Congratulations to our PR Star

March 1, 2009

Maria Coppola

Our Public Relations Director Maria Coppola was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). As an experienced PR professional with more than 17 years in the media industry, she was also named the Media Relations Chair for the group.

Right now, Maria is busy grabbing headlines in seven counties as interest builds in Northeast Florida’s future. The client, Reality Check First Coast, will bring 300 community leaders together May 21st to brainstorm a blueprint for area growth through 2060. For more information on Reality Check, visit

She is also busy managing the media relations for Waste Management as it works with the city to resolve the issue over the future of the Trail Ridge landfill. For more information on the facts, visit

Some of her other clients include Fifth Third Bank, Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center of Jacksonville and Erica Courtney.

As for FPRA, the local chapter web site can be found at and the next big event is the 2009 FPRA Image Awards being held Friday, April 3 at MOCA Jax from 11:30 to 1 p.m. The Image Awards highlight and recognize the best public relations campaigns in the area.


Jan Hirabayashi founded BroadBased in 1996 and is the company's CEO and lead marketing strategist.