Van Eperen
Contact 301-836-1516

About

We’re an integrated agency for the modern world. Full-service capabilities. 14+ years of experience. We create disruptive communications that drive results.

Our Philosophy

We believe smart decisions start with analytics, but are made by real people. Quality, integrity, creativity and curiosity are in our blood. We chase big ideas. Clients are everything, and innovation isn’t an option, it’s an expectation. We aren’t just an agency – we’re a partner.

We think great ideas start with happy and healthy employees, and that relationships are more important than revenue. We believe in the power of people, and that even the smallest idea can make the largest impact. We live for a challenge, obsess over quality and love what we do.

Laura Van Eperen, Founder and CEO

Laura founded Van Eperen in 2004 to deliver on promises made to clients during the search process. Ethics, integrity, responsiveness, and results are what drive Laura and her agency.

Laura proudly manages a team of technology-savvy communicators who integrate innovative methods with proven principles.

Prior to launching Van Eperen, Laura served as a senior manager at communications firms in greater Washington, D.C. and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she gained extensive experience working with public and private sector clients and often brought them together to collaborate on projects.

Laura started her career as a broadcast journalist, covering hurricanes off Florida coasts and reporting from the halls of the State House in Tallahassee. Her stories appeared on CBS and NBC affiliates and CNN. She is a native Midwesterner, with a B.A. in communications and a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

In the community, Laura serves on the Board of Directors with Make-a-Wish, Mid-Atlantic. She was voted onto the Executive Committee as Vice-Chairwoman of the Maryland Marketing Partnership (MMP), after serving on the Board of Directors for two years.

Outside of work, Laura enjoys traveling with her family, reading fiction and taming her two terriers.

“The media will change. Formats will evolve. But one thing’s for sure: great stories will never go out of style.”

- Laura Van Eperen, Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey A. Davis, APR, Managing Partner

Jeff is managing partner for Van Eperen and also heads our Baltimore office, providing strategic PR and social media counsel for Van Eperen clients.

He has more than 25 years of public relations experience after beginning his career as a reporter for daily newspapers in Ohio, New Jersey and at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. As an early adopter, Jeff is a recognized expert in social media, advising clients on how to successfully integrate social media with traditional communications programs, and regularly speaks on social media trends.

Jeff also serves as Baltimore editor for the Capitol Communicator, and is co-founder of the Washington, D.C. podcast company Podcast Village. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University.

A member of the Stevenson University Business Communication advisory committee, Jeff is accredited in public relations; active in the Maryland chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, serving as past president; and is a member of the National Press Club. In 2016 he won a Silver Anvil award from PRSA, the highest award in PR, for a program promoting the value of liberal arts education.

He has served as a volunteer for the Parks and People Foundation in Baltimore for nearly 24 years.

When he’s not working or posting Instagram stories, you can find Jeff riding bike trails in Maryland and Delaware, spending time in Rehoboth, grilling, and watching college lacrosse.

“Social media is not a one-way promotional broadcast channel. It’s a tool to hear what others are saying and asking about your brand and a way to connect with them.”

- Jeffrey A. Davis, APR Managing Partner

HISTORY

Van Eperen was founded in 2004 by former journalist Laura Van Eperen, who today manages it with managing partner and fellow former journalist, Jeffrey Davis. The senior leaders each have nearly 30 years of communications experience serving clients across the U.S. and internationally. Since its early years, the firm has expanded across the Mid-Atlantic region with offices in Baltimore and the greater Washington D.C. region.

Van Eperen is a highly credible and established firm that also is a certified MBE (#09-004) in Maryland. The firm manages national, state and local public and private-sector clients with integrated PR, marketing and advertising programs.

From the perspective of our clients, we’re a trusted communications partner because we create engaging content, implemented with good professional judgement. We are multifaceted communicators who take a well-rounded approach to marketing communications.

The Van Eperen team is smart, savvy and innovative … and we’re proud to have won the Best Places to Work award from the Washington Business Journal in 2018 and 2019.

