President’s Corner | January 2018

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

~ Vince Lombardi

I’m honored and humbled to take my turn as president of the PRSA-WV Chapter for the upcoming year. Many amazing leaders have held this position, and I strive not only to fill their shoes but also to continue to move our chapter forward positively and productively.

For those who don’t know me, I’m a big fan of quotes and use them frequently – and this statement from Vince Lombardi could not be more true. My theme for 2018 is “Back to Basics.” What does this mean to me? That only by working together and strengthening the foundations of our chapter – programming, committees, membership and so on – will we succeed.

I challenge each member to make a New Year’s resolution to help us reinvigorate our chapter. Come to a meeting and get involved! To our veteran members: newer members could benefit greatly from your knowledge and experience. To our newer members: take advantage building envelope jobs of the opportunities our chapter presents to learn and network with others in your field. No matter your skill level, value can be found by joining with colleagues and advancing the future of our profession.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or comments. If you want to get involved but don’t know how, we can find a spot for you! If you have ideas and want to assist in implementation, call or email! The only way we will become a better organization is by members taking an active interest in making it better.

Happy 2018, and I can’t wait to see everyone on Jan. 23!

Chapter & Verse | January 2018

Please visit our January issue of Chapter & Verse for information on the January 23 meeting focused on the 84 Lumber Super Bowl commercial.  Additional articles address helping your career through PRSA-WV Chapter volunteerism, the chance to win a gift card in 2018, repurposing the SWOT, a listing of 2018 chapter leaders, upcoming meetings and a message from President Kyra Harris.

President’s Column | December 2017

Time is the one constant that will not stop, nor can we bring those moments back. With that thought in mind, I remember as if it were only yesterday, receiving the call to be asked to serve on the Board of Directors. The days and years have gone by quicker than I could have imagined.

Alas, this column marks my last as the President of the Public Relations Society of America’s West Virginia Chapter. I’ve learned so much, and grown professionally and personally from my experiences in PRSA-WV. Isn’t that the unique purposes of a professional organization?

The answer is yes. We are charged with enhancing the public relations professional for our members. We are charged with the continued growth of our profession by providing members with professional development and engaging our communities and businesses. As with all our endeavors I believe we have had great successes this year along with occasional learning moments.

I want to use this space to thank the PRSA-WV Officers and the Board of Directors for their dedication and support throughout the past year. Our Committee Chairs have also done a stellar job this past year.

Thank you for allowing me this fantastic and unique experience, and I look forward to doing what I can to continue to enhance the importance of public relations in West Virginia.


Chapter & Verse | December 2017

Please visit our December issue of Chapter & Verse for articles on the “Lights, Camera, Action!” event, installation of the 2018 leadership team, 2017 in review, a welcome to 2017’s new members, upcoming meetings and a message from President Brandon Totten.