Brad Belote, Tri-Cities chapter

532544_10152935072320068_1074032386_nName: Brad Belote

Chapter: Tri-Cities

Current position: Corporate Communications, Eastman (also group fitness instructor, HealthFitness and The Great Body Company)

How long in current position: Four-plus years

First PR job: This is it.

Where you attended college: University of Missouri

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be……back in a newsroom where I cut my teeth and found my passion.

Proudest professional accomplishment: I’ve done some cool things and worked with some amazing people.

What is your passion? My family is at the center of everything I do. My fitness journey has unleashed a lot of passion about the synergy of rhythm, lyric and movement.

Why you are a PRSA member? I still consider myself a novice in this field. PRSA has exposed me to some extraordinary people and ideas and expanded my network in great ways.

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

Stephen Loudermilk, Georgia chapter

steveName: Stephen Loudermilk

Chapter: Georgia

Current position: Managing Partner, PR Plus International

How long in current position: More than a year

First PR job: Leading internal and external communications for Lucent Technologies, the former systems and technology division of AT&T. I was charged with the responsible of promoting company news as well as new products, solutions and technology, including the latest enterprise telecommunications systems.

Where you attended college: Boston University, School of Communications

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be……a mega real estate agent selling houses or commercial properties for a living. It’s a natural extension of PR because to be successful you have to understand how to brand, market and communicate the value of your property well. And just like PR, it’s a business built on people and developing relationships which is something I’ve always loved.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Working on the largest telecommunications merger in history between Lucent and Alcatel. For more than a year, I led a team of professionals developing all the internal and external communications and marketing materials for the merger. What resulted was the No. 2 largest telecommunications company in history.

What is your passion? Brand building, writing, networking. I feel all three skill sets have made me successful in the PR/marketing industry at large.

Why you are a PRSA member? Because I have been able to leverage PRSA for professional development, networking and giving back to the community. As part of PRSA’s mission and charter, I serve as a leader at the national, district and local level, and also mentor and coach many young professionals getting into the PR industry.

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

Missy Burchart, APR, Alabama chapter

missyurchartName: Missy Burchart

Chapter: Alabama

Current position: Director of Communications and Development

How long in current position: 6 yrs.

First PR job: Davis/Denny Advertising and Public Relations… I actually helped launch the agency’s PR division

Where you attended college: Auburn University – WAR EAGLE!!!

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be…… in my dream world… independently wealthy with a book store in a beach town

Proudest professional accomplishment: any win for my client/organization, but it’s really cool when you get that big hit… the journalist you’ve been courting forever, a change in behavior, adoption of a product or movement, that perfect interview on a national show

What is your passion? I LOVE baseball and SEC football. I’m passionate about my family and friends. I love a good book.

Why you are a PRSA member? It’s where I belong. It’s an opportunity to connect with my peers, my mentors and a chance to be a mentor. PRSA provides a guide for those in our profession, it challenges us and prepares us to be better professionals.

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

Kevin Storr, APR, Alabama chapter

Kevin StorrName: Kevin Storr, APR

Chapter: Alabama

Current position: Director of Communications, UAB School of Health Professions

How long in current position: 3+ years (started May 2013)

First PR job: Director of Communications, i-SAFE (national non-profit that does Internet safety for children)

Where you attended college: University of Southern Mississippi

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

Proudest professional accomplishment: Earning my Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). I majored in Broadcast Journalism and worked in television news for more than a decade before moving into public relations. Going through the APR process gave me the PR education I was missing. Earning the APR credential gave me the confidence (plus credibility) I was missing.

What is your passion? Story telling. Whether writing it or reading it, there is not much better than a good story.

Why you are a PRSA member? When we moved from Boston to Birmingham, I joined PRSA to make connections. Six years later I stay in PRSA because of all the people I have met and all the new people I will continue to meet. There is not a group of people I trust more and rely on more than my PRSA Alabama colleagues.

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

Meagan McCrystle Soffera, Charlotte chapter

517Name: Meagan McCrystle Soffera

Chapter: Charlotte

Current position: Assistant Vice President, Global Communications for MetLife

How long in current position: two years

First PR job: My very first PR “job” was an internship I held in high school as a PR assistant at Legg Mason. My first real PR job was as an Account Executive at PR Agency, Racepoint Group, in San Francisco. I was the 4th person hired in their San Francisco office, focused on tech and start-up clients.

Where you attended college: Boston University

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be…… I honestly don’t know what else I would be doing as I studied PR in college and have been doing it ever since! Most likely, I’d be spending more time with my two girls and potentially even sleeping a bit more J

Proudest professional accomplishment: My most recent proudest professional accomplishment was spearheading the media relations for the groundbreaking ceremony and ribbon cutting of our new MetLife campus in Cary, North Carolina.

What is your passion? I’m passionate about creating strong relationships and following through on deliverables. I’m also passionate about my family, friends and exploring the world.

Why you are a PRSA member? I joined PRSA in Charlotte almost five years ago because I was working from home for a company based in New York, and wanted to get to know some local folks in the industry. I’ve since made some great friends and truly enjoy our monthly luncheons as they always offer an amazing speaker and a chance to catch up with peers and meet new PR professionals in the area.

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