Vickie Pleus, APR, CPRC, sole proprietor of VP Communications in DeLand, Florida, has been named 2018 Great Communicator by the Florida Public Relations Association’s Volusia/Flagler Chapter. The award will be given at the organization’s monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LPGA International, 1000 Champions Drive, Daytona Beach. Reservations are now being accepted here.
“The Great Communicator is selected based on his or her professionalism, ethics, life accomplishments in effective communications, and community service that improves the places where we live and work,” said FPRA Volusia/Flagler Jeannette Duerr, APR. “I can think of no other public relations professional in our community who represents that full package better than Vickie. She provides public relations services to dozens of businesses and non-profit organizations, while also serving her community through volunteerism and giving back to her profession as a mentor and leader on the board for FPRA Volusia/Flagler.”
The Great Communicator Award honors excellence in public relations and communications and is the highest award the local FPRA chapter can bestow on a professional. This is the only award that honors lifetime achievements in effective communications in Volusia and Flagler counties. Dave Byron, a past recipient of the Great Communicator Award, will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Since 2010, Pleus has been the president of her public-relations firm that caters to small business and nonprofit organizations. Prior to founding VP Communications, Pleus served as assistant campaign director for United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, communications coordinator at Daytona International Speedway, marketing coordinator at Halifax*Fish Community Health (now Halifax Medical Center) and, most recently, community information manager for Volusia County Government.
In her role at VP Communications, Pleus provides public-relations services that include news media relations, e-mail marketing, social media and corporate writing. She has won numerous state and local awards in public relations for her work in print advertising, online newsletters, special events, smartphone applications, videos and digital marketing.
Further, Pleus has been recognized with awards from the American Advertising Federation for sales promotion and brochure campaigns. And, she was named an Influential Woman in Business by the Daytona Beach News-Journal in 2016, and has been repeatedly voted “Best of the West” in social media and advertising by the media outlet’s readers.
Pleus earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Central Florida. She holds an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) by the Universal Accreditation Board of the Public Relations Society of American and is a Certified Public Relations Counselor through the Florida Public Relations Association – a group in which she’s been a member since 2000. She currently serves as Vice President of Programs for the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of FPRA.
As a part of the luncheon, the chapter will also host a supplies drive to support the Good Samaritan Clinic. Pleus has been the clinic’s volunteer marketing director since January.
The Good Samaritan Clinic exists to provide free medical and dental healthcare to the uninsured of West Volusia County. Good Samaritan Clinic is a non-profit 501(c)(3) faith-based medical and dental organization. The Clinic exists solely through the generosity of churches, medical facilities, service organizations, and private donors. Its staff overwhelmingly consists of unpaid volunteers. Supplies they need include paper towels, copy paper, snacks and 13-gallon garbage bags. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations to the luncheon, and those who donate will have a chance at winning an “FPRA Swag Bag” full of great items for the office.
To attend the luncheon and award presentation, RSVP here. The cost is $18 for students, $25 for FPRA members and $30 for non-members. The public is welcome.
The oldest public relations association in the U.S., the Florida Public Relations Association was founded in 1938. For more information about the awards luncheon, contact Cindi Lane, APR, at 386-214-4729.