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SJGC Alum Jaylen Christie receives the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award

By Sterling Bright
January 12, 2021

Jalen ChristieFor Public Relations professionals, their drive comes from their clients. For Jaylen Christie his drives come from figuring out what he can do to put eyes on his clients or their business. Due to his hard work and creativity, Christie was awarded the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award.

Christie currently works for the Orlando Marketing agency know as Moxe, and through Christie this will be the companies second employee to receive the award. He was nominated by his manager Jennifer Griffin, who had to choose a nominee from a pool of around 200 employees.

“He is always willing to go above and beyond to make sure he is doing what the client wants. He does everything he can to promote whenever client he is working on,” said Griffin.

Griffin said that his selflessness and his ability to put the client first are some of the main reason for his nomination. The winners of the award are all young professionals who are engaged within their communities on a regular basis.

Christie graduated from FAMU in 2009 and although he saw himself as more of a print journalist, he took his chances and moved back to Orlando. He got his start within the PR industry at the Salvation Army. He credits his time at FAMU for his success and former Journalism Professor Yanela McLeod for his development. While at FAMU Christie was managing editor of the Famuan Newspaper and involved with Journey Magazine.

Christie stated how for him he loved writing and loved interacting with people. Once he moved to Orlando and got his first opportunity, doors started to open for him. He was able to work on several different projects and campaigns within the Orlando area, including his work with the Orlando chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Through his hard work he now sits as the director of Public Relations at Moxe. He stayed true to his craft and now is seen as one of the most creative PR professionals in the Orlando area.