Jo Trizila
Lisa Faulkner-Dunne

Jo Trizila is founder & chief executive officer of Dallas-based TrizCom Public Relations and Pitch PR. Founded in 2008, TrizCom PR is a full service public relations firm. Established in 2015, Pitch PR is a division of TrizCom PR and created in partnership with The Dallas Entrepreneur Center to assist startups and entrepreneurs with their public relations needs. TrizCom PR has been included in the Dallas Business Journal’s largest PR firms, awarded the Public Relations Society of America’s Best of Show and Pegasus Awards, named as one of the Top PR Firms by Clutch Research and Review, and is a certified woman-owned business by the National Women Business Owners Corporation.

Jo is a multi-talented, high-caliber public and media relations marketing pro, with over 25 years of experience building and leading integrated and strategic public relations operations for a vast array of companies. She has an in-depth background in crisis communications, publicity, expert positioning, promotions, influencer marketing, investor relations and legislative affairs for Fortune 500 corporations, small to mid-size companies and not-for-profits/nonprofits. She is experienced in conceptualizing, creating and implementing innovative communication strategies. Additionally, she has held highly visible leadership positions and has earned a reputation for continually making a positive bottom-line difference while fostering excellent relations and maintaining a high profile in business.

Jo is analytical and creative while developing truly innovative communication campaigns that build buzz and raise brand awareness. Recognizing that many firms box-check their public relations with tactics, she continuously strives to be groundbreaking with bigger, bolder strategies that break through clutter and achieve her partner’s objectives.

As an award-winning storyteller, Jo has helped place partners’ stories in thousands of outlets internationally, nationally, regionally and locally Some of her favorites have included: BBC One, Cosmopolitan, The Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, Squawk Box, NDR, CNN, Fox Business News, Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News, Dr. Oz, CBS, Nancy Grace, NBC, Elle, CW, The Daily Mail, Inside Edition, People Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, Inc., Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post, to name a few.

She has been instrumental in the formation of a number of promotions and publicity campaigns including Cadillac’s Team Escalade Texas, Chevrolet & Chrysler’s The Great $50,000 Giveaway, GMC Terrain Charity Challenge, GMC and Carry the Load, GMC Stars & Stripes Sierra Hashtag Challenge, Cadillac Cares, Fan Expo’s Chewbacca Mom, Fan Expo’s Heroes for Heroes, The Little Black Dress Experiment and many more.

Lisa Faulkner-Dunne has more than 30 years of experience in public relations, community relations and community education. She serves as a senior counsel to Trizcom Public Relations. After a stint as executive assistant to Dallas Mayor Annette Strauss, Lisa led communications and outreach for one of Dallas’ largest non- profit agencies, the Volunteer Center of North Texas, and created the Literacy Awards, a fundraising event and luncheon to honor new readers, literacy tutors and the organizations that support literacy on behalf of the Dallas County Literacy Council.

At the Volunteer Center she also developed programs to assist nonprofit communities and helped corporations create internal community relations programs. For more than 25 years, she has had her own agency, working with top brands and nonprofits to help them maximize their reach and visibility. Clients include Dunkin’ Donuts, 7-Eleven, JCPenney, Blockbuster, Save My Starving Children, Cold Stone Creamery, Stryker Orthopedics, Red Mango Frozen Yogurt, American Foundation for the Blind, Preeclampsia Foundation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Lisa has received numerous awards including a Women in Communications Matrix Award, two PRSA Silver Anvils and a Lifetime PTA Membership award. Lisa is a Leadership Dallas graduate, former Leadership Dallas Alumni Association board member, and earned a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and an M.P.A. from SMU. She currently serves as the Communications Vice President for The DAWG Project, and is an 18-year volunteer at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.