Tom Eppes, APR, PRSA Fellow, senior partner and Charlotte office general manager for Eric Mower and Associates (EMA), is nominated as the 2009 Treasurer of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) by the Society’s national Nominating Committee.
An active PRSA member, Eppes was elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors in 2007, having previously served two years on the PRSA/Charlotte Chapter board, and has been Board liaison to PRSA’s Board of Ethics and Professional Standards and its committee on Advocacy. He is a College of Fellows member and past national assembly delegate, and has served on the Counselors Academy Executive Committee and as a Silver Anvil Judge.
“It’s an honor to be nominated as treasurer for America’s leading organization for public relations professionals,” said Eppes. “I’ve been involved with the PRSA for more than 20 years and have seen incredible change in the profession. I expect it to change even more rapidly in the years to come, and we must ensure that PRSA’s ethical standards continue to provide the foundation for our profession going forward.”
Eppes, a public relations and integrated marketing communications practitioner with more than 30 years’ experience, has developed programs for some of the most well-known companies, including Nucor, McDonald’s, Square D brand, Champion International, General Electric, Bojangles’ and AT&T. At EMA, he oversees award-winning campaigns and is involved in the strategic development for the agency’s Charlotte-area clients.
Fourteen other public relations leaders join Eppes as 2009 nominees. Nominees will stand for election Oct. 25 at the PRSA’s annual Assembly, which precedes the PRSA 2008 International Conference in Detroit. If elected, they will join the 2009 PRSA Board of Directors.
The Public Relations Society of America is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals, with nearly 32,000 professional and student members. PRSA is organized into 109 Chapters and 10 Districts nationwide, and 19 Professional Interest Sections and Affinity Groups, which represent business and industry, counseling firms, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations.