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Announcing the 2013 PRSA-MD Educator of the Year Award Recipient…

The 2013 Best In Maryland Committee and the 2013 PRSA-MD Board of Directors are proud to announce the 2013 Educator of the Year recipient: Lester R. Potter.

Accredited Business Communicator Lester R. Potter, an MBA, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies at Towson University, Maryland. He is “ABD” (all but dissertation) for a doctorate in Instructional Technology at Towson.  At Towson, Potter teaches Public Relations Writing, Organizational Communication, Strategic Public Relations Planning and Management, and Public Relations for Nonprofit Organizations.  He has served as Faculty Advisor to the PRSSA chapter for ten years.

Prior to beginning his academic career, Potter was President of Les Potter Incorporated, an international consultancy he founded in 1998.  His firm helped organizations worldwide use communication as a strategic management tool to boost organizational effectiveness.  For over 30 years, Les Potter has improved business operation with innovative, results-oriented interventions.  To solve clients’ problems, Potter draws on successful experience in organizational communication, strategic and marketing planning, and human resources and project management gained from work with a wide variety of organizations and industries.

Les Potter’s background includes many different and enriching business situations that prepared him for successful client service.  Potter was Chairman of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) during 1991-92.  He was named an IABC Fellow in 1997, IABC’s highest honor.  He served on IABC’s executive board, accreditation board, and as a trustee of the IABC Research Foundation.  He earned IABC accreditation (the ABC designation) in 1978.

Les is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the invitation-only professional association for educators, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Les will be honored at the Best In Maryland Awards Gala on December 5 at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore. We will also honor the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award, reveal the New PR Professional of The Year, and present awards for excellence in public relations campaigns in 24 categories. The evening will include a keynote address from Gerry Sandusky, voice of the Baltimore Ravens and sports director of WBAL TV.  Former FOX morning anchor Jennifer Gladstone will emcee the event.

Please join us in honoring Les Potter.  Follow @LesPotter on Twitter and on his blog More With Les.

For more information on the Gala including nominees and ticket information, click here.

An Afternoon of Roundtables

The PRSA Maryland Chesapeake Conference is just a few days away but here’s an insider look at what to expect with the afternoon seasons!

APR ROUNDTABLE
Demystify the APR process and ask this savvy group of APRs the burning questions you’ve been dying to ask, but didn’t know who to turn to.

MEDIA PITCHING BEST PRACTICES AND WORST
EXAMPLES ROUNDTABLE
Converse with members of the media about what makes pitches sizzle and what doesn’t. Hear some of the worst pitches ever made, and why they were so bad. Media and writers include: Liz Farmer, reporter, The Daily Record; Larry Carney, executive producer, Online Content, WMAR TV; Dan Collins, APR, freelance writer and senior director of Media Relations, Mercy Medical Center.

If you still need to register, don’t fret! Just check out https://prsamd.org/news/events2010/jun10online.htm to sign up online.

Ten Days to go

Google Bus on the streets of Baltimore
Image by Joel Mark Witt via Flickr

Ten days from now we will be hearing from our Morning Keynote speaker Dave Troy.   Make sure to arrive early as you don’t want to miss this technology entrepreneur and one of the principal players working to bring Google’s planned fiber optic network to Baltimore.  Dave will map out his PR plan for luring Google to Baltimore as well as share his messaging, social media, and buzz strategies that made his message soar.  He’ll reveal how the plan is progressing, lessons he learned, why Baltimore is a good fit, and when the city will know Google’s decision.  Don’t miss this provocative presentation.

Dave Troy is one of the principal players working to bring Google’s planned fiber optic network to Baltimore. He is a leader and veteran of the Baltimore technology community, serving on numerous boards, including the Greater Baltimore Technology Council and the Chesapeake Regional Technology Council.

Dave is an entrepreneur, software developer, and community builder in Baltimore.  He is the founder of TEDxMidatlantic, a regional conference celebrating the power of ideas to transform society.  The first TEDxMidAtlantic event was held in Baltimore in November 2009 and featured over 20 speakers and 600 attendees.  He is also the founder of Baltimore Angels (an angel investment group) and Beehive Baltimore (a co-working community and workplace).

You can see Dave Troy’s Blog , and you can follow Dave Troy on Twitter

10 Days to go until our Annual PRSA-MD Chesapeake Conference – Register here

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Ways PRSA Maryland is Helping you Save!

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Unemployed, don’t fret – PRSA Maryland Chapter has not forgotten about you

Don’t let unemployment stop you from attending this year’s Annual PRSA-MD Chesapeake Conference.  On June 17 at the Towson Sheraton Hotel we are helping communications professionals like you prepare for the new decade of public relations. In response to the challenging economy PRSA-MD is pleased to offer a limited number of conference registrations at a reduced price to PRSA members who are currently unemployed. You will be able to attend a full day of workshops and seminars for only $75.  To secure your spot please send your letter of hardship via e-mail.

Another added perk for those that are unemployed, you will have the chance to network with Career Profiles Staffing Agency – who caters specifically to the professional marketing, creative, and interactive technology niche.

Smile & Save

All Conference attendees will have another one-of-a-kind opportunity in store for them – on top of the exciting programs, of course.  Any kind of savings is always a good thing, and we have a great opportunity for you to smile and save big bucks at this year’s Chesapeake Conference.

  • Is that company group picture outdated?
  • Do you need a new fabulous picture to use for your social profiles?
  • Are you in need of an appropriate business picture to submit with your excellent article for the Baltimore Business Journal or for your upcoming speaking opportunity?

If any of these apply, then you will want to take advantage of this opportunity. The PRSA-Maryland Chapter has partnered with Bob Stockfield Photography, LLC, for the 33rd Annual Chesapeake Conference. This fantastic photographer will use his creative skill set to capture you at your best while taking informal and casual business portraits for groups and individuals. These photography services are being offered at a greatly reduced price during the conference and you can save even more by scheduling your appointment in advance. Just $30 for an individual portrait!  See more here: Smile and save big bucks!

11 Days to go until our Annual PRSA-MD Chesapeake Conference – Register here

Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors

Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors