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Tomorrow: METRO CEO on Community Relations

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Tomorrow: METRO CEO on Customer Service, Community, Future of Light Rail

Join PRSA Houston tomorrow, Jan. 5, 2011, at its monthly luncheon to hear METRO’s president and CEO George Greanias discuss its public outreach and community relations strategies used to advance METRO's initiatives.


Greanias has led METRO since May 2010. He oversees 3,500 employees and a $1.3 billion annual budget. In his short time at the helm, Greanias has established an ambitious agenda that includes completing the build-out of Houston's light rail, improving customer service and making METRO more transparent to the public it serves.


Greanias is a renaissance man with an intriguing and diverse background. He has worked as a corporate and government regulation attorney, served as a Houston City Council member and Controller, and as a non-profit consultant and assistant professor. He is also an accomplished writer and playwright.


Register for this event.



Date:           Jan. 5, 2011

Time:           11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.     

Location:      Briar Club
Contact:      Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717.

Luncheon Sponsorships - Good Marketing Value 


Are you a company looking for exposure to more than 2,000 communications professionals? PRSA Houston has monthly luncheon sponsorship opportunities available for the January luncheon and every event in 2011.


Thanks to our Let it Glow Holiday Party sponsors:

Luncheon sponsors get the following benefits for $500:  


  • mention in promotional e-mail sent to database of 2000-plus subscribers
  • mention and text link in ePRo, the PRSA Houston newsletter sent to 2000-plus subscribers
  • text/Logo link on PRSA Houston Web site for one month
  • ability to distribute materials to all luncheon attendees
  • table in room to talk with luncheon attendees before and after the event
  • speaking opportunity at the luncheon (no more than 3 minutes)
  • one free lunch registration at the President's table; others available at $30 member rate
  • One time use of an electronically provided member list of physical addresses for all 440 PRSA Houston members.

Multi-event sponsorship agreements are also available.


Contact:       Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717.  


March 1: PRSA Houston Rep to Take Part in PR News Conference
Register and receive a $300 discount!


Join PRSA Houston’s president-elect Ed Davis at PR News’ PR Measurement Conference, March 1, 2011, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Davis, director for Media & PR at United Way of Greater Houston, will participate in a panel discussion on “Media Measurement: From Mainstream to Social Media.”


This is a great opportunity to learn the must-know trends for 2011, how to establish measurement benchmarks and ensure your PR efforts are in line with the goals of the C-suite.


PR News is offering PRSA Houston members a discounted rate of $300 off its regular $895 rate to attend!


Don’t miss this one-day event packed with practical lessons in measurement - from measuring mainstream media to social media, linking PR efforts to business objectives, measuring employee communications, reputation management and how to make the most of your dashboard. Providing solid results of PR's role has never been more critical for communicators.


Don’t delay – register today!


(Enter “SPEAKER” in the discount code box on the registration summary and payment page.)


PRSA Houston Announces 2011 Leaders


Please join PRSA Houston in congratulating these individuals for committing their time, knowledge and experience toward making our chapter an enriching, worthwhile experience for its members.


If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering and participating in a PRSA Houston committee, contact Michelle McCormick or Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717.


2011 PRSA Houston Board of Directors

Michelle McCormick, Communications Mgr., Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Ed Davis, Director, Media & PR, United Way of Greater Houston

Immediate Past President
Stephanie Dedeaux, APR     

Vice President
Lisa Dimond Vasquez, Principal, DoubleDimond Public Relations

Meagan Stangle, Account Executive, Hopkins & Associates

Don Young, APR, VP, Communications, International Facility Management Association


Tricia Bentley, Public Outreach Mgr, Harris Co. Flood Control District

Jennifer Evans, Principal, Jennifer L. Evans PR & Marketing

Leslie Friedman, Director of PR, The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

Eric Herrera, Project Manager, Frog Dog Communications

Dr. Barbara Langham, APR, CEO, Renaissance House International/ BD Langham PR

Suzanne Lammers

Trazanna Moreno, APR, Associate Superintendent, Klein I.S.D.

Mike Wysatta, Business Development Manager, Ryder Scott

2011 National Assembly Delegates

Chris Bozman, APR, Communications Mgr., Shell Deer Park, Shell Oil Co.

Julie Fix, APR, Fellow, Past PRSA President, Principal, Fix & Associates, Inc.

Kelly George, APR, Senior Community Relations Rep, Halliburton

Judi Martin, APR, President/ Principal, JM Group

Aaron Woods, APR, Regional Public Affairs Manager, DuPont


2011 Committee Chairs

Kelly George, APR, Senior Community Relations Rep, Halliburton


Suzanne Lammers

Don Young, APR, VP, Comms., International Facility Management Assoc.

Jill Sinden

Communications/ ePRo
Erin Schwartz, Program Coordinator, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Trazanna Moreno, APR, Assoc. Superintendent, Klein I.S.D.

Julie Fix, APR, Fellow PRSA, President/ Principal, Fix & Associates, Inc. PR


Tricia Bentley, Public Outreach Mgr., Harris Co. Flood Control District
Jill Sinden
Meagan Stangle, Account Executive, Hopkins & Assoc.

Suzanne Lammers, President



Melanie Kania, Communications Coord., Weatherford International
Michelle Stephenson, President, VMS Communications

Nina Rand, Unleaded Communications

Eric Herrera, Project Mgr., Frog Dog Comms.
Gretchen Weis, Principal, Weis Communications

David Casey, Marketing Communications Mgr., The Ammerman Experience


Ed Davis, Director, Media & PR, United Way of Greater Houston



Leslie Friedman, Director of PR, The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

Lori Martin, Account Director, Vollmer PR


Ed Davis, Director, Media & PR, United Way of Greater Houston

Relations & PRSSA               
Chapter Administrator    
Paula Ruth, APR, Principal, Paula Ruth & Company Public Relations


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Thursday, Jan. 27

Creating a Social Media Policy to Fit Your Organization: Develop Guidelines to Lessen the Risk


Creating a social media policy or guidelines for your organization can be a daunting task.  Many companies begin communicating in the social media landscape and then have to step back to build their policies.  So, where do you start?  Deirdre Breakenridge outlines what you need to know to develop a social media policy that fits your organization.


Tuesday, Feb. 8

Getting Ready for the APR Readiness Review: Increase Your Chances of Advancing


Distinguish yourself. Make 2011 the year you get your APR designation! Take your first step by learning how to prepare for your Readiness Review. Successful newly Accredited professionals and Readiness Review panelists offer insights and suggestions.


Participants earn 1.0 APR Accreditation Maintenance Credits for a teleseminar. For more APR Accreditation Maintenance Credits information, visit PRSA’s Accreditation page.



Great Marketing ROI for a Lousy Economy: An Integrated Approach for Senior-Level Practitioners


Capitalize on the down economy, despite limited budgets, with nimble strategies delivering powerful ROI. In this webinar, instructor David Warschawski will discuss the most cost-effective and dynamic tools on the market, from branding to social media, as well as how to orchestrate their application. Also, David will present case studies on integrated campaigns that succeeded in this business environment.

More learning opportunities.

Business Directory Offers Great Exposure


What do Newman & Newman, Inc., The Mills Agency, The Writing Workshop and Bernstein & Associates have in common? They all recently posted or renewed a Business Directory listing at


These companies know that PRSA Houston site visitors are the ones they need to reach. Business Directory listings at help increase Google search engine rankings. 

A directory listing is just $100, which gives businesses exposure to site visitors for one year. PRSA Houston's site got 11,309 visits and 40,146 page views in the most recent month. Let your business start benefitting from this traffic today.


Contact:       Paula Ruth, APR, 281-870-1717. 

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