BrEpic Communications LLC will grow your business brand with expert social media postings, crafting click-worthy stories craved by local, regional and national media, successfully pitching them to outlets and providing customer service second to none.
At BrEpic, the goal is simple: Do everything to expand your business’ reach, build your brand and provide the best communications support possible. BrEpic is a growing business with several clients in the education, financial, hotel, insurance, IT, law, leadership development, medical, music, non-profit, public relations, religious, restaurant, self-storage, tech and other industries.
BrEpic clients have appeared in the New York Times, NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt, CNBC, U.S. News & World Report, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, Fox News, Crain’s New York, Forbes Magazine, Reuters, Billboard, The Associated Press, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Houston Chronicle, Charlotte Observer, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Denver Post, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Sacramento Bee, Daily Herald, Green Bay Press Gazette, Champaign News-Gazette, Decatur Herald and Review, Quad City Times, South Bend Tribune, Northwest Herald, Times of Northwest Indiana, Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana, Chicago Magazine, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, The Atlantic Magazine, 5280 Magazine, Milwaukee Business Journal, BizTimes Milwaukee, Pittsburgh Sports Now, MSN News, MLB.com, Playboy.com, NASDAQ.com, Inc.com, GoBankingRates.com, Morningstar, O’Dwyer’s, PRWeek, Politico, Holmes Report, Financial Advisor Magazine, Accounting Today, Information-Age, SmartBrief, Bass Musician Magazine, Good News Network, Coursera, The Inertia, The Epoch Times, Asian Journal, AsAm News, The Network Journal, BlackDoctors.org, Black Enterprise, Good Black News, Sojourners, Inspirery, Wisconsin Health News, Becker’s Hospital Review, Illinois Public Media, Pioneer Press, 22nd Century Media, Shaw Media, Daily Southtown, Kankakee Daily Journal, Wilmette Life, Patch, FightingIllini.com, Daily Illini, DePaulia, Marquette Wire, Royal Purple News, South Side Weekly, LoganSquarist, Windy City Times, Illinois Eagle, Pink News, Out Magazine, Chicago Athlete Magazine, Chicago Woman Magazine, Evanston Woman Magazine, Make It Better Magazine, Family Minded, GRAND Magazine, Glancer Magazine, Variance Magazine, Hip Hop Magz, American Theatre Magazine, Military Times, Irish American News, Inside Self Storage, SpareFoot, Chicago Inno, Uptown Update, Austin Talks, McKinley Park News, Kivo Daily, Chicago Defender, Chicago Citizen, See Chicago Dance, Eater Chicago, Cook County Chronicle, DuPage County Chronicle, Journal & Topics, Oak Park Journal, Forest Park Review, Village Free Press, NWIndianaLife.com, Block Club Chicago and DNAinfo, plus on CBS New York-TV, CBS San Diego-TV, Fox Seattle-TV, Fox Kansas City-TV, NBC Kansas City-TV, ABC Kansas City-TV, ABC Chicago-TV, NBC Chicago-TV, CBS Chicago-TV, Fox Chicago-TV, WGN-TV, WCIU-TV, WTTW-TV, Windy City Live, Chicago Tonight, Telemundo, WCIA-TV, WAND-TV, WGN-Radio, CBS Chicago-Radio, 670 The Score-Radio, WLS-AM, WIND-AM, WVON-AM, WNUR-FM and numerous other media outlets across the country and world.
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BrEpic has been a great partner for us. Justin is a strong storyteller, and he works fast. He has a vast network of media sources. He works tirelessly to ensure our stories get the best possible publicity. Overall, Justin and BrEpic have been a great asset for us at Gies Business.
Chief Marketing Officer, University of Illinois Gies College of Business
It’s been great working with BrEpic to promote the campaign to build our Community Center in Woodlawn. Since our partnership with BrEpic began, we’ve had numerous mainstream media placements, including in Crain’s, WLS-AM Radio and WCIU-TV. It’s been a great partnership.
Pastor Corey Brooks
Founder/CEO, Project H.O.O.D. Communities
Justin is an amazing storyteller who gets results. He engages readers with his compelling reporting and uses his media connections and expertise to ensure our stories are shared with both local and national audiences. He is a passionate, creative, hard-working and honest communications professional who not only meets expectations, but exceeds them!
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Allstate
Through his numerous media connections and understanding of what makes for a great story, Justin has helped us gain multiple mainstream media placements in the time he has worked with us. He has been a valued addition to our media relations strategy.
Assistant Executive Director of Development, The Salvation Army
Justin’s knowledge of how reporters tick and what they want in a story has made him successful in getting so many Bottom Line stories placed in radio, TV and print media. He has great instinct for the stories that journalists want to print, and has helped to elevate Bottom Line’s mission/story throughout Illinois. Working with Justin is a not a typical PR/client relationship. He’s lightning fast, intuitive and a great writer. If you’re looking for someone to help your organization get media coverage within a month, you should hire Justin Breen/BrEpic Communications. Our relationship with Justin has been wildly successful because of his insider knowledge as a former journalist of what the media want to cover.
