods to engage with audience members, utilizing media across all platforms, including television, online, mobile and emerging.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples

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

$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, June 23, 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.

To Register – Click Here

Gary leads the division of Nielsen Scarborough that provides the sales and service of the company’s local-insights products for over 150 major metropolitan daily newspapers, alternative newsweeklies, magazines and digital companies nationwide.
Before joining Scarborough in 1995, Gary held marketing and research positions at Time Inc., People Weekly, LA WEEKLY, the Los Angeles Times and Hispanic Magazine.
Gary earned a BA degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and is a graduate of the Executive Program in Management at UCLA’s John E. Anderson Graduate School of Business.

Presentation Material Below:


Marketing and Communications Specialist Position Description

Employer Information

Company Name:  Soukup Strategic Solutions, Inc.

Company Web Site:  http://www.SoukupStrategicSolutions.com

About Our Organization:  The mission of Soukup Strategic Solutions is to provide nonprofit organizations with practical support and strategies that will help them succeed in fulfilling their missions.

Job Location:  Work will be performed primarily at the Company office. Meetings will be required at client offices and other locations throughout the Southwest Florida community. Some travel outside of Southwest Florida is required.

Time Commitment: This is a full-time position of 40-hours per week. Some evening and weekend hours will be required to fulfill client needs.

Salary Range: $35,000 – $50,000 per year

Purpose: Responsible for planning, developing and coordinating the Company’s communication, marketing and public relations activities. Manage communication, marketing and public relations projects for clients.

Job Tasks:

Online Marketing and Communication

  • Assist Company and clients in establishing and growing a following on their social media accounts, including but not limited to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google+
  • Research content, share images and write posts for Company and clients on their social media accounts
  • Set goals for increasing social media presence for Company and clients; track and report progress using analytics
  • Establish and manage CRM system for Company and / donor management systems for clients
  • Develop and manage targeted e-marketing lists for Company and clients
  • Design e-marketing templates for Company and clients
  • Sync online marketing programs with contact management systems for Company and clients
  • Design and disseminate online marketing and communication materials for Company and clients (to specifically include researching content, creating ads and writing stories for e-newsletters, blogs, etc.)
  • Track and report response to online marketing methods
  • Manage website content for Company and clients, and ensure integration with CRM, social media other online marketing methods
  • Work with website developer to create new websites
  • Track and report website interactions using analytics
  • Other duties in support of online marketing and communications

Media Relations

  • Prepare press releases for Company and clients and submit to supervisor for approval
  • Distribute approved press releases to media contacts
  • Manage the production and distribution of advertisements and PSA’s (for print, radio and television) for Company and clients
  • Update media contact lists for Company and clients
  • Follow up with media contacts by phone and email
  • Coordinate with other public relations, marketing and graphic design professionals on behalf of Company and clients
  • Other duties in support of media relations

Graphic Design and Publication Production

  • Prepare brochures, programs, banners and other materials as needed using

Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator

  • Create and edit graphics as needed for use on websites, eNewsletters, PowerPoints, etc.
  • Lead and coordinate projects with other graphic design professionals and graphic design intern

Brand Development

  • Assist the President in fine-tuning the Company’s brand
  • Assist clients in developing their unique brands
  • Promote brand recognition through development and distribution of collateral materials for Company and clients
  • Coordinate with other marketing and graphic design professionals on behalf of Company and clients
  • Other duties in support of branding

Event Planning and Support

  • Coordinate venue, menus, presenters, AV setup and other event logistics
  • Create Programs/Save the Dates, Sponsor packets and epromotions
  • Assist with guest lists, seating charts, and name tags
  • Assist with day of event set-up, registration process, and other support as needed
  • Ensure event follow up occurs, taking the lead in issuing thank you letters, emails, phone calls and selection and publication of event photos


  • Meet with supervisor
  • Communicate with clients, vendors and Company employees by phone, email and in person
  • Research information for use in communications
  • Prepare reports on work activities and progress toward company objectives
  • Keep track of and report time on Company timesheet
  • Collaborate with other Company employees and interns
  • Participate in professional associations in marketing, communication, and/or public relations
  • Stay informed on the latest developments within the marketing, communication, and public relations fields
  • Other general duties in support of the Company’s marketing and communication strategies

Work Context

  • Requires remaining stationary for periods of up to four hours
  • Requires telephone conversations
  • Requires interfacing with a computer
  • Requires use of electronic mail
  • Requires writing letters, memos, articles and reports
  • Requires face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams
  • Requires work with others in a group or team
  • Requires work with external customers or the public
  • Requires being exact or highly accurate
  • Mistakes are not easily correctable and have serious consequences
  • Requires meeting strict deadlines
  • Opportunity to make decisions without supervision
  • Requires making decisions that impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company
  • Includes traveling to various locations on and off campus
  • Requires working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions
  • Includes responsibility for work outcomes and results

Education and Experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree required (degree in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations or Journalism preferred)


  • Experience in marketing, graphic design/publication layout, nonprofit or corporate communications and public relations required (at least three years)

Specific Knowledge / Skills Required:

  • Customer service
  • English language and grammar
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Power Point
  • Online marketing, including use of email marketing and CRM’s
  • Website content management
  • Social media: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+; use of automation technology and analytics

Specific Knowledge / Skills Preferred:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: InDesign/Photoshop/Illustrator
  • MS Office: Excel, Publisher, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Constant Contact
  • DonorPefect
  • WordPress, HTML
  • Knowledge and skills to implement all aspects of PESO model

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, resume, graphic and writing samples, and three references to erika@soukupstrategicsolutions.com