Member Spotlight: Feb. 2020

Meet Suzie Thomas, Akron Area PRSA Canton Area Co-Chair

Position/Title: Consultant, Public Relations, Marketing, Events; Rediger Taylor Group LLC

First job: Elementary school teacher, from there I got a master’s degree in communication and combined the 2 fields to host Children’s television programming at channels 25 (WVIZ) and 67 (WOAC) before taking a break to start our family.

First job in public relations: As our youngest went off to kindergarten, I went off to college as the Director of Public Relations at Malone University.

Your proudest accomplishment in PR: Has to be when I passed the APR exam on my first go-round. The multiple Addy Awards for our magazine were very gratifying as were Addys for my last two projects at Malone—a website campus tour and a video project—those were a nice way to wrap up my career there.

Favorite aspects of working in PR: I enjoy creative work and working with people. I love communicating, and we have more tools to do it now than ever before.

A recent/current PR project: Rebranding! 

Favorite media platform? Social media and video are my favorites, especially when I can combine the two.

What PRSA board goals do you have this year? Launching the Canton Divison with Whitney Prather. I’m excited to hopefully bring more people into the Akron Area chapter with this outreach.