Martha Elder Khanna
Director of Development & External Affairs, Bottom Line Chicago
As a fledgling small business owner, Justin was an invaluable guide through the world of media relations. In all aspects of starting my own business, working with Justin has proven to be the best investment. His crystal clear directions, along with unparalleled communication and responsiveness, have made my marketing debut incredibly easy and more successful than I could have ever imagined.
Dr. Tara Troy, Founder & Gastroenterologist
Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Health, LLC
The most important thing that I can say about Justin is that he delivers what he promises. In the three short weeks that we’ve been working together, he wrote a story on me that hit not only business but personal notes as well. But that was the teaser for the end result. In three weeks, he’s gotten me on two radio shows, published in three online publications, a prominent business podcast, and interviews with three reporters for local and national media. I’m ecstatic. His response? ‘We’re just getting started.
President at CFO Simplified
We are now three months into our work with Justin, and are thrilled with the results. Justin combines his skills for finding and telling stories with vast experience, an incredible network of media connections, and a relentless work ethic. The result: We’ve had more media coverage in three months than we’ve had in three years, and we’re looking forward to continuing our work together.
Head of School, Chicago Academy for the Arts
The success my firm has had from working with BrEpic has been astonishing! Justin got me set up with multiple media outlets before we had our initial interview! BrEpic demonstrates supreme professionalism and care to each of their clients, encouraging the feeling that your story really matters. I never dreamed about being in the publications that BrEpic got me published in. This has been one of the greatest investments in my business since I’ve started.
Founder, Cofield Advisors
Wow! Honest, trustworthy, incredibly knowledgeable, unbelievably connected, with on-point writing and exceptional follow-through. This is Justin. Much more than what you expect from a communications agency.
Founding President of MeMA-Music & Former Marketing Director of Virgin Records
Justin at his core is a reporter. He is truly able to take complex issues and turn them into amazing stories. Ultimately, he produces results that help to raise the profile and visibility of LISC. His relationships in the media world are invaluable.
Communications Officer, LISC Chicago
Justin has a wide and diverse knowledge and experience base, which he deploys seamlessly and passionately to get results.
CEO/President of Trick Percussion Products, Inc.
I definitely saw my work with Justin as more of an investment than a cost. And what I’ve seen after just one month in ROI has been amazing.
Founder/CEO of Martin Creative
Justin has helped me share my story in a way I never imagined before. He has truly assisted me in my mission to inspire an infinite amount of people.
CEO of Badu Enterprises, LLC
My experience with BrEpic has been one-of-a-kind. Justin moves lightning fast, he’s a great storyteller, and thanks to him my organization has gotten over a dozen features from media outlets such as Fox News, Chicago Citizen, Chicago Tribune and NewsOne. I am truly appreciative of his extremely customized, authentic and personable services.
Founder & CEO of The Black Ecosystem
In my 17 years in business, BrEpic has been the most efficient PR we have had. Thank you Justin for your passion and good service.
Owner of Tocco Restaurant & Founder of Recipe for Change
Justin is one of Chicago’s best storytellers and writers. His attention to detail, ability to fully connect with his audience, and meet deadlines are some of the many reasons I’ve always enjoyed working with Justin.
Former Executive Vice President of Shedd Aquarium
Justin is an incredible communicator and I have been excited to work with him because we share a common value of helping businesses grow. He brings a spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship to every project he gets involved in. It is my pleasure to recommend his services.
Founder of Jewish B2B Networking & Radio Host of Get Down To Business on AM 560
Working with Justin opened up a whole new world of publicity for our nonprofit. From radio interviews to a prime spot in the Chicago Tribune and some air time on FOX 32 news, we were thrilled and amazed with his connections! It was also exciting to hire Justin because he chooses only projects that he truly believes in: projects that are good for mankind.
Founder Pinta Pride Project
We have truly enjoyed working with Justin. He gave open and honest feedback about the best ways to market our business through his written piece. He also was clear about expectations and outcomes while being very accountable and responsive. His piece that he wrote for us was very popular and we received a lot of attention as a result. It was definitely a worthwhile investment for us.
Dr. Gameli Dekayie, MD
Co-Founder Quench Wellness
Justin has his fingers on the pulse of what is trending, what is cool, and what makes people want to engage with a brand.
Owner of Jar Bar Restaurant & Former Producer at MSNBC, CNN & the Oprah Winfrey Show
Over the years that Justin has covered my career and family, I have found him to be honest and a very creative writer and thinker. He has the rare ability to create a unique narrative that projects his subjects in their best light.
Deon L. Thomas
Big Ten Analyst, Fighting Illini Basketball Analyst, Public Speaker, Mentor & Author
Justin is a person of a high character and a straight shooter. He does an amazing job bringing stories to life through his reporting and writing. He genuinely cares about the people he works with and writes about, and does a great job fostering and building relationships. I consider Justin an amazing colleague and resource, and he is a great person to know and work with. He is always there when you need him.
Regional Executive Director at UpMetrics & Co-Founder at Monroestar, Inc.
