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Dan Verakis

Dan Verakis

SVP and Director, Public Relations

Cramer-Krasselt

Communications Executive & Entrepreneur

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Cramer-Krasselt

SVP and Director, Public Relations

Responsible for leading the public relations discipline and department for the Chicago office.

Our mission is simple: Make friends, not ads.™

Great brands don’t just have great sales. They have friends. Friends shop without a coupon. Friends see past what’s temporarily in style. Friends are with you for years, not just a quarter. That’s why we believe: The brand with the most friends wins.

This mindset drives all our ideas. It’s how we helped Corona surpass Heineken as the number one imported beer, catapulted CareerBuilder.com past Monster.com, created a pop-culture phenomenon for Rozerem, launched Porsche’s Panamera, turned Crocs from fading fad to a 26% sales increase in less than nine months, and helped Heinz roll out the most successful product launch in its history.

And it’s driven our own growth. C-K is the second largest independent agency in the U.S., with 500 employees and $1 billion in billings. An Advertising Age “Agency to Watch” three of the last four years, C-K has grown by more than 50 percent since 2005.

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SafetyBook LLC

Founder & CEO

SafetyBook.org provides a private personal product-safety monitoring service to help protect your family and children from the danger of faulty products.

Unsafe, hazardous or defective are three words you never want to hear, especially when it involves products in or around your home. In today's world, it's hard to keep up with the millions of products out there, not to mention when they go bad. Whether it's the car you've been driving, a home appliance you use every day or products for your baby, we've finally got a solution.

SafetyBook.org is your personal, private, peace of mind. Easily create your SafetyBook registry, and leave it to us to find and alert you of any product recalls that could leave you and your family at risk. We monitor the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and other authorities, and will notify you directly if you own something dangerous.

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Technori

Director, Technori Unwind

Technori is a celebration of tech entrepreneurship in Chicago, a celebration of those who take risks, chase their dreams, build brands, change communities, and create the culture of Chicago’s business community.

Giving real and accurate accounts of what it’s like to start a company in Chicago, detailing both the good and the bad, we are committed to profiling and celebrating the people behind the leading companies in Chicago.

Specialties: startup coverage, entrepreneurship, small business, chicago, startups

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David Grossman & Associates

Executive Vice-President

Before beginning his own consulting practice, Dan served as Executive Vice President of a leadership and communication firm, where he managed the daily operations of approximately 20 employees. He also led the strategic business consulting and leadership training/communications practice for a number of major corporate clients, including: McDonald’s Corporation, Abbott and Lockheed Martin, to drive operational excellence and business goals.

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Whirlpool Corporation

Corporate Communications

Previously, Dan spent three years at Whirlpool Corporation, first at the company’s European headquarters in Milan, Italy, and then at Whirlpool’s global headquarters in Michigan. While in Europe, he created and deployed pan-European programs to drive and support operations goals, organizational restructuring and change management efforts, communications and event management. Upon returning to the United States, he created and led the deployment of the company’s first strategic corporate reputation management process.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Independent Consultant

Before joining Whirlpool, Dan served as an independent consultant in Prague, Czech Republic, conducting research with leading business executives on the market impact of European Union ascension for Central and Eastern Europe. In addition, he supported several projects, including work for Prague Flood Relief and the United States Agency for International Development Afghanistan Project.

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Matha-MacDonald LLC

Consultant

Prior to his time in Prague, Dan was a consultant at Matha Macdonald LLC (now Gagen Macdonald) in Chicago, counseling clients including Ajinomoto U.S.A., Baxter International Corporation and United Airlines on change management and communications programs designed to motivate and align employees behind business objectives.

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Monsanto Company

Corporate Communications

Dan spent several years at Monsanto Company, both domestically and in London, England, working on strategic communications, mergers and acquisitions, financial and litigation issues management and public affairs. He played a significant role in the company’s response to the global controversy regarding genetically modified foods.

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Carnegie Science Center

Media Relations associates

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Verakis Associates

Principal

Communication  Business Strategy  Facilitation

We are a small SWAT team of seasoned professionals who can quickly and efficiently produce results for our clients. We begin by identifying the outcomes you seek, and help you reach them with our unique blend of leadership counsel, strategic planning, communications and media expertise.

Good business is built on relationships, so we won’t be just another vendor… we’ll be your thought partner. We’ll figure out what keeps you up at night, so we can help tackle your challenges.

Simply put, we’ve found that success requires a great strategy, great communication, and great people … we provide all three.

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Bethany College

Peters Township High School