Create. Integrate. Engage. Influence. Amplify. Protect.
15 years in, we're still hungry. We have the tenacity and passion of a startup coupled with the credibility, resources and results of an established, full-service communications firm.
JConnelly is a communications and marketing firm working with brands to help them expand awareness, connect and engage with clients and stakeholders, influence change, amplify online presence and build community. We help you navigate the complex world of communications and effectively design and execute campaigns that are mission driven to deliver business-critical results. The experience, expertise, talent and specialties our people bring to every campaign are what set us apart.
A leading communications strategist, Jennifer Connelly serves as a trusted consultant to C-suite executives, helping them launch their businesses in new markets, broaden awareness of their brands and navigate potential crisis situations.
Recognized by her peers and colleagues in public relations, business and beyond, Jennifer has garnered numerous personal accolades, including earning a spot on the 2014 Gorkana Survey of Financial Journalists as one of the "Most Respected PR Professionals" and one of NJBIZ's 50 Best Women in Business," as well as being recognized for the past two years as one of PR News’ “Top Women in PR.” For the past five years, JConnelly's employees have voted for the firm as one of the "Best Places to Work in New Jersey."
Under Jennifer's leadership, JConnelly has earned dozens of awards, including Hermes Creative, American Business, MarCom, Telly Awards, Bulldog Media Relations, AVA Digital, FCS Portfolio and Videographer Awards, among others.
Jennifer frequently speaks to businesses executives on topics such as PR best practices, sustainable brand building, reputation management and crisis management.
She is a longstanding member of the Board of Directors of Invest in Others Charitable Foundation and provides pro-bono PR services to the Guitars Over Guns Organization (GOGO). She is also a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).
An accomplished journalist and business leader, Ray develops cutting-edge technology platforms and content systems for JConnelly and its clients.
With more than 25 years of media and management experience, Ray has spent his career at the convergence of traditional and emerging media. Most recently, he served as Editorial Director for Entrepreneur, where he helped launch the Entrepreneur360 and Top Company Culture franchises, as well as the Entrepreneur Network video channel.
Previously, Ray helped launch the FOX Business Network, where he served as founding Business News Director. Earlier in his career, he was editor at SmartMoney.com and Dow Jones, a daily on-air contributor at CNBC and the IPO columnist at The Wall Street Journal.
With a diverse background that spans virtually all aspects of the communications industry, Michelle helps conceptualize and implement integrated campaigns for JConnelly’s clients. She heads JConnelly’s marketing function and ensures that the agency’s unique value and integrated service capabilities are accurately communicated to clients and prospects.
A key member of JConnelly’s leadership team, Michelle is charged with ensuring that the firm is on target to meet strategic mid- and long-range goals. She also works closely with communications professionals across departments on high-priority projects and contributes to the overall development of the agency’s staff.
Previously, Michelle served as head of JConnelly’s specialized content team. Before joining the agency, she led integrated communications campaigns for clients in a range of industries, including finance, legal, real estate and professional services. She began her career as a reporter, working for several daily newspapers.
With a decade of experience in finance and accounting, Mat is responsible for building and maintaining overall firm growth and profitability through financial operations oversight, strategic budgeting and planning, as well as identifying and incorporating new systems and processes to streamline operations.
Before joining JConnelly, Mat had a long career in the financial services industry. Previously, he held various positons at HighTower Advisors, where he led accounting for the RIA segment, oversaw the development and rollout of the proprietary firm-wide billing system and handled budgeting and financial forecasting for over 100 business units.
Mat earned an MBA and Master of Science degree in accounting from Loyola University. He also holds a CPA certification in the State of Illinois.
Karen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of JConnelly, as well as overseeing the strategic development and execution of the company's corporate business plans. Karen leads business planning activities, risk management and legal activities, organizational budgeting processes and human resources for the agency.
Prior to joining JConnelly, Karen was a buyer at housewares retailer Lechters, where she oversaw a $65 million budget and was responsible for purchasing merchandise for 650 stores and developing and achieving sales and marketing plans, as well as maintaining inventory levels and gross-margin dollars.
With more than a decade of public relations experience, Melinda develops and implements integrated campaigns for many of JConnelly’s most high-profile clients. She works primarily with the firm’s financial advisory clients, developing campaigns to differentiate them from their competitors and build distinct thought leadership platforms.
Melinda has secured media coverage for her clients with numerous top-tier and industry-leading outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, FOX Business Network, Bloomberg, Reuters, InvestmentNews and Financial Advisor, among others.
Prior to joining JConnelly, Melinda worked with a variety of clients across finance, consumer, retail, real estate, fashion, beauty, tourism and food and beverage sectors at both Krupp Kommunications in New York City and Oxford Communications in New Jersey.
With more than 15 years of financial PR experience, James is responsible for the long-term strategy and direction of JConnelly’s financial client campaigns. An expert in the mutual fund space, James has successfully managed and coordinated PR and marketing communications campaigns for a number of asset management firms.
