MEET DAN

Dan Tapper
Senior Accounts Manager
dtapper@ctpr.com
📞 (860) 573-4236

 

“Dan won’t rest until he can say, ‘Mission Accomplished.’”

Having worked on both sides of the Connecticut media as a daily news reporter and communications officer for several statewide elected officials, Dan has earned a reputation as a trusted advisor with deep knowledge of the news business and how best to manage issues of public importance. Possessing expertise in executive media coaching, message development, positive media relations campaigns and crisis communications management, Dan credits his early journalism days with helping him refine his writing skills and calmly manage tight, high-pressure deadlines.

Prior to coming to SLPR, Dan was Communications Director for two prominent Connecticut elected officials, and worked for several years as a press secretary in the Connecticut General Assembly. He spent the prior seven years as a daily reporter for the Hartford Courant and then the Journal Inquirer.

As Senior Account Manager at SLPR, Dan manages client needs on a daily basis, taking the agency lead in public media events, media partnerships and on-the-spot, fast-breaking media coaching sessions. Clients have easily spent thousands of hours with him understanding how to better get their message delivered to and understood by the public.

Dan graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in English. He is a graduate from Leadership Greater Hartford’s Executive Orientation Program, and leads the SLPR team that has won 19 Mercury Awards over the past four years from the Greater Connecticut chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Accomplishments
• An excellent writer and trusted media relations professional who has built a solid network with key media figures in every corner of the state.

• Leverages media relations efforts into Earned Media Value that well-exceeds client expectations.

• Managed the successful public introduction of a first-of-its-kind partnership between a leading senior care community and one of Connecticut’s top four-year-colleges.

• Led successful public relations campaign which resulted in landmark legislation entering Connecticut into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

• Spearheaded a statewide campaign to spotlight the role Connecticut’s nonprofit lending institutions played during the financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Involvement
Dan serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Hartford’s Camp Courant and a member of both the Board of Governors at The Hartford Club and the Board of Directors for Capital Workforce Partners. He also serves as Vice President of the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, is actively involved in the Aurora Foundation’s 100 Men Campaign and was a past president of the Greater Hartford Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI). For many years he has served in varying leadership roles at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (East Longmeadow, MA), and in the past was involved in youth sports leagues in Suffield, where he lives with his wife, Doreen and their son Sam, a recent college graduate.

WHY WE ARE HERE…
“I came to Sullivan & LeShane Public Relations (SLPR) to be with the very best – this is a team without peer in understanding the Connecticut media and helping clients deliver the right messages on their own terms. SLPR’s hallmark is providing calm and trustworthy counsel to clients facing a highly discerning public – for someone who has worked in media in Connecticut since 1990, there is no better place to be.”