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Communications Professionals are Recognized at the 2015 Local Image Awards

Communications Professionals are Recognized at the 2015 Local Image Awards

FPRA Gainesville awarded members and community practitioners for their excellence in the field

The Gainesville Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), the oldest public relations organization in the United States, awarded the industry’s most skilled communications professionals in north central Florida at the 2015 Gainesville Chapter’s Local Image Awards Competition. The ceremony took place at the historic Hippodrome Theatre with the evening theme centered around Hollywood. Throughout the night, distinguished FPRA members and public relations practitioners from across the community were also awarded for their commitment and advancement in the field.

Professionals who were recognized for the dedication and growth in the industry include:

Member of the Year: Scott Schroeder, VP Operations, Liquid Creative Studio
John Detweiler, Ed.D., APR, CPRC, Professional of the Year: Denise Feiber, APR, Public Information Director, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI) Rising Star of the Year: Alisha Kinman, Director of Development & Cinema, Hippodrome Theatre



Conducted annually, the Image Awards competition provides PR practitioners a platform to be recognized in their home markets for their outstanding public relations tools and programs. The competition is divided into four divisions including Public Relations Programs, Printed Tools of Public Relations, Audio/Visual/Online Tools of Public Relations and Student Projects in Public Relations. Within these divisions are multiple categories. Entries are judged based on their extensive research, planning, implementation, and execution of public relations campaigns. To see a complete listing of all award recipients for 2015, please see below: 2015 Image Awards Winners Division A: Public Relations Programs

Category 2: Public Service Judges’ Award: Jenn Petion and Patty Carol received this award for the Partnership for Strong Families’ 30 Days of Amazing Local Kids campaign. Category 7: Promotional/Marketing

Judges’ Award: Ginny Lawrimore, Laura Hogan, and Brandon Shuk received this award for Gator 100 Social Media.

Image Award, Judges’ Award, Grand All Image Award: Leah Craig and Holly Franklin received these awards for the University of Florida School of Music The Phantom of the Opera. Category 9: Special Events Award of Distinction: Jenn Petion, Michelle Kidney, and Patty Carroll received this award for Partnership for Strong Families’ Wish Upon a Star Toy Drive. Image Award: Brandon Shuk, Milenko Martinovich, and Mary Homick received this award for Gator 100. Category 10: Other Image Award & Judges’ Award: Allison Alsup, Marionne Gapuz, and Alisha Kinman received these awards for Cocktails & Classics at the Hipp. Division B: Printed Tools of Public Relations. Category 4: Newsletters Judges’ Award: University of Florida College of Design, Construction, and Planning received this award for Perspective: Special Edition. Division C: Audio/Visual Tools of Public Relations Category 2: Online Audience Engagement Judges’ Award: Ginny Lawrimore, Laura Hogan, and Brandon Shuk received this award for Gator 100 Social Media.

Category 8: Video – Institutional
Image Award & Judges’ Award: RTI Surgical Corporate Communications received these awards for the RTI Surgical 2014 Corporate Video. Category 11: Websites: Award of Distinction: RTI Surgical Global Communications Team received this award for RTI Surgical’s MyRTI Extranet Launch.


Attached you will find a photograph of our Image Award winners. FPRA members are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Golden Image Awards, the statewide Image Awards competition. The entry fee for FPRA members is $80 for each submission. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 15 and entries should be submitted online to To learn more about the Gainesville Chapter of FPRA, visit Get the latest chapter news at and on Twitter at @FPRA_GNV. About FPRA


Lt. Col. John Dillin, APR, CPRC, established FPRA in 1938 for the purpose of helping public relations practitioners do their jobs better. As the oldest public relations organization in the country, FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. FPRA comprises 15 professional and nine student chapters throughout the state, providing professional development, networking and professional recognition opportunities. For more additional information, visit

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