2016 FPRA Board Retreat

Upcoming Events

September 28, 2017 – World of Beer Mixer: Meet Your 2017 Board

Join us for drinks and appetizers at World of Beer , 5311 Avion Park Drive, Tampa, on Thursday, Sept. 28, and meet your 2017 board members!

You’ll get to network with other Bay-area PR pros and enter a raffle for a chance to win a $25 gift card.

The mixer is FREE for FPRA members and guests. Register now!

Recent Events

August 2017 – FPRA Annual Conference

We gathered this year for our Annual Conference at Universal Orlando!

July 2017 – Sunset Mixer with FPRA Tampa Bay & TBABJ

We celebrated the end of another great FPRA season with our friends from the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists during our Sunset Mixer at 400 Beach in downtown St. Petersburg.

May 2017 – Fake News, Bad Reviews & the Internet Troll Blues

The Internet can serve as judge, jury and executioner for practically any person’s or company’s reputation. And when it comes to online reputation management, many PR professionals are unprepared for what they’re up against. FPRA Tampa Bay hosted a lunch-‘n-learn featuring online reputation management guru John P. David, president of David PR Group and a partner with

David shared valuable tips on how to:

  • Identify personal and professional online vulnerabilities
  • Employ best practices for use of social media and digital communications
  • Avoid and mitigate online damage
  • Remove negative content from search results
  • Deal with hate blogs and negative online reviews

David has been featured in the Huffington Post, PR Daily, NPR, and He is a sought-after speaker, appearing at the popular Ragan’s conferences, and is the author of How to Protect (Or Destroy) Your Reputation Online.

May 2017 – Webinar: Soar into Social Advertising Greatness

Sparxoo’s digital experts are bring you the tools of the trade to amplify your digital marketing through social advertising with channel selection, targeting via algorithms, and ongoing optimizations. You have the questions, our experts have the answers.

April 2017 – Tampa Bay Nights: FPRA Image Awards Luncheon

Our local Image Awards luncheon featured a special presentation from Officer Ben Tobias, PIO, Gainesville Police Department. In Jan. 2016, Officer Ben Tobias achieved every social media manager’s dream – a viral video. A call came in to the dispatch center about kids playing basketball too loudly in the street. When Officer Bobby White of the Gainesville Police Department responded to the call, rather than reprimand the kids for being rowdy, he joined in their game.

Officer White’s dash cam recorded the whole interaction. The video went viral after Officer Tobias, the department’s Public Information Officer, posted it on the department’s Facebook page. The video was viewed more than 500 million times and garnered national and international media attention.

Officer Tobias spok at FPRA Tampa Bay’s annual Image Awards luncheon on April 21. He shared the successes and lessons learned during the whirlwind days after the video went viral, including the experience of a surprise visit from NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal.

March 2017 – RPIE: A Recipe for a Successful PR Campaign

Professor Jay Rayburn, Ph.D., APR, CPRC, PRSA Fellow, discussed the building blocks for a successful PR campaign: Research, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. We discussed strategies for creating your best campaign.

February 2017 – Image Awards: How to Put Together a Winning Entry

Chris Gent, APR, CPRC. hosted this webinar on how to put together a winning Image Awards entry. Chris has won dozens of Image Awards and state Golden Image Awards.

January 2017 – FPRA and the Digital Revolution 

Partnering with one of the fastest-growing digital agencies in Florida – Sparxoo, we explored how content has revolutionized the digital landscape. We chat about the content of yesteryear (circa 1999), content today, and wrapped up with an interactive content throw-down.