Charlene is the Founder and Creative Director of CSPR. Prior to starting her own company to bring excellence to area events, Charlene was selected Best Local Pitchman, by Folio Magazine and Most Crush-Worthy Celebrity by the Florida Times Union. She is also an Emmy nominated writer and received numerous awards for her contribution to broadcasting, including several “Excellence in Media,” Axiem Awards, a “Suncoast Regional Emmy Nomination,” an “Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting” award for a Feature-Series, “The Harold A. Maio Journalism Award” for individual achievement in the coverage of mental health issues. Charlene has received numerous awards from the Associated Press including one for Community Service, a Law Enforcement Citizenship Award and she has been Nationally Recognized with The Wilbur Award, The Gabriel Award, and a Sigma Delta Chi Award.
As a Mistress of Ceremony and live event specialist, Charlene is often asked to host, script and produce events and shows. This has opened doors for multiple television appearances (Jacksonville’s First Coast News, First Coast Living, The Chat, WJXT, Fox 30 News, Passport to New Homes, Golf Channel, XM Radio, KUSI San Diego, Palm Beach affiliates FOX, WPBF and WPTV) as well as being the spokesperson for numerous organizations.
Charlene Shirk is an Engaging and High Energy Mistress of Ceremonies, Television Talent, Show Hostess and On Line and Video Presenter. Clients ranging from the PGA TOUR, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Larry’s Giant Subs, Simon Malls, Visit Jacksonville, First Coast News (WTLV/WJXX), Coggin Toyota of the Avenues, Cornerstone Homes, United Way, Portofino Pools, The Donna Foundation 26.2, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Connections of Jacksonville, Southern Research Nursing Society, Children’s Movement of Florida, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, rave about the Enthusiasm, Humor and Inspiration from their attendees and the success of their programs when working with Charlene and the C. Shirk Productions team.
Clients hire Charlene Shirk because she delivers any event or message with wit, humor, energy and compassion. When Charlene is the Mistress of Ceremony she is more than a talking head at the podium, she speaks from the heart. Charlene’s unique background of 15 years in broadcast journalism, community involvement with numerous non-profits and corporate experience serve her to creatively combine a business or inspirational message with an entertaining outcome. Charlene will keep your audience connected with your message or cause all while having a great time. She’s an expert at adeptly communicating, amusing and involving audiences in the event. Bottom line, she understands how to motivate, enlighten & entertain while expertly connecting to every audience.
Charlene believes that hard work should be rewarded. She understands the months and even years that go into planning a memorable and meaningful event. Charlene believes in making organizers, supporters and the attendees of an event feel that their time is valuable and their participation is appreciated. She knows that sponsors, companies and attendees are asked to participate in dozens of events a year so each one should be special and stand out in a unique and impactful way. She works to ensure that your event surpasses expectations, exceeds fund-raising goals and guests want to know how they can support your next event!
When Charlene is the keynote speaker, she speaks from the heart. She’s not just a television broadcaster turned "speaker." Charlene is a business owner, who has adapted to multiple career changes and created new opportunities for herself and others. Charlene started at the bottom of the media business, lugged her own camera gear, covered everything from the Oklahoma City bombing, the decade long search for missing Navy Pilot Scott Speicher and the plight of Foster Children that inspired a community wide effort to create lasting change. Charlene has also experienced life in corporate America; she led the PGA TOUR’s premiere tournament in creating a robust and durable identity for its charitable efforts and created an initiative across the country for Executive Women to be inspired by their peers. Charlene “Get’s It” and it relates well to both event planners and audience members.