OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – ORLANDO — SEPTEMBER 9, 2008 — Lionize PR, an Orlando-based public relations and marketing firm, has formally opened its doors for business. Lionize PR will focus on creating, building and executing surf companies' brand messages in the United States and international marketplace. Lionize PR is led by founder and president Ryan Marks, a public relations professional and surfer for over 20 years, and creative director Dustin Markland, a graphic design professional and lifetime free surfer of 25 years.

"Our value proposition for companies is that we know the industry, we have the media relationships to help companies communicate in the marketplace, we have the creative experience to produce results, and are passionate about the surfing lifestyle," said Ryan Marks, president of Lionize PR. "For me, Lionize is the combination of my two greatest passions, public relations and surfing, and represents exactly what I think quality PR and marketing firms should do for their clients- build brand confidence in the surfing community to increase their profits."

A graduate of the College of Charleston, in Charleston, SC, Marks has over five years public relations agency experience in brand management including campaign management, event marketing, Internet marketing, hospitality & leisure marketing, copywriting, personnel management, and non-profit marketing.

Creative director Dustin Markland has a degree in Digital Media Graphics and five years experience in advertising, audio and visual production, Web design and programming, and graphic design and production.

"The surfing lifestyle is a visually spectacular medium of style, balance and form," stated Markland. "Being able to communicate surfing through print and online marketing sets us apart because we know immediately if it is genuine and sincere; you can't fake it in or out of the water."

About Lionize PR
Lionize – (verb) to exalt and make known as an object of great interest and importance. We are a full-service public relations and marketing firm specializing in the surfing industry, with an emphasis on manufacturers and suppliers to the global market. Our team has over 10 years of experience managing marketing initiatives for public and private companies with market-leading technologies and products. We offer a full range of marketing services, including branding, public relations, advertising, copywriting, graphic design, media placement and campaign management. To learn more, please visit or call 407.242.8548.