PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

2012 College of Fellows


Oct 12


Induction into the PRSA College of Fellows is the pinnacle of a professional career.

On Oct. 13, 2012, three Oregon public relations professionals joined that elite group:  Dianne Danowski Smith and Tom Unger of the Portland Metro Chapter and John Charles Mitchell, adjunct assistant professor at the University of Oregon. Oregon had the largest number of new Fellows of any state.

Held in the historic Green Room of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, the College of Fellows Induction Dinner was one of the highlights of PRSA’s 2012 International Conference.  During and following the reception, the newest PRSA Fellows shared their thoughts on their careers and what this honor means to them.

I have long believed that Public Relations is the world’s oldest profession! It is an exciting profession, a “moveable feast,” in which we as professionals get to be in on societal change and improvement, and making our world a better place. This honor is beyond my comprehension but truly exemplifies the adage, “if we love what we do, we shall do it well.”  I have made my career out of equal parts luck, grit, perseverance, annoying attributes and being-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time. I still work hard to make sure the Portland PRSA chapter is strong and vital and I’m grateful to my peers for this opportunity. – Dianne Danowski Smith, APR, Fellow PRSA

I’m inspired daily by my co-workers at Wells Fargo who work so hard to help their customers and communities succeed financially. My favorite part of the job is to communicate news to the community and our own team members about the large amount of financial and volunteer support we provide schools and nonprofit groups in Oregon and the nation. And as a former journalist, I enjoy working with reporters and daily deadlines. It never gets boring. And thank you PRSA for all the fellowship, professional development and recognition you have given me. – Tom Unger, APR, ABC, Fellow PRSA

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