Join us at Quiz for a Cause: ’90s Edition

Join us for an entertaining night of trivia at Quiz for a Cause: ’90s Edition, our annual fundraiser to support professional development opportunities for FPRA members. Teams will test their knowledge of ’90s-themed trivia to compete to be the 2019 Quiz for a Cause Champions.

Drinks will be available for purchase from First Magnitude, and teams are encouraged to bring their own snacks.

When: Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM

Where: First Magnitude Brewing Company, 1220 SE Veitch Street, Gainesville, FL

Admission: $25 for professionals/$200 for a team of 8 and $10 for students

All proceeds support FPRA professional development opportunities

Payment is accepted in cash, check or credit card at the door

Teams: 8 people per team maximum

FPRA members, students, friends and family are all welcome to attend. Form your team and sign up today!

Sign up: To serve as a team captain and register your team, contact Amelia Bell at Need help finding a team? Contact Amelia Bell to be placed on a team. Everyone is welcome! Team ’90s costumes and themes are encouraged!

Chomp and Learn is back – but not for long!

One check + One payment + One time = Eight opportunities to hear awesome speakers and network with fellow FPRA Gainesville members.

It all ads up to a deal you can’t miss!

If you can’t make it, another person from your company, an FPRA member or a non-member whom you designate can go in your place. Buy an FPRA Gainesville Chomp and Learn Luncheon Bundle of eight luncheons at the discounted rate of $144 before January 14 and have the convenience of submitting only one payment. That is eight total luncheons for just $144!

Please be aware that the purchase must be made before online registration closes for the January monthly luncheon on January 14, and that this is a one-time payment which will not be refunded. Bundle includes all luncheon programs from January through August 2019. If you decide after registering for the January luncheon that you would still like to participate in the Chomp and Learn Bundle, you will be able to pay the remaining balance of $124 for the bundle at the January luncheon.

Please remember that registration is still required for each monthly program. Simply select “Chomp and Learn” as your payment option when registering.

CLICK HERE to Chomp and Learn!

Find your Focus, Flow and Finish Line at January Program

On January 17, we’ll welcome Scott Blades, M.Ed. to share his expertise on the Mirage of Multitasking.

The research is overwhelming—our brains aren’t built for multitasking. When we constantly juggle various cognitive tasks, we experience decreased productivity, impaired cognitive ability, increased stress, and diminished creativity—all of which reduce us to fractions of the effective professionals we are capable of being. This is a great topic to start the New Year and help keep those resolutions you set! Click here to learn more.

Networking starts at 11:30 and the program begins at noon.

CLICK HERE to register by January 14

Ring in the New Year with PR Masters at ITProTV

Ring in the New Year with our first PR Masters event of 2019. FPRA Gainesville members with 10+ years of experience are invited to join us on a behind-the-scenes tour at ITProTV.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

7525 NW 4th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32607

Lunch will be provided.

Valerie Riley, ITProTV director of marketing, will give us a sneak peek into the inner workings of this innovative Gainesville company. If you saw Valerie’s presentation at our October luncheon program, you know you’re in for a treat!

ITProTV takes the best aspects of in-person training and delivers it online and on-demand. Attractive studios, engaging hosts, and effective content make ITProTV the choice of IT professionals globally. With more than 100,000 members worldwide, ITProTV is disrupting the learning marketplace with engaging, affordable learning for IT pros.

Click here to register today!

Questions? E-mail Allison Downey, APR, CPRC.

The FPRA Gainesville PR Masters program provides professional development and networking opportunities to members with 10+ years of experience in the public relations field. Anyone who meets this criteria is welcome to join at no cost as a part of their membership with our chapter.


Unleash PR Speed at November Program

On November 15, we will welcome Alyson Lundell, APR, CPRC, senior director of corporate communications for Universal Orlando Resort. She will join us to talk about Unleashing PR Speed with The Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and Fast & Furious – Supercharged.

Take a look behind the red carpet at the ins and outs of opening attractions based on these two powerhouse brands. During this program you’ll learn more about the strategy and tactics used to gain global media coverage and awareness of the next new experiences at Universal Orlando Resort.

