Florida Public Relations Association Media Breakfast

Our sister organization in Ft. Myers will be hosting their annual Media Breakfast.

This year’s theme, “The 2017 Playbook: Media Relations in an Evolving Market” will bring together media experts from across platforms to discuss how the media market has been impacted by politics, the economy, technology, demographics and more.

Join your fellow professionals for a morning of networking and insight with some of SWFL’s most influential newspeople – and this year, get one-on-one “speed dating” opportunities with our panelists too!

The Media Breakfast will also include networking opportunities and prizes including local media advertising valued in the thousands.

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.

To Register – Click Here

Tuesday, May 23, 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, 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.

Miromar Development seeks Public Relations Manager

Miromar Development Corporation, a multi-faceted real estate company with a growing portfolio of residential and commercial properties located in Southwest Florida, is seeking an experienced Public Relations Manager. This is a full time position for an in-house corporate marketing department.  The right candidate will be an experienced writer able to develop themes and write feature articles, advertorials, and press releases, select appropriate photos and submit to media.  Other writing and editing responsibilities include letters, newsletters, email announcements, occasional speeches, social media messages, advertising and brochure copy.  The right candidate will have solid local media knowledge and contacts, be able to pitch editors with feature article ideas and conduct necessary interviews for information gathering and quotes.  The Public Relations Manager also assists at promotional events.   Experience with placement in state, regional and national media is a plus.

Requirements: College degree in communications or journalism and samples of published work.

Please submit your resume via email to hr@miromar.com. For more information about Miromar, visit our website at www.Miromar.com.


Top SWFL Attraction Seeking Marketing Director

One of Southwest Florida’s top attractions is seeking an experienced marketing director for its family of waterfront businesses collectively known as Salty Sam’s Waterfront Adventures. Individually they are Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Bootleggers Waterfront Barbeque, Salty Sam’s Marina, Sight Sea-R Cruises and the Salty Sam’s Pirate Ship. Because of the various businesses, the position is both challenging and refreshing in its variety of annual promotions and events supported by an aggressive marketing budget.


“Every day at Salty Sam’s is an exciting new adventure,” says Matt Hanson.  “We are always working on a new project, promotion, event, or ad. From promoting our restaurants to putting events together on the Pirate Ship.  The job is challenging, intellectually stimulating, and always a lot of fun.”

Salty Sam’s would like to find a highly motivated marketing professional who has proven experience in advertising, social media, promotions, and event marketing. Duties include advertising placement, social media management, ad and coupon tracking, creative direction and event/promotions management. The position will work closely with owners, management teams, and media reps and ideally the individual will have a working knowledge of social media, Microsoft Office Suite, and design software.

“As far as marketing jobs go in Southwest Florida, this is one of the best,” says Pason Gaddis, Publisher of Florida Weekly and a Salty Sam’s customer.  “Salty Sam’s is a unique family owned, family friendly company that embodies the coastal attractions that draws thousands of people to our area every year.”

About Salty Sam’s Waterfront Adventures:  Perched on the water’s edge of a thriving wildlife aquatic preserve, the world famous Salty Sam’s Waterfront Adventures is a water-bound recreation destination for all ages. Offering everything including power boat and kayak rentals, fishing and sightseeing charters, unique gifts and souvenirs, the Salty Sam’s Pirate Ship, the Parrot Key Caribbean Grill – voted Best Waterfront Restaurant since 2005, Bootleggers Waterfront Barbeque, and the nearby Key West Express ferry. Salty Sam’s is also a full service marina with boat service, repairs, and storage. To start your waterfront adventure, call 1-888-796-6427 or visit www.SaltySams.com for more information.

Interested candidates can send a resume in MsWord or PDF format to Matt@SaltySams.com demonstrating creativity and relevant experience. Additional examples, campaigns, promotions, portfolio samples, etc. are welcome to be included as well. Pay based upon experience.  EOE/DFWP.

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

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.

