PETER VAN DYKE
Peter Van Dyke is CEO of Van Dyke Horn, Michigan’s foremost public relations firm. He heads a 14-person team to provide leading communications services to the company’s 30-plus clients, which range from global corporations to local charitable organizations. Peter is distinctly renowned for the entrepreneurial spirit he brings to his company and the firm’s clients’ campaigns. Formerly named Berg Muirhead, Van Dyke Horn has a 20-year history serving clients globally from its Detroit headquarters.
Peter joined Berg Muirhead in 2006 and was quickly recognized for his talent to develop new clients, refine operations and provide top-rate public relations services. He is noted for bringing in the most clients in the firm’s history and growing the company into industries including automotive, the arts, real estate development and retail.
After 10 years serving Berg Muirhead’s growth, Peter acquired the company and formed Van Dyke Horn Public Relations with his partner Marilyn Horn, the company’s president and CFO. Since acquiring the company, Van Dyke Horn’s team has more than doubled with revenues growing by over 40 percent.
Peter is respected by his clients and colleagues for his ability to integrate public relations practices to design and deliver comprehensive and seamless communication campaigns. Through his expertise and leadership, the firm has garnered several local and national awards for public relations, media relations, community relations and writing.
Peter is a Detroit resident and deeply involved in serving his local community. He serves on the board of visitors for Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, and on the boards the Detroit Public Theatre, the Michigan Humane Society, chairing its PR committee, and the Marche du Nain Rouge, as its treasurer. He is also on the L.E.A.D. committee for the Detroit Historical Society and the honorary board for the Detroit Artists Market.
Additionally, in 2016, Peter and Marilyn developed a scholarship at his alma mater, Wayne State University, to honor agency founders Bob Berg and Georgella Muirhead. The scholarship supports the advancement of minority public relations students.
Peter has received several awards and recognitions, including Crain's Detroit Business's “40 under Forty” and "20 in their Twenties,” D Business Magazine’s “30 in their Thirties,” Detroit Young Professionals’ (DYP) Vanguard Leadership Award, WDIV-TV’s “I Have the Drive.”
He graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Wayne State University, where he started the school’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter and received the college’s Jeanine Gregory Award for Public Relations Leadership.