by Rich Nisivoccia*
I am thrilled to have attended the 2012 Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) Hall of Fame earlier this month. It is always a pleasure to attend these events and this year’s was no exception. The ceremony – held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Monday, May 7, 2012 – was in honor of Mark A. Tarasiewicz, associate executive director, Philadelphia Bar Association.
Chris Lukach, president of PPRA, welcomed everyone to the ceremony and Aditi Roy, NBC10 news reporter/anchor emceed. A number of speakers from a variety of industries shared words of encouragement and appreciation: John E. Savoth, chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association; Kenneth Shear, executive director, Philadelphia Bar Association; Daniel Cirucci, lecturer, corporate communications, Penn State University; Bobbi Booker, lifestyle reporter for The Philadelphia Tribune; Amaris Elliott-Engel, staff reporter for the Legal Intelligencer; Valerie Knight, co-host of The Breakfast Club, 98.1 WOGL; The Honorable Annette M. Rizzo, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Betsy Leebron Tutelmann, senior vice provost for Strategic Initiatives and Communications, Temple University.
The induction ceremony also featured a performance from composer Dan Martin and special presentation from PECO followed by the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
According to his program bio, “Tarasiewicz recently marked his 17th year with the Bar Association, the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. As director of communications, he is the primary point of contact for the news media and also directs the association’s award-winning print and electronic communication vehicles, including the Philadelphia Lawyer magazine. He also served as senior communications manager for Dechert LLP, one of Philadelphia’s largest law firms. Prior to his public relations career, Tarasiewicz was managing editor of the Pennsylvania Law Journal and a reporter for The Legal Intelligencer, the oldest law journal in the United States.”
Included in the bio is a description of how he “served as president of PPRA in 2006-2007 and chair in 2007-2008, and is a recipient of the association’s Fast Track Award. He is an adjunct professor of public relations in the Temple University graduate program in Strategic Communication, and has also lectured for the Public Relations Society of America, the American Society of Association Executives, the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE), Penn State University, Villanova University, and the University of the Arts. A three-time recipient of the NABE Luminary Award, he is treasurer of the association’s Communications Section and volunteers his time to create education programs for his national legal public relations colleagues as a member of NABE’s Program Committee. He has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia region, including the Young Advocates for Mural Arts and the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia.”
Recent past inductees to the PPRA Hall of Fame include, Nina Zucker (2008), Ellen Toplin (2009), Lisa Simon (2010), and Matt Cabrey (2011).
I personally enjoy coming to these events throughout the year because it gives me the opportunity to connect with so many of my clients and professional colleagues, many of whom I’ve developed extensive business relationships with over the years. Nothing beats meeting a client face to face and connecting with them in person.
Rich Nisivoccia has been a member of the BurrellesLuce team since October 1994 and is currently a Director of Client Services. In 2004, Rich began to manage the portfolio for Philadelphia clients and is enthusiastic about attending events in the area. Rich’s main objective for blogging on Fresh Ideas is to share the positive experiences from meeting clients face-to-face, such as building and fostering relationships with clients and prospects at industry-wide events. He feels honored to be in the company of men and women in the PR field. Rich is passionate about all types of music (favorite genre is 1980’s British new wave), movies, the gym, sports, countless treks to NYC and Philadelphia. But most of all, “my family,” says Rich. “I’m nothing without them.” LinkedIn: rnisivoccia Twitter: @BurrellesLuce Facebook: BurrellesLuce