First ever PR Conference at Sea

PRSA Sunshine District Conference – June 23-26, 2017

PRville 2017: The PRSA Sunshine District Conference at sea | Friday, June 23 – Monday, June 26, 2017

North Florida PRSA welcomes you to the Sunshine District Annual Conference 2017 home port! We are so excited to announce we are casting off the lines and shoving off from boring hotel-based conferences! We’ll spend three glorious days at sea mixing our professional development with pleasure boating on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas. This is quite possibly the very first PR conference held on the high seas anywhere in the world.

We’ll have all the features you’ve come to love about the annual district conference with none of the boring stuff. You can even bring along a spouse, friend or traveling companion to enjoy this beautiful three-day weekend. While we’re at sea, we’ll be learning about the latest trends in our industry, building our skills and gaining experience through the shared stories from our top-notch speaker lineup.

This conference is truly a departure from the ordinary PR conferences. So don’t be a landlubber and reserve your seat today. Guarantee your PRVille registration at preferred rates by paying a refundable deposit of $200 per stateroom any time through April 8. Payment in full is due by 5 p.m. on April 9. Bon Voyage!


Lunch ‘N Learn speaker for March

Maria Jimenez-Lara is Chief Executive Officer for the Naples Children & Education Foundation. Ms. Jimenez-Lara previously served as Director of Foundation Services and Grants Director for NCEF, responsible for overseeing the charitable grant process in conjunction with the trustee-driven Grant Committee.

Prior to joining NCEF, Jimenez was Redlands Christian Migrant Association’s (RCMA) Director of Charter Schools. She has over 20 years experience in program development, designing effective educational programs for at risk children, and collaborating with various community based organizations. Among her major contributions are the development of five charter schools for at risk children, two housing developments for low income families, and a founding member of a domestic violence prevention organization.

Jimenez holds two undergraduate degrees from Florida International University and Universidad de las Americas. She is a graduate of Hodges University with a master’s in public administration. Her civic involvement includes serving on District XI Juvenile Justice Board and various non-profit organization boards. Some of her accolades include Woman of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Homestead, Florida and one of El Nuevo Miami Herald’s “Rising Latino Leader.”

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
11:30 Social; 11:50 Luncheon
Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Trail N.

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

To Register – CLICK HERE 

Reservations must be made by Friday, Mar. 24.

*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.

“Silent & unprepared”

PRSA Board of Ethics and Professional Standards finds most millennial practitioners have not embraced their role as ethical conscience.

The PRSA Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS) has published the results of survey research conducted during PRSA Ethics Month in September 2016 that has found that many millennials are unfamiliar with the PRSA Code of Ethics and do not expect to face common ethical dilemmas.

Researchers targeted PRSA members with less than five years of experience in the second of three studies related to public relations practitioners’ roles and responsibilities to provide ethics counsel.

Key Findings:
• Only one-third (30 percent) indicated they felt prepared to offer ethics counsel
• Only 25 percent said they were likely to provide ethics counsel
• The majority of participants did not expect to face common ethical dilemmas when presented with examples
• Only about 40 percent were familiar with the PRSA code of ethics
• Less than half (47 percent) said they were likely to use the PRSA code of ethics
• Those who were familiar and likely to use PRSA ethics resources were significantly more likely to say they felt prepared
• Millennial respondents expressed interest in reading blog posts about ethics
• Millennial respondents with mentors were more likely to feel prepared and confident about providing ethics counsel.

Next steps:
• BEPS is currently conducting research with the PRSA College of Fellows on how to most effectively provide ethics counsel.
• They will work with the PRSA Educators Academy to create education curriculum and professional development resources based on this study and make them available to educators and young professionals.
• “Silent & unprepared”—PRSA Board of Ethics and Professional Standards finds most millennial practitioners have not embraced their role as ethical conscience.

PRSA Gulf Coast members are encouraged to visit the PRSA website for more information about the ethics resources and training available through PRSA. You can find the article, “Silent & unprepared: Most millennial practitioners have not embraced role as ethical conscience,” in the March issue of Public Relations Review, a scholarly and peer-reviewed journal. For a copy of the PRSA Code of Ethics CLICK HERE

Donna C. Heiser, APR, CFRE
Ethics Officer, PRSA Gulf Coast