Testimonials

For the past 10 years I have continued to hire Mary Kurek to identify, research, and make key strategic introductions for the businesses I have started. Every engagement has paid for itself and has resulted in invaluable opportunities for my businesses. Mary is unlike any other, and her services are worth every penny. I highly encourage every business decision maker to explore Mary's offerings and please feel free to contact me directly if you would like me to share more!

Mike Jalonen, CEO, Trio Rewards Inc.

Mary Kurek's networking skills are nothing short of amazing. She has a deep passion for making meaningful and diverse connections that open doors you would never have thought of as available to you. If you really don't have the time to network consistently or strategically to pull in business opportunities, Mary is your go-to professional.

Martin CJ Mongiello, MCFE, CHM, CPFM Former Camp David Resort and Conference Center Manager and White House Chef, Former Executive Chef to the President of the United States, and Strategic Marketing & Sales CMO Expert-FOX, CNN, & PBS.

You were the greatest asset in building my business during the last year. Two biz development trips - to Raleigh/Durham and to GDC were fantastic. You are a Godsend.

Penka Kouneva, Award-Winning Film, TV, & Games Composer/Lead Orchestrator. Credits include, Revenge TV Show, Elysium, Ender's Game, Need for Speed, Starcraft (Wings of Liberty), World of Warcraft (Cataclysm), Matrix Reloaded, Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands, Transformers, & Gears of War.

Mary is a master networker and collaborator who connects people who can help expand their businesses via partnerships and expertise. She has an enormous business network across disciplines. Mary has a unique ability to read between the lines, expanding possibilities by introducing like-minded professionals. My first experience with Mary was a specific networking target, which she managed quickly and easily, creating a comfortable path to new opportunities. I've referred Mary since then to others because I recommend her highly.

Megan Gaiser, CEO & Co-Founder, Spiral Media, Ltd. Megan provided leadership to Her Interactive to grow the company to $8.5M in revenues, sold 9M units and won 29 Parent’s Choice Gold Medal awards by co-creating the highly successful Nancy Drew game franchise.

Mary is simply the best at what she does; Intuitive-Resourceful-Personable-Energetic-Honest and Forthcoming. I've been working with Mary since 2010 with great results. Anyone looking to better his business relations and looking for new ventures will be wise to hire her.

Michel F. April Composer/Producer/Musician. Credits include: Monster, Inc. and Planes for Disney. Clients include Fox, Warner Bros., CBS, Disney Studios, Radio-Canada, and Discovery Channel.

I have found Mary to be outstanding as a pro networker with regard to business development opportunities. Doing what I do for our studio at Timbuk2, I don't have time to do what she does so excellently as a relationship bridge builder. I think Mary is also uniquely gifted in what she does and follows high level protocols to earn the trust of those with whom she works.

Jon Gregerson, Managing Partner, Timbuk2 Studios. Former Dreamworks Interactive Artist, Lead Art Director, Call of Duty Console Game, and contributed talents to Medal of Honor (Frontline) and Clive Barker's Undying. Clients have included Disney, ABC Radio, Deloitte & Touche, and Fujitsu.

Mary, you are amazing. The whole process feels very comfortable and natural. I'd never have the time to dig up all these leads as quickly as you do. Thank you for being our secret weapon.

Scott Dudelson, Co-founder, Prodege LLC/Swagbucks.com - Loyalty/Reward Site (ranked among top 100 sites in the US.) Managing Dir., Los Angeles Dodgers R/GA Startup Accelerator.

Mary Kurek and I got together today and, in just 30 minutes, Mary did her magic, making really helpful suggestions to improve my LinkedIn page! I was blown away by her generosity, as well as her knowledge and expertise in making effective use of social media in order to be seen as an authority that people will be drawn to connect with. I was also really impressed by the obvious love she has for providing substantial business introductions for her clients - social entrepreneurs and creatives who have an important mission in the world, but neither the time nor the skill to get their message out there and noticed by the right people. If you serve this same audience, Mary is a perfect person to get to know!

Joan Hughes, CEO, Innerpath Solutions

It is my esteemed pleasure to recommend Mary Kurek as the authority on networking strategy. Her resent presentation on " Leveraging Your Network" is truly a must see experience.

Eve Lynn Keith, Director/Founder, Friendship Haven friendshiphavendekalb.com

Mary is constantly introducing me to the movers and shakers in our industry and her efforts to help us obtain affiliates, sponsorships, and more new partners has been a great success.

Scott Allen, CEO of VETERANS-GAMING

Mary has been an invaluable resource. In just a few hours of her time, her strategic business advice and targeted leads changed my network from a crowd of undiscovered opportunities to a powerhouse that continues to bring new business

Molly Proffitt, CEO, Ker-Chunk Games

I like to keep things simple, so I can describe Mary in three words: Awesome, Professional and Amazing! Mary is such a smart and natural networker who has helped me on numerous occasions make contact with the correct people & first time, maximizing my efficiency and deal making. I can't recommend Mary enough & I'm looking forward to working with her again, whenever I can. It's a pleasure.

George Bray, Head of Technology Recruitment (Video Games), MPG Universal.

