The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Jacksonville Chapter announces that Jerri Franz, APR has earned the designation of certified public relations counselor (CPRC). Franz joins a select group of 94 public relations practitioners across Florida and only six in Jacksonville to achieve the CPRC designation, demonstrating the highest level of professionalism and advanced consulting skills in the practice of public relations.

“We celebrate the achievement of Jerri and all of our local chapter members who earn the CPRC designation,” said Jacksonville Chapter President-elect Rosemary Tutt, APR, CPRC. “The credibility and commitment of public relations professionals, in our city and across the industry, is enhanced by those individuals who attain these credentials and adhere to the ethical codes and standardized level of knowledge that it represents.”

Franz is director of strategic communications at Nemours Children’s Health System, headquartered in Jacksonville and operating two hospitals, and more than 50 primary, specialty and urgent care practices in six states. She is a member of the Jacksonville Chapter of FPRA and the Northeast Florida Chapter of PRSA. Franz earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Her career spans more than 30 years representing public utilities, banking and financial services, nonprofits, healthcare and public service in Jacksonville, Tampa and Tallahassee.
The CPRC credential is the second tier designation administered by the Florida Public Relations Association. The certification process was developed to recognize professional growth and achievement of senior members who have already earned the accredited in public relations (APR) designation and have at least 10 years of experience in public relations. CPRC is a two-step process that includes peer review of a public relations campaign or situation and a companion 16-question essay exam, the results of which are also evaluated by CPRCs across the state.

CPRC credentials are lifetime appointments and designees can become members of FPRA’s statewide Counselors’ Network organization of senior public relations consultants and practitioners.

Congratulations Jerri!



Join us in celebrating the success of our recent public relations graduates and rising young professionals at the Meet the Future of PR networking session on Tuesday, May 19 at the Town Center’s BlackFinn Ameripub.

So, what’s in it for you?

Veteran PR Pros
This is a great opportunity for you to share experiences and offer career advice in an informal setting to young professionals just beginning their journey. You may even find a new entry-level employee or intern.

Up and Coming PR Professionals
Bring business cards, your resume and the willingness to meet some new contacts who may help shape your career. Looking for a job? Or an internship? Or just some good advice from those who’ve made it? This is your chance.

FPRA Jacksonville will also share plans surrounding the launch of our Young Professionals section that will be crafted by and for millennials to address their specific style and interests.

Experience the excitement … preserve the legacy!

Your ticket includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket (beer, wine or soda) per person.

To register, click here.

Students: Free

FPRA Members: 15

Non-Members: $25

Registration after May 18 $30 for everyone



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