Bridgewater, NJ, September 24, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- R&J Public Relations LLC (R&J), a leading brand-building public relations agency, announces that Ken Hunter, APR, the firm’s vice president-account services, has successfully completed the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations. The Accreditation was made by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), a consortium of nine professional communication organizations that directs this competency certification program.
The Accreditation program aims to improve the practice of public relations by assessing competence in 60 areas of knowledge, skills and abilities associated with the profession. Candidates who successfully complete the rigorous process, including presenting his/her portfolio to a Readiness Review panel of three peers and sitting for a computer-based Examination, are granted the APR.
“Earning the APR reflects a mastery of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed in our increasingly complex profession,” said Felicia Blow, APR, 2009 chair of the Universal Accreditation Board. “Practitioners who achieve the designation are demonstrating their commitment not only to our profession, but also to a strong code of ethics and to the betterment of their organizations and clients.”
Hunter, of Hillsborough, N.J., has practiced public relations and journalism for 21 years, the past three at R&J Public Relations. At R&J, he oversees public relations strategy, execution, and account staff for the firm’s wide range of clients in healthcare, consumer electronics and technology, not-for-profit and other industries.
He currently serves at the President-Elect of the Public Relations Society of America New Jersey Chapter, a public relations industry professional organization; and as Professional Advisor to the Rutgers University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Professionals earning the APR must maintain their credential through continuing professional development, providing leadership to the profession and serving their local communities.
About the Universal Accreditation Board
The UAB was established in 1998 by a coalition of public relations professional organizations that today includes the Agricultural Relations Council, Asociación de Relacionistas Profesionales de Puerto Rico, Florida Public Relations Association, Maine Public Relations Council, National School Public Relations Association, Public Relations Society of America, Religion Communicators Council, Southern Public Relations Federation and Texas Public Relations Association. Each organization contributes resources and senior-level volunteer members who represent all segments of the public relations profession. For more information about the UAB and the APR designation, visit www.praccreditation.org.
About R&J Public Relations
R&J Public Relations LLC is a leading brand-building public relations firm specializing in assisting companies that are driven to become market leaders, or who are passionate about defending their market leadership position. Based in Bridgewater, N.J., the firm has a highly successful track record in the development and implementation of communications and promotional programs for companies ranging from divisions of large, multi-national conglomerates to regional market leaders. For more information on R&J Public Relations, visit www.RandJpr.com.