Jay S. Winuk
Jay is the president of Winuk Communications, Inc., the public relations agency he founded in 1994. His expertise includes product, service and business-to-business marketing; crisis/issues management; media relations; cause-related marketing; speech writing; event planning and more. Jay has won numerous national public relations awards, and has provided PR support to many of the nation's leading corporations, nonprofits and other organizations. Previously, Jay was an executive at Burson-Marsteller and Golin/Harris, two of the nation's top 10 PR firms, and served as director of public relations for Radio City Productions, the nation's leading live entertainment company. He also was a partner and managing director of Dirty Water Integrated, a branding/advertising/PR agency. Earlier in his career Jay directed PR for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Inc.
Over the years, Jay's clients have included the NFL Alumni Association; The Coca-Cola Company; General Foods; the City of Berlin; Pfizer; Kreindler & Kreindler LLP; a Journey for 9/11; Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center; Chrysler Corporation; Citibank; Clear Channel Entertainment; the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Robert K. Futterman & Associates; Alacra, Inc.; Chemical Bank; Lippincott & Margulies; Medieval Times; The Catfish Institute; Sony; e2Value, Inc.; Garuda Indonesia Airlines; Lederle Labs; McDonald's; Maker's Mark Distillery; Safe Buildings Alliance; Western Union; Young Audiences New York; WFUV-FM Radio; Westchester Wildfire; the Peter C. Alderman Foundation; Tomorrows Children's Fund; GiveGab; Storelli Sports; Marc Mellon Studios; and many others.
Jay co-founded and is a board member of MyGoodDeed, the nonprofit organization that oversees and led the campaign to establish 9/11 as a federally recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance," now the largest annual day of charitable engagement in U.S. history. He is a frequent public speaker, writer, source to major media and leading national voice about volunteerism, charitable service, terrorism and individual empowerment. His work and commentary on these issues have been featured in major news media reports, documentaries and books throughout the nation and world.
Jay also serves on the board of directors of the 12.14 Foundation, the nonprofit organization that seeks to build a state-of-the-art performing arts center in Newtown, CT, as a place of healing in the aftermath of that town’s shooting tragedy and as a venue for children, adults and professional artists worldwide to express themselves through music, dance and theater.
For his work promoting service and volunteerism, Jay is the recipient of the "Daily Point of Light Award" from President George H.W. Bush and the Points of Light Institute; the "President's Call to Service Award" from The White House; the "Most Inspiring Person of the Year Award" from Beliefnet; and the "Teammates in the Community Award" from the New York Mets and the Citi Foundation, among other honors. Jay earned an M.S. degree in public relations from Boston University and a B.A. degree in communications from the State University of New York at Oneonta. For two years he hosted a radio program on WONY-FM in Oneonta, NY.