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!
President, Gulf Coast Chapter of PRSA