"I was just thinking about this whole CTA thing...you were the one who had the creativity and skills to make it happen. I'm a little slow sometimes and do not always see the connections you do, but you should feel great about this one. Their press release is spreading like wildfire. Anyway...this is HUGE for Ricky and his Mom as well, not to mention APFED."

Gabe O'Neill, CEO, Kids Are Heroes (Intro Mary made between Kids Are Heroes http://www.kidsareheroes.org and CTA Digital http://www.ctadigital.com for one of their Heroes to demo a new product at E3 2010--only child on the expo floor--drew tons of media attention.)

Consulting with Mary, we analysed my strengths, built and executed an itinerary for a major 5-month-long international networking trip that encompassed 12 countries in Europe and 12 states in the North Americas. I learned the art of networking through her guidance and interviewed over 100 industry leaders to identify trends in the food festival and game design industries. Our mission was to build a unique business where each person I met either became a mentor or potential partner and provided an important part of the business plan. Mary helped me find connections as I hit the streets networking till by day 2, I was meeting professors and curators in the game design industry who were leading the R&D of emerging technologies at a university and provided both inspiration and a list of connections. Arriving in USA, she helped me with my business plan and connected me with people central to building investment capital. Many of my connections have remained my strongest partners and supporters of my talent and work. Mary Kurek is leading an emerging industry of professional networkers and mentors. She has been critical to the movement's birth in a time of increasingly volatile markets, redundancies in the arts and proliferation of new interactive technologies that have opened up fresh possibilities for creatives to plan and build their own unique career paths. And when you're ready to invest in / take that leap of faith in your abilities, Mary is the professional you want with you on the journey.

Krister Gustafsson, CEO, Brumby Spirit. Experience Designer & Pioneer of Interactive Playgrounds.

The moment you sign on with Mary you better be prepared to handle the onslaught of great leads! She’s the real ”Agent Surefire!

Bora Aytun, CMO, Mavi Interactive (Producer of Award Winning Agent Surefire Infosec Training Platform)

"I have collaborated with Mary at different points throughout the past 2 years. Every time I've done so, I feel amazed at her level of professionalism. She is an embodiment of what networking should be like - always making new connections, never afraid to pick up the phone to introduce herself to someone, and constantly making people-partnerships (i.e. linking people who have somewhat symbiotic needs to each other). I'm glad I got a chance to know and work with her so closely."

Amna Nadim, Director, Mocha7 Media http://www.mocha7.com/

"Wow, Mary. I don't know what to say besides a great big Thank-You! My wife will attest to the fact that my ADD-addled brain can be quite talkative once started, but that the introductions themselves in order to have a chance to begin talking are very, very difficult for me. So, Thank-You! I watched a whole lot of email from you and a few other folks scroll by while I hurriedly tried to finish my last few tasks today before leaving for E3. This long bus-ride to the airport I'm on now seems like a good time to do some replying."

Andrew Martin, Lead Sound Designer,Sucker Punch Productions and http://www.soundeziner.com Credits include inFamous and inFamous 2, Hellgate: London, Medal of Honor: Airborne and Vanguard (Mary made several business introductions for meetings at E3)

Mary is amazing in helping you extend your network. She helped us out with a highly valuable connection, after learning more about our business. I strongly recommend her as a Professional Networker

Christi Badea, Co-founder & CEO, MavenHut Games, awarded game development company

“I was impressed with Mary's writing from her IGDA features so I sought out her services as a professional networker. Friendly and willing to help, she quickly got me in touch with several people throughout the games industry, many of whom have proven to be valuable business contacts. If you need to make connections in any particular sector of the industry, Mary knows people there and can make introductions in short order. For the service she provided I consider her rates to be exceptionally reasonable.”

Keith Fuller, CEO Fuller Game Production & Leadership Consultation, International Game Developers Assoc. Chapter Pres., Wisconsin.

Mary has been wonderful in helping introduce contacts and build my network with other industry professionals. Courteous, professional, and very connected!

Benjamin Moore, Business Development and Production for Mighty Rabbit Studios and Limited Run Games

Since the beginning she has made professional introductions on my behalf, to people and companies directly related to our business and services in the entertainment industry. Her aptitude and skill at connecting people is unrivaled in this business. If you are looking to expand your business, get connected with meaningful contacts directly related to your strategic needs and looking to meet a true professional, you've come to the right place. I highly recommend Mary for business consultation, networking within the entertainment industry, relationship building and expertise in new business development.

Jason Fabbro, Communications Officer, CBC Broadcast Media.

"The thing that's kept me really busy this month is working with Mary Kurek, who is a professional networker in the games industry to get some advice on transitioning my voice work from commercial to games. That's resulted in some spit and polish on the website, meaning you can now see a fantastic recommendation from Scott Burns. There's also been some work done over on LinkedIn, but most importantly, there have been some great doors opening as a result of working with Mary. While I don't want to pre-empt anything, I should have some really exciting news next month about a project."

Kevin Powe, Voice Artist, Games, Australia http://kevinpowe.voiceoverartist.com.au/ (Quote was taken from Kevin's newsletter.) http://someproducer.blogspot.com/ Keith's credits include Call of Duty: Black Ops, Soldier of Fortune 2, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, & Star Trek: Voyager-Elite Force.