October 25, 2018

Simplify Your IT

Denver Biz Tech Expo

Mile High Stadium
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

When A Crisis Hits… Are You Prepared

Presented by Andy Boian & David DeCamillis

Andy Boian, CEO of dovetail solutions and David DeCamillis, VP of Platte River Networks, will discuss how to prepare your company for a sudden and significant negative event.  Any business, at some point, will face some sort of public relations crisis and the way you respond may significantly damage your brand alienating your customer base and business partners.

David’s firm, Platte River Networks recently survived the Hillary Clinton email scandal with the help of Andy and his PR firm-dovetail solutions. Both speakers will share their real-life experiences on how to effectively manage an unpredictable threat and the unforeseeable consequences that occur.  News goes viral instantly on multiple platforms. Are you prepared?

Andy and David will discuss the following topics:

  • How to safeguard yourself and your company from a negative press event
  • If one occurs, what are the first things you ought to do
  • How to handle internal and external communications-Training-Who speaks-Who DOES NOT
  • Whether or not you need a professional firm to assist
  • How to change the news cycle on the event so it comes off the front pages
  • If you’re a public company, what are potential pitfalls
  • Managing your website and social media
  • Managing your staff and customers
  • Creating a comprehensive crisis communications plan
  • How to ensure it doesn’t happen again



About Andy Boian, Founder and CEO of dovetail solutions

A Denver native, CEO Andy Boian founded dovetail solutions, a full-service professional communications firm specializing in media relations, branding and messaging, crisis and issues management, digital marketing and media, and public affairs on behalf of it’s professional services clients. The firm works with its clients to build mutually beneficial relationships for maximum opportunity through relationship-building and mutual trust as opposed to a transactional one only. As a result, his peers and friendly competitors through PRSA, the Public Relations Society of America, named his firm the “Public Relations Firm of the Year” recently. He has beenreferred to as a natural “connector,” a term coined in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The Tipping Point. He began his career in 1993 as a speechwriter and corporate communications executive for a large telecommunications firm, with national responsibility and oversight.

He is engaged in electoral politics at both the national and regional levels, working with a number of candidate and issue-based campaigns. He has served as a senior campaign strategist and advisor for more than 25 years. Additionally, he served on the transition teams for both the nation’s forty-second president and a cabinet member of the nation’s forty-third President. Andy is currently a faculty member for the Daniels College of Business M.B.A. program and an adjunct professor at the distinguished Korbel Graduate School of International Studies, both at the University of Denver. He has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado and Arapahoe Community College as well as Metropolitan State University of Denver for 14 years and was named a favorite professor two separate times.

  • He is a recipient of the Denver Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” award, the Colorado Statesman’s “Fifty for the Future” and Metropolitan State University of Denver’s “Mover and Shaker” award. Additionally, Andy was also recognized by his alma mater as an Alumnus of Distinction in 2011, the first in political science in the history of the university. In 1999, he was asked to run as a Colorado representative of the Democratic National Committee. After a successful campaign, he served four years at the national level.

    Andy is remarkably active in the Denver community. In 2008 he founded ExecConnect, a unique nonprofit 501c3 organization made up of senior executives, community leaders and business owners with a mission to harness the energy of the group’s valued relationships and related knowledge to further the prosperity of the Denver community and help solve some of the metro areas most intractable issues. The foundation has been successful in a wide foray of solutions including the launching of Denver’s Bike Share Program, a program to keep high school students from dropping out of school, and helping to craft a solution for affordable housing in a vibrantly changing rich neighborhood just east of downtown Denver, just to name a few. For nine years, Andy served on the board of the Kempe Foundation, the nation’s leader in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect, including two years as its chairman. He served six years on the board of the Denver Botanic Gardens including two years as vice chairman. He is currently a board member of PIVOT and BBVA Compass Bank. He also advises numerous other non-profit organizations on strategic planning and tangible objective results-based processes. Currently, Andy serves as the chairman of a gubernatorial campaign in California. He is a frequent guest commentator on television news programs, is a senior political analyst for Denver’s Fox television affiliate, and speaks regularly to audiences on corporate and community relationships, specifically focusing on how to better allow both to thrive together and exclusively amongst one another. Additionally, Andy contributes significant amount of dovetail solutions’ resources gratis.


About David DeCamilis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Platte River Networks 

Starting in the late 1980s, David worked as a syndicate manager and consultant in private equity funding.  In 2000, DeCamillis transitioned into event production, working as an overseas concert promoter and producer.

In 2008, DeCamillis started with Platte River Networks (PRN), an award-winning, Denver-based IT Managed Services firm. With David’s influence, Platte River Networks has been honored with over 25 technology, service and growth awards over the past three years including eight awards in 2017.

DeCamillis was honored by Colorado Biz Magazine in 2014 as one of the Top 10 Sales People in Colorado. In addition, he serves as President and founder of Denver Technology Partners and the Denver Biz Tech Expo, board member with The Channel National Advisory Board.