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Exit Blog Spring 2015 Internship

Written By: Kayla Chasney



I would like to thank Pushing the Envelope for welcoming me into the company for the past few months. I have gotten more out of this internship then I could have ever imagined. Working in an agency setting has helped me immensely with time management skills and adapting to be more flexible. This new experience has definitely taken me out of my comfort zone, but at the same time has helped me gain confidence in my professional skills. I really have enjoyed being exposed to the communications side of marketing and gaining experience with public relations.

During this internship I have been able to directly apply what I have been learning in class to assist with a variety of clients. For example, I am currently taking a social media marketing class at Florida Gulf Coast University and I have done projects for PTE that mirror exactly what we discuss. I love that I am able to learn in class and then get hands on experience at the same time. College courses can’t prepare you for the ‘real world’ like this internship has.

Pushing the Envelope has helped mold me into a business professional and prepare me for future positions. The mentoring sessions with Samantha have given me great insight and tips for applying for jobs after graduation. Overall, this opportunity has been eye opening and helped give me direction for my future.

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Our team is excited to be celebrating the 9th anniversary of Pushing the Envelope! PTE was founded on February 1, 2006 by Samantha Scott, APR and Derek Scott. To commemorate this joyous occasion, we’ve put together a quiz of 9 true / false questions about PTE. Test your knowledge of our company, and we’ll reveal the answers below!

1. PTE was originally an ad agency.

2. PTE started in Cape Coral.

3. PTE is currently employed by all women.

4. PTE has moved 3 times.

5. PTE has a public relations internship program, which has trained a number of young professionals thus far.

6. Each team member has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from a university in Florida.

7. PTE has worked with clients in 8 states across the U.S.

8. Most of PTE’s team members have or are currently holding leadership positions in organizations outside of work.

9. PTE has serviced a number of pro bono clients, but will not be accepting any more. (See below for answer and SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!)

Now… ready for some answers? Here it goes!


1. PTE was originally an ad agency.


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Pushing the Envelope began as a direct mail and printing company, then morphed into the marketing communications firm it is today. As we sought out opportunities, we evolved and adapted to best reach the goals of our clients. We take great pride in identifying the needs of our clients and creating and implementing custom marketing strategies to successfully achieve those goals.

2. PTE started in Cape Coral.


While Cape Coral is home to some of us, PTE actually began in Bonita Springs, a bit further south. For the majority of our existence, we’ve made Fort Myers our home base. Centrally located in the bustling town many northerners migrate to for their winter paradise, we love all that Fort Myers has to offer with regards to business as well as leisure!

3. PTE is currently Powered entirely by women.



(From L to R): Samantha, Diana, Lisa and Tiffany huddle around our collected non-perishable food items for our annual CAN IT! campaign.

While we have had men on our team in the past and we do work with men, our team is currently made up of all women. Did you know that PTE is actually a certified Minority Owned Business?

4. PTE has moved 3 times.




We’ve called four different office spaces our home over the past 9 years and are excited about our new home that we just moved into in November 2014. As we are growing, this office gives us plenty of room to expand and add to our team.


5. PTE has a public relations internship program, which has trained a number young professionals thus far.



Our fall 2014 interns (from L to R): Morgan Reed, Angela Navarro and Chelsea Bear.

PTE does in fact have an internship program, but we train our interns in more areas than just public relations. We also introduce them to other areas in the communication field, including: Internet marketing, social media management and branding. We’re excited to have a new crew of interns this semester too!

6. Each team member has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from a university in Florida.


While all of us are now working in the field of communication and marketing, we each acquired different degrees from separate universities.

samantha scott, apr, public relations fort myersSamantha Scott, APR (PTE President) graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with an emphasis on Advertising.






Tiffany Whitaker (Director of Business Development and Account Services) graduated from Hodges University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.




Photo by Brian TietzLisa Davanzo (Public Relations Specialist & Communication Ally) graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication.




Photos by Brian Tietz

Diana Leadley (Digital Marketing Coordinator) graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication.





IMG_0079_thumbnailVanessa Fernandez is currently pursuing two bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University and will be graduating this spring.






7. PTE has worked with clients in 8 states across the U.S.


PTE has serviced clients in not 8, but 10 states across the U.S., from local businesses in Florida to national enterprises.

Here’s the list: Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.

8. Most of PTE’s team members have or are currently holding leadership positions in organizations outside of work.


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Tiffany (middle) and Samantha (right) accept an award at the 2014 FPRA Image Awards.

While we each take pride in our roles working together at PTE, we also each have outside interests and passions in which we are involved.

Samantha is the immediate past president of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), as she recently completed her term.

