Trish Kapustka, APR, CPRC
The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) presented Trish Kapustka, APR, CPRC with the Association’s highest honor, the John Dillin Professional Award, on August 11, at the Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando. In addition to owning her own consulting firm, TLK Communications, Kapustka also is the owner of three Edible Arrangements stores in North Jacksonville, Gainesville and Ocala. The prestigious Dillin Award honors the spirit and dedication of FPRA’s first president and founder, Lt. Col. John Dillin, and his lifetime of service to the Association and the field of public relations in Florida. Kapustka is the 28th professional – and only the third from Jacksonville – to receive the Dillin Award.
“Trish’s long-standing dedication to FPRA and her commitment to elevating the field of public relations in Florida is truly reflective of the mission and goals of the Association, and the vision that John Dillin had when he founded this organization 77 years ago,” said FPRA state president Rachel Smith, APR, CPRC. “We could not be more proud of Trish or more pleased to present this, our highest honor, to such a deserving colleague, mentor and friend.”
Kapustka has been an active member of FPRA since 1992 and has held numerous local and statewide leadership positions including serving as Jacksonville chapter president in 1998 and FPRA state association president in 2002. She received the Bob Meyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jacksonville chapter in 2003, and was named statewide Member of the Year in 2013.
“Trish’s dedication and tenacity are just two of the many outstanding attributes that she shares with all of us who are committed to growing and strengthening our chapter,” says FPRA Jacksonville chapter president Rosemary Tutt, APR, CPRC. “She also possesses true business savvy and couples it with a spirit and energy that is infectious. The FPRA Jacksonville chapter joins together in congratulating Trish on being the recipient of this very well- deserved and prestigious award.”
Kapustka is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and has earned the Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) designation. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration majoring in marketing, and moved to Jacksonville in 1987 for her first job at a public relations firm. Her 28-year career has included work in advertising and PR agencies, corporate communications and as director of the Children’s Miracle Network.
Kapustka is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of the Children’s Home Society Buckner Division, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce North Council and the UNF Department of Communication Advisory Board. She is a member of the JIA Management Council, and is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, class of 2007.
Congratulations to Trish! We are so proud to call you a member and a driving force of our chapter.