PRo Forum 2020

FPRA Volusia/Flagler is collaborating with the Florida City and County Management Association to bring you PRo Forum 2020. This morning/lunch event will leave you with tools on how to effectively manage communications with your stakeholders in 2020.

PRo Forum

Friday, March 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at the Sanborn Center, 815 South Alabama Avenue, DeLand, FL 32724

Speakers include:

Todd DeAngelis, Chief Communications Officer, Parkland, Florida
Devon Chestnut, APR, CPRC, Communications Manager, Cox Communications
Roger Pynn, APR, CPRC, Founder of Curley & Pynn
Dan Ward, APR, CPRC, President of Curley & Pynn
Dr. John Riggs, Professor of Practice in Marketing, Stetson University

Admission to the event will include a continental breakfast and catered lunch. The cost for FPRA members and non-members is $49, $15 for students.

Registration deadline is March 6.

Registration for the event is being done through FCCMA, so you will need a username and password to sign up. To create a login, please send an email to, once you have a login, registration can be completed here:

Speaker Lineup

new-john-riggsSpeaker: Dr. John Riggs – Professor of Practice in Marketing

Topic: Value Proposition of Building Trust with Stakeholders through Communication

Bio: John F. Riggs earned a BS degree in health science from the University of Florida, an M.BA degree from Kennesaw State University, and his Doctor of Business Administration (D.BA) in marketing from Kennesaw State University.

Dr. Riggs has over 20 years of professional experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Over the course of his professional career, Dr. Riggs has held numerous roles. Starting as a sales representative, he soon moved into the role of corporate trainer for medical affairs and executive management. Soon thereafter, he became the director of sales for the U.S. and Puerto Rico divisions of critical care medicine, and eventually held the position of global vice president of contracting and pricing integrity for a biotech firm.

Apart from his responsibilities as a faculty member, Dr. Riggs is a national and international speaker on evidence-based business practices in professional selling, sales management and translational research in business.

Devon ChestnutSpeaker: Devon Chestnut, APR, CPRC – Communications Manager, Cox Communications

Topic: “Innovative Communications: Using Electronic Tools to Reach your Audience”

Bio: Devon Chestnut is the communications manager for Cox Communications, a broadband communications, and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, internet, telephone, and home security and automation services. Her role includes managing Cox’s Southeast Region internal communications for an employee base of approximately 1,900, working within the states of Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana. She also plays a pivotal role in several national company projects and initiatives. In addition, she supports the region’s community outreach efforts for Cox’s Ocala market.  A native of Ocala, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2012 and Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) credential in 2016. Devon is currently president-elect for the Florida Public Relations Association.

Speaker: Roger Pynn, APR, APRC and Dan Ward, APR, CPRC – Founder and President, respectively, of Curley and Pynn

Topic: “Controlling and crafting your message”

Bio for Roger Pynn: Roger Pynn is founder, president, and CEO of Curley & Pynn. He has been involved in Florida’s communications community since the late 1960s, starting his career as a journalist with the Orlando Sentinel.  He began his public relations career in the mid-70s with an Orlando advertising agency where he helped establish The Public Relations Group … the city’s first dedicated public relations consulting practice.

After corporate public relations stints at The Coastal Corporation’s east coast arm Belcher Oil Company and Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s Power Generation Systems headquarters in Orlando, he co-founded Curley & Pynn in 1984. The firm has become one of Florida’s most award-winning agencies and, in fact, was the first agency in the state ever to win the coveted Silver Anvil Award … highest recognition of The Public Relations Society of America.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida, he has been named UCF Distinguished Alumnus and in 2008 the UCF Alumni Association recognized him in its first-ever presentation of Jefferson Awards for Volunteer Service. In 1993, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award of his Alma Mater’s College of Arts & Sciences, and in 1997, the UCF Alumni Association gave him its Distinguished Service Award.

He is a past chairman of the board of directors and now an emeritus member of the UCF Foundation.  He also chairs the Dean’s Advisory Board of the UCF College of Sciences and serves on the Board of Visitors of UCF’s Nicholson School of Communications.

Roger is accredited by both the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and in 2010 earned FPRA’s designation as a Certified Public Relations Counselor. A former president of organizations’ Central Florida chapters, he served three times as a statewide vice president of FPRA, and is past co-chair of the Ethic Judicial Panel of PRSA for Florida. In 1987 he was named Outstanding Public Relations Professional by FPRA in Orlando.

Bio for Dan Ward: Dan Ward, APR, CPRC is vice president and partner with Curley & Pynn, providing advice and counsel to a wide range of clients, and offering experience in issues management, strategic communications, publicity and community relations.

An accredited member of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) – which named him the 2013 PR Professional of the Year – and Public Relations Society of America, for which he served as president of the Orlando Regional Chapter in 2004, Dan has practiced public relations in Florida for more than 20 years. He earned FPRA’s highest designation as a Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) in 2014.

Dan has been with Curley & Pynn since 1995, and today directs the firm’s strategic communications programs and the teams that implement them, supervising programs for clients in the electric utility, higher education, economic development and travel industries.

Dan came to Curley & Pynn from the public relations division of Ypartnership (now MMGY Global), where he managed publicity programs for such clients as the SSC Radisson Diamond cruise ship, Radisson Hotels International, Disney Institute, Hotel del Coronado, the Island of Saint Maarten and Premier Cruise Lines’ Big Red Boat.

He is a proud graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in journalism in 1992. He remains actively involved with the university, serving on the board of visitors for the Nicholson School of Communication, which inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2011, and on the board of directors for the UCF Alumni Association. Dan also serves on the board of directors for the Mid-Florida Region of the American Red Cross.

Dan and his wife, Rae, have two children: Megan and Makenna.

DeAngelis.PhotoSpeaker: Todd DeAngelis – Chief Communications Officer, City of Parkland, Florida

Topic: Tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School revisited and lessons learned

Bio: Todd DeAngelis is the Chief Communications Officer for the City of Parkland (City), Florida, a community of 32,000 residents in the northwest corner of Broward County.  Mr. DeAngelis earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communications at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree at Florida State University.  

He has served as a Writer/Producer for a sports television production company in Pittsburgh, Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Hollywood, Florida Police Department, Director of Media and Public Relations for a private college, Communications Director for multiple non-profits, and Media Relations Specialist for a multi-billion dollar international corporation.  

In several decades in communications, DeAngelis has made presentations to members of law enforcement, attorneys’ councils, public relations conferences, and the public.  He has also moderated numerous higher education panel discussions featuring presidents of Florida colleges.  He has written crisis management plans and, while PIO for the Hollywood Police Department, was integrally involved in the public release of the Adam Walsh homicide investigation file.  

In his current capacity as Chief Communications Officer for the City of Parkland, DeAngelis works closely with the City’s elected officials and City Manager, advising them on matters of media and public concern, while ensuring timely, accurate, and thorough release of information to a demanding public.  He spearheaded the overhaul of the City’s website and he publishes magazines while controlling the City’s social media and mobile app. presence. As a FEMA-certified crisis manager, DeAngelis is part of the City’s “essential personnel” crisis management team.

DeAngelis is the President of the Florida Municipal Communicators Association, a former Director of the South Florida chapter of the Florida Law Enforcement PIO Association, and is a former member of the South Florida Law Enforcement Advisory Council.

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