Established in 1962, Public Communications Inc (PCI) provides unmatched strategic counsel on integrated communications and digital marketing. PCI’s business concentration is in healthcare, education, conservation/environment, culture, and destinations. With exceptional experience, PCI is a go-to agency for business clients ranging from entrepreneurs to advocacy groups and from tech to non-profits organizations.
Being a national and independent communications firm, PCI’s creative pros endeavor to safeguard reputations by recommending appropriate communication strategies. While based in Chicago, PCI extends its global reach via the Worldcom Public Relations Group, a leading global network of independently owned PR counseling firms.
Having evolved into an award-winning agency over its 59 years of existence, PCI has some noteworthy features and milestones. These are as follows:
#1. Jill Allread, Chief Executive Officer
Heading PCI, Jill Allread provides executive counsel to a variety of brands, enhancing their strategies and reputations. As a recognized counselor on matters of crisis management, Allread advises brands in the non-profit, healthcare, business, associations, and conservation spaces. Leveraging previous experiences as the Director of Public Affairs and Public Relations at the Chicago Zoological Society, the marketing pro offers unmatched counsel in public affair strategies
Thanks to Allread’s expertise, clients secured six national PRSA Silver Anvils and close to 145 communication awards at the national and regional level. In 2015, Chicago’s publicity club honored the marketing expert with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Having a passion for nature and wildlife conservation and children’s lives, Allread is a proactive board member of Girls in the Game and Openlands. Plus, the PR pro holds an advisory position at the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.
#2. Craig Pugh, President
Craig Pugh brings 30+ years of extensive communications and management experience in not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Having honed PR skills, Pugh provides executive and issues counsel to a wide variety of clients in sectors like development, business to business, tourism and hospitality, and association marketing
Leveraging years of experience as a board member of Florida Association of Museums, Florida Attractions Association, and holding a position in the advisory board of Visit Tampa Bay, the marketing pro offers unmatched insight in attracting business.
Previously, Pugh has served as managing editor at Times Mirror/Mosby Year Book and as
associate director in charge of communications at Chicago Zoological Society.
In 2013, Pugh clinched the Hometown Hero Award for unique leadership in attracting convention business for Visit Tampa Bay.
Noteworthy brands in PCI’s client list include AIDS Foundation of Chicago, American Epilepsy Society, CAF America, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline, Georgia Aquarium, Option Care, Inc, The Marine Mammal Center, Pivot Health Solutions, among others.
PCI’s exceptional work with ASA succeeded in urging policymakers, the public, and veterans to safeguard team-based and physician-led anesthesia care within the Veteran Health Administration. As well, the ASA campaign earned 2017’s Award of Excellence at the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil Award.
As well, PCI received accolades for campaigns fighting for the inclusion of the LGBTQ in the United Methodist Church, promotion of breakfast programs in schools, and programs championing for the conservancy of displaced African elephants.