FPRA’s 81st Annual Conference "We Are FPRA: PRoactive. PRincipled. PRofessionals." is a four-day conference of unparalleled professional development and networking for public relations professionals.

Attendees will hear from world-class speakers hailing from top global corporations, powerhouse industries and national public relations and marketing firms to hone their craft and to ensure they stay relevant for today’s communications challenges.

This year’s conference will be held at the Tampa Marriott Water Street property in downtown Tampa from August 4-7, 2019. Check out the property’s amenities here!

Make the most of your time in Tampa! See what events are going on around the area during conference here!

Register for FPRA’s  81st Annual Conference here!

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Sunday, August 4

10:00am EDT

Student Field Trip
FPRA student members will get a look inside the world of PR in professional sports during their behind-the-scenes talk with Vice President of Communications Dave Haller. Following this talk, students will be treated to an afternoon of baseball fun as they watch the Tampa Bay Rays verse the Miami Marlins on the Ray’s homefield – Tropicana Stadium.

Field Trip Schedule: 10 a.m. Board Bus form Tampa Marriott Water Street Hotel; 11 a.m. Behind-the Scenes; 1:10 p.m. First Pitch; 4:30 p.m. Return to Tampa Marriott Water Street Hotel
This event is sponsored in part by Kissimmee Utility Authority and TowBoat U.S. Charlotte Harbor.

Sunday August 4, 2019 10:00am - 4:30pm EDT
Tropicana Field

11:00am EDT

FPRA 2019 Topgolf Outing
TOPGOLF: Fun for All Skill Levels
Whether you’re an aspiring golf pro or you’re picking up a club for the first time, Topgolf is everyone’s game. It’s competitive. It’s fun. Join FPRA’s first-ever Topgolf event at this year’s 81st Annual Conference. Families are welcome. This event includes three hours of play and a tasty Backyard BBQ buffet and a FPRA goodie bag. Cash bar available. Participation in this event is not included with registration. Cost to play is $67.50 per person. Download flierRegister online.

Sunday August 4, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm EDT

6:00pm EDT

President’s Welcome Reception
Welcome to Tampa! Join FPRA State President Gordon Paulus, APR, CPRC, as he kicks off the 81st Annual Conference. Enjoy an evening of food, drinks and professional engagement during FPRA’s opening networking session.

Sunday August 4, 2019 6:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
IL Terrazzo, 1st Floor
Monday, August 5

4:30pm EDT


Ready to work up a sweat? Join us for a special 30-minute Zumba class with FPRA member Alayna Curry, APR, a licensed instructor for more than 8 years. If you’ve never tried it before, Zumba is a type of dance fitness that uses music from around the world to get you moving. It’s easy to follow for people of any fitness level, as all the moves can be modified to your comfort. Come dressed in workout clothes and don’t forget your water and a sweat towel!

Monday August 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Meeting Room 1

6:00pm EDT

Sunset Cruise
Set Sail with Us!
FPRA conference attendees and their guests are invited to board the Yacht Starship for a private sunset cruise. FPRA’s private charter, with its award-winning cuisine and service, will offer guests a fabulous networking experience while cruising Tampa Bay.
Your sunset cruise experience will be a great way to unwind after a jam-packed day of professional development. Guests will board the Yacht StarShip outside the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, the host property for FPRA’s 81st Annual Conference. A fabulous buffet dinner is included as well as great music for dancing, and there will be an opportunity for whiskey and wine tasting.
Register by May 10 to take advantage of our early bird rate of $50 per person. After May 10, the rate will go up to $65 per person. All proceeds for this event will benefit the Florida Public Relations Education Foundation. This event is not included with full conference registrations and is considered an add-on.
Sunset Cruise Sponsor: Kissimmee Utility Authority

DRESS: RESORT CASUAL Worn or torn jeans, tank tops and flip-flops are prohibited.

Access from back of hotel (walking distance 2 minutes)
6 p.m. boarding time; 6:30 p.m. sailing time; 9 p.m. return

Monday August 5, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Board at Pirate Water Taxi/StarShip Yacht Dock
Tuesday, August 6

6:00pm EDT

Reception of the Presidents
Join fellow conference attendees for an elegant Champagne toast and reception with our Association’s current and former state presidents. Arrive early for pictures. Chapter group photos will be taken from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Tuesday August 6, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom Foyer