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September 2017  

ARcom Awards

Arkansas Marketing and Communications Event

Thursday, September 14
Cocktail Reception at 6 p.m. | Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Arkansas Innovation Hub
201 E. Broadway Street | North Little Rock

Buy Tickets - ARcom Arkansas

The Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recognizes exceptional public relations programs and the skills of the state's practitioners, companies and organizations by presenting the annual Prism Awards. This year, we're teaming up with the Arkansas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators and AdClub Little Rock to host a joint awards presentation ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 14, named the ARcom Awards. 

Tickets are available now and are $50 for members of IABC, PRSA and AdClub Little Rock and $60 for non-members if purchased in advance. All tickets sold at the door will be $65.

Be sure to bring $20 cash (or check) to buy a signature drink!

ARcom Awards 2017

Thank you to our 2017 ARcom Awards sponsors: 

TABLE SPONSOR 

Sponsorships are still available. Consider sponsoring a table (a great option if you plan to bring several team members or clients), or one of our categories: Single-Element or Multi-Element. Email Prisms Chair Stella Prather, APR, at prismawards@arkprsa.org if you're interested in reviewing our sponsor packages.

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Vote on the 2018 Slate of Officers

The 2018 PRSA Board of Directors Nominating Committee is pleased to present the final officer slate for board leadership.

Please take our online poll to indicate your vote for the candidates listed below. All votes must be submitted by Thursday, October 5, to be counted. The election results will be announced at the October chapter meeting.

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Nominations Received:

President-Elect: Adena J. White, APR
Adena J. White, APR, is director of communications at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and journalism (public relations emphasis) from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. She later completed a master’s degree in applied communication studies from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Adena currently serves as vice president of Arkansas PRSA. Her previous chapter involvement has included two years as treasurer, a three-year term as director-at-large for membership and chairwoman of the communications committee for one year.

Vice President: Meagan Clark
Maegan Clark is the social media manager at Heifer International. In that position, she creates and implements the organization’s global social media strategy, content, analytics and engagement. Her position at global development organization provides with the opportunity to use her skills in digital engagement to improve the lives of those in need around the globe. Prior to Heifer International, Maegan worked in the public sector in marketing, public relations and social media. Maegan has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Arkansas State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Treasurer: Kathryn Heller, APR
Kathryn Heller, APR, works for Ghidotti Communications, a full-service marketing communications firm, as account supervisor. She leads the team while managing day-to-day client relationships and creating strategic plans that address every client need. Kathryn supports the Ghidotti team in all projects and brings value to the clients through a deep understanding of key issues and industry trends. She also serves in a leadership role at Ghidotti Communications and works with the CEO on business development and agency direction.

Secretary: Jason Brown, APR
Jason Brown, APR, serves as director of public relations at The Communications Group, a full-service marketing, advertising and public relations firm. He is a member of the strategic advisory board for the College of Communications at Arkansas State University. In his spare time, Jason serves on the board of the B Street Rib Off, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2008. Jason attended both Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and guest lectures at both universities.

Director-at-Large: Heather Haywood, APR
Heather Haywood, APR, is a public relations and communications professional serving in the non-profit, government, arts and education sectors for more than 20 years. She is the director of marketing and public relations for Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C., where she leads strategic marketing and public relations initiatives to strengthen and expand the firm’s brand and visibility. Haywood served as vice president of corporate communications for Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. She served as director of communications and marketing for the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace and the Arkansas Insurance Department. Haywood completed PRSA’s Reputation Management Certificate Program in June 2017.

Assembly Delegate/APR Chairman: Denver Peacock, IABC, APR
Denver Peacock, IABC, APR, brings more than 20 years of experience as principal of The Peacock Group, the public affairs and public relations firm he founded in 2014. At the firm, he has provided communications, strategic counsel and event support for a number of companies, foundations, government entities and non-profit organizations. He previously worked for nearly 12 years at CJRW. A licensed attorney, Denver has worked with clients on the passage of critical education reform legislation in the Arkansas state legislature and other initiatives through coalition development, grassroots strategies and media outreach efforts. Prior to joining CJRW, he worked on two presidential campaigns and served a stint at The White House.

The following positions are pre-determined from year to year and not up for a vote:

Immediate Past President: Sarah Kinser, APR
Sarah Kinser, APR, is chief program officer for Arkansas Community Foundation. In this role, she oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking, affiliate system, impact investing and community partnerships. Previously, she led the Foundation’s communications department for nine years. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., and a master’s degree in professional and technical writing from UA – Little Rock. She earned the Accredited in Public Relations credential in 2012.

President: Kristen Nicholson, APR
Kristen Vandaveer Nicholson, APR, is a public relations practitioner with more than nine years of experience in the areas of media relations, news writing, social media, strategic planning and crisis communications. Currently, she is director of public relations at Mangan Holcomb Partners. In this role, she manages the agency's public relations team and provides support for a variety of clients from a myriad of backgrounds.

Director-at-Large, Prisms: Stella Prather, APR
Stella Prather, APR, has more than 25 years of experience helping organizations communicate more effectively. Since 2010, she has been a voice for the children and families of Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries, sharing their stories of hope and restoration. Prather is actively involved in advancing the public relations profession. She has been a member the Baptist Communicators Association since 1996, serving as president in 2014/15.

Director-at-Large, PRSSA: Lamor Williams
L. Lamor Williams is the communications and marketing manager for the City of Little Rock. A Pine Bluff native living in downtown Little Rock, Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Philander Smith College, where he graduated with honors in 2015. Before joining the City of Little Rock, Williams worked as a public relations account executive for Mangan Holcomb Partners and was a newspaper journalist for nearly 20 years for such publications as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Pine Bluff Commercial.

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Back-to-School Special

PRSA is all about learning throughout your career. Now that kids are heading back to school, it’s time for PR professionals to get back to professional development. That’s why the Arkansas chapter is offering a special incentive for new and returning members.

During the month of September, when you join PRSA Arkansas, you’ll receive $50 back in the form of an Amazon gift card. This offer applies to all new members and lapsed members who have been off our roster for six months or longer.

If you’re already a member, share this news with your friends and colleagues in PR.

If you’re not yet a member, now’s the time to join! Visit PRSA.org to join our national organization and Arkansas chapter. If you’ve got questions, contact our chapter’s membership director, Nikki Heck, APR, at membership@arkprsa.org.

Why join? Here are the top benefits.

PRSA Recruitment Infographic

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Volunteer Opportunities

Maximize Your Network: Join a PRSA Committee

Looking to make new connections, get more involved in PRSA and help advance our field? Sign up to participate on a PRSA committee. We can use your help with Programming, Hospitality, Prism Awards, PRSSA student/chapter outreach, Membership, Communications and APR process/programs. Email Sarah Kinser to learn more.

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Have you explored MyPRSA? MyPRSA is PRSA’s members-only, secure, private community that empowers PRSA members to create meaningful communication and share resources. In addition to this versatile community and resource library, you will have access to all of your membership account information. Be sure to take advantage of this valuable member benefit.

 

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