Throughout his career, he has yielded high-profile coverage for his clients in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Financial Advisor, Financial Planning, Forbes, Investment Advisor and Investor’s Business Daily, as well as securing regular appearances on Bloomberg TV, CNBC and Fox Business.
Prior to JConnelly, James was a member of the media relations team for the Investment Company Institute (ICI), the national association of the U.S. investment company industry. Based in Washington, D.C., he has delivered presentations on communications trends and strategies at industry meetings and conferences, including the Mutual Fund Education Alliance and ICI.
An experienced public relations practitioner and veteran journalist, Tony develops and implements integrated campaigns for JConnelly’s asset management and financial advisor clientele.
Prior to joining JConnelly, Tony served as a Senior Account Executive at SunStar Strategic, where he promoted financial clients, including retail and institutional investment managers, mutual fund firms, financial advisors and sell-side Wall Street analysts.
Previously, he spent 14 years as a producer and reporter for Bloomberg Radio and TV. In 2004, he won the coveted Pink Flamingo award for breaking news coverage.
In her 8 years with JConnelly, Jami has managed some of the firm’s highest-profile clients, providing strategy and planning, media management and message development to support their communications efforts. She specializes in partnering with CEOs to position them as industry thought leaders and is often called on to manage high-profile crises and sensitive issues for a wide range of clients.
Throughout her decade-plus career, Jami has consistently secured coverage in top-tier outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNBC, FOX Business, The New York Times, The Today Show, Good Morning America, PBS Nightly Business Report and Inc., among others.
Prior to joining JConnelly, Jami worked with some of New York’s elite real estate moguls, as well as promoting consumer products and various authors and experts.
Dana specializes in developing and executing strategic, integrated communications campaigns for financial services companies and financial technology solutions. She has worked with both public and private companies in the B-to-B and B-to-C space to secure coverage in mainstream, national and trade media.
In addition to media relations strategy and support, Dana frequently manages major client events, provides on-site conference support and helps companies manage their communications and brand positioning at every stage of their business cycle.
Prior to joining JConnelly, Dana was an account executive with CPR Strategic Marketing Communications, responsible for media relations campaigns in the fields of health care, technology and entertainment.
Dana is a 2017 Platinum PR Awards Finalist for PR Professional of the Year.
A successful film professional with more than 25 years of experience, Steven has worked in all aspects of the business, including corporate marketing communications, feature films, documentaries and broadcast television. He oversees all visual communications projects for JConnelly.
Steven’s producing and directing work with JConnelly has gained numerous accolades, including AVA Digital Awards, Telly Awards and Hermes Creative Awards.
A product of NYU Film School (in the days when they used film), Steven's credits also include various producing and production roles with projects for PBS, Merrill Lynch, Charlie Rose, LucasFilm, BlackRock, Warner Bros., and many more.
Bob oversees the development of editorial content for JConnelly and its clients, including strategic messaging, news releases, blogs and other written materials that are vital to the success of the agency’s integrated campaigns.
In addition to developing the writing skills and talents of all JConnelly’s employees, Bob oversees the agency’s primary writers and provides ongoing coaching and training to help them improve their writing skills.
Bob's career, prior to joining the agency, spans more than three decades. He has worked as a business journalist covering a variety of industries including financial services, distilled spirits, wine and beer, restaurants and food service, music, heavy construction and mining. He most recently served as Managing Editor of Investment Advisor.
As Editorial Director of the Adams/Jobson Beverage Group, Bob was responsible for the editorial content of four magazines and seven annual publications. In that role, he was considered one of the nation's leading experts on beverage trends and his comments on industry issues regularly appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes and BusinessWeek, as well as on CNBC and Bloomberg News Radio.
For many years, Bob was active in the International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC), serving several terms on the organization's Board of Directors, including stints as Secretary and Treasurer.
Chris is a veteran entrepreneur responsible for connecting JConnelly with great companies and potential clients. She nurtures prospect relationships, calling on her diverse business background to help companies understand how the agency supports a variety of business needs and goals. She additionally plays a critical role in serving as the JConnelly’s “eyes and ears” in the market, informing new service offerings, marketing programs and partnership opportunities in conjunction with the agency’s marketing department.
Prior to joining JConnelly, Chris successfully parlayed her background in the health-and-sciences field into a lucrative coaching career. Her exceptional interpersonal skills coupled with her considerable business and marketing acumen helped her establish a successful practice as a specialized consultant, working closely with dental practitioners to increase the productivity and profitability of their practices.
As a military wife, Chris has traveled extensively, both in the United States and abroad, amassing a diverse roster of business contacts.
Each challenge is an opportunity to do great work. We’re extremely proud of our diverse campaigns—which span all facets of the industry, from digital strategy and social media marketing, to business writing, crisis communications, PR consulting and brand management—and grateful for the people and the organizations that have recognized our results.