Dr. Joseph V. Trahan, III, APR, Fellow PRSA, Georgia chapter

dr-joe-trahanaprfellow-prsa-arizona-headshotName: Dr. Joseph V. Trahan, III, APR, Fellow PRSA

Chapter: Georgia

Current position: CEO/PResident/International Media Relations Trainer Trahan & Associates

How long in current position:16 years

First PR job:Public Relations Intern Indiana Pacers

Where you attended college: BA-Tulane Univ.; MA-Ball State Univ.;  PD.-Univ. of Southern MIss.

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be……US Park Service Ranger

Proudest professional accomplishment: Inducted into The Southern Public Relations Federation(SPRF) Hall of Fame

What is your passion? Public Relations Training, Reading, Tulane University & The New Orleans Saints!

Why you are a PRSA member? I’m very proud of my profession.

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

McGavock Edwards, APR, North Carolina chapter

McGavock EdwardsName: McGavock Henderson Edwards, APR

Chapter: North Carolina

Current position: Director of Strategic Communications

How long in current position: 1.5 years

First PR job: Account Executive with Margee Herring & Company, Wilmington NC and handling promotions for the New Hanover County Fair.

Where you attended college: University of North Carolina at Wilmington

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be……NOTHING. I can’t imagine I’d ever find a career as rewarding or as perfect for me than what I’m doing now. The only thing better would being able to be on permanent vacation and hanging with my family full-time.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Accreditation in Public Relations & winning a Silver Anvil

What is your passion? I’m passionate about helping others develop their best selves.

Why you are a PRSA member? I’m a PRSA member because I believe in the power of community to improve the greater good, know the value of professional development and have seen, first-hand, the results of mentoring.

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

Louise Oliver, Alabama chapter

LouiseOliverName: Louise Oliver

Chapter: Alabama

Current position: President of Peritus PR, a boutique public relations and public affairs agency headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama

How long in current position: Two and a half years

First PR job: Account Coordinator with Peritus PR. Following graduate school, I was asked to join Peritus PR to help grow their Alabama footprint when our firm used to be headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

Where you attended college: The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; received both bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in public relations from The University of Alabama

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be…… I would want to use my problem solving interest and communications skills in another career path, either through literacy advocacy or hotel and restaurant management. I used to imagine that one day in retirement I move to Italy and become a local barista fluent in the language.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Serving as president of the Alabama PRSA Chapter in my mid-twenties and implementing new professional development initiatives to extend our PRSA network across the state.

What is your passion? Using my communications skillset to help small businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs and corporations achieve their goals and impact their communities.

Why you are a PRSA member? PRSA has provided me an opportunity to build relationships with some of the most bright and inspirational communications practitioners across our region. My membership also motivates me to stay knowledgeable on issues affecting our public relations industry for Peritus’ long-term growth strategy.

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

Neil Hirsch, APR, Georgia chapter

NeilName: Neil Hirsch, APR

Chapter: Georgia

Current position: Director, Corporate External Communications, The Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group

How long in current position: One year

First PR job: Account Executive at Cookerly Public Relations in Atlanta

Where you attended college: Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Georgia

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be…… Teaching

Proudest professional accomplishment: Managing internal communications when a previous employer was being acquired, helping maintain employee engagement and retention during a challenging period for the organization.

What is your passion? Love to travel the world

Why you are a PRSA member? Professional growth and relationships. Can’t imagine my career without PRSA.

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