School of Communication presents 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award

Public relations entrepreneur and ECU alumna Jamie Lynn Sigler received the School of Communication 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award at the school’s eighth annual CommCrew Spring Reception April 5.

Sigler graduated from ECU in 2001 with a degree in communication and a concentration in public relations. She founded bi-coastal public relations agency J Public Relations Inc. in 2005. In 2008, she partnered with best friend and fellow Pirate alumna Sarah Evans to grow JPR in additional key markets. The firm has offices in San Diego and New York.

Sigler said she is “extremely honored” to have the opportunity to return to Greenville to accept this year’s award and that ECU is really where her professional journey began.

“When I look back on my career path and the road I took to grow J Public Relations to where we are today, my time at East Carolina University was the foundation that played a pivotal part in inspiring me to create something within the communications field that was innovative, helped develop new leaders within my field and challenged the PR industry to start utilizing methods against the status quo,” Sigler said.

This was not Sigler’s first award. San Diego Business Journal acknowledged Sigler as one of the city’s “Most admired CEO’s.” She was also awarded PRSA’s Eva Irving Community Service Award in 2013 for her outstanding commitment to bettering the PR field and her community.

JPR has also earned a number of accreditations. The firm was ranked in the top five agencies in the country on UWire’s list of Top PR Firms on Social Media, number 1,534 on Inc. Magazine’s 5,000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America list, and ranked number 12 on Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing Travel and Hospitality Companies in the U.S.

The Spring Reception was at the Greenville Museum of Art and featured guest speaker and alumnus Bill Johnson. Johnson is the executive vice president of Sports Trust Advisors and has more than 20 years of experience in the business of sports.