Christine Hopkins, public relations manager with G-1 Corporation, part of Mitchell Historic Properties, successfully completed the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations, entitling her to use the APR professional designation. The accreditation is awarded by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), a consortium of nine professional communication organizations that directs this competency certification program.
 
The accreditation program aims to improve the practice of public relations by assessing competence in 60 areas of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the profession. Candidates who successfully complete the rigorous process, including presenting his/her portfolio to a peer-based Readiness Review Panel and sitting for a computer-based examination, are granted the APR. Professionals earning the APR must maintain their credentials through continuing professional development, providing leadership to the profession and serving their local communities.
 
Hopkins, an 18-year veteran in the fields of public relations and marketing, has worked with Mitchell Historic Properties since January 2008. Mitchell Historic Properties oversees Galveston properties owned by George Mitchell and the Mitchell family, including its commercial and residential properties located downtown. These properties include three hotels – Hotel Galvez & Spa and The Tremont House, both Wyndham Grand Hotels, and Harbor House Hotel & Marina as well as approximately one-fourth of the buildings in The Strand National Historic Landmark District and Pier 21 along Galveston’s historic harbor.