C.E.O. at Curly: Creative. Communication.
- Minneapolis, Minnesota (Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area)
- Public Relations and Communications
John Komarek's Overview
- Chief Executive Officer, Communications/Creative Director at Curly: Creative. Communications.
- Communications Manager at VocalEssence
- Interactive Marketing Coordinator at Contata Solutions Pvt Ltd
- Communications Specialist at Saint Paul Public Schools
- Assistant Videographer at Bellagalla
- Communications Specialist at Minnesota Association of Professional Employees
- Writer/Producer at DFL Caucus Media Services Minnesota House of Representatives
- Media Producer at Ciresi for Senate
- Producer, Editor and Photographer at Office of External Relations -- University of Minnesota
- University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- Hill-Murray School
John Komarek's Summary
Do good work. Keep in touch.
John Komarek's Experience
Chief Executive Officer, Communications/Creative Director
Curly: Creative. Communications.
June 2014 – Present (4 months) 625 Snelling Avenue N.
Curly: Creative. Communications. is dedicated to its mission to serve small business with big agency work.
Curly provides services that once were only the realm of large businesses: branding, advertising and public relations campaigns, marketing, web development and video.
We believe that all businesses deserve a recognizable brand, a story to tell and a place to tell it. In Curly’s hands, we will provide the platform upon which your business will grow.
Our clients are pleased with our work, and Curly is ready to add you to our list of clients who have received big agency ideas for their small business.
Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Music industry
August 2013 – June 2014 (11 months) Minneapolis, MN
¶ Manage the organization's brand.
¶ Manage the online presence and content, including social
¶ Create content for all forms of media.
¶ Market and expand VocalEssence initiatives.
¶ Serve as liaison and adviser for its young professionals group
Interactive Marketing Coordinator
Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry
February 2012 – February 2013 (1 year 1 month) Minneapolis, MN
¶ Write and produce blog content for the company's social CRM application.
¶ Coordination and management of client implementations of the company's social CRM application.
¶ Present and train clients remotely and in-person.
¶ Research competitor analysis and collect consumer intelligence.
Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Education Management industry
October 2010 – July 2011 (10 months)
¶ Created copy, video, press releases, talking points, scripts and other media for a variety of audiences.
¶ Handled select internal and external communications from start to finish, including communications translated into Spanish, Hmong and Somali.
¶ Managed weekly email internal communications.
Minnesota Association of Professional Employees
November 2009 – October 2010 (1 year)
¶ Established MAPE’s social media presence and managed its content.
¶ Managed and composed for weekly email marketing.
¶ Conceptualized and implemented media strategies to utilize traditional and new media.
¶ Created a media kit, pitched stories to the media and earned media hits.
¶ Event and group organizing for PR events.
DFL Caucus Media Services Minnesota House of Representatives
January 2009 – May 2009 (5 months)
¶ Produced, shot and edited an in-house cable program for representatives in the House.
¶ Set up FTP sharing site to send video releases.
¶ Wrote press releases, newsletters and surveys for Web site.
Producer, Editor and Photographer
Office of External Relations -- University of Minnesota
August 2007 – December 2007 (5 months)
¶ Conceptualized, organized and executed the 2007 Scholarship Video.
¶ Hired and managed a photographer/assistant editor.
¶ Collaborated with the client and met deadlines.
John Komarek's Honors and Awards
Literary AwardsAlpha Delta Phi International
I won two of these awards as an undergraduate for photography and for submitting and requesting the creation of a separate video category, which had not existed yet.
John Komarek's Publications
- The Minnesota Daily
- November 16, 2006
As a promotion of the fledgling video department of the Minnesota Daily, I wrote a humorous Q &A to inform the readers about the Multimedia Department's online content.
- Asian American Press
- December 17, 2011
This is a ghostwritten article for the superintendent that promotes and complements a video story I had created for the upcoming Saturday School program.
- April 1, 2010
As part of the awareness campaign, I sought out, secured and created a story about a man who provides Minnesotans with fish to catch. Graphics, video, clips and soundbytes are used beyond this page in other media.
- Alpha Delta Phi Minnesota
This is a timely piece written for New Years, which ties one of the organization's songs with the melody of the classic song in order to support the message of cultivating a life-long experience.
"While most will raise their glasses and voices while attempting to fumble through Auld Lang Syne (have you ever met a person who actually knows all the words?), Alpha Delts will find beauty in the same melody, but with different words that each brother can sing by heart: There’s Beauty in Yon Crescent Moon."
John Komarek's Projects
During my time as a board member of the Alpha Delta Phi Minnesota Alumni Society, I created a lecture/networking series to feature brothers of note with the goals of creating a professional culture, increasing alumni engagement and offering more outlets for other initiatives to be communicated/ opportunities to make small donation asks.
All graphics for the event were created by Nik Vandenmeerendonk.
MAPE Members Public Awareness Campaign
While at MAPE, the union had a desire to bring a face to its organization that would introduce themselves to the people of Minnesota and pad the group for upcoming legislation.
We operated under my concept outlined by this statement: "MAPE makes Minnesota a state worth calling home. We provide vital services to Minnesotans. Not always visible, but always there working hard for you. We're a Minnesota union making a great state even better!"
The project included the first social media efforts the organization has ever undertaken, video stories used on a host of new and traditional media and organizing efforts. It connected internal and external communications.
U of M CLA Scholarship Video
For the University of Minnesota's Scholarship Dinner at McNamara, I was charged with working with the office to conceptualize and executing the video showing donors how they were helping change the lives of scholarship recipients.
For a show completely independently funded by a Kickstarter campaign, I pitched stories to local news outlets, receiving multiple hits in the Lillie Suburban News family of papers, included a front page spread, and coverage in the Star Tribune's local section.
Additionally, I provided social media direction regarding the use of it as a marketing tool to track and promote ticket sales, drum up interest via graphic work of all the cast members in character.
And these duties were above and beyond my duties as the lead character.
Team Members: John Komarek, Steve Ehrfurth, Nik VanDenMeerendonk, Mark Kimitch, M.A.S., Connor Murphy
- January 2005 to Present
The Alpha Delta Phi – Minnesota Chapter Web site has been a collaborative project, of which, I have been in charge of since its inception in 2005.
For the Saint Paul Public Schools' ongoing relationship with its corporate partner, 3M, I was charged to conceptualize and execute the video project. The goal was to show 3M and other potential partners how they were helping change the lives of grant recipients.
To compliment its season of programming and support other concurring development and education initiatives, I have conceptualized and created content to engage its audiences. Many of them are first-of-their-kind for the organization, including campaigns that involve audience submissions.
John Komarek's Languages
English(Native or bilingual proficiency)
Spanish(Professional working proficiency)
John Komarek's Skills & Expertise
- Press Releases
- Public Relations
- Talking Points
- Fact Sheets
- Public Speaking
- Voice Over
- Social Media
- Interviewing Skills
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Email Marketing
- Social Media Marketing
- Marketing Communications
- New Media
- Social Networking
- Strategic Communications
- Copy Editing
- Content Strategy
- Creative Writing
- Web Content
- AP Style
- Web Content Management
John Komarek's Education
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
B.A., Broadcast Journalism, Spanish
2004 – 2007
¶ The Minnesota Daily -- A/V Editor
¶ CLA-TV Studios -- Undergraduate T.A.
¶ Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity -- Two-term Vice President
¶ Studied abroad in Toledo, Spain
¶ On-camera talent -- Ads for Target, Best Buy and Target Market
¶ Volunteer Instructor at Aprendamos Computación
¶ Volunteer ESL teacher at the English Learning Center
¶ TV Intern, North American Media Group