Sarasota, FL, August 6, 2014— Lynn Hobeck Bates and Mischa Kirby of the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) recently earned professional accreditation in public relations, and received the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR). Bates and Kirby now join the more than 5,000 professionals nationally that represent an elite group of highly skilled public relations professionals committed to practicing with exemplary ethical standards.
Kirby is the Communications and Marketing Director for the SKY Family YMCA overseeing southwest Florida’s YMCA community relations and promotions in portions of Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties. Bates is the Public Relations Manager for Visit Sarasota County.
The accreditation examination is administered by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), which is an alliance of eight national and statewide professional associations dedicated to furthering the field of public relations and the development of public relations professionals. FPRA is a member of the UAB.
Lt. Col. John Dillin, APR, CPRC, established FPRA in 1938 for the purpose of helping public relations practitioners do their jobs better. As the oldest public relations organization in the country, FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. FPRA is comprised of 15 professional and 7 student chapters throughout the state, providing professional development, networking and professional recognition opportunities.
For additional information about the Central West Coast Chapter of FPRA, please visit www.cwcfpra.com.