|August 19, 2010|
|Page Society Moving from CPRF's Offices|
|By Jack O'Dwyer|
|The Arthur W. Page Society, which has sublet space at 317 Madison Ave. from the Council of PR Firms for the past two years, has told CPRF it is moving to new offices.|
Page's lease with CPRF expired in April and it was renewed for six months. CPRF has renewed its lease on the 23rd floor for another five years.
Julia Hood, former editor-in-chief of PR Week/U.S., who was named president of Page in July, replacing executive director Tom Nicholson, currently shares an office with Kathy Cripps, president of CPRF (link, sub req'd).
Page leaders are looking at office space in midtown, Chelsea and downtown that will provide a private office for Hood and space for two other staffers.
There are currently 23 offices for rent at the newly renovated 317 Madison Ave. including 5,777 sq. ft. on the 23rd floor. Asking price is $45 per sq. ft.
Nicholson was paid $180,000 in 2008 plus $17,207 in benefits, according to the 2008 Form 990 of Page, the latest filing available. It was filed on Oct. 5, 2009.
Page had $581,688 in cash as of Dec. 31, 2008 and CPRF had $822,842 in cash on the same date. CPRF’s latest 990 filing was made May 21, 2009.
The Institute for PR was based in New York until 1989 when the board voted to split from its "partner" corporation, PR Society of America. The Institute was supposed to be independent of control by PRSA but the Society insisted that all Institute directors be APR, which the Institute claimed limited its fund-raising ability.
Instead of remaining in New York, the Institute shifted its offices to the University of Florida at Gainesville.
This website editorialized in March that the three PR groups should fund a midtown information center (link, sub req'd) open to members, non-members and reporters. IPR had $307,071 in cash as of Dec. 31, 2008. It has not yet filed its Form 990 for 2009. Last filing was June 1, 2009.
PRSA/national moved downtown in 2004.
Meetings of PRSA/New York are held at various PR firms which cuts attendance because some firms don’t like their employees taking workshops at competing PR firms.
Hood most recently was publishing director of PRW/U.S. and DM News of Haymarket.
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