A self-proclaimed political junkie, Justin brings nearly a decade of government and political communications experience to TrendyMinds. In a career that spans the mayor's office of the nation's 12th largest city to the halls of the U.S. Congress—Justin has helped shape policy and communications strategy for leaders at the highest levels.
After graduating from Butler University in 2000 (Go Dawgs!) with a degree in telecommunications, Justin was hired by then-Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson as a staff writer and press assistant. He continued serving in numerous leadership roles under Peterson, including directing the mayor's successful re-election bid in 2003.
Justin went on to lead Peterson's communications team as press secretary and chief spokesperson before being named Deputy Chief of Staff in 2007. Justin helped shape the messaging and strategy that drove several of Peterson's successful legislative initiatives, including a law that allowed municipalities to more quickly acquire and redevelop abandoned properties.
After leaving the Indianapolis mayor's office, Justin entered the private sector as an account executive at an Indianapolis-based communications firm where he helped guide strategic initiatives for clients ranging from large corporations to small non-profit organizations.
In 2009, the political bug bit Justin once again when he joined the Office of U.S. Congressman Andre Carson (Indiana, District 7) to serve as communications director. Within months, he was promoted by the Congressman to serve as District Director, filling the dual roles of Carson's chief surrogate in the Indianapolis community and managing the Congressman's local office and constituent services operation. With the support of Justin's leadership, Congressman Carson soared in 2010 to the largest victory ever in the history of Indiana's 7th District during a non-presidential election cycle.
As senior vice president, client services, for TrendyMinds, Justin leads in developing and implementing strategies for all clients. As stated on the back of Justin's business card, he came to TM to “get results,” and he's got the experience and know-how to do just that.
When he's not chasing business or reading the latest political rag, Justin can be found playing with his seven-year old daughter and spending a quiet evening out with his wife, Pam. He's become resigned to the fact that when it comes to his daughter, he's only the second favorite Justin around—next to Justin Bieber.
Justin is also a huge fan of the Indianapolis Colts, a true-blue supporter of his Butler Bulldogs, and a big movie buff. Truth be told, he still reads an occasional comic book every now and then. “Everyone wants to be a superhero at some point. Most just grow out of it when they reach adulthood. Not me,” he says. “I've learned to embrace my dorkdom.”