A 1995 masters graduate in journalism and public relations, Schillinger was named one of the “top 40 young global public relations professionals” by PR Week. Since graduation, he has held posts with Hill and Knowlton in Budapest, in London with the Roland Company and in Heidleberg with WaggenerEdstrom Strategic Communications. In April 2003 Schillinger returned to Budapest as the founding managing director of his own firm, Avant Garde Group.
Throughout his rapidly advancing career, Schillinger has continuously maintained contact with Ball State University. He attended alumni events in London and Mainz and is an active member of Ball State University Public Relations Council.