Board Member Spotlight: Lea-Ann O'Hare Germinder
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Leader. Media Relations Guru. Philanthropist. Wonder Woman.
These are just a few words that describe Lea-Ann O’Hare Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA and President & Founder of Germinder & Associates, Inc., a New York City-based public relations firm and publisher of niche digital content including the Goodnewsforpets.com platform.
An accomplished media relations veteran, Germinder and her teams have successfully launched more than 125 campaigns introducing pet products and addressing issues in veterinary medicine. Throughout her career, she has been a longstanding supporter of PRSA. She began her relationship with PRSSA in college as the PR Director for her chapter, and has never looked back.
“PRSA is an amazing organization and I am incredibly lucky to have had them along my professional journey,” said Germinder.
Mentorship, and in particular a mentorship of PRSSA students has been at the core of Germinder’s career. It is with this thought in mind that her firm, Germinder & Associates and its affiliated website, Goodnewsforpets.com would sponsor the 2017 Big Apple Awards with a Diamond level sponsorship.
Germinder has taken a unique approach to sponsorship to support students of nine local universities—the future of our communications industry.
Coordinating with PRSA-NY’s Gary Bridgens and Veronica Mingrone with assistance from Lynn Appelbaum, APR, Fellow PRSA, the program will introduce members of each PRSSA chapter to Germinder & Associates and provide an opportunity for chapter members to not only ‘win’ the ticket but to also actively engage with the agency. To maximize the long-term ROI with students who can champion PRSA, the Big Apple Awards, and Germinder & Associates, the focus will be on selecting a current junior to represent each chapter at the gala.
Germinder & Associates will post student-generated content in a blog post or on its social accounts; offer a brief internship to the selected chapter representative, consider additional mentorship opportunities with the students and schedule a visit with each chapter in the coming year.
As chapters select their representative, the PRSSA attendees will be encouraged to post their own photos on the PRSA-NY Facebook page with hashtags referring their excitement to attend the #BigAppleAwards courtesy of @GerminderPR.
She has asked that the tickets that come with her table be given to one rising Junior level star from each PRSSA chapter. As one of the leading award shows in the industry, Germinder wants to ensure that students in the industry have the opportunity to mingle with agencies and corporations in attendance, exposing them to an incredible networking opportunity, fostering their relationships and enthusiasm for the industry. In addition, she will present The Next Big Tech Thing: Innovative Technological Approaches to Execution award at the event on June 12.
“I am thrilled that my firm is a Diamond Sponsor for the 2017 Big Apple Awards, I enjoy giving back to the organization that has given me so much, added Germinder. “This is an incredible opportunity for young professionals at the start of their careers to see what an invaluable tool PRSA can be; and one day, I hope they too will pay it forward.”
Germinder & Associates has sponsored the PRSANY chapter for a number of years and also provided tickets to students at those sponsorship levels. This is the first year of a Diamond Sponsorship level. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event on June 12, tickets are available here.