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Man in the Mirror: Reuben “Big Rube” Harley

Style blogger, reporter and former marketing director for Mitchell & Ness, Reuben “Big Rube” Harley will be a panelist at our annual Men in PR event, themed “Man in the Mirror: The Role of Personal Image and Style in Media”

Reuben Harley is the author and Creative Director of StreetGazing.com.  StreetGazing.com is a street style blog dedicated to displaying personal style in the Greater Philadelphia area.  Through Reuben’s expressive and candid pictures, Reuben informs Philadelphians of the current fashion trends on a daily basis.  Before creating StreetGazing.com, Reuben was the Marketing Director for Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia & Co. It was his work with Mitchell & Ness that attracted the interests of hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs and the likes. Reuben transformed the Philadelphia based brand into an urban sought-after commodity, worn by the hottest hip-hop artists, on every popular urban television show and network and the go-to brand for fine urban apparel.

Why PBPRS chose Reuben for the Men in PR panel:

Reuben understands the importance of strategic branding, which is proven in his track record with Mitchell & Ness. Now, Reuben has a regular column in the Philadelphia Daily News; capturing style and trends in Philadelphia. Rueben has helped put Philadelphia style on the map and now captures daily trends in the Philadelphia streets; and he does it all in style.

For more information on Rueben , visit http://www.streetgazing.com/.

To see Rueben and the rest of our panelists, attend Men in PR, happening tomorrow at NBC 10! Show Studios in Philadelphia. Register here: http://meninprandcommunications.eventbrite.com/

Man in the Mirror: Curran J. Swint

Stylist, fashion blogger, event planner and entrepreneur, Curran J will be a panelist at our annual Men in PR event, themed “Man in the Mirror: The Role of Personal Image and Style in Media.”

No mere title can define Curran J.  Being a fashion stylist, event planner, vintage connoisseur, blogger, philanthropist, photographer, and fashion junkie- all wrapped into one, that’s who Curran J is.

Curran J is the creator of the clothing line and blog site Kings Rule Together (K.R.T.). From a daring young age, Curran J has embraced the fashion world, and the fashion world has embraced him.  Early on he acclimated himself to its history, its trends, and its forthcomings. In late 2010 Curran created the blog Kings Rule Together (K.R.T.) as a means to showcase his various interests and bridge the gap between the everyday man and fashion aficionado. The term “King” was strategically incorporated into the name to encourage men to have more respect for each other, by referring to themselves as something more uplifting and admirable.

In 2011, Curran J launched the Kings Rule Together clothing line, encouraging Kings and Queens alike to embrace their inner excellence and prestige. Since its launch, K.R.T. has sold over 1500 pieces throughout the world, including in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. K.R.T. has been favored by hipsters and notable celebrities alike-including actor Jaden Smith and 106 & Park host Terrance J.

Aside from K.R.T. Curran J is well-respected for his personal style and fashion ideals. Curran has received numerous accolades from various leaders within the fashion industry including Complex Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Essence Magazine, GQ Magazine, the New York Times, and The Source.  His eye for style has also landed him opportunities with both Philadelphia’s Fashion Week and the renowned Mercedes-Benz fashion week.

Whys PBPRS chose Curran to be a panelist at our Men in PR event:

Curran created a brand for himself and his clothing line through his passion for style. His presence in the style industry and online media has taken off in insurmountable ways and has grabbed international attention. The Kings Rule Together brand has become not only a reputable and sought after clothing line, but the go-to blog for men’s fashion and styling tips. Curran is a humble entrepreneur and jack of the finest trades in men’s fashion; doing it all in style.

For more information on Curran and Kings Rule Together, visit the Kings Rule Together website.

To hear Curran’s story along with our other great panelists, register to attend the Men in PR event, which takes place May 22nd at NBC 10! Show Studios.

Man in the Mirror: Sabir M. Peele

Style consultant, contributor and founder of Men’s Style Pro, Sabir M. Peele will be a panelist of our Men in PR event themed “Man in the Mirror: The Role of Personal Image and Style in Media”

Sabir M. Peele is a Philadelphian and a graduate of Central High School and Ursinus College. In 2010, Sabir was featured in Esquire Magazine’s September issue as one of the “5 Best Dressed Real Men in America.” Spurred on by his interest in men’s style and menswear, Sabir started the men’s style and fashion site, Men’s Style Pro, in November 2010 to showcase his personal style and give tips and advice to guys worldwide on how to improve their personal style. Men’s Style Pro has expanded to offer men’s style consultation services via Skype and in-person. Throughout the past two years, Sabir has done reviews and style concepts for companies like Johnston & Murphy, Bonobos, Onassis Clothing, UGG Australia and Neiman Marcus at the King of Prussia Mall via Men’s Style Pro. Along with Men’s Style Pro, Sabir has signed on to be the men’s style contributor to NBC Philadelphia’s online style weekly review, “That Girl, That Guy”, which he has been contributing to since the fall of 2011.

