Jennifer Connelly, our firm’s founder, knew no other way when she started this business more than 17 years ago.
The need to learn, grow and adapt our thinking continues to be our collective mindset. To serve and support our clients, we must keep up with the speed at which technology and the world are constantly changing.
Relationships, Not Transactions
When you engage with JConnelly, you’re investing in a partnership where trust, transparency, and a commitment to shared outcomes are paramount.
We create campaigns that are tailored to your goals. We believe that anything and everything is possible for our clients, achievable with a little grit, a lot of hard work and inspired innovation.
Strong relationships are built on one thing: shared values.
We built a culture that is based on taking care of our team and encouraging them to support one another. We know that, if our teammates feel valued and supported, our clients will, too.
We measure success by results, not effort.
We succeed when we have an impact on our clients’ businesses. When we help them enter and own new markets. When their stock price goes up. When they gain control of their brand reputation. When they capitalize on new opportunities. When they improve their top and bottom lines. When they achieve what they once thought was impossible.
Then-known as Jennifer Connelly Public Relations, the firm launches on March 15 with a single client, Alpha Hedged Strategies Fund.
The single fund with seed investments of $12 million will grow into a multiple fund platform with nearly $1 billion in assets in just over 5 years, supported by Jennifer’s media prowess. relationship building skills and understanding of the financial space.
The Team Grows
The firm breaks from its solopreneur roots, adding a media relations specialist and writer to support a growing roster of clients in the financial and technology industries.
Pay It Forward
Jennifer Connelly joins the board of Easter Seals of Greater New York, which becomes the first non-profit organization to receive pro-bono services from the firm.
“Doing well by doing good” continues to be an important value for the firm and has helped us serve our communities along with dozens of worthy causes and organizations over the years.
The firm opens the doors of its first office in Morristown, N.J. and adds Karen Pellicone to oversee growing HR and operations needs.
Expanding Beyond Financial
As the global economic crisis deepens, the agency reinforces its financial roots, supporting a number of clients who advance the “breakaway advisor” movement. The firm also diversifies, adding new staff to support a growing consumer division.
Video Opens New Doors
The agency launches Jennifer Connelly Interactive Productions or JCIP, a video and social division providing commercial-quality production services. The team is soon put to work to capture the energy and collaboration that makes the agency a “Best Place to Work,” which it wins for the first time.
The agency opens its first Manhattan office to accommodate its growing team.
PR and video services combine to produce the agency’s first viral video, an animation for longtime client Hightower.
Ready for Change
Ray Hennessey joins as Chief Innovation Officer. The agency rebrands to JConnelly, better reflecting its growing services beyond the realm of traditional PR, and launches SEE|Through, its unique crisis and issues management methodology.
Headed to the Midwest
JConnelly opens a Chicago office and adds Mat Murchison as Chief Financial Officer.
Celebrating 15 Years
JConnelly marks its 15th anniversary. The agency launches a CSR division aimed at helping sustainable companies better connect with stakeholders through emotionally-driven storylines.
Continued Growth and Expansion
Ray Hennessey steps into the role of President, overseeing all of JCPR®, Inc.’s client service teams and new business pipeline. JConnelly Chicago moves to the art deco Civic Opera Building to create an office environment that reflects JConnelly’s culture: modern, flexible, dynamic and fun!
Employees Become Owners
Jennifer Connelly changes JCPR®, Inc.’s structure so employees can benefit from the agency’s success over the years. JConnelly is one of the few firms in the industry to offer an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
Ray Hennessey is promoted to President and CEO of JCPR®, Inc., succeeding founder Jennifer Connelly, who became the firm’s Executive Committee Chair and Artist-in-Chief. Jennifer’s new role allows her to focus her energy and passion on serving and supporting JConnelly’s clients.
JConnelly acquires AdvisorPR, a boutique public relations and marketing company that specializes in working with wealth management firms, and becomes a division within JConnelly’s financial practice group.
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.