Founder: GARY E. BITNER, APR

As founder and president of one of Florida’s leading public relations firms, Gary Bitner has been a leader in the public relations industry for more than three decades. His firm, Bitner Group, is recognized for its strategic approach to public relations and its quality client roster, including the Seminole Tribe of Florida and its seven Florida casinos, including the Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., as well as the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS), Children’s Services Council of Broward County, TrustBridge Health and its hospice care providers, Hospice of Palm Beach County and Hospice-By-the-Sea of Boca Raton, Optime Consulting, Habitat for Humanity of Broward, the Ford Lauderdale Air Show, the New York Air Show at Stewart International Airport, and similar events produced by B. Lilley Productions in Ocean City, Md., and Melbourne, Fla.

Gary Bitner is a founding member of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest partnership of independent public relations firms, with more than 100 offices in major cities around the world. Working on behalf of its clients, Bitner Group frequently partners with other Worldcom firms in specific geographic regions or in specialty niches.

A graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Bitner is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and is past president of the PRSA Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter. Bitner has been awarded the national Gold Quill Award of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators.

Before founding his public relations firm, Bitner 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, Fort Lauderdale, and as an account executive for Hank Meyer Associates, Miami.

Bitner supports countless community organizations throughout Florida and is active in several business organizations, including the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Born in Chicago, Ill., Bitner moved to Florida with his family in 1959. He has traveled extensively, through Latin America, the Far East, Europe and the United States, including much of Alaska.