As head of one of Florida's most prestigious public relations firms, Gary Bitner is considered a leader in the state's public relations industry. His firm has long been recognized for its professionalism and quality client roster including organizations such as the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, Community Foundation of Broward and the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.
A graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Gary is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and is past president of the PRSA Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter. Gary has been awarded the national Gold Quill Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators. He also has been honored with the Up & Comers Award from the South Florida Business Journal and with the Outstanding Small Business Leader of the Year Award from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
Before founding the firm in 1980, Gary was supervisor of public relations for Marriott Corporation in Washington, D.C. His previous experience includes serving as a staff writer for the Sun-Sentinel and as an account executive for Hank Meyer Associates, Miami.
Gary supports countless community organizations throughout Florida. He is active in several business organizations and has been a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
Gary was born in Chicago and moved to Florida in 1959. He grew up as part of an airline family and he has traveled extensively, through Latin America, the Far East, Europe and the United States, including much of Alaska.
ByGARY E. BITNER, APR
December 16, 2020
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