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Louis G. Pukelis

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Senior Vice President

Phone: (888) ***-****  HQ Phone
Kineo Group Inc
118 S. Clinton Suite 570
Chicago, Illinois 60661
United States

Company Description: We provide strategic counsel and execution to forward-looking organizations in the areas of communications, branding and marketing. We are expert at articulating...   more
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Employment History

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  • B.S. degree , broadcast journalism
    Southern Illinois University
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Associates at The Kineo Group
www.thekineogroup.com, 10 June 2014 [cached]
Louis G. Pukelis Senior VP
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A 25-year communications veteran, Louis is an award-winning practitioner and former journalist with a reputation for creating and implementing successful communications and marketing strategies in support of association, corporate, government and non-profit entities.
Prior to Kineo, Louis was communications director for the State of Illinois serving multiple state agencies including Transportation, Insurance, Financial & Professional Regulation, Fire Marshal and Veterans' Affairs, while coordinating efforts with the governor's office and other elected officials. He also was co-founder of Pukelis & Lehrer Communications, Inc., president of LKN Public Relations, vice president at Ogilvy PR Worldwide and Kemper Lesnik Communications, and managing director of public affairs for the AAA-Chicago Motor Club.
Louis' diverse clientele has included the Chicago Department of Transportation, IDOT, Illinois Tollway, Citgo, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Snap-On Tools, BP, Starbucks, Illinois Lottery, plus many engineering firms, Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and manufacturers.
Louis is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in broadcast journalism.
Res Publica Group: Who We Are
www.rosefries.com, 29 Nov 2013 [cached]
Louis G. Pukelis, Sr. Comm. Consult. Res Publica Group: Who We Are
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Louis G. Pukelis
Senior Communications Consultant
Louis G. Pukelis is an award-winning public relations practitioner and former journalist with 16 years experience in public and media relations programming and management.
His expertise includes print and broadcast media relations, program development and management, event planning and execution, publication design and management, and video production. Throughout his career, Louis' diverse clientele has included state and local governments, Fortune 500 companies, associations, non-profits, law firms, and public relations firms.
As senior communications consultant for Res Publica Group, Louis currently leads communications efforts for the South Lake Shore Drive reconstruction project, working closely with Edwards & Kelcey Engineering and Chicago Department of Transportation officials. Louis also has worked on projects for Commonwealth Edison, Quinlan & Carroll, CTE Engineers, and Horizon Group Properties.
In 2003, he and the City of Chicago earned recognition from the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC) and the Public Relations Society of America for outstanding communications efforts related to the South Lake Shore Drive project. As an additional honor, Louis was elected by his peers to the PCC's board of directors, where he serves as the organization's third vice president.
Prior to his consultancy, Louis was vice president for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and Kemper Lesnik Communications. He spearheaded activities on a variety of accounts including Illinois Department of Transportation, City of Chicago, Starbucks, Illinois Lottery, Seagram Americas, Snap-on Tools, BP Amoco, and American Greetings, among many others.
In 2000, PCC honored Louis with a Golden Trumpet Award for exemplary PR efforts on the Illinois Department of Transportation's Stevenson Expressway reconstruction project. He also won a 1998 PCC Silver Trumpet and 1999 Creativity in Public Relations Award (CIPRA) for The Glenlivet Office Putting Championship for Seagram Americas.
Prior to joining Kemper Lesnik, Louis was managing director of public affairs for the Midwestern division of the American Automobile Association. Louis was AAA's primary spokesman and media contact in Illinois and Indiana. He also was editor of Home & Away, AAA's member magazine, and led the planning, publicity and execution of several AAA programs.
A native of Chicago's South Side, Louis graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in broadcast journalism. Top
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Louis G. Pukelis, Sr. Comm. Consult.
Bio of Louis Pukelis - Public Relations
www.message-engineers.com, 11 April 2008 [cached]
Louis G. Pukelis
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Partners: Louis G. Pukelis | Jonathan Lehrer Executive Vice President: Bob Herrick
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Biography of Louis Pukelis
