Gary Fong, Georgia chapter

FongName: Gary Fong

Chapter: Georgia Chapter

Current position: Director of Communications, DeltaWing Technology Group

How long in current position: Two Years, Six Months

First PR job: Communications Specialist, Ford Motor Company, Southeast Public Affairs office in Downtown Atlanta (1995)

Where you attended college: Georgia State University, BA Journalism

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be…… I can’t imagine not being in public relations. But I’m sure I’d fall back on my first career – journalist. I held various positions in trade magazine  journalism from editorial assistant to editor-in-chief/co-publisher for two magazines.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Conceptualizing and leading the North American media launches for the Porsche Cayenne, the Porsche Cayman, and the Porsche Panamera. All were entirely new Porsche models, and Cayenne and Panamera were key in doubling the company’s North American and worldwide sales

What is your passion? First passion is of course my family, and I have a lot more. But the one that drives my career is the automobile industry. It started with a passion for cars. I’ve been a car junkie since my the day I rode in the back of my cousin’s Oldsmobile Cutlass W-30 442 with my brother as he took a test run at a Florida drag strip where he raced later that day. Today I still tinker on my 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 convertible.

Why you are a PRSA member? When I first transitioned from journalism to public relations, I had the great opportunity to work with a 30-plus-year Ford Motor Company public affairs veteran. She taught me this profession, and she was a PRSA member. I then joined an agency where PRSA membership was crucial for case studies, research, etc. Moving to Porsche and finding two colleagues who also were members and APR accredited confirmed the importance and value of membership PRSA membership. It convinced me that I should continue my membership and never let it lapse. There are so many valuable resources from the website to Public Relations Tactics and The Public Relations Strategist. I have many past and current issues in my office and flip through them regularly!

Each week, the PRSA Southeast District highlights one of its 2,700 members. To join PRSA, visit prsa.org.


 

John P. Anderton PhD, MPA , Georgia chapter

Anderton 2016Name: John P. Anderton PhD, MPA

Chapter: Georgia Chapter

Current position: Communications Officer, Office of Public Health Scientific Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

How long in current position: I have been in this position formally for a month, but at CDC for 25 years.

First PR job: I worked at a planetarium in Wichita, Kansas during college where I promoted science programming in astronomy, life, and space sciences. I really enjoyed that job and still think about it from time to time. Look up the North American solar eclipse (August 21, 2017) if you are interested in that kind of thing for next year. It’s going to be great!

Where you attended college: I received a Bachelor of Arts from the Wichita State University, a Masters in Public and Urban Administration from Georgia State University, and a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia.

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be……traveling through Europe looking at the cathedrals and museums and eating in little street cafes with my family.

Proudest professional accomplishment: I was part of the CDC team that moved US childhood immunization rates from 67 percent complete to over 90 percent complete during the 1990s. It was a huge achievement in public health, and I worked on the team that developed and deployed the marketing materials around this initiative.

What is your passion? I am passionate about using theory to guide communications interventions, rather than creativity and intuition alone. It actually takes all three to encourage persons to change behaviors, but without theory, there is no way to adequately predict, describe, or evaluate success.

Why you are a PRSA member? I enjoy the networking of the conferences I have attended in the past, with persons of similar backgrounds and professional interests.

Each week, the PRSA Southeast District highlights one of its 2,700 members. To join PRSA, visit prsa.org.

Jon Lundberg, Tri-Cities chapter

LundbergName: Jon Lundberg

Chapter: Tri-Cities

Current position: President/CEO The Corporate Image

How long in current position: 23 years

First PR job: This one!

Where you attended college: University of Southern Colorado. Funny story – I almost didn’t graduate college because I missed a required course for my Mass Communication’s degree.  That course:  PR101.

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be……Managing a hotel in the Caribbean.  This is actually not sarcastic.  I truly enjoying helping people and believe I would be involved in a service industry.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Several crisis’ come to mind where we were able to dramatically assist clients in their most critical time of doing business.

What is your passion? Family – they are my reason for being.

Why you are a PRSA member? Professional standards.  PRSA sets the bar and helps make this a profession rather than an avocation.

Each week, the PRSA Southeast District highlights one of its 2,700 members. To join PRSA, visit prsa.org.

Roy L. Williams, Alabama chapter

Roy Williams June 2016 PR Director of BhamName: Roy L. Williams

Chapter: PRSA of Alabama

Current position: Public Relations Director of the Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, Ala.

How long in current position: 1 year as of Sept. 8, 2016

First PR job:  Marketing Director of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School, Birmingham, Ala. (September 2012- January 2014)

Where you attended college: Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala.

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be…… a newspaper journalist again as I did for 25 years prior to going into PR in 2012.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Able to perform my job duties as a newspaper reporter amidst widespread media scrutiny in Alabama for a year when word got out that I lost my oldest brother in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, plus wrote a journal during that period that I turned into my first book, a memoir called “911, God Help Us: A Journalist’s Tale of Faith: How Losing Brother in Sept. 11 Terrorist Attack Transformed Reporter into a Witness for God.”

What is your passion?
Helping educate readers and promote my employer through press releases I write.

Why you are a PRSA member? To gain insight from public relations experts on how to improve my ability to promote the Birmingham Public Library

Each week, the PRSA Southeast District highlights one of its 2,700 members. To join PRSA, visit prsa.org.