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  • 15 Apr 2019 1:29 PM | Denise Downing (Administrator)

    All current PPRA members are invited to nominate candidates for officer positions on PPRA's 2019-2020 Board of Directors.  All 2018-19 Officers & Committee Chairpersons are eligible for these positions, as well as PPRA members who have served as Officers or Committee Chairs in the past.  Deadline for nominations is Friday, May 3, 2019.  Please click here to download the nomination form.


  • 1 Feb 2019 4:11 PM | Denise Downing (Administrator)

    The Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) will induct Gregg Feistman, assistant chair for public relations and associate professor of practice at Temple University, into the PPRA Hall of Fame at a luncheon this May.

    The PPRA Hall of Fame recognizes public relations professionals whose accomplishments have brought honor and recognition to the profession. The Award is the Philadelphia region’s most prestigious recognition of a public relations professional for his or her superior contributions to the industry, the community, and PPRA.

    Feistman directs Temple’s PR major, has expanded the program, and mentored many students who are now leaders in the local communications field. His expertise includes reputation management, strategic communications planning, corporate sponsorship, crisis communications, media relations, and organizational communication. Feistman is also the faculty advisor for both Temple’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, (PRSSA) currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary and PRowl Public Relations, Temple’s nationally affiliated, student-run PR firm.

    He was previously vice president and director of public relations for ING DIRECT, public relations manager for Pep Boys, and assistant vice president for corporate public relations at CoreStates Financial Corp. He has also served as a strategic consultant for Rohm and Haas, The Philadelphia Human Resources Professionals Society, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

    A long-standing member of PPRA, Feistman has served on the Public Affairs Committee, the Nominations Committee, and most recently co-chaired the PPRA Mentoring Committee, where he helped restructure programming and orientations for new mentees.

    “I feel incredibly humbled to be recognized by my peers with the prestigious PPRA Hall of Fame Award,” said Feistman. “It’s truly an honor to be included among so many icons of the Public Relations industry in Philadelphia – many of whom I’ve admired throughout my career.”

    "Philadelphia Public Relations Association is proud to recognize Gregg Feistman as the 2019 Hall of Fame inductee. Over the years he has been tremendously supportive of PPRA and encourages his students at Temple University to get involved and make connections," said Nina Scimenes, Communications Manager at Spectra and President of PPRA

    With more than 35 years of business and PR experience, Feistman’s accomplishments are noteworthy. He received Temple’s Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 2014, the Klein College of Media and Communications’ Faculty Award for Service in 2012, and an Outstanding Service Award from the Department of Strategic Communication in 2011. In 2010, he received PRSA’s prestigious Anthony J. Fulginiti Award for Commitment to PR Education. He was a board member of the Philadelphia Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is a multiple recipient of the organization’s Pepperpot and Drumbeater awards.

    Previous Hall of Fame recipients are a virtual “who’s who” of Philadelphia public relations professionals. A complete list of members may be found at ppra.net/PPRA-Hall-of-Fame-Recipients.

    About the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA)

    Founded in 1945, PPRA is the premier association for public relations professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. With nearly 345 active members representing a diverse cross section of businesses and non-profit organizations—including arts and culture, film and television, education, government, healthcare, law, sports, science and technology, philanthropy, tourism and hospitality, and much more—PPRA is one of the region’s pre-eminent professional development organizations. To learn more about PPRA, visit www.ppra.net.


  • 25 Jan 2019 3:11 PM | Denise Downing (Administrator)

    The Philadelphia Flower Show is looking for volunteers for the Media Tent at the 2019 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.  Please click here to download the volunteer form.

  • 4 Jan 2019 2:15 PM | Denise Downing (Administrator)

    PPRA is now accepting advertisers for our 2019 Membership & Media Directory.  The directory includes a comprehensive list of PPRA members and a Philadelphia media directory.  Click here to download the rate sheet.

  • 11 Oct 2018 1:46 PM | Denise Downing (Administrator)

    The Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) will present the prestigious 2018 Gold Medal Award to Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at Sofitel Philadelphia, 120 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The PPRA Gold Medal Award honors individuals and organizations whose accomplishments leave a lasting impact on our community and bring national recognition to the city of Philadelphia.

    “Over the last 20 plus years, Meryl Levitz has helped transform the region’s image and turned Philadelphia into a must-visit destination,” said PPRA President Nina Scimenes. “As a leader of the region’s official tourism marketing organization, Meryl and her team have challenged perceptions and produced forward-thinking marketing initiatives to drive visitation and boost the economy.”

    At the helm of VISIT PHILADELPHIA since its inception in 1996, President and CEO Meryl Levitz has excelled in fulfilling the mission of the region’s official tourism marketing organization, convincing people that Philadelphia is a fun place to visit, building lasting and impactful partnerships and putting the region on people’s must-visit lists.

    Recognized nationally for their tourism marketing work, Levitz and her team have worked hard to entice domestic visitors—a record 43.3 million of them visited Greater Philadelphia in 2017 – to stay overnight during the week, weekend and all year long. They do this through advertising, public relations, web and social media tactics, hotel marketing and research.