Justin is a consummate pro, a guy who knows the media landscape and who can sniff out a great story. Justin works fast, the man is always on deadline. He is curious, decisive and can shape a story or a website with equal precision. I enjoy working with him and have recommended him without reservation. He’s also a great birdwatcher who shares an enthusiasm for the natural world.
Journalist, PR & Communications
Justin’s work ethic is something I did not think was humanly possible. He is relentless and does so with extreme care and genuine pride. Justin is the type of person who can be counted on regardless of the situation at hand.
Owner of Quiote Restaurant & Former DNAinfo Chicago/Daily Herald Reporter
Justin understands audiences and what makes people engage, which is a powerful combination at a time when competition for attention is so fierce.
Director of Media, Environmental Law & Policy Center
I feel very lucky that Justin Breen has become a part of my life and network over the past few years. Everywhere I look in Chicago, I find another person who knows Justin Breen and whose lives have been affected by him. His local reporting at DNAinfo was unique and special to our Chicago community, and the rate at which he was able to find interesting stories and report on them was news worthy in its own right. As he moves onto this new stage of his professional life, I have absolutely no doubt that he will be successful, innovative, creative, and touch many more lives every day in profound ways.
Entrepreneur, Community Organizer & NBA Player Agent
There is no one better today at helping the mid-sized business and large academic institutions than Justin Breen. He is a force of nature and works very smart and diligently to gain great exposure for his client base. He is an institution and entrepreneur’s best ally.
Publisher Beckers Healthcare, Publisher Becker Group Business Strategy
I have known Justin since he was a student of mine in my first advanced reporting class at University of Illinois in 1998. I have watched Justin rise in the journalism business through hard work and creative thinking, and he will bring both attributes – and much more – into his communications business.
Pulitzer Prize winner at the Washington Post & Journalism Professor at University of Illinois
BrEpic works with a client to develop a list of story ideas. BrEpic chooses the best ones and writes stories that have a good chance to be picked up by mainstream media.
After editing the story with BrEpic, the client puts the story on its website and sends the link to BrEpic, which markets the link to media locally, regionally and nationally.
If media is interested in the story, BrEpic introduces the media contact to the client, which coordinates interviews with the story subject or subjects.
BrEpic monitors successful mainstream media placements and posts successes on its social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
BrEpic Communications LLC is guided by Justin Breen, who has 20+ years in the media business, has won dozens of editing and writing awards, and is an author of countless viral stories. BrEpic will write clicky stories that highlight you or your business, and find the right pitch for multiple media outlets. Let BrEpic build your brand with creative content and successful pitches to mainstream media today.
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Photo Credit: Colin Boyle/Colin B Photography
Linze Rice is a professional writer, freelance journalist and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Pink House Media, where she specializes in written communications, PR, photography, content marketing and social media. Linze was a beat and special assignments reporter for DNAinfo Chicago and is now a contributor to Block Club Chicago. Her bylines have appeared in publications such as Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times, and she has taught journalism at Loyola University.
From car crashes, to crime, to local and presidential elections, “sexy” statues, food, education, business, property development, historical architecture and more — she’s covered it.
Publicity Club of Chicago, Golden Trumpet Award Winner 2019
Publicity Club of Chicago, Silver Trumpet Award Winner 2018
Responsible for covering sports, food, science, arts, wildlife and feature topics for the website encompassing 77 Chicago neighborhoods. Develop and deliver content for 40+ community newspapers published weekly. Serve as night editor reading 30+ stories, assigning breaking news and compiling the nightly report for the next day’s publication.
9,000+ followers on Twitter cultivated as the most productive, most followed tweeter in the company.
Helped hire and interview 30+ staff members prior to launch yielding in a strong, competent journalist team.
Collaborated daily with the executive and managing editors in a team with two additional assistant managing editors. Developed daily and Sunday content for each newspaper section. Specialized in centerpiece articles for A1. Contributed to and designed content for the company website. Partnered with the publisher, advertising director and promotions director on special projects, preview sections and communication strategies. Supervised the photo department comprised of four fulltime and 10+ freelance photographers.
Recognized as one of the country’s top “25 publishing leaders under 35” by Editor and Publisher magazine.
Participated in Leadership Northwest Indiana, a consortium of leaders, key players and community leaders.
Instituted a daily and Sunday centerpiece plan leveraging editors and reporters from three bureaus.
Assigned schedules and deadlines, drafted employee evaluations and led staff strategy meetings. Involved in the daily editors meetings. Maintained a monthly budget for 20+ correspondents of $5,000+ to supplement coverage from full-time staff. Directed a team of 15 assistant sports editors, page designers, writers and clerks.
Journalism Chair of College of Media Alumni Board
Won a Full Tuition Scholarship from the Illinois War Veterans Memorial Scholarship
BrEpic is working with leaders in the education, financial, hotel, insurance, IT, law, leadership development, medical, music, non-profit, public relations, restaurant, tech and other industries. Here are some of our partners.
BrEpic is looking for more exciting and forward-thinking business partners… like you! Be sure to download our brochure and reach out when you’re ready to get started. We hope to hear from you soon.