The Countdown has Begun for PRxNE18!

The Countdown has Begun for PRxNE18!
January 3, 2018 Kelly McFalls

Planning is continuing for the PRSA 2018 Northeast District Conference (PRxNE18) in Buffalo, to be hosted by PRSA Buffalo Niagara.

The conference, entitled “Communication Convergence: The Integrated Communicator,” is slated for Friday, June 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Four PRSA Buffalo Niagara members are chairing committees, including Dr. Deborah Silverman, APR, Fellow PRSA, conference chair and sponsorship subcommittee; Lisa Adams, APR, programming subcommittee; Kandis Fuller, APR, marketing subcommittee; and Grace Lazzara, logistics subcommittee. Volunteers from several chapters in the PRSA Northeast District as well as students from Buffalo-area PRSSA chapters are serving on the subcommittees.

Keynote speakers are being contacted for the morning and luncheon slots, and a call for proposals for the breakout sessions will go out to PRSA members later this month.

A half-day APR Express Workshop (price: $50 including lunch), to be led by Barbara Byers, APR, and Jeffrey Paterson, APR, is set for Thursday, May 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at SUNY Buffalo State. That will be followed by a networking opportunity that evening – a “Dine-Around” at several Buffalo-area restaurants.

Several sponsors have been confirmed, including M&T Bank, returning for a second year as the exclusive Platinum Level ($2,500); Univera Healthcare at the Silver Level ($1,000); and Pierce Communications, the PRSA Yankee chapter, and GoProvidence, all at the Bronze Level ($500). Sponsorships are still available at the Gold ($1,750), Silver, Bronze, and the new Friend of the Conference ($250) levels.

“I’m delighted by the progress we’ve made already, and I’m looking forward to the responses from potential keynote speakers and our call for proposals for the breakout sessions,” said Silverman.

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If you’re interested in volunteering for the event or a subcommittee or wish to be a sponsor, contact Silverman at



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