The Central Chesapeake chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) will hear Annapolis resident Gary Jobson, world class sailor and President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, as the guest speaker on Wednesday, September 28. The program will be held from noon to 1:30pm at the Annapolis Yacht Club (Dock Street Temporary Clubhouse) at 12 Dock Street, downtown Annapolis. With the Annapolis Boat Show just around the corner, Jobson will reveal the marketing strategies of the maritime industry in Anne Arundel County along with his five year predictions for the local maritime industry. Jobson will discuss how the public view of sailing went through a revolutionary change with the advent of ESPN and strategies of international marketing. The program is co-sponsored by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce and includes lunch and the cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Please reserve online at www.prsachesapeake.com by Monday, September 26th. Please call the event coordinator Katie Sushko at 410-271-1498 for more information.
Local maritime businesses are the largest private sector employers in Anne Arundel County and have increased their marketing and advertising since 2008 when only 69% advertised. Now its over 95% with the largest share using internet ads. The growth of Annapolis from a sleepy town in the 1950’s to a tourist mecca today can be largely attributed to the Annapolis boat shows and the building of Rt. 50 from Washington to Annapolis. Jobson will explain the connection and outline the impact on Annapolis tourism of the planned construction of the National Sailing Hall of Fame here.
Jobson, an America’s Cup winner, is a regular contributor to What’s Up Magazine, editor-at-large for Sailing World and Cruising World magazines and has written numerous sailing books. He just returned from covering sailing at the summer Olympics for NBC. He also has produced more than 1,000 award-winning films and television programs. Jobson is a recipient of Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, US Sailing’s most prestigious award. In 2003, Jobson was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame by the Herreshoff Marine Museum. Jobson’s work includes his new film, The Magic and Mystery of Sable Island, an environmental documentary that was screened at the Annapolis Film Festival this year.
His accolades including an Award for Cable Excellence (ACE) for the 1987 America’s Cup on ESPN. In 1988, he won Emmys for his production of sailing at the Olympic Games in South Korea, and for the 2006 Volvo Ocean Race on PBS. In 2013, Jobson was presented a Telly Award for Unfurling the World: The Voyages of Irving and Electa Johnson.
Guests are welcome to park at the Annapolis Yacht Club’s Eastport parking lot located at 2 Compromise Street and take the free shuttle available or opt for street parking or City meter parking directly in front of the 12 Dock Street location.
The Central Chesapeake Chapter of the PRSA offers public relations professionals in Anne Arundel County and surrounding counties the opportunity to learn new skills and network with other area professionals. PRSA is the world’s largest professional organization for public relations practitioners with more than 21,000 public relations and communications professionals across the United States. For more information, visit the chapter website www.prsachesapeake.com, Facebook page www.facebook.com/PRSAChesapeake or Twitter page www.twitter.com/PRSAChesapeake.