On Thursday September 9, 2021, five members of the Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) were selected for the Inaugural Class of the United Way Emerald Coast Emerging Leaders 40 under 40 Awards presented by Step One Automotive Group.

This recognition highlights Okaloosa and Walton counties’ top young leaders who excel in the areas of leadership, community involvement, and professional accomplishment.

The five NWFL Coast Chapters recipients are:

  • Jenni Brunson, Okaloosa Gas District, President
  • Emily Friedlander, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
  • Leslie Moland, APR, CPRC, White-Wilson Medical Center
  • Bobby Parker, Corcoran Reverie, President Elect
  • Shaye Smith, Center for Sales Strategy/Lead G2/Up Your Culture, Immediate Past President

“This professional accomplishment for these five members of the Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of FPRA speaks to the stellar level of leadership we have within our local chapter. These individuals aspire to make a positive impact not only in our association, but also within our local community,” said Jenni Brunson, President, NWFL Coast Chapter. “I am personally honored to stand with all the award recipients and am incredibly proud to recognize the Northwest Coast Chapter’s Immediate Past President, Current President, and President Elect were all selected as honorees. The future is bright for the Champagne Chapter!”

Recipients of the inaugural 40 Under 40 award honor were ultimately selected, out of nearly 150 nominations, by an anonymous review committee of the United Way Emerald Coast. Awardees were celebrated at a reception September 24th after receiving complimentary head shots and will be featured in the October issue of VIP Magazine.