Sarasota, Fla. – Rochelle Dudley, President of OnMessage Strategic Communications, PR Coordinator at 360 Degrees PR and Co-Founder of PoliticallyPersonal.com, has been named one of Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Up & Comers for 2013”. An event recognizing the Up & Comers was held on November 20, 2013 at the TPepin Hospitality Center in Tampa.
As the only “Up & Comer” selected from Sarasota, Dudley is one of 18 in the “Under 40” Category. Out of the 400 applicants, only 43 were chosen to receive an “Up & Comer”. Through OnMessage Strategic Communications, she has raised an estimated $800,000 for local political candidates. A few of the notable political clients she has worked with include Congressman Vern Buchanan, Representatives Greg Steube, Ray Pilon and Jim Boyd.
Aside from her work in local and state politics and fundraising, Dudley founded Politicallypersonal.com along with 360 Degrees PR President Candice McElyea, a website which gives voters an inside look intocandidates and issues happening around Manatee and Sarasota County.
“I am extremely honored to have received this award. When I found out that my name was submitted for consideration, I never thought I would actually be selected,” stated Dudley. “It’s a privilege to live and work in this community, and I really enjoy what I do. I get a sense of fulfillment every day, and that’s something that others aren’t lucky enough to find. I’m thankful for this opportunity to be recognized, and extremely humbled by the award,” she said.
**A little known fact about Dudley is that the last award she received in public was for an 8th grade science fair project where she built a water purification device that turned salt water into fresh water with the help of a heat lamp.