The same old approach delivers the same old results. We seek out the road less traveled to help our clients rise above the noise and stand out.
All we can promise is everything we’ve got. We’re proactive partners that dig in to uncover unexpected opportunities. We persevere, especially when challenges arise.
If we’re not making mistakes, we’re not doing our job. We won’t claim to have all the answers, but we commit to working with our partners to find the best solution for their needs.
We walk the talk. If we say we’re going to do something, it gets done. Our approach is unique, and we take ownership of our successes as well as our failures.
We improve with each day of doing, and know that there’s always something to learn, no matter how experienced we become. We celebrate curiosity and entrepreneurship inside and out, empowering personal growth and pushing clients to expect more of themselves and their brands.
We are the sum of our team members, clients and community. As individuals, we are talented. As a team, we are unstoppable. We leverage the knowledge and connections of our entire network to deliver the results our clients deserve.
Barokas Communications provides a yearly stipend and 2 paid days off for professional development. We also sponsor 3-4 agency-wide leadership development workshops each year.
Barokas Communications lets employees skip the commute and work from home EVERY Friday.
We celebrate you by providing a paid day off to focus on the things you love most.
We believe in the many benefits of building community. We offer a paid day off to volunteer for a cause you care about.
Barokas Communications office kitchens are filled weekly with coffee/tea, healthy snacks and a little junk food to satisfy those afternoon cravings.
We paws-itively love our pets! Furry (and sometimes feathered) friends are a staple at Barokas Communications. Just ask Mack, our Chief Mascot.
Fun is never far away. Each summer, our team takes a day to kick back and relax outside of the office.
Our annual All-Hands retreat provides time for strategy, planning and some good old fashioned fun with colleagues.
Team members are empowered to work from any of our offices, without it counting against paid time off. We encourage our staff to explore the multiple cities which we call home.
Barokas Communications offers a generous time off program, which includes remote work between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day so team members can spend extra time with family and friends.
Barokas Communications provides medical, dental and vision benefits for full-time employees. We review our plan each year to ensure we provide a high-quality plan at an affordable cost.
Barokas Communications offers FMLA compliant maternity and paternity leave, including 12-weeks paid maternity leave and 4 weeks paid paternity leave.
We believe in saving now to spend later. Barokas Communications matches dollar for dollar up to 3% of your salary.
Barokas Communications supplements bus and train passes to provide team members with daily flexibility in choosing how to commute to work.
Our corporate wellness program, Thrive, brings overall wellness into daily routines and supports employees in reaching their health goals.
In the spirit of giving…
Each year, we support a handful of 501 (c)(3) organizations that align with our values via creative PR programs. We also plan quarterly volunteer events, offer Volunteer Day benefits, and promote a supportive environment for our employees to give back. In addition to our own CSR initiatives, we discover our clients’ non-profit passions and reinforce our partnership by volunteering with them.
As CEO of Barokas Communications, Karli is passionate about helping clients tell their stories and grow their brands via a holistic approach to communications. With more than 20 years of experience working with enterprise tech, B2B and consumer technology companies, Karli has helped shape Barokas Communications into a growing, trusted mid-size PR and communications agency known for its fearless, results-driven approach.
Karli specializes in working with high-growth companies in enterprise and cloud technology. She has been directly involved in leading PR strategy and execution for a number of notable startups from launch through exit. Some of her former clients include Opsware (acquired by HP for $1.65B), Redback Networks (acquired by Ericsson for $1.9B), Apptio (IPO, acquired by Vista Equity Partners for $1.94B) and Skytap (growing, with more than $109M in funding). She is an active speaker in the Seattle and Denver technology communities, participating in women’s leadership and technology marketing and communications events. Her recent speaking platforms and engagements include Female Empowerment for Women Leading Technology, Path to the C-Suite for the Women in Cloud Summit, and Marketing and PR Strategy for the Washington Technology Industry Association Startup Club.
In her spare time, you can find Karli swimming, running, traveling or relaxing with the fam, which includes Mack, a very spoiled English bulldog.
Hi, I am Johanna, President at Barokas Communications. I have been working in communications for brands of all sizes for over 20 years and opened the agency’s doors in Colorado nearly six years ago. In that time, we have worked with great client partners and built an incredibly talented team. In my role, you will see me meeting with clients, speaking at events, brainstorming with our team and making my way to spend time with our Seattle team and clients on a regular basis. When I am not working you will find me in my other role as an unpaid Uber driver carting my three very active kids all over the city! I am an east coaster at heart, growing up in Boston, masquerading as a Colorado native.