Tiffany recently completed her term as the Sponsorship Chair on the FPRA Board of Directors and is currently  serving as Treasurer.


Diana is the one in green. Okay, not helpful. She’s the youngest one. Can you spot her?

Diana Leadley serves as the Young Alumni Coordinator on the Greater Fort Myers Area Michigan State University Alumni Club Board of Directors.






9. PTE has serviced a number of pro bono clients, but will not be accepting any more.

We can’t even find words to express how FALSE this is!

We love giving back to our community and enjoy working with our pro bono clients. In celebration of our 9th anniversary, we’re rolling out a new grant called “Push-It-Forward.” With this grant, we’ll be adding a new client to our pro bono projects and dedicating 10 hours (9 for our anniversary and 10 for the start of a new business year). We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications. Click HERE to apply!

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SignPushing the Envelope, Inc. will host the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, followed by a special complimentary presentation titled “PR Today: Are You in the Game?”

“PR Today: Are You in the Game?” will cover:

•  What is Public Relations in 2015?

•  Where are your opportunities?

•  Are you prepared?

Pushing the Envelope will be celebrating our nine-year anniversary in business, as well as our recent move to a new office space. The community is welcome to join in the celebration that will include light hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and networking, as well as a special presentation following the ribbon cutting. The Pushing the Envelope offices are located at 9111 West College Pointe Drive, Suite 110 in Fort Myers.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 3rd at

We hope to see you there!

- The PTE Team

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By Michaela Jones

Marketing and Communications Intern

Hello! My name is Michaela A. Jones I am a new intern here at Pushing the Envelope (PTE). I am 18 years old, making me the youngest member in our group of interns. All of them have been in college for a while and have received degrees, while I just graduated from high school. I attended Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami where I was a member of multiple clubs, including softball, volleyball, and their award-winning drum line. Originally, I hail from Newport, Rhode Island, but due to my father being an officer in the Navy, we didn’t live there for long. My family and I moved around quite a bit when I was younger, and after a couple of years of this pattern, we finally settled down in the sunny, exotic city of Miami when I was six years old. I lived there for 12 years until recently, when I was accepted into college here in Fort Myers, so I packed up my bags and made the move.

After moving from the east coast to the west coast, I started attending classes at Florida Southwestern State College (which most of you know as Edison Community College) and I’m currently working for my AA.  I am part of certain clubs including DIVE Club, which involves scuba diving and beach conservation throughout Florida – the first step in the direction of my dream career. I hope to pursue a career in the medical field, but more specifically Physical Therapy (PT).

While interning here at Pushing the Envelope, I hope gain experience of a company setting and to also get a feel for different occupational pursuits – to see what else is out there – in case I don’t want to go into the medical field. I also hope to gain knowledge on how the workforce works and what are best professional practices and etiquette.

Well, here I am on the Gulf side, and I am ready to get down and learn what I need to know to have a successful life. And I am excited to begin this intern program to start this next chapter in my life!

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By Morgan Reed

Marketing and Communications Intern


Hello! My name is Morgan Reed and I am originally from Houston, Texas. I am currently in my last semester at Florida Gulf Coast University in pursuit of my bachelor’s degree in communication with a dual concentration in communication studies and public relations. I moved to the Fort Myers area three years ago and have fallen in love with the city. From the surrounding environment in our local community, to the university, and all the businesses that have been prospering over the past few years, I could not imagine myself anywhere else and couldn’t be happier to have chosen this area as my home.

As successful individuals in the public relations industry, it is important to be curious and to look beyond what is and envision what could be. The key is to always look ahead, see where the industry is going and anticipate trends. In my everyday life I am constantly living this way – continuously searching for new opportunities and creating new ideas. I feel that with this quality I have I could be very resourceful and efficient in the public relations industry.

From this internship experience with Pushing the Envelope, Inc., I am hoping to gain as much hands on experience in the public relations sector as I can. I am always planning ahead and staying organized and feel with my critical thinking skills and action-oriented attitude, I could learn a lot over these next few months. I hope to gain transferable skills that I can apply to a wide variety of industries, since I am still indecisiveon what direction I want to go in after graduation. Learning the ins and outs, so to speak, of the public relations sphere is something I am hoping to understand better after this 10-week opportunity as well.

One area I would like to gain more understanding on in particular is the elements involved in branding – building partnerships and communications with clients and the community. I also hope to learn what social media strategies and engagement can help a businesses prosper. I am looking forward to working with each member of the Pushing the Envelope team and to gain insight and knowledge from their experiences so I can better understand all the elements that are essential when managing a successful mixed marketing communications firm.

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