Journalism alumnus wins Golden Trumpet Award from Publicity Club of Chicago

Justin Breen

Alumnus Justin Breen (BS '99, journalism), the founder/CEO of BrEpic Communications LLC, won a Golden Trumpet award from the Publicity Club of Chicago at the 60th annual Golden Trumpet Awards competition on June 6.

The competition, held at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton, featured entries from the greater Chicagoland area, and is known as the premier public relations industry award program in the Midwest.

BrEpic won a Golden Trumpet award in Media Relations for a media campaign promoting BrEpic client Cofield Advisors, a Chicago-based financial planning business. A story subject for the client—Cofield Advisors Founder Cortlon Cofield—appeared in numerous mainstream media publications, including the Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Reuters, Nasdaq, CNBC, Financial Advisor Magazine, and U.S. News and World Report.

“It’s a tremendous honor to win such a prestigious award in both of the years BrEpic has been in business,” said Breen, whose company last year won a Silver Trumpet in Media Relations for a media campaign for client the Chicago Academy for the Arts.

BrEpic clients have included Northbrook-based Allstate and Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Health, in addition to University of Illinois, White Lodging, the Salvation Army, McCormick Foundation, LISC Chicago, the Chicago Academy for the Arts, Alverno Laboratories, Burwood Group, Bottom Line Chicago, A Better Chicago, Doorage, Project H.O.O.D., Pinta Pride Project, CFO Simplified, Leading With Courage Academy, plus law firms, doctors, marketing firms, financial advisors, CPAs and many more.

Breen is a regular volunteer with the College of Media.