PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

PRSA Portland: August 14, 2012


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Member Profile

Member Profile
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH PRSA Volunteer Spotlight, LeAnn Gentry

LeAnn Gentry
Marketing Manager, Venture Portland

“Early in my communications career a mentor suggested I get involved with PRSA. Following her advice, I became involved with PRSA New Pro’s and have been connected with PRSA ever since! Being a part of such an amazing group of public relations professionals has been critical to my career successes – providing meaningful peer connections, rich professional development and an incredible opportunity to make a difference. I appreciate the board’s recognition and would love to share this honor with all of PRSA Portland’s dedicated volunteers!” – LeAnn GentryVOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

The sponsorship committee is looking for volunteers who want to participate in getting customer relationship management (CRM) off the ground or who would like to help on the back-end with fulfillment in 2013. This is a great way to network, since you’ll be speaking directly (not to mention building a relationship) with communications executives who may be in the position to hire you or refer you to another employer down the line. Please reply to Taraneh Fultz at to recommend an outstanding PR or communications colleague for the Member Profile spotlight!


Upcoming Events

SEMpdx Rooftop Networking Party – SOLD OUT

August 14
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The forecast for the SEMpdx Rooftop Networking Party is 86 and mostly sunny, but bring a coat to donate and support the Sunshine Division: Hear what people are talking about on Twitter at event hashtag: #roof12.Meet the Media: KPTV News Team

August 22
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $25, Local Chapter Members and Students; $40, Non-chapter Members
Portland’s FOX affiliate, otherwise known as KPTV, invites PRSA members and guests to its Beaverton-based studios for an inside look at the discovery and creation of its local news and feature segments. Join us in Studio B as we hear from influential newsroom staff including news managers, assignment editors, anchors and producers during a luncheon discussion on building tips, pitches, press releases and relationships that evoke action in the newsroom.
Location: KPTV/KPDX Studios 14975 NW Greenbrier Pkwy Beaverton,OR 97006
Register OnlineIntegrating Corporate Support and Community Energy with the Portland TimbersSeptember 16
12:15 p.m.
$50 (game included)

Join PRSA Portland Metro and the Portland Timbers on Sunday, September 16, as Ryan Brach, Senior Vice President, Business Development/Broadcasting for the Portland Timbers, shares the team’s secrets to successfully integrating corporate support with the Timbers’ powerful community energy.

After the presentation, watch the Timbers take on the Seattle Sounders in a special game, with your PRSA Portland colleagues! Tickets/wristbands will be mailed to you (please ensure you register with your up-to-date mailing address). Meet at Gate 1 with wristbands on at 12:15; a Timbers staff member will be there to meet you. (Gate 1 is along 18th, near the MAX train.)

Ryan Brach, Senior Vice President, Business Development/Broadcasting, marks his eighth season with the Portland Timbers and was named 2011 Major League Soccer Corporate Partnership executive of the year. Brach leads all corporate partnerships for the club and JELD-WEN Field and led the department to the highest sponsorship revenue ever for an expansion club in Major League Soccer history. He led the efforts in 2012 to establish the first-ever statewide television network for an MLS franchise. (Timbers matches now broadcast live in Bend, Eugene and Medford.) Prior to joining the Timbers organization, Brach was the Corporate Sales Manager for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, General Manager of the Boise Hawks in the Northwest League in 2000 and Vice President of Diamond Sports Management in 2001, overseeing sales and marketing for the Idaho Steelheads and the Bank of America Center in Boise, Idaho. A graduate of the University of San Diego, Brach is married with three young children.

Location:JELD-WEN Field, 1844 Southwest Morrison Street

Register OnlineSAVE THE DATE

Meet the Media: Oregon Public Broadcasting
September 19
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: $25, Local Chapter Members and Students; $40, Non-chapter MembersMore details to come, but please mark your calendar now and join PRSA for a meet the media lunch with OPB. We’ll hear from a panel of newsmakers at OPB and get a tour of the studio!Location: 7140 SW Macadam Ave.

Upcoming Events
News You Can Use
SPOTLIGHTS AWARDS CALL FOR ENTRIES CLOSES AUG. 17The 2012 PRSA Portland Spotlight Awards Call for Entries is available online.  Download the entry form here. All entries – including Spotlight Awards and Awards of Distinction – are due by 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, August 17, 2012. (Any entry submitted after 5 p.m. on August 10 must include late fees in addition to the entry fee.) No entries will be accepted after August 17, 2012.

Entries will be accepted on business days from now until the deadline, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at CMD: 1631 N.W. Thurman St., 4th Floor, Portland, Ore. Free short-term parking is available in front of the building entrance. Be sure to note that you are submitting an item for “Attention: Entries to PRSA.”


San Francisco, here we come! Online registration is now available for the PRSA 2012 International Conference, Oct. 13–16. Register now to take advantage of the special Aug. 24 Saver Rate and save $200 on a Package One registration.

Join us, over 150 experts and thousands of colleagues, for the world’s largest public relations gathering. The inspiration for this year’s conference theme – “The Future Starts Now” – was the “real-time” opportunities and challenges that you said were impacting your short- and long-term projects. Our program offers the most actionable best practices and networking from colleagues of all career levels, sectors, work environments and industries. To help you plan ahead, PRSA has tapped industry leaders and communications trailblazers, including Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone to discuss growth areas in the tech and communications landscape. Follow the Conference on Twitter at #PRSAICON.INFO INTERVIEWS: BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, NOT JUST FOR EXPLORING NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Executive recruiter Judy Cushman says that the informational interview is a great way for a new professional or someone new in a market to network and build relationships with others in the industry. In an article posted on the chapter website, Judith describes:

  • What an informational interview is,
  • What it is not,
  • How to set one up, and,
  • Some tips about what to do during the interview.
About the PRSA Portland Metro Chapter
The Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one of 111 PRSA chapters located across the country. The chapter serves more than 200 members from Oregon and Southwest Washington with the mission of offering public relations professionals a forum for idea sharing, professional development and networking. | Contact us: |503-221-6202
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