National Professional Adviser

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Kelly Davis, APR

Kelly Jackson Davis, APR has more than twenty years of experience in public relations, marketing and communications management. She is the owner and principal of Davis Public Relations and Marketing, a consulting firm in Columbia, South Carolina that provides strategic public relations planning, brand development and management, crisis and issues management, community relations, and media and grassroots advocacy to clients in a variety of industries.

Davis has been recognized both for her work and her contributions to the public relations profession. She has received more than 50 awards for public relations campaigns and tactics, including the 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2012 Best in Show Awards from the South Carolina Chapter of PRSA. In 2007, SCPRSA named her the “W. Thomas Duke Distinguished Public Relations Practitioner of the Year,” just ten years after recognizing her as SCPRSA Rookie of the Year.

Davis is an actively involved member of PRSA and a Champion for PRSSA. A past member of the PRSA Board of Directors, she served as the National Board Liaison to PRSSA in 2014. She has served the South Carolina Chapter of PRSA as Chapter president, Ethics Officer, Assembly Delegate and the chair of numerous committees, and will serve a second term as Chapter president in 2017. A member of the PRSA Counselors Academy, Davis has also served as Chair of PRSA’s Independent Practitioners Alliance, Section Council Co-Chair and Secretary of the Southeast District of PRSA.

Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and a master’s degree of Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina. In 2015, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina selected her as one of its Distinguished Alumni.

Favorite Quote

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” — Philippians 4:8

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Ben Butler, APR

Ben Butler, APR, is the founder and client services director for Top Hat—a five-year-old, six-person marketing communications agency based in Pittsburgh.

In his past life he served as a public relations guy for a motorsports complex, director of inbound partnerships for an inbound marketing agency and head of communications for a software startup.

He’s been named a Top Under 40 Communicator, PRSA PR Entrepreneur of the Year, one of Spin Sucks 10 PR Professionals to Follow and is Accredited in Public Relations (APR)—a distinction held by less than 20-percent of all practitioners.

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