I help companies shift their marketing strategies, from pitching the media to informing them by creating content, establishing credibility and engaging the decision-makers.
As a lawyer, I work closely with companies and their attorneys to manage risk, prepare and avoid a crisis or work with a client through a very difficult situation while working to repair their reputation.
On behalf of companies, I help build trust with key stakeholders through direct engagement, one-on-one meetings and corporate social responsibility campaigns.
I formed North Coast Strategies, a high-stakes public strategy (public relations + affairs) firm, by combining my experience in law, strategic communications and public policy. I help people and companies protect their reputation or gain a competitive advantage.
As an attorney with a practice centered-around strategic communications, crisis management and public affairs, I help clients understand how their legal problems can become PR problems and what they can do to minimize risk and protect their reputation.
As a trained facilitator, I also work with government, business and community leaders to resolve public policy disputes. I create a facilitative process to take the politics out of policy by bringing multiple stakeholders together and moving issues forward.
Although I work independently, at times I have a network of other consultants that allows me to offer an extended variety of marketing services on an as needed basis. Because of my virtual structure and low overhead, I am able to focus on specific projects and work very closely with my clients.
I have served as the spokesperson for the City of Detroit, Mackinac Island, Mich., Detroit Bulk Storage and The Ann Arbor Art Fair. I also represented a number of local and national companies as their lobbyist or public relations counsel.
In 2008, I was appointed by Detroit’s 61st Mayor, Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr., as the Communications Director and Press Secretary for the City of Detroit. As Detroit’s Chief Communications Officer, I was responsible for managing the city's response to the financial crisis of 2008 and the federal government's bailout of America's auto industry, while working to rebuild a city's image following the resignation and incarceration of the previous mayor. I serve on the boards of the MS Society and Michigan Political Leadership Program and currently chairs the Executive Leadership Committee for the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE).
Married and a father of three, I also serve as a mediator, focusing on public policy disputes and was named as a Top Lawyer in Detroit (2013) for Government Relations by dbusiness Magazine. I enjoy spending time with my family and competing in triathlons and 10K races.
CONFERENCES + TRADE SHOWS + BUSINESS MEETINGS
Daniel is available to speak at conferences and other events on issues related to crises communications, risk management, public affairs and strategic communications. Daniel was recently featured as a speaker at:
Public Relations Society of America International Conference, "Lessons from Flint: Crisis Management For Public Officials," October, 2016
Michigan Food and Agriculture Protection & Defense Working Group, Michigan Department of Agriculture, "Risk Communications During Food Emergency Events, October, 2016
Size does not matter. Results do.
With a diversity of experience, I am able to strategically advise clients from a business perspective and focused on measurable results.
Along the shores of America’s North Coast I work to develop meaningful relationships through insight and advocacy. This is my chance to offer advice and commentary on trends in the industry that will help you protect and enhance your reputation. I will offer insight into the media covering your issues and my thoughts and insight on Detroit and the North Coast. At times, I may focus on other issues to help you think critically, anticipate change and make decisions that help move you forward.
In 2003 Warren Buffet said Detroit has "huge potential" and might even be a place for Berkshire Hathaway to invest if he finds a suitable company. Today, Berkshire Hathaway announced The Loft Warehouse joins their HomeServices Real Estate Brokerage Network, their first investment in the City of Detroit.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month which gives us a chance to celebrate companies that employ people with disabilities and embrace diversity and inclusion practices, and raise awareness for those companies that don’t. Services to Enhance Potential (STEP) and other Community Rehabilitation Organizations, are preparing individuals with developmental disabilities for these opportunities. Every day these organizations work with thousands of individuals with disabilities helping prepare them for work opportunities. Additionally, efforts are taken to work with the potential employer to assure the individual’s transition to the work place is a smooth one and the employer needs continue to be met.
Equifax and the SEC are today’s current cyber-disturbance. But what about our food supply. Congress, in 2010, enacted the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The law drastically updates how our food is regulated. It creates guidelines for food manufacturers and processors to follow in the processing, producing and handling of food, from harvesting to processing, warehousing and distribution. The federal government however, is still trying to figure out how to enforce the FSMA. The most recent rules focus on preventing the intentional adulteration of food in the supply chain.
We just created the agency of the future. We are an agency of independents. Call us what you want – freelancers, contractors, temps, 1099’s or solo-preneurs, we are flexible and nimble enough to build an agency around our clients and not afraid to give you our advice in moving your business forward. We don’t employ people, we work with a select team of experienced professionals and specific disciplines who sit as equal partners. With each client, we start from scratch and find the right team to fit that specific job.