Bios are always written in the 3rd person, but it feels unnatural so I’m not going to. Actually I’d much prefer to talk about you, but since you’re here and I’m not, I’ll give you the highlights. I caught the PR bug while working on the morning show at KISW-FM, Seattle’s Best Rock. For nine years I was contacted by PR people wanting to bring free shit to the station in exchange for a shout-out; which we did. This was before strong laws that punished plugola. From radio I jumped into the PR game, and here I am 20 years later (I’m writing this in 2013 if you’re doing the math. And for the curious I was born in 1965). I worked at a big agency; loved the work, hated the politics and bureaucracy. I thought “Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a PR agency where the work was challenging but there was no BS?” I couldn’t find one, so I started BPR in 1998. I’ve never won an award. Never applied for one. I love my team, our clients, my Harley, Led Zeppelin, The Notorious B.I.G. and the Dave Matthews Band. Oh and a little known fact, my mom calls me Howhow.
With more than 20 years of experience at FORTUNE 100 companies and global PR firms, I have led and worked on communications teams for top brands spanning aviation, technology and consumer industries including Alaska Airlines, Microsoft, and Hewlett Packard. I have also supported numerous start-ups trying to establish and differentiate themselves within crowded competitive landscapes. My experience includes corporate PR, mergers and acquisitions, crisis communications, investor relations, media relations, strategy and message development, project management, event planning, product launches, product reviews, competitive programs and I previously served as an external spokesperson for Alaska Airlines. When not at Barokas, I am spending time with my six year old son and enjoy cooking and traveling.
Jen Roane has worked as a communications professional for more than 20 years on the East Coast, Mid-Coast and West Coast. She has worked with public and private companies, including early-stage innovation and worldwide leaders developed from both agency and client-side settings. She has led communications for brands like Citrix, General Motors, Mapquest, and Polaroid to smaller brands in cyber security, healthcare, technology, and retail. Jen has a solid track record of growing businesses, driving teams and thinking strategically while achieving desired results. She has a passion for learning about new businesses and then telling their stories in the most appropriate channels. Jen’s guiding principal is “embrace the uncomfortable.” Progress happens when we are challenged, when we are uncomfortable.
Jason exchanged the glamorous life of sports journalism for the even sexier life of public relations, and has since spent the last decade working with his teams to harness the power of communication. A firm believer that a creative writer can succeed in any walk of life, Jason’s experience runs the gamut of FORTUNE 100 companies at global PR firms to mom-and-pop startups at even smaller boutique agencies. Jason is passionate about building relationships with clients, media and the PR teams that connect the two. He is a diehard St. Louis and Mizzou sports fan, an unapologetic movie nerd, and thinks the most endearing trait a person can possess is knowing they aren’t the most important person in the world, but they have it in them to make someone else feel that way.
Throughout my career, I have launched companies, created new categories, redefined media relations strategies, and helped countless businesses establish messaging and product strategies to accelerate growth. I love working with executives with infectious passion for their business and industry — it makes crafting a story so much more fun. Over the last several years, I’ve worked with companies across industries including fintech, consumer tech and consumer lifestyle securing stories in Forbes, NYT, Refinery29, and on Ellen. I’ve also had the privilege of working with our team to introduce the agency’s influencer relations program. When I’m not at Barokas, I enjoy mentoring startups through Techstars and spending time with my family hiking, skiing, or relaxing on Hood Canal.
I’ve been working in print and digital media and PR for the last 15 years, with a heavy focus on ghostwriting, technical writing and content support. I love helping clients share their expertise, values, opinions and perspectives with the world, and making sure their voices are heard in conversations that matter most to their business. I have worked with clients across a range of industries and practices, including video games, legal technology, cybersecurity, data privacy, digital forensics and information governance, and am always eager to dive headfirst into new areas. My writing has appeared in outlets across the U.S., UK and APAC, including Bloomberg, Network Computing, eWeek, Inc., National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel, Computer Business Review, Ethical Boardroom, SC Magazine and various technical journals. I’m happiest when I’m reading a great novel, practicing yoga, watching my kids play baseball, boating and hitting the slopes with my awesome family.