Click here to register by 5 p.m. on November 12!

PR Masters – Join Us at Info Tech!

FPRA Gainesville members with 10+ years of experience are invited to join us on a PR Masters behind-the-scenes tour at Info Tech!

Come tour their new office in Celebration Pointe, and hear first-hand from Assistant Director of Corporate Communications Lacey Jones on how they excel in day-to-day communications efforts.

November 9 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Info Tech, 2970 SW 50th Terrace, Gainesville


Info Tech consists of two core businesses: Info Tech Systems and Info Tech Consulting. Info Tech Systems develops cutting-edge digital solutions to support paperless environments and e-Construction initiatives through automated infrastructure construction management and Internet bidding solutions. Info Tech Consulting provides expert statistical and econometric litigation consulting services and support.

With a diverse workforce and collaborative, relaxed environment, Info Tech is a Gainesville-born pioneer of innovation, committed to its family of employees, customers and community. For more information, visit or

Questions? E-mail Allison Downey, APR, CPRC at Register:

The FPRA Gainesville PR Masters program provides professional development and networking opportunities to members with 10+ years of experience in the public relations field. Anyone who meets this criteria is welcome to join as a part of their membership with our chapter.

Podcast Secrets from PR Pros

When Chad McLeod, APR, CPRC, and his brother Joe, founders of McLeod Communications, decided to start a podcast, the first challenge they faced was to find a topic.

“What do we talk about?”

“What do we always talk about?”

And the PR & Politics podcast was born.

Chad shared some actionable tips for PR pros considering a podcast of their own, including determining if a podcast can do something your other PR tactics can’t and being consistent with your schedule in order to build momentum.

But the most important thing he learned was to start and improve as you go.

“If you wait for it to be perfect, most likely a year from now, you’ll still be thinking about how to get it off the ground,” he said.

Did you miss this month’s program? Check out this short recap from Chad with additional tips for starting a successful podcast.

Also, listen to Episode 58 of the podcast, recorded the day after Chad visited our chapter, here. Thanks for the shout out at the end!

New Member Spotlight: Katelyn Vogt

Katelyn is the communications specialist for the University of Florida College of Education Department of E-Learning, Technology and Communications Services. She is thrilled to serve the college and communicate the work being done by faculty and staff to transform education. Before working at the college, Katelyn served as the special projects coordinator at PACE Center for Girls, Alachua securing the funding to support the center’s ever-growing vision. Katelyn obtained her bachelor’s degree in public relations with a specialization in nonprofit organizational leadership from UF. She is excited to be a part of FPRA and connect with fellow public relations professionals.

Why did you choose to go into the public relations field?

I learned at any early age the power of words. They can inspire communities, spark change and drive action. The field of public relations offers the opportunity to foster my own creative voice and use it for good. With it, I can highlight organizations and institutions creating real change in the world. What could be better?

Welcome, New Members!

We’d like to give a big FPRA Gainesville welcome to Katelyn Potter and Katelyn Vogt, our two newest chapter members!



Register for our September program – PR on the Pod!

Has your organization considered entering the world of podcasting? You’re in good company. According to Apple, there are more than 525,000 active podcasts on iTunes. While many brands have found podcasts to be an effective PR and marketing tool, getting started is often the hardest part.

Chad McLeod, APR, CPRC, principal of McLeod Communications, a PR and communications strategy consulting firm based in Lakeland, Florida, suggests potential podcasters start with their goal in mind. What do you anticipate receiving as a return on your time investment? Who do you want to reach? Why do you want to reach them?

During the FPRA Gainesville September luncheon, Chad will discuss his experience as a podcaster and share additional tips for organizations considering a podcast. Chad and his brother, Joe, who’s also his business partner, are the co-hosts of PR & Politics, a weekly podcast that reflects their everyday conversations about politics, political communications and PR stories of the week.

Chad spent five years as an aide to U.S. Senator Mel Martinez and is always up for a friendly political discussion. He served as president of FPRA Tampa Bay in 2014-2015 and is a UF grad (PR major, College of Journalism and Communications, Class of 2004).