KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 23, 2010 – Chris Gent, a 23-year public relations veteran of Central Florida, has been named the 2010 Central Florida Public Relations Professional of the Year by the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.
The award is the chapter’s highest individual honor. It is considered to be a lifetime achievement award and is presented to a public relations practitioner whose accomplishments have made a major contribution to the profession.
Gent is vice president of corporate communications for Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida’s sixth largest municipally-owned electric utility. He serves as chief media spokesman for KUA and is responsible for internal and external corporate communications, including marketing and advertising, media and public relations, employee communications, special events and corporate philanthropy.
Gent serves as FPRA’s statewide vice president of technology, communications and public relations. He also holds the position of vice president of online communications for FPRA’s Orlando Area Chapter, a chapter he led as president in 2002-2003.
Gent earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Central Florida and is currently a graduate student at The George Washington University.
Earlier this month, Gent was inducted into UCF’s Nicholson School of Communication Hall of Fame. Inductees are alumni who have excelled in their careers and have made significant contributions to the mission of the university.
The Florida Public Relations Association is the oldest public relations organization in the United States and boasts more than 1,000 professional and student members in 15 professional and 11 student chapters.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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President, Orlando Area Chapter
Florida Public Relations Association