Peter Van Dyke
Peter Van Dyke is CEO of Van Dyke•Horn, Michigan’s foremost publications firm. He heads a 10-person team to provide leading communications services to the company’s 25 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 an 18-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, refining operations and providing 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. Additionally, he developed the firm’s first internship program as well as led several initiatives to improve its operations.
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.
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 deeply involved in serving his local community. He is currently chair of the Detroit Artists Market and serves on the boards of Michigan Community Resources and the Michigan Humane Society. He also started the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s (MOCAD) young professionals board, where he served as chair for two years, and was the director of Midtown Detroit’s Marche du Nain Rouge festival in its second and third year.
Additionally, in 2016, Peter and Marilyn developed a scholarship at his alma mater, Wayne State University, to honor Bob Berg and Georgella Muirhead. The scholarship supports the advancement of minority public relations students.
Peter has received several awards and recognitions, including WDIV-TV’s “I Have the Drive” and Crain's Detroit Business's "20 in their Twenties.” 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 and received the college’s Jeanine Gregory Award for Public Relations Leadership.
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 the 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 have 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 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.
Georgella Bascom Muirhead, APR
FOUNDER, OF COUNSEL
Berg Muirhead & Associates
Georgella Muirhead, APR, is a founding partner of Van Dyke Horn, formerly named Berg Muirhead and Associates. Under her leadership, Berg Muirhead and Associates grew to be one of the region’s leading public relations agencies. The agency has executed communications campaigns tailored to meet the needs of more than 150 clients from a diverse group of industries.
Georgella is a natural born communicator whose expertise as a community engagement specialist has earned her high praise. Georgella is known for the energy and creativity she brings to every project and has led or provided strategic leadership to some of Detroit’s most challenging and successful community outreach and communications efforts
Georgella Muirhead has been a PR practitioner for almost 40 years. Before forming Berg Muirhead with Bob Berg she served 24 years as a government public relations administrator in the cities of Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Southfield and Detroit as well as operated Georgella Muirhead Communications, Inc.
In 2004 she served as project manager and spokesperson for the Detroit Democratic Presidential Debate and in 2008 she served as spokeswoman for the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s Myrtle Beach Democratic Presidential Debate.
She is an accredited member (APR) of the Public Relations Society of America. Among her awards are Wayne State University’s Alumni Achievement Award in the public relations department. She has also received a PRSA Silver Anvil award for excellence in government communications and the American Marketing Association Grand Effie Award for student recruitment and community engagement.
Georgella is a former board member of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Public Television station WTVS-Channel 56.