Meeting/Event Information


March 23, 2017

Evil Among Us: Proactively Addressing the Media During an Unexpected Crisis
March 23, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Holiday Inn
1301 Belvedere Rd
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Learn how to communicators developed sensitive messaging for various audiences after the Orlando shooting

$20.00 Member

$35.00 Non-Member

$15.00 Student

Program Description:

Within hours of the terrorist attack at Pulse Nightclub, the world quickly learned the shooter worked at the St. Lucie County Courthouse. Immediately, the national spotlight turned to the Clerk's office.

Join Joseph Abreu, APR, for an honest and intimate discussion about how to maintain composure when the world’s media spotlight unexpectedly shines on your company. Attendees will also learn helpful tactics to proactively address the media as well as how to develop sensitive messaging for employees and the public.

Speaker: Joseph Abreu, APR, Communications Manager, Clerk of the Circuit Court of St. Lucie County

 Joseph Abreu, APR
Joseph Abreu, APR, is an award-winning public relations practitioner who currently serves as the Communications Manager for the Clerk of the Circuit Court of St. Lucie County. In his role, he is responsible for external, internal, strategic and crisis communications, as well as media relations and reputation/brand management. Previously, he managed communications campaigns and strategies for the Clerk & Comptroller of Palm Beach County and managed public affairs for the Tax Collector of Palm Beach County.

Prior to joining the public sector, Joseph directed communications, special events and development for Compass, one of the largest gay and lesbian community centers in the country. He began his career working for a variety of boutique PR firms before joining Edelman Public Relations Worldwide in Miami.

Joseph has been a PRSA member since 2003 and currently serves as the chair of the District Council, which oversees 110 chapters within 10 districts across the country. He previously served as the Sunshine District Chair in 2015 and Palm Beach Chapter president in 2009, the same year he earned his accreditation.

Joseph has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida where he was a proud PRSSA Alpha Chapter member. 

Future Meetings

October 26, 2017

PR for Pulse: Reflections From Orlando Communicators Who Served

October 26, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport
1301 Belvedere Rd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

On June 12, 2016, as one of the worst mass shooting in our country’s history unfolded, the City of Orlando found itself in the limelight responding to intense and relentless press inquiries.