Maria Verven is a strategic, accredited marketing professional with over 35 years’ experience helping her clients create solid brand reputations, build a strong market presence and meet their revenue goals.
An expert in helping start-up companies get to the next phase, Verven makes the most of limited resources by focusing on the lowest hanging fruit. After helping her clients hone in on their unique selling proposition (USP), she develops and implements a solid strategic plan, employing well-honed skills in P.R. as well as traditional and ‘inbound’ marketing.
Accredited by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Maria was V.P. of marketing for a technology company now owned by Accenture before starting her firm, VERVE Communications in 2008. Previously, she served as V.P. with the international P.R. firm FleishmanHillard and as V.P. with the investment firm Piper Jaffray, where she managed eight P.R. agencies from NYC to San Francisco.
Maria has provided strategic counsel and P.R. services for many small businesses in technology, healthcare and financial services, including Community Reinvestment Fund, Edina Realty, ImmunoChemistry Technologies and Southview Design. She has also written feature articles for several of the biggest companies in Minnesota including 3M, Medtronic and UnitedHealthcare.
Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Vassar College and is a singer-songwriter who released a CD of her original songs after creating her own music publisher, Songnificant. Maria served on the PRSA board and guest-lectures in P.R. at the University of Minnesota. A resident of Minneapolis, she is a big sister to an 11-year-old girl through Big Brothers Big Sisters.