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Jason Hardy, who grew up in Daytona Beach and graduated in 2003 from Seabreeze High School, has been named one of the “Top 25 African American PR Millennials to Watch’’ in a story posted on the Huffington Post website.
Hardy is CEO and senior publicist of the J. Hardy Agency based in Atlanta. His current and previous clients include gospel artists Tye Tribbett, Jeklayn Carr, Anita Wilson, JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, and Committed.
Hardy said he also has partnered with other public relations and marketing firsts on various film projects, including Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Halloween Boo!,” “War Room,” “The Identical,” and “Slamma Jamma.”
Criteria for list
The list was compiled by Gwendolyn Quinn, a global media and communications strategist, and Antonice Jackson, president of the National Black Public Relations Society of Washington, D.C. Jackson also is the founder of the Audacious Publicity and Management Group.
Quinn and Jackson partnered to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of young African-American professionals in the world of public relations.
The 25 are being featured in daily Q&A profiles on Huffington Post.
Quinn and Jackson selected the public relations professionals from a wide range of industries including corporate, government, health care, non-profit, entertainment and lifestyle, sports, fashion, beauty, faith-based, and special events.
The selections were based on the following criteria: top leader in his or her company or profession, influential in their industry and making positive contributions, forward thinkers, inspiring role models and mentors, and active in their communities and beyond.
Grateful for honor
“I am honored that Gwendolyn Quinn and Antonice Jackson recognized me and my contributions within the fields of music and film,” Hardy said. “I’m forever grateful to God for my family, friends, colleagues and well-wishers for supporting me throughout my professional dexterity.
He continued, “I would not be recognized if it wasn’t for my past/present clients affording me the opportunity to take their vision to the masses. It’s simultaneously both humbling and encouraging. I pray that my journey has encouraged someone to keep fulfilling their dreams and to continue to walk in faith.”
Hardy started his professional journey with an internship at Axiom Records in Boston while a freshman at the Berklee College of Music.
“I learned a lot at Berklee College of Music,” Hardy remarked. “The program helped me develop my skills, concepts and methodologies necessary to manage the legal, financial, artistic and ethical issues that I would face as a contemporary music business professional.’’
“Coupled with my three-year internship at Axiom Records, I gained valuable experience that helped me better understand the scope and in the inner workings of the music industry.”
Hardy was born in Orlando and his family moved to Daytona Beach in 1992, where he attended elementary, middle and high school.
Life in Daytona
He also discussed his early life in Daytona Beach.
“Growing up in Daytona Beach during my high school years was fun. I was accepted into “Upward Bound,” a college prep program which helps young people transition from high school to college. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world,” he shared.
“I experienced living on campus and what college life would be all about. In my hometown, I was already known as a singer, and during my senior year in high school, I held the title of Mr. Seabreeze at Seabreeze High School.’’
Hardy also said he was heavily involved with the House of Prayer for Everyone Christian Church and was a part of several citywide organizations such as The Men of Tomorrow, a program sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
“My parents supported me in everything I did, and I’m so grateful for them,’’ he added.
His mother is Wanda Sloan (George) and his father is James Hardy (Arlene).