Building on History
For nearly two decades, Berg muirhead, a full service public relations agency, has been a major presence on the communications scene in and around detroit.
Van Dyke Horn was formerly named Berg Muirhead and Associates, which was formed in 1998 with a commitment to moving the city and region forward and to partnering with businesses and organizations who shared that goal. Founding partners Georgella Muirhead and Bob Berg were also determined to create a diverse firm that reflects the entire region that it serves. They have succeeded in these objectives, and our firm remains as committed to them today as when we first opened our doors.
The two founding partners had previously worked as a team directing the City of Detroit’s communications efforts on a variety of extremely high-profile projects during the last eight years of Mayor Coleman Young’s time in office. Their unequaled combination of experience in both the public and private sectors, and their years of working collaboratively put them in an ideal position to form a business partnership.
In 2016, Peter Van Dyke and Marilyn Horn acquired the company after a combined 17 years as members of the Berg Muirhead team. Van Dyke serves as CEO, leading communications services, and Horn as president, leading operations and finance, providing services to 25-plus clients that range from global corporations to local charitable organizations.
Berg Muirhead was and Van Dyke Horn remains Michigan’s only integrated public relations partnership.
Muirhead continues to be actively engaged with the firm, providing counsel to key clients as part of the Van Dyke Horn team. Berg continued to serve our firm and clients until shortly before his passing in May 2019.
Through the years, our firm has managed projects for more than 150 clients in both the public and private sectors, working on a number of successful high-profile projects benefiting Detroit, its neighborhoods and the Southeast Michigan region. In 2018, Van Dyke Horn expanded our statewide engagement and opened a second office in downtown Lansing.
Our firm prides itself on creating and executing high-level, focused communications campaigns that are tailored to serve clients’ individual needs. Our agency’s philosophy is to be deeply engrained in our community. We build lasting and trusting relationships, we work as full partners with our clients and we seek projects that manifest change.