Thank goodness I dye my hair or else I might have a few extra grays on my mop top now. Planning PR Day 2005 was a thrilling experience. It was full of firsts – the first time we requested presentation proposals, the first time James Arnold, APR, Fellow PRSA presented in Houston and the first time we ever podcasted a local PRSA meeting. And my first heart attack. (Just kidding.)
PR Day 2005 was held a scant two weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit and thousands of evacuees flooded into Houston. Just about every PR pro I know was doing double duty with no lunch breaks and tons of weekend overtime. At this point, co-chair Susan Richardson and I started holding our breaths. Will anyone be able to attend?
Over 200 PR professionals attended. Take that Hurricane Katrina!
As with any group effort, PR Day 2005 would not exist if it weren’t for the spectacular committee members and college students that donated their blood, sweat, time and tears for the cause. (Although the tears were at a minimum.)
Without the cornerstone of their contributions, there would be no PR Day.
Of course, the big thank you goes to all of our generous sponsors, many of who have a long history of supporting PR Day throughout the years.
PR Day’s goal is to provide top-notch professional development. If you have any feedback at all – good or bad – please e-mail me at Melanie.Brenneman@BusinessWire.com. Your opinions and observations help us to improve every year.
Save the date: PR Day 2006 is September 20, 2006.
PR Day 2005 Co-chair
L to R: PR Day 2005 Co-chairs Susan Richardson and Melanie Brenneman with committee members Stephanie Dedeaux and Paula Smead.