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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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Buffy Lockette, APR

Jacksonville State University
Director of Public Relations
Grand Salons C-D
Buffy Lockette, APR, is director of public relations at Jacksonville State University in northeast Alabama.
The small public university, located between Birmingham and Atlanta, was directly hit by an EF-3
tornado in March 2018, resulting in nearly $100 million in damages. Nearly every building on campus
was impacted, hundreds of students were displaced, and the spring semester was temporarily derailed.
Buffy served as the public information officer throughout the response and recovery. For its efforts,
Buffy’s team was recognized with five awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of
Education, including the Grand Award for Communications and Marketing. Buffy holds a bachelor’s
degree in women’s studies from the University of Florida, where she served as a senior information
specialist from 2002 to 2008. She earned a master’s degree from Auburn University at Montgomery,
where she served as external communications manager from 2010 to 2014.