Why PBPRS chose Sabir to be a panelist of Men in PR:

Sabir is a men’s style expert that attracts online and traditional media with his impeccable expertise on style. Working with popular brands and establishing his own brand that developed into Men’s Style Pro, Sabir dishes the newest trends and lifestyle tips with style.

For more information on Sabir and Men’s Style Pro, visit his site here: Men’s Style Pro

To see Sabir and the other awesome panelists of our Men in PR event, register here: http://meninprandcommunications.eventbrite.com/

Man in the Mirror: Jared Michael Lowe

Editor in Chief of an international fashion and style blog, author and social media guru, Jared Michael Lowe will be one of the featured panelists at our Men in PR event themed “Man in the Mirror: The Role of Personal Image and Style in Media.”

Jared Michael Lowe is a fashion and lifestyle writer, social media strategist and the editor in chief of international fashion and style blog, www.lowefactor.com, recognized by the New York Post, Essence Magazine and Black Web 2.0. Aside from dishing on fashion and lifestyle trends, Jared has appeared on or worked for the following: Huffington Post, Centric TV (a subsidiary of BET), AOL and Uptown and Ebony Magazine. Previously, Lowe consulted on social media engagement strategies with retailers and other businesses. He currently resides in Philadelphia and is working on his first comedic e-novella, “Tales of A 20 Something Fashion Nothing,” out in Summer 2012.

For more information about Jared and the Lowe Factor, follow him on Twitter via @lowefactor

Why PBPRS chose Jared to join the Men in PR panel:

A nationally recognized fashion blogger, Jared has made his mark in the fashion world through journalism and PR. He has marketed his brand and gained national attention through by setting himself apart from the rest and creating an unparalleled presence in the fashion and lifestyle industry. An author, blogger, entrepreneur and social media strategist, Jared plays all of his roles in style.

See Jared and our four other panelists at our Men in PR event on May 22 at NBC 10! Show Studios in Philadelphia. To attend, register here: http://meninprandcommunications.eventbrite.com/

Man in the Mirror: German Cuadrado

Founder of the Men in PR organization and PR Professional, German Cuadrado will be a panelist at our Men in PR event themed “Man in the Mirror: The Role of Personal Image and Style in Media”

German Cuadrado, founder of Men in PR, transitioned into the rapidly changing world of public relations in 2010. Since then, Cuadrado served as a PR consultant at nonprofit organizations and entertainment firms such as South Jersey AIDS Alliance, United Way of Gloucester County, 5290 Media Group, LLC and FBH The Agency, producer of Philadelphia Fashion Week. In these capacities, Cuadrado authored and executed strategic public relations plans, managed media relations, and coordinated red carpet charitable events among other tasks.

Cuadrado prides himself in establishing professional and profitable relationships, as a result of his enthusiastic and strategic approach to work, leadership and innovative skills, which are key ingredients to his success.

Cuadrado is currently working towards establishing a solid presence for Men in PR and P5PR Management, LLC – a boutique public relations firm for entertainment and nonprofit brands.

Why PBPRS chose German as a Men in PR panelist:

As the founder of a Men in PR organization, having German join the panel was inevitable. As a young professional, German is taking the entertainment PR field by storm, and doing it with style. For more info on Men in PR, visit http://www.meninpr.org/

To see German at our Men in PR event, along with all of the other great panelists, register at http://meninprandcommunications.eventbrite.com/

Milestones 2012 Recap + Crisis Communications Ten Commandments

Clear Channel’s Loraine Ballard Morrill receives the first Karin A. Phillips Excellence Award

PBPRS was proud to present the first Karin A. Phillips Excellence (K.A.P.E.) Award to a hard-working and deserving woman, Loraine Ballard Morrill. Currently the News Director and Community Affairs Director for Clear Channel Radio’s six Philadelphia stations: Power 99 FM, WDAS FM, Radio 104.5 FM., My 106.1, Rumba 1480 and Q102, Morrill has contributed to community news and Philadelphia media in awe-inspiring ways. While News and Public Affairs Director at Power 99 Fm. (WUSL-FM) Morrill created numerous award- winning Community Service Campaigns, in which a series of radio messages encouraging racial harmony won the Mayor’s Award for Excellence.  Morrill has received countless local and national awards and has been recognized for making a difference in the community on numerous occasions.

The K.A.P.E. award, presented to Morrill Tuesday evening at the annual PBPRS Milestones event, is given to a community “she-ro” who ensures that individuals and organizations who make positive contributions to the city continue to have a voice and a presence in the media.

“Having Karin in our world was something special, she filled our world with something that is missing now, because she’s not here,” said Loraine as she accepted the award. “Hopefully, in some small way, I can help continue to do the work that she so much represented, that ability to try to do the good for the community that hopefully helped lift us up, empower us all and move us forward as a people.”

The late Karin A. Phillips was the community-affairs reporter for KYW Newsradio and served as the moderator for last year’s 2011 Milestones celebration. She was known for reporting uplifting stories about organizations and individuals who made positive contributions to the community.

Loraine Ballard Morrill is the model communications professional that embodies all aspects of the K.A.P.E award and the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society applauds Morrill for her countless contributions to community news and Philadelphia media.

