A coalition-builder, event planner and grassroots field director with more than 15 years of experience leading volunteer armies on behalf of a number of causes and candidates, Kari has an extensive track record of building events and campaigns that deliver exemplary results.
Since founding the company, Kari has acted as an independent consultant specializing in event planning, public engagement, grassroots development, coalition management and shaping of public policy initiatives.
Chris Lato, APR
A strategic communications professional and a former Director of Public Relations in both agency and business settings, Chris has worked with a host of business, non-profit/charity, and public policy clients.
"We partner with one-man shops, international companies and just about every size in between," Chris notes. "Our biggest thrill is to help clients see the power of strategic PR planning, and we pride ourselves on delivering results that soar beyond their expectations."
After nearly a decade as a Wisconsin radio news director, reporter and anchor at WISN-AM (Milwaukee), WAXX-FM (Eau Claire) and the Madison-based Wisconsin Radio Network, Chris moved into political communications before starting Octagon Communications and Consulting with Kari Lato in 2005.
Chris holds an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), one of only about 5,000 to attain the professional designation. According to the Public Relations Society of America, the APR "communicates professional expertise, plus personal and professional dedication and values...[and] reflects progressive industry practices and high standards."