Maris Callahan is the director of public relations for Donuts Inc, the largest owner/operator of not-com domain names, and Name.Kitchen, an online hub that celebrates the art & science of naming. With domain extensions like .FLORIST, .PHOTOGRAPHY, .KITCHEN and .WORLD, Donuts is expanding the internet namespace by creating endless options for entrepreneurs, small businesses and individuals seeking to brand their online identity.
Prior to beginning work at Donuts, Maris spent five years running her own public relations consulting business, where she helped small- to mid-size companies develop and implement customized public relations and social media strategies. Leveraging expertise in media relations, social media management, strategic marketing, and event planning, Maris helped place her clients in numerous national media outlets including CNN, Good Morning America, The New York Times, The TODAY Show and many others.
Maris Callahan has worked for some of the world’s top public relations firms, including Burson-Marsteller, Edelman Public Relations (the nation’s largest independent PR firm) and Lippe Taylor Brand Marketing. During this time, Maris has played a key role for clients across all industries such as Starbucks Coffee Company, Canon USA, Quaker Oats, Hormel Foods, Wheat Foods Council, David’s Bridal, Doncaster, American Signature Furniture and Curvation Intimate Apparel.
In addition to her work in public relations, Maris is an experienced freelance writer and blogger with a keen understanding of how to work with both traditional and social media outlets. In 2008, Maris founded In Good Taste, an online magazine that celebrates the simplicity of everyday occasions with a focus on cooking, dining and entertaining.
As the author and publisher of In Good Taste, Maris has represented numerous brands on-air in regular television segments on WGN-TV, ABC Chicago, NBC Chicago and CBS Chicago. With a keen sense for predicting trends and understanding what drives news, Maris develops branded media campaigns for clients that incorporate multiple media channels and borrow from her experience as a seasoned publicist.
Maris has a BA in Writing and Communications from Susquehanna University and resides in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood with Brad, her significant other, and their chihuahua Henry, her other significant other.