DAVE SMOLENSKY

Founder | COO


Dave is one of the firm’s leading crisis communications experts who has led the planning, counsel and execution for high-visibility and mission-critical events and issuesA uniquely qualified cyber crisis communications strategist, Dave’s long-standing relationships with federal security agencies brings relevant and critical information to every engagement. 

Dave has served as a strategic advisor for both crisis communications and cyber crisis incidents in transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, national member organizations and major outdoor music festivals. Dave also works with the C-Suite to identify potential vulnerabilities and proactive preparedness planning. He is respected for his thoughtful, responsive counsel, creative problem solving and trusted relationship building. 

Dave has led intensive, high-stakes, reputation-protecting media campaigns that produced in-depth coverage in the Washington Post, Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico and NBCBeyond traditional media outlets, Dave is skilled at leading social and digital media campaigns to help clients achieve results. 

At Resolute, Dave also serves as the client lead and provides in-depth strategic counsel and media relations direction to several international clients, including Discovery, Inc. and CRRC Sifang America. He works with several healthcare organizations including Exthera Medical Corporation and Medical Home Network (MHN). Other clients include Republic Services, McDonalds, C3 and Advocate Aurora Health.

Prior to joining Resolute, Dave was a senior communicator at Kemper Insurance and the American Property Casualty Insurance Association. At Kemper, Dave was responsible for internal and external communications for several of the corporation’s business units in addition to managing the organization’s corporate communications, working closely with Kemper’s C-suite executives.

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