AWARDS

  • MarCom Platinum Award: Branding Refresh – Comprehensive Health Services
  • MarCom Gold Awards: Communication Program – Select Medical, Online Media Placement – LMO Advertising, Promotion / Marketing Materials – Comprehensive Health Services
  • Hermes Creative Award Gold Winner: Television Placement – SAMHSA
  • Hermes Creative Award Platinum Winner: Communications Plan – SAMHSA
  • Thoth Award Certificate of Excellence: Marketing Business-to-Business Campaign, Public Affairs Campaign
  • Hermes Creative Award Gold Winner: Media Placement – BOWA
  • Silver Inkwell Awards: Media Relations Plan, Media Campaign, Communications Campaigns – Media Campaign

We’re more than an agency – we’re an extension of your team. Proven experience. Data-driven strategies. Measurable results. We integrate communications to disrupt industries and inspire action.

 

Building Healthy Brands.

Health and Science

We’re experiencing the future of health and science innovation. New discoveries. Innovative treatments. Changing policies. Organizations need a partner who understands how these changes affect consumer attitudes and behaviors.

We partner with clients to amplify their messages in crowded markets. As our largest practice, our health and science team has worked with the best in both the private and public health and science industries. We integrate strategies to fuel innovative, data-driven solutions to complex organizational challenges. The result: clear communications that resonate with audiences and drive measurable results.

 

Make the Grade.

Education

We’ve entered a new educational frontier. Virtual classrooms. Changing curriculum. Universities and schools are evolving for the next generation of the American workforce.

Modern educational systems need a partner who understands how these changes influence student, faculty, staff, and community attitudes and behaviors. That’s why we work with clients to reach audiences at the right time, with the right message, on the right platform.

Located outside of Washington, D.C., we’ve worked with the best in public and private education. We also have first-hand experience working within universities, public school systems (K-12) and diverse community groups.

 

Fuel-Efficient Communications.

Transportation

We’re at a transportation tipping point. Increased congestion. Emissions concerns. Infrastructures are evolving to reduce congestion and accommodate growing populations.

Our transportation team understands how these changes affect commuter, employer and stakeholder decisions and behaviors. Using the latest technologies, we help clients build modern educational and marketing campaigns. Our integrated approach reaches audiences in the right places with the right message, driving measurable results.

We specialize in internal and external public transportation education, alternative transit, green and safe-driver programs.

 

Invest in Your Brand.

Financial

In today’s financial climate, you need a partner who understands how credibility influences long-term success.

That’s why we tackle challenges from an integrated perspective. Clear communications. Innovative platforms. Data-driven optimization. We partner with clients to reach audiences at the right moment, on the right platform, with the right message. The result: communications that inspire action.

With extensive financial experience, we proactively position clients for success. Whether you’re looking to expand your consumer base, manage a crisis or communicate with stakeholders, we have the tools to make it happen.

 

Building Communities. Fueling Engagement.

Home & Building

Affordable homes. New infrastructure and amenities. Greater access to education and health care. Modern home and building clients need a partner who understands how these advances affect public and consumer behaviors.

We believe communities are about more than construction – they’re about people. That’s why we put your audience at the center of your communications strategy. Our home and building team creates integrated communications that reach the right audiences with the right message, at the right time. Our creative and research-driven approach helps clients inspire action and drive measurable results.

 

Tech-inspired. Data-driven.

Technology

High-tech innovations often come with high-tech jargon. That’s why we partner with clients to translate complex information into stories that increase engagement. Clear communications. Unexpected solutions. Measurable results.

We integrate creative and data-driven strategies that resonate with audiences and drive organizational growth.

Located near D.C., we’re well positioned to help B2B and B2C technology companies break through the noise and amplify their messages. Among other industries, our technology experience includes biotech, telecommunications, research and development technology, aerospace and STEM.

Local, Regional, State or Federal Government?

Van Eperen is MBE/DBE-Certified and on the Federal GSA AIMS Schedule

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Van Eperen - Washington, DC

11333 Woodglen Drive
Suite 103
Rockville, Md. 20852
301-836-1516

Van Eperen - Baltimore

8 Market Place
Suite 300
Baltimore, Md. 21202
410-372-0827

Call us at 301-836-1516 (Rockville) or
410-372-0827 (Baltimore), or email us at info@vaneperen.com.
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