HOUSTON, December 31, 2003 – Dan Keeney, APR, has been named 2004 president of The Houston chapter of the Public Relations Society of America by the PRSA Houston board. Keeney is the president of DPK Public Relations.

Keeney is charged with setting the agenda for the 450-member organization and monitoring the society’s activities in 2004. He also heads the group’s 17-member board of directors. Keeney succeeds Kris Taylor, APR, who is the director of communications for the Katy Independent School District.

A graduate of the University of Colorado, Keeney has held a number of leadership positions with PRSA Houston, including president-elect in 2003 and treasurer in 2002.

Keeney's expertise extends to all disciplines of public relations including marketing communications, crisis planning and response, internal communications, government relations and event management. At DPK Public Relations, he serves as chief public relations counselor and strategist and oversees all public relations activities for the firms' diverse clientele. Keeney has worked in public relations agencies in Houston, Portland, Ore. and Pittsburgh, Penn. Prior to his career in public relations, Keeney was a broadcast journalist and talk show host in Chicago.

“It is an honor to serve Houston’s thriving public relations community and to assume a position formerly held by many of the region’s leading public relations professionals,” Keeney said. “I am proud of the public relations profession, and I am committed to helping PRSA Houston become as strong and effective as possible in order to truly represent the best interests of public relations practitioners, and the organizations and audiences we serve.”