bob berg

founder, of counsel

Berg Muirhead & Associates

Bob Berg is a founding partner of and of counsel to Van Dyke•Horn, formerly Berg Muirhead and Associates. He is known as one of  Michigan’s most-trusted names and respected authority in the public relations and public affairs community. He served a total of 17-years as the senior public affairs advisor first to Gov. William Milliken, Michigan’s longest serving governor, and then to Mayor Coleman A. Young, Detroit’s longest-serving mayor. 

In 1998, he and business partner Georgella Muirhead formed Berg Muirhead and Associates; the city’s first and only integrated public relations partnership. Through the years they made a priority of maintaining a fully-integrated staff, a fact they believe has been an important part of their continued success. They headquartered their business in the city long before it became fashionable and made sure that they worked on projects that benefit the city and its neighborhoods.

Bob continues to give back to his community in countless ways and currently sits on the Coleman A. Young Foundation board. He has served on the board for The Roeper School as well as for the Detroit Police Foundation.  Additionally, he is regularly asked to speak about his experience working with Mayor Young and Governor Milliken, as well as his unique perspectives on Detroit.  

In 2014, he received the John Rakolta, Jr. Leadership in Race Relations Award from New Detroit, Inc.  Bob was also honored by the Hannan Center as a Changemaker in their inaugural 70 Over 70 Class of 2017 and in 2018, the Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan presented Bob with their Distinguished Warrior award.  

Bob is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) in Bloomington, Illinois. After a year of graduate studies at the University of Stockholm, he began his career as a reporter for United Press International in Des Moines, Iowa. Eventually he was promoted to bureau chief for Panax Newspapers.