 

CBS Philly: The Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society Names Award for Karin Phillips

 

Milestone Moment: LiRon Anderson-Bell

Director of Internal Communications/Public Affairs, Bristol-Myers Squibb

PBPRS member, LiRon Anderson-Bell is a 20-year veteran of the communications industry with expertise in crisis communications/issues management, internal communications, consumer public relations and social media immersion strategy. She is currently Director, Internal Communications/Public Affairs at Bristol-Myers Squibb, a global biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and delivering innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious disease.

Her professional background includes roles at Time Warner Cable, Comcast Cable, MTV Networks, The Terrie Williams Agency, Manning, Selvage & Lee and entertainment industry dotcom startups.

Prior to joining Bristol, Ms. Anderson-Bell was President of Anderson Bell Strategic Communications, a public relations and marketing communications agency based in Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to leading Anderson Bell Strategic Communications, Ms. Anderson-Bell has served on local boards of the Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society, the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and New Life Family Development Center, and the Community Advisory Board of MiND/Independence Media (WYBE-TV). She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Anderson-Bell holds an M.B.A. from the Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration, a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and became a Walter Kaitz Foundation Fellow in 1997.  She resides in Philadelphia with her husband and their two children.

We are excited to have LiRon moderate our info-packed panel this evening at Milestones! Her expertise in the crisis communications and PR fields will serve as an integral piece to tonight’s panelist and theme. This annual event will focus on African American women in the media and will be held at PECO from 6:30-8pm. For more info and to attend, register here.

Milestone Moment: Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Deputy Executive Director, Linda J. Miller

When it comes to communications and media, this woman is no stranger to the field.

Linda Miller has almost 30 years of experience in parking management, off street operations and communications. Her career has spanned from Meter Analyst to Manager of Community Relations, to Spokesperson for the Parking Authority, to Director of Operations/Spokesperson and presently the Deputy Executive Director. She is also the CFO of Ross Associates Inc., a strategic communications firm.

Under Miller’s guidance, the Airport Division went from private operation to self-management; improving through better management and new standard operating procedures for all employees. The implementation of self-service credit card in and out lanes, new revenue control camera systems, license plate recognition and a parking space guidance system drastically improved customer service.

Miller assisted in the transition of four Center City PPA garages from private operation to self-management. She also helped successfully implement pay-on-foot technology in these garages, which provides multiple management tools and better payment options for customers with quicker exits from our parking facilities. During this time, the Parking Locator was developed in conjunction with the private parking operators. Now all citizens and visitors of Philadelphia can go to the PPA web site and find most parking lots and garages in Center City Philadelphia. 

Miller has a proven record of telling the Parking Authority story to citizens through various media channels. Working with Hybrid Films from New York City, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has completed its final season for A& E television series “Parking Wars.”

Miller lives in East Mt. Airy with her husband Bill. She has two children and two grandchildren. She enjoys cooking and baking for her family and friends. Miller is a Marketing graduate from La Salle University.

Miller is a board member of Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation, member of Women in Transportation Organization and a member of Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, member of Coalition of 100 Black Women, and member of Delta Sigma Theta Inc.

PBPRS is excited to honor Linda Miller this upcoming Tuesday at our Milestones event! To attend this info-packed event, register here

To read more about Linda Miller, read this article from The Philadelphia Tribune, written by PBPRS Advisory Board Member and last year’s Milestones award recipient Barbara Daniel Cox: Linda Miller Brings Belief in Service to Her Work

Milestone Moment: President and CEO of AAMP Romona Riscoe Benson

PBPRS is proud to honor Romona Riscoe Benson at our upcoming annual Milestone event. President and CEO of the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Benson heightens the volume for African American culture and history in Philadelphia. Signing on as the leader of museum with a $600,000 deficit, Benson increased the museum’s visitor attendance by 19,000 people in her first full year as president and CEO and, in turn, paid off the museum’s debt. Benson then created a capital fundraising campaign, raising $4.5 million dollars and revamping the exhibits. With her optimistic spirit and innovative thinking, Benson revitalized the museum, creating the go-to place in Philadelphia for African-American history and artifacts.

PBPRS applauds Benson for her 25+ years of experience in non-profit, arts management and public sector work. She has served on several boards, including The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Arts & Business Council, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the National Park Service – President’s House Oversight Committee, The Mayor’s Commission on Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Commission, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Greater Philadelphia, the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs and the Center City District.

Benson’s hard work, persistence and creativity has earned her plenty of awards and recognition from publications such as the Philadelphia Tribune and The Philadelphia Business Journal; organizations such as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Minority Business Enterprise Council and Women Making a Difference; State Representative Cherelle Parker, WDAS-FM Radio, and the Arts & Business Council award for Business and Arts Partnership in 2010, to name a few. Nationally, she has been recognized by the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, and the Meeting Professionals International.

Thank you, Romona, for your hard work as an African-American woman in communications and the cultural arts. We look forward to honoring you at our event, Milestones: Celebrating African American Women in the Media, Tuesday, March 27 at PECO!

To register for Milestones, click here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2969765649/efblike

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