Louis G. Pukelis is an award-winning public relations practitioner and former journalist with 17 years experience in integrated public relations programming and management.Pukelis' diverse clientele has included state and local government agencies, engineering firms, Fortune 500 companies, associations, non-profits, law firms, & communications firms.
Louis currently is a partner of Pukelis & Lehrer Communications, Inc., known as "The Message Engineers," which he founded in February 2005 with Jonathan Lehrer, a former colleague from the AAA-Chicago Motor Club.Louis provides strategic planning and communications program management for many of the firm's clients including HNTB Engineering, E. Morris Communications (Illinois Department of Transportation), IMD Guest House, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
Louis Pukelis, Partner, Pukelis & Lehrer Communications, Inc.Previously, Louis owned LKN Public Relations where he managed programming for the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Revenue.For CDOT, Louis updated and rewrote the agency's Master Plan.For IDOR, he spearheaded a media outreach program to promote the department's electronic tax filing options.
In 2004, Louis was senior communications consultant for the three-year South Lake Shore Drive reconstruction project.Working closely with Edwards & Kelcey Engineering and Chicago Department of Transportation officials, Louis facilitated all communications programming and collateral material production, under the auspices of Kemper Lesnik Public Affairs (now Res Publica Group).
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As an additional honor, Louis was elected by his peers to the PCC's board of directors, where he currently serves as the organization's treasurer and advertising committee chairman.
Prior to his consultancy, Louis was vice president for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and Kemper Lesnik Communications.He spearheaded activities on a variety of accounts including Illinois Department of Transportation, City of Chicago's Millennium Park construction, Starbucks Coffee Company, Illinois Lottery, United Way of Chicago, Lincoln Foundation for Business Excellence, Seagram Americas, Equal Sweetener, Snap-on Tools, BP Amoco, and American Greetings, among many others.
In 2000, PCC honored Louis with a Golden Trumpet Award for exemplary PR efforts on the Illinois Department of Transportation's Stevenson Expressway reconstruction project.He also won a 1998 PCC Silver Trumpet and 1999 Creativity in Public Relations Award (CIPRA) for The Glenlivet Office Putting Championship for Seagram Americas.
Prior to joining Kemper Lesnik, Louis was managing director of public affairs for the AAA-Chicago Motor Club (AAA-CMC).Louis was AAA's spokesman in Illinois and Indiana.He also was associate editor of Home & Away Magazine (now AAA Traveler) and led the planning, publicity and execution of several AAA programs that included the School Safety Patrol and other traffic safety initiatives.Louis was AAA-CMC's resident expert on gas prices and motor fuel taxes, basic car care and he managed the annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition in Illinois.Louis co-led many other AAA initiatives including the ADVANCE Project, an early experiment of "smart car" technologies in the Chicago area, and Illinois Ice Pack, a partnership of public and non-profit agencies (IDOT, Illinois Tollway, American Red Cross et al) to promote winter car care and safety.He also co-managed AAA-CMC's traffic reporters on WBBM Newsradio 780 in Chicago and developed Traffic Trackers, a partnership with AAA-CMC and WLS-TV to recruit morning commuters as on-air traffic reporters during the early morning newscasts.He even was substitute traffic reporter on WLS-TV during the maternity leave of its key anchor.
The early part of his career was spent as communications specialist for the Dairy Council of Wisconsin; news reporter for Vondrak Publishing, a group of Chicago area community newspapers; and market research analyst and account executive for TeleRep, a national TV spot sales rep firm, in New York, N.Y. and Chicago.
A native of Chicago's South Side, Louis graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. degree in broadcast journalism.He resides in the western suburbs with his wife and children.
Partners: Louis G. Pukelis | Jonathan Lehrer Executive Vice President: Bob Herrick
Board of Directors
www.publicity.org, 10 Aug 2007 [cached]
Louis Pukelis (2009)ADVERTISING CHAIRPrincipalPukelis & Lehrer Communications345 N. Canal, Suite C202Chicago, IL 60622v. (312) 421-0099c: (312) 208-0560
PCC selects officers and board members for 2003-2004.
www.publicity.org, 13 Feb 2010 [cached]
Karen Brown (Director of Marketing, Chicago Historical Society); Bill Keegan (Senior VP, Deputy General Manager, Edelman Public Relations); Louis Pukelis (communications consultant); and Katherine Sopranos (Second VP, Public Relations, Northern Trust Corporation).
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The slate of PCC officers includes Charisse Witherspoon (treasurer); Pat Kremer (secretary); David Bosch (First VP); Monica Kasley (Second VP); and Louis Pukelis (Third VP).
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