Hear what Orlando PRSA Members Say About Membership

Jennifer Bisbee, APR
Bisbee and Co.
29-year PRSA member
Former Orlando Regional Chapter president

On the benefits of membership:
“The foundation of a successful career in public relations is building relationships and lifelong professional development -- all of which can be achieved through membership in PRSA. Without question, the professional contacts and personal relationships I have made through membership in the Orlando PRSA Chapter have been the most valuable aspect. From monthly meetings to online webinars provided by national PRSA, professional development in all of its forms is the most important service the organization provides. Running a very close second would be the networking opportunities. I simply could not have established, built or maintained my independent consulting practice and virtual PR firm – now in its 20th year – without the invaluable contacts and relationships made through PRSA.”

On being an APR:
“I highly recommend members go through the accreditation process, not only for the validation of their skills and knowledge, but for the friendships made through the process. Having an ‘APR’ at the end of my name has opened innumerable discussions with clients and business acquaintances about the value of PR.”

Jackie Kelvington
Kelvington Consulting Group
20-year member

On the value of membership:
“By far, the biggest value of PRSA membership is the relationships I’ve made with other practitioners.  When I first moved to Orlando nearly 22 years ago, this is the organization I immediately became part of.  The professional and personal connections were invaluable then and still are today.  Being connected to other practitioners through the PRSA chapter has resulted in lifelong friendships, job and collaborative work opportunities, and greater community engagement.  The Orlando chapter serves its members by keeping them engaged and connected through monthly luncheons, communications, mixers and other events.”

On becoming involved with PRSA:
“If your job involves public, government, community relations or marketing, there’s not a reason you shouldn’t join the Orlando PRSA Chapter.  It’s good for you and your professional and personal growth.   Through your involvement, you not only strengthen your career and your connections and friendships, you stay in tune with what’s happening in and important to our community.”

Scott McCallum, APR
Bright House Networks
15-year PRSA member

On the value of PRSA membership:
“The most valuable part of belonging to the Orlando PRSA chapter is meeting and developing long-lasting relationships with fellow public relations and communications professionals throughout Central Florida. I can pick up the phone on any given day and ask advice, create a partnership or schedule a lunch to share the latest happenings in our field. Many of these folks have become personal and dear friends over the years. By belonging to PRSA, I personally benefit most from the credibility that comes with the affiliation with a national professional association that is the leader of my profession. My membership in PRSA provides a sense of pride that I am a public relations professional.”

On benefits to PRSA members:
“Hands down, the best benefit that our chapter provides is the monthly luncheons where we connect face-to-face and hear from leading experts on issues, trends and skills relevant to our everyday practice of effective public relations. I get information I can take back to the office and apply immediately. The program this past year on crisis management in the wake of the Joplin, Mo., tornado was the best monthly event I had attended in the 15 years I’ve been a member. ”

On joining PRSA:
“To anyone looking to get involved with PRSA Orlando, do it! You will meet professionals with a wide range of experience and backgrounds. You’ll learn new things and have the opportunity to share your personal stories with others. You’ll find out you’re not alone in your professional challenges and discoveries. Without my affiliation and involvement in PRSA Orlando, I would not have the professional confidence and success I have today.”

On being an APR:
“The PRSA Orlando chapter provides a step-by-step program for those professionals seeking Accreditation in Public Relations. This study program is free to members and has helped numerous people earn their APR designation.”

Peter Scott, APR
The North American Veterinary Community
14-year PRSA member
Former Orlando Regional Chapter president

On the value of PRSA membership:
“The people are the most important part of belonging to PRSA.  Over the years, I have met some of the greatest people in my life.  They are outstanding professional colleagues that have provided me with invaluable advice, and many have become close personal friends.  Beyond the networking and professional development, PRSA gives you an opportunity to make a contribution to the profession at a local and national level if you want to play an active role in the organization.”

On getting involved in PRSA:
“For the first five years [of national PRSA membership], I was not an active chapter member. I really wasn't sure what to expect or how I would benefit.  However, since becoming more involved, I have had the opportunity to serve in a number of roles on the board, and it has been extremely rewarding.  I have learned so much from so many people, and I hope the contribution we have all made has helped advance our profession and those in our community.  I know I am better off because of it.”