Mr. Lukaszewski has broad-based experience ranging from media-initiated investigations to product recalls and plant closings, from criminal litigation to takeovers. He is retained by senior management to intervene directly and manage the resolution of corporate problems and bad news. The situations he helps resolve often involve conflict, controversy, and community action or activist opposition. Mr. Lukaszewski believes that the communication problems they face can only be resolved through superior personal leadership skills combined with positive, strategic, ethical communication.
Jim Lukaszewski is a former deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Economic Development and assistant press secretary to former Minnesota Governor Wendell Anderson. He founded his first public relations firm in Minnesota in 1978. Prior to founding The Lukaszewski Group Inc., in 1989, he was senior vice president and director of executive communication programs for Georgeson & Company, and a partner with Chester Burger Company, both in New York City.
In addition to being a prolific author and internationally known speaker on crisis management, ethics, leadership, media relations, public affairs, and reputation preservation and restoration, He is a civilian advisor to the United States Marine Corps. He lectures annually at the U.S. Marine Corps East Coast Commanders Media Training Symposium. Jim is the recipient of Ball State University’s 2004 National Public Relations Achievement Award, the 2004 Patrick Jackson Award for Distinguished Service to PRSA, the 2005 PR News Lifetime Achievement Award, and will receive the 2006 Lloyd B. Dennis Distinguished Leadership Award in Salt Lake City, Utah.
His name has appeared in Corporate Legal Times as one of "28 Experts to Call When All Hell Breaks Loose," and in PR Week as one of 22 "crunch-time counselors who should be on the speed dial in a crisis."