The award recognizes individuals for their influence in and contribution to their local communities through the excellent application and execution of public relations principles.
Over the past 34 years, Casas has counseled clients through the peaks and valleys of business challenges. A pillar in the South Florida community, he has cemented his expertise as a strategist and crisis manager, heading the public relations programs for iconic Miami happenings like the 1987 visit of Pope John Paul II and the inaugural Carnaval Miami in 1978. Throughout his career, Casas has managed communications services for multi-national companies, large real estate developers, banks, food companies, attorneys and other professional firms and hospitals. Prior to Wragg & Casas, he worked for 13 years at Hank Meyer Associates, Inc., the top PR firm in Miami at the time, where he ultimately became the executive vice president. Prior to his career in public relations, Casas enjoyed a career as a journalist for the United Press International, the San Diego Evening Tribune and The Chicago Reporter. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.
Casas has not only made an impression in our local PR industry, but also in the community. He serves on the board of directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, where he served as Board President for two years; and Camillus House. He is a non-lawyer member of The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Advertising. Previously, Casas served on the board of directors of the Beacon Council and the Board of Regents of Leadership Florida, acting as Miami region chairman for two years. He was the 2001-2002 chairman of the Archbishop’s Charities and Development drive.