TAMPA, Fla. (June 28, 2006) – Bill Carlson, president of Florida-based Tucker/Hall, Inc., was elected vice president for The Americas Region of Public Relations Organisation International, Inc. (PROI), the oldest and largest network of independent public relations firms. Carlson was elected May 6 at the PROI annual partner meeting in Berlin, Germany, and will officially begin his position on July 1, 2006.

“Our firm has benefited greatly from our involvement in the PROI global partnership,” Carlson said. “This is my chance to add my management skills as part of the international management team whose goal is to strengthen the partnership through continued growth of PROI in the U.S., Latin America, and Asia. Since PROI provides its partners a local public relations presence in cities across the U.S. and the world, the partnership’s growth will also broaden our global presence for Tucker/Hall clients.”

While serving as PROI’s vice president for the Americas Region, Bill will continue to manage Tucker/Hall and counsel the firm’s clients in brand management, community relations, and public affairs.

Carlson joined Tucker/Hall in 1994 and became the firm’s president in 2003. He has extensive experience helping clients in the U.S., Latin America, and Asia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Tampa and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also conducted MBA studies at the National University of Singapore as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.

About PROI
Founded in 1970, PROI is the world’s oldest partnership of independent public relations firms. Many PROI partners are the leading PR or public affairs firms in their country or market. PROI has 38 partners in more than 72 cities in 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. Its partners billed $170 million in fee income in 2005 and serve more than 2,000 clients around the world.

About Tucker/Hall
Since its founding in 1990, Tucker/Hall, Inc. has become one of Florida’s largest independent public relations and communications consulting firms. The firm has offices in Tampa, Orlando, and Tallahassee. Tucker/Hall specializes in public affairs, crisis management, and strategic communications.