FPRA History

FPRA, the oldest public relations organization in the United States, was founded in 1938 by Lt. Col. John W. Dillin, the publicity director for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. With a history of over 75 years, FPRA has developed a rich legacy that we’re proud of today.

Charter History

The Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter is rich in history. Nowhere is this more evident than in two public relations professionals’ associated with the Chapter. Its namesake, the late Dick Pope, Sr., was the founder of Cypress Gardens and arguably did as much for Florida tourism as anyone.