    These efforts have grown the regional economy by creating jobs, boosting local businesses and generating tax revenue. In 2017, tourism generated $11.5 billion in economic impact and supported 98,300 jobs for Greater Philadelphia residents.

    The 2018 Gold Medal Award luncheon will feature Bobbi Booker as Master of Ceremonies with special remarks by Levitz's colleagues. Previous recipients of the PPRA Gold Medal Award include the Phillie Phanatic; Mural Arts Program Director Jane Golden; Mayor Michael Nutter; Chef Jose Garces; Governor Ed Rendell; Executive Vice President of Comcast David L. Cohen; University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, among others.

    To register for the 2018 Gold Medal Award luncheon honoring Meryl Levitz, visit https://ppra.net/event-3040924. Registration is $69 for PPRA members; $79 for non-members; $690 for a table of 10. This year's Gold Medal luncheon offers a tremendous opportunity to gain exposure for your business while honoring a fellow public relations professional. Sponsoring this signature PPRA event will give you visibility among 150+ of Philly's top PR, media, and business influencers at the event. Sponsorship levels range from $100-$5,000, and customized packages are available by contacting info@ppra.net.

    About the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA)

    Founded in 1945, PPRA is the premier association for public relations professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. With nearly 345 active members representing a diverse cross section of businesses and non-profit organizations—including arts and culture, film and television, education, government, healthcare, law, sports, science and technology, philanthropy, tourism and hospitality, and much more—PPRA is one of the region’s pre-eminent professional development organizations. To learn more about PPRA, visit ppra.net.

    Contact:  
    Dan McCunney
    Chair, Publicity Committee, Philadelphia Public Relations Association
    484-832-6233
    Danielmccunney@gmail.com


  • 4 Oct 2018 8:37 AM | Denise Downing (Administrator)

    The Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA), the premier organization for communications professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area, has inducted its Board of Governors for the 2018-19 program year. In addition, PPRA recognized two rising PR talents at its recent annual meeting at the Science History Institute (formerly The Chemical Heritage Foundation).

    London Faust, account executive at Bellevue Communications Group, was named the 2018 Presidential Fast Track Award Recipient. She is a graduate of Temple University. Ryan Wall, assistant account executive at Brian Communications, was named 2018 Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award recipient. Wall is a 2018 graduate of La Salle University.

    Newly-inducted members of the PPRA Board include:

    Nina Scimenes assumes the role of PPRA President. Scimenes is Communications Manager of Spectra. She is a native of Randolph, New Jersey.

    Deirdre Childress Hopkins was inducted as President-Elect, meaning she will assume the presidency for the 2019-2020 program year. Hopkins serves as Strategic Communications Manager of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Hopkins graduated from Colgate University. She is a resident of Townsend, Delaware.

    Hope Corse was named Vice President of External Affairs. Corse is the Director of External Relations at the Science History Institute. She is a native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Temple University.

    Beverly Volpe was elected Vice President of Programming. Volpe is a Partner at Snap2 Marketing/PR. She is a graduate of Penn State University.

    Jaime Martorana joins the board as Vice President of Membership. A graduate of Temple University, Martorana is a marketing and communications specialist at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site.

    Melissa Fordyce will be serving as Vice President of Communications. Fordyce is director of communications for Presby’s Inspired Life. She is a graduate of Villanova University.

    Anthony Stipa was appointed Board Treasurer. Stipa is a Marketing Communications Associate at Safeguard Scientifics. He is a Temple University graduate.

    Brianna Rooney was named Board Secretary. A graduate of Temple University, Rooney is an account executive at Maven Communications in Philadelphia, PA.

    Adam Dvorin assumes the post of Chairperson (immediate past president). Dvorin is media director at the New Jersey public relations firm Winning Strategies. A native of Moorestown, New Jersey, Dvorin is a graduate of Rowan University.

    Serving as Board Directors at Large are:

    Darrah Piliere, a senior associate at AKCG Pubic Relations Counselors in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Foster is a graduate of Rowan University and a resident of Glassboro, New Jersey.

    Sarah Maiellano, the assistant director of communications at the Philly POPS. She is a graduate of George Washington University. A native of Northeast Philadelphia, she now lives in Center City.

    London Faust, account executive at Bellevue Communications Group. Faust is a graduate of Temple University and a resident of Philadelphia.

    Serving as past presidential advisors are:

    Meredith Z. Avakian-Hardaway, is a graduate of Temple University.

    Christopher Lukach, APR, president of AKCG Pubic Relations Counselors in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Lukach is a graduate of Rowan University and a resident of Woodbury, New Jersey.

    Lisette Bralow, founder of VIN Partners, LLC, in Philadelphia, PA.

    With nearly 300 members, PPRA is the premier organization for communications professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Since 1945, PPRA has engaged with the region’s decision makers, advocated on issues impacting the profession, and celebrated the influencers and ideas that make our region great.

    About the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA)

    Founded in 1945, PPRA is the premier association for public relations professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. With nearly 300 active members representing a diverse cross section of businesses and non-profit organizations—including arts and culture, film and television, education, government, healthcare, law, sports, science and technology, philanthropy, tourism and hospitality, and much more—PPRA is one of the region’s pre-eminent professional development organizations. To learn more about PPRA, visit www.ppra.net.


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