Summer 2016 Print

President's Report

You know it’s summer in Western New York when there’s a free concert every Thursday night, a food festival every weekend and construction on every road.

 For the PR community, the Excalibur Awards is the annual sign of the season. We celebrated our 27th annual Excalibur ceremony in June, where 31 entries earned gold, silver and bronze accolades. It was an honor to celebrate with everyone and you can read a full event recap on the Excalibur Awards page.

 In programming, this month sees the return of our Sunrise Seminars series with the theme of “Public Relations across Industries.” The sessions will look at four sectors that are key to economic development in the Buffalo Niagara region: higher education, technology, health care and tourism. Be sure to join us and hear firsthand from industry experts who will offer key takeaways you can apply in any industry.

September will bring our much-anticipated Power PR Mini-Conference, which will be held on the 22nd at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center in Getzville. We’ve assembled a great lineup of breakout sessions and a keynote from Brandi Boatner, digital experience manager for IBM’s Global Technology Services.

Our diligent programming committee is also finalizing details for this year’s annual meeting, which will be held Nov. 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Buffalo. We’ll be retaining the dinner format from last year that so many of you told us you enjoyed. (See below.)

If you’ve been looking to give back to the Western New York PR community, consider volunteering for our new Mentoring Program. Managed by the PRSSA Liaison Committee, this new program offers an opportunity to connect PRSA professional members and PRSSA student members in the Buffalo area. For more details or to sign up, visit the Mentoring Program page.

Finally, join me in bidding a fond farewell to Brenda Schwamborn, who will be leaving PRSA Buffalo Niagara after nearly 20 years of service as our chapter assistant. Brenda was the smiling face that greeted you at our programs, the helpful hand that guided you through registration and technical issues, and so much more.

Save the date of Oct. 20 for our fall happy hour, where we will celebrate Brenda and all she’s done for the chapter. And watch for the job posting for the open position, and be sure to refer any candidates you know who may be good for the role.

Get out there and make the most of this beautiful summer!

Kevin Manne, APR
2016 President, PRSA Buffalo Niagara Chapter

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Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Programs

This summer and fall, dynamic programming continues to be a hallmark of PRSA Buffalo Niagara.

It's not summer without the chapter's Sunrise Seminar series. All the information can be found at

Coming up this fall is our mini-conference. Be sure to to sign up early and explore everything the conference has to offer — including our keynote speaker and all the breakout sessions.

And, mark your calendar for Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m. for the PRSA Buffalo Niagara Annual Meeting and Celebration at the Hilton Garden Inn, 10 Lafayette Square, Buffalo. This year's keynote speaker will be Matt Skallerud, president of Pink Banana Media, a New York City-based firm that helps companies increase the efficiency and performance of their online marketing efforts and reach LGBT audiences. Skallerud has worked with countless brands and clients, including NY & Co., Southwest Airlines, Wells Fargo, Travelocity, Mercedes Benz and the Oscar-nominated film Milk.

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Members on the Move

Danielle DelMonte, account manager at e3communications, has been appointed to Buffalo Arts Studio’s board of directors. 

Joe Stabb has joined the faculty at Medaille College in the division of leadership and management, where he will teach courses in leadership, organizational development and strategic management. He also is a strategic partner at Fuerst Consulting Corporation.

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