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Public Communications Inc. Ranked PR firm

Public Communications Inc.

Partner in the WORLDCOM Public Relations Group

161 N. Clark St., Suite 2050, Chicago, IL 60601


[email protected]

A national, independent communications agency of creative professionals providing crisis and issues management counsel, digital and social marketing services, and integrated communications for healthcare, conservation/environment, education, culture and destination marketing, government and nonprofit organizations. Other services include senior counsel for brand and reputation management; executive/board strategic planning; media and presentation coaching; fundraising campaign communications; product launch and lifecycle promotions; awareness campaigns and events; websites, online platforms and collateral. Our team members work with a purpose: to make a positive difference for our clients and community.

Employees: 33. Founded: 1962.

Agency Statement:

Public Communications Inc. provides senior-level strategic counsel, digital marketing and integrated communications to clients, whether they're dealing with the most serious and complex issues, a national awareness campaign or the splashiest of events. PCI is a certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) and certified LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE®).

PCI professionals believe in the transformative power of communication and the ability of the right strategy, work or image to convince, to motivate and to make a positive difference for clients.

Our job is to safeguard reputations and recommend the right way for clients to communicate so what they have to say is heard and influences their audiences. We are large enough to provide all communications services a client might need but also the right size so that the agency's officers are involved, hands-on, in each client's program.

PCI is a founding partner of the WORLDCOM Public Relations Group, the world's leading partnership of independently owned public relations counseling firms with more offices in more cities and countries than any multinational firm.

We have a strong concentration of business in healthcare, conservation/environment, education, culture and destinations, and business clients from tech to non-profits, entrepreneurs to advocacy groups nationally, regionally and locally. Crisis counselors bring calm in crisis to clients whose success and bottom line depend on their reputation and public perception. Digital expertise includes social media, digital advertising, search engine optimization, email marketing, website development, SMS marketing and strategy. Specialties in community engagement for municipalities.

Our clients trust us and stay with us. Our business grows primarily through referrals and word of mouth. Most of our clients have been with us five years or more; 15 and 20+ year relationships are common (and valued).

As an inclusive workplace, the agency reflects the diversity of our clients and communities we serve. PCI brings a global and multicultural perspective to client programs and to communication solutions.

Jill Allread, CEO; Craig Pugh, pres.; Pamela Oettel, CFO & COO; Wendi Koziol, mng. dir./sr. VP; Sharon Dewar, Mary Erangey, Leigh Madden, Michael Queroz, sr. VPs

Clients Include:

AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Alzheimer’s Assn.
American Assn. of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists
American Epilepsy Society
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Chicago's First Lady Cruises/Mercury
Chicago's Skyline Cruiseline
Chimp Haven
Cradles to Crayons
Georgia Aquarium
Giving USA
Howard Brown Health Center
National Society of Genetic Counselors
North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance
OSF HealthCare
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
The Joint Commission
The Marine Mammal Center
The Nature Conservancy, Illinois Chapter
ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Public Communications Inc. in the news with O'Dwyer's:

On the Move: Zapwater ReCupido Chicago MD

Wed., Jun. 15, 2022

... Amanda ReCupido Zapwater Communications names Amanda ReCupido managing director, Chicago. ReCupido comes to Zapwater from Public Communications Inc. , where she most recently served as senior vice president, overseeing the agency’s nonprofit sector...

The Power of Patient Storytelling

Tue., Oct. 26, 2021

...was not always the case for the association. In 2010, NSGC turned to our agency, Public Communications Inc. , to support its efforts in advancing the genetic counseling profession. At that time, the...

On the Move: Lux Capital Grabs Google Alum Rubin

Thu., Oct. 29, 2020

...communications for the company, as well as providing strategic counsel to its portfolio companies. Michael Queroz Public Communications Inc. has named Michael Queroz vice president, digital. Queroz, who has been with the agency...

The Importance of Post-Crisis Communications

Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

...They felt like they lost family members. Notified about the fire, park owners called on Public Communications Inc. crisis counselors to provide immediate support, including crisis communication strategies to gather and share...

Connecting Specialists with Audiences, Each Other

Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

...its members who receive increasing inquiries as public interest in genetics grows. Our agency, Public Communications Inc. , works with NSGC to build existing and create new connections between the public and...

Communicating Healthcare in a Mobile-First World

Fri., Oct. 14, 2016

...Millennials who needed medical care, scorecard use grew from 31 percent to 49 percent. At Public Communications Inc. we gain inspiration from these trends, while recognizing both the opportunities and challenges they...

PCI Picks Briggs for Digital SVP Slot

Thu., Sep. 15, 2016

...Chicago-based agency Public Communications Inc.  has appointed Johnathon Briggs senior vice president of digital. Johnathon Briggs Briggs, who joined PCI in 2013...

PCI Picks Dewar for VP

Thu., Feb. 11, 2016

...Chicago-based agency Public Communications Inc. has appointed Sharon Dewar to the role of vice president and company officer. Sharon Dewar Dewar comes...

PCI Names Koziol Senior VP

Wed., Dec. 23, 2015

... Wendy Koziol Chicago-based agency Public Communications Inc. has promoted Wendi Koziol to the role of senior VP. Koziol, who has been with the...

'Mobilegeddon,' Six Months Later: Assessing PR Agency Compliance

Thu., Oct. 15, 2015

...( & Soell ( FCA ( PR ( PR ( Borges Agency ( Partners ( Public Communications Inc. ( Public Relations ( ( Communications ( JeffreyGroup LLC ( Edstrom ( Mills Agency...

Fuller Takes PCI Digital Post

Fri., Sep. 25, 2015

...Grant Fuller has joined Public Communications Inc. as its first director of digital strategy. He has been in charge of digital operations...

Pugh Exits Zoo for PCI Prexy Post

Thu., Jun. 4, 2015

...Zoological Society in Tampa for the past five years, is the new president of Public Communications Inc. He was responsible for a LPZS staff of 350 and annual budget in the $20M...

Crisis-Prone Charter School Network Enrolls PCI for PR

Tue., Jan. 6, 2015

...The scandal-plagued Chicago operator of 16 charter schools has hired Public Communications Inc. after a competitive search. The UNO Charter School Network (UCSN), which along with the not-for-profit...

Jasculca Terman Takes Top Chicago PR Honors

Thu., Jun. 6, 2013

...including General Motors, DeVry Univ. LBP Manufacturing and Mazola to lead the agency pack. Public Communications Inc. , Zapwater and Edelman won four Gold Trumpets apiece while GolinHarris hit a triple, among...

Most Healthcare PR Units Grew in 2012

Mon., Mar. 25, 2013

...this period of disruption."Piovano Cites 80% Win Rate in Pitches Dorothy Pirovano, CEO of Public Communications Inc. , Chicago, said that more than 90% of its new business inquiries come from referrals...

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