In Fall 2006, IABC @ UGA was officially granted affiliate chapter status from National IABC and student organization status from the University of Georgia. The UGA chapter is the second student chapter in Georgia, with the other Georgia IABC chapter at Kennesaw State University.

IABC/Atlanta professionals and Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication alumni played an integral part in establishing the new student chapter. Special thanks to IABC/Atlanta president Thad Slaton, Coca-Cola’s Chip Bush (ABJ ’89), and Grady College alums Jessica Laiti (ABJ ’06) and Daniel Earle (ABJ ’06).

Jessica Laiti
Jessica is a member of the IABC/Atlanta board and has been active since founding the UGA chapter in 2006. She works at Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services, as an internal communications specialist.

While at UGA, Jessica interned for Cox Enterprises in corporate communications, and for Ameliorate, LLC in human resources. She also volunteered her public relations skills for a number of non-profit organizations (AthFest, A Taste of Athens, CHOICES for Kids) focusing on everything from promotions to events to media relations. She continues to volunteer as a public relations consultant for 21st Century Leaders and as a teacher for Junior Achivement.

Jessica graduated cum laude from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a degree in public relations. [ e-mail ]

Daniel Earle
Dan works at Executive Strategies Inc, an Atlanta-based executive search firm, where he currently serves as a recruiting consultant. He is an active member in the IABC/Atlanta group and, along with Jessica Laiti, helped found the UGA student chapter in the spring of 2006.
He graduated cum laude with dual degrees (ABJ in advertising and a BA in Spanish) from the university. In addition, Dan spent 3.5 years working for The Red & Black newspaper where he served in a variety of positions, most notably as the assistant production manager. He was also active within the UGA Catholic Center parish community, where he often volunteered his time.  [ e-mail ]

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