KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 26, 2010 – Rachael Gmerek, communications specialist at Kissimmee Utility Authority, today was awarded the 2010 Bob Davis Award by the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.
The annual award honors unrecognized contributions an individual FPRA member has made to the chapter. In essence, it is an “unsung hero” award intended to reward a member for his/her behind-the-scenes work and volunteer efforts that go unnoticed by chapter members and are not recognized by other awards programs.
The award was established in 2002 to honor the achievements and contributions of Bob Davis, Ph.D., ABC, APR, CPRC, a retired University of Central Florida professor who gave tirelessly to the chapter and the public relations profession for nearly three decades.
Gmerek has been a member of FPRA since 2005. She has served two years on the chapter’s board of directors and will serve as assistant treasurer in 2010-2011.
Gmerek holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising/public relations from the University of Central Florida.
Names of previous Bob Davis Award recipients can be found on the chapter’s website, http://www.fpra-orlando.org/awards.
The Florida Public Relations Association (www.fpra.org) is the oldest public relations organization in the U.S. Members represent a variety of different organizations including private and public corporations, government entities, not-for-profits, counseling firms and independent practitioners. As a statewide association, FPRA boasts more than 1,200 professional and student members which make up 15 professional and 11 student chapters.
Founded in 1901, Kissimmee Utility Authority (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County.
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Chris M. Gent