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Creative Driver

Before opening Xtra Mile Creative, Michael was Creative Director at Choose Chicago. Promoting Chicago to the world through strategic advertising initiatives such as digital ad campaigns, regional TV spots, national trade ads, international activation, and countless video content productions.


Over a span of 30 years Michael has also conquered a wide range of communication challenges for Fortune 100 healthcare advertising, Gatorade, ESPN, Ace Hardware and The Berghoff Restaurant. 


Today, Michael brings his creative and strategic marketing skills to many small and midsize companies looking for attention. He also possesses the true spirit of collaboration and mutual respect when it comes to solving a client’s communication needs. He loves to work with others, finding fresh ways to solve the next advertising nut. 


Michael is pleased to be surrounded by a team of very talented associates—aka Xtra Mile Creative. AND last year he received an Emmy Award for outstanding achievement for program promotion for the movie Chicago at the Crossroad.

Born in the Czech Republic, spent time in New York and calls Chicagro home. Don't ask him to choose between the three.


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The Berghoff Restaurant
Bristol-Myers Squibb
CAHG a TBWA/WorldHealth agency
Choose Chicago
Discover Puerto Rico
DuMore DuPage
Edventure Promotions
Thorek Memorial Hospital
Z Living Interiors

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Senior Strategist and Content Creator

Seasoned pro Dyana Flanigan integrates traditional and nontraditional tools and strategies that showcase what her clients offer their clients, customers and constituents. She gets clients found, heard and hired.

With a background that includes experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, Dyana creates and implements successful communications programs for a wide scope of industries, including transportation; healthcare; manufacturing; higher education; arts and entertainment; travel and hospitality; associations; career development; urban planning and development; commercial and residential real estate; technology and professional services.


Prior to founding her consulting firm, Flanigan oversaw all media relations, marketing, fund- raising and community outreach functions at the National Runaway Hotline, a national not-for-profit organization.   Previously, she was marketing communications manager at BTI Americas, a corporate travel management company.  Flanigan began her career as an account manager and producer at Dayton, Ohio based MJ Productions, writing and producing radio and television commercials, as well as sales, training and educational videos.


She holds a BS in Mass Communications from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and an MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago.  Flanigan also has served as adjunct professor at Roosevelt University and IIT in Chicago, teaching public relations, direct marketing and sales and promotion.


Dyana splits her time between urban Chicago, rural life in woodsy Northern Michigan and underwater in Cozumel, Mexico.

digital / print / branding / ads / social / pr / photo video / seo