John Komarek

John Komarek

C.E.O. at Curly: Creative. Communication.

Minneapolis, Minnesota (Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area)
Public Relations and Communications

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John Komarek's Overview

  • Chief Executive Officer, Communications/Creative Director at Curly: Creative. Communications.
  • 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

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John Komarek's Summary

Do good work. Keep in touch.

John Komarek's Experience

Chief Executive Officer, Communications/Creative Director

Curly: Creative. Communications.

June 2014Present (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.

Communications Manager


Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Music industry

August 2013June 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

Contata Solutions Pvt Ltd

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

February 2012February 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.

Communications Specialist

Saint Paul Public Schools

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Education Management industry

October 2010July 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.

Assistant Videographer


20082011 (3 years)

¶ Collaborate with lead videographer to capture the unique moments that make wedding memories.

Communications Specialist

Minnesota Association of Professional Employees

November 2009October 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 2009May 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.

Media Producer

Ciresi for Senate

January 2008May 2008 (5 months)

¶ Developed video packages to promote the candidate and inform the electorate.
¶ Shot, edited and wrote scripts for each video package.
¶ Managed and tracked media clips regarding the U.S. Senate race.

Producer, Editor and Photographer

Office of External Relations -- University of Minnesota

August 2007December 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 Awards

    Alpha 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 Eye Behind the Camera

    • The Minnesota Daily
    • November 16, 2006
    Authors: John Komarek

    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.

  • School on a Saturday: Changing Perceptions

    • Asian American Press
    • December 17, 2011
    Authors: John Komarek

    This is a ghostwritten article for the superintendent that promotes and complements a video story I had created for the upcoming Saturday School program.

  • DNR Fishing Opener

    • MAPE
    • April 1, 2010
    Authors: John Komarek

    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.

  • There’s Beauty in Auld Lang Syne

    • Alpha Delta Phi Minnesota
    Authors: John Komarek

    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

  • Professionals Night Networking/Lecture Series

    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

    Team Members: John Komarek

    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

    Team Members: John Komarek, Tim Nelson

    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.

  • Don't Shoot the Masseuse - Theatrical Promotion

    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.

  • Alpha Delta Phi - Minnesota Chapter Web Site

    • 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.

  • 3M Ingenuity Grant Video

    Team Members: John Komarek

    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.

  • VocalEssence Social Campaigns

    Team Members: John Komarek

    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

  1. Writing
  2. Research
  3. Press Releases
  4. Public Relations
  5. Editing
  6. Talking Points
  7. Fact Sheets
  8. Public Speaking
  9. Videography
  10. Storytelling
  11. Acting
  12. Voice Over
  13. Social Media
  14. Spanish
  15. Interviewing Skills
  16. Newsletters
  17. Blogging
  18. Adobe Creative Suite
  19. SEO
  20. Email Marketing
  21. Copywriting
  22. Monologues
  23. Social Media Marketing
  24. Marketing Communications
  25. Marketing
  26. New Media
  27. Social Networking
  28. Advertising
  29. Television
  30. Photography
  31. Journalism
  32. Strategic Communications
  33. Copy Editing
  34. Content Strategy
  35. Creative Writing
  36. Management
  37. Facebook
  38. Web Content
  39. AP Style
  40. Web Content Management

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John Komarek's Education

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

B.A., Broadcast Journalism, Spanish


¶ 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
¶ Vocalist/guitarist/bassist/songwriter
¶ Volunteer Instructor at Aprendamos Computación
¶ Volunteer ESL teacher at the English Learning Center
¶ TV Intern, North American Media Group

Hill-Murray School

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