FPRA was founded in 1938 by Lt. Col. John W. Dillin. Since then, many past presidents have left their legacy and accomplishments with our Association. Thanks to their leadership and contributions to our Association, and our profession, FPRA is recognized as a leader in our industry.



2019
Gordon Paulus, APR, CPRC

2018
Ryan Gerds, APR, CPRC

2017
Terri L. Behling, APR, CPRC

2016
Roger Pynn, APR, CPRC

Leadership FPRA Program Developed

2015
Rachel Smith, APR, CPRC

Image Awards Program Centralized

2014
Chris M. Gent, APR, CPRC

2013
Jeff Nall, APR, CPRC

FPRA Celebrates 75th Anniversary at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, St. Petersburg

2012
Melanie Mowry Etters, APR, CPRC

2011
Jennifer Moss Wilson, APR, CPRC

2010
Sheridan Becht, APR, CPRC

2009
Lanette Hart, APR, CPRC

First African-American President of FPRA

2008
Suzanne Sparling, APR, CPRC

2007
Jessica Rye, APR, CPRC

2006
Adrienne Moore, APR, CPRC

2005
Leah Lauderdale, APR, CPRC

2004
Carole Savage, APR, CPRC

2003
John McShaffrey, APR

2002
Tricia Ridgway-Kapustka, APR, CPRC

2001
Kathleen M. Giery, APR, CPRC

2000
Rick Oppenheim, APR, CPRC

1999
Lynn Schneider, APR, CPRC

KSC Inc. Chosen as FPRA Management Team

1998
Carol Trivett, APR, CPRC

1997
Frank Polito, APR, CPRC

1996
Janet T. Dennis, APR, CPRC

1995
Virginia Troyer, APR, CPRC

1994
Jay Rayburn, II, Ph.D., APR, CPRC

FPRA Introduces Online Bulletin Board

1993
Marilyn Waters, APR, CPRC

1992
Donna Z. Davis, APR, CPRC

1991
Karen Plunkett, APR

1990
C. Del Galloway, APR, CPRC

1989
Mickey G. Nall, APR, CPRC

1988
Bob Davis, Ph.D., APR, CPRC

FPRA Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Belleview Biltmore Hotel, Bellair

1987
Cathlean Coleman, APR

Presented the first John W. Dillin Award to Founding President John Dillin.

1986
Mary A. O’Reilly, APR, CPRC

1985
Bob E. Gernert, Jr., APR, CPRC

Executive Director 1986-96

1984
Patricia Trubow, APR, CPRC

1983
Kay Bartholomew, APR, CPRC

1982
Joseph J. Curley, APR, CPRC

“Quotes” Logo Introduced

1981
Dick (Richard) Whalley

1980
Wm. V. Fenton, Jr., APR

Executive Director 1981-86

1979
J. Donald Turk, APR

1978
William D. Hunter, APR

1977
Roy C. Anderson, APR

1976
Bea Quigg

1975
Robert G. Jones

1974
A. Royce Godshall

Accreditation Program Introduced

1973
L. John Wachtel

1972
Vernon E. Bradford

1971
Doris Wilkes

First Women Elected President of FPRA

1970
James Turner

1969
Grover Jones

1968
Robert A. Dahne

First Paid Executive Director Beginning 1969

1967
James Hunter

1966
Stirling Turner

1965
Robert E. Phillips

1964
Philip E. DeBerard, Jr.

1963
Alan B. Fields, Jr.

Silver Anniversary Conference Held in Winter Haven

1962
J. S. (Jack) Peters

1961
Jack Shoemaker

1960
Cliff D. Davenport

1959
Royce R. Powell

1958
Albert R. McFadyen

1957
J. Blanford Taylor

Association Begins Program to Award Outstanding Work

1956
William S. Chambers, Jr., APR

First Chapters are Formed. Gasparilla (Tampa) is First

1955
Edward D. Whittlesey, APR

1954
Walter J. Page

1953
John W. Dillin, APR, CPRC
Founding President Serves Second Term

1952
Allen O. Skaggs, Jr.

1951
Robert Eastman

Name Changed to Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA)

1950
William Wells

1949
William Rolleston

1948
Russell Kay

1947
Frank Wright, APR

1942-1946
MacDonald Bryan

Served as caretaker during WWII as membership

1941
Ray Billings

Name changed to Florida Publicity and Public Relation Association (FPPRA)

1940
Milton Bacon

1939
Wilton Martin

1938
John W. Dillin, APR, CPRC

Florida Association of Publicity Directors (FAPD)

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