New PRSA Officers Plan Big Year

The Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America installed new officers last month, including some of the most recognizable names in the Little Rock communications industry.

The new president, Kristen Nicholson, told Arkansas Business that the local chapter has big plans for 2018, including a full slate of speakers for monthly meetings and the second annual edition of the ARcom Awards, tentatively set for September, to recognize top achievements in public relations, business communications and advertising.

The chapter presented its new officers on Jan. 19, headed by Nicholson, the director of public relations at Mangan Holcomb Partners in Little Rock, who succeeded Sarah Kinser as president. Kinser is chief program officer at Arkansas Community foundation and will remain as a board member as immediate past president.

Other officers are President-Elect Adena White of the Conway Chamber of Commerce, Vice President Maegan Clark of Heifer International, Secretary Jason Brown of The Communications Group, Treasurer Kathryn Heller of Ghidotti Communications, Assembly Delegate Denver Peacock of The Peacock Group, and Directors at Large Heather Haywood of Mitchell Williams, Lamor Williams of the city of Little Rock, and Stella Prather of Arkansas Baptist Children's Home & Family Ministries.

In a related development, last week Natalie Ghidotti, president of Ghidotti Communications, was named to the PRSA's Counselors Academy, the group's national professional interest section that focuses on the business of agency PR. Dana Phelps Hughens of Raleigh, North Carolina, was named president of the academy, which is made up of owners or senior managers of leading independent firms in the United States and Canada.

The local PRSA chapter has announced a number of speakers for its regular meetings, which take place on the third Friday of each month at the Little Rock Club on the 30th floor of the Regions Tower. This month's guest is Jenifer Daniels, founder and managing editor of Colorstock in Charlotte, North Carolina, a company that features diversity in stock photographs.

The ARcom Awards in September will be held for a second year in conjunction with the Arkansas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators and AdClub Little Rock. In 2017, more than 20 awards were presented for local achievements in public relations, business communications and advertising.