Andrew R. Kraus
Senior Vice President, Strategy
Andy Kraus has 25 years of experience in marketing communications on the agency and client sides, as well as for nonprofits. He has worked with many market leaders in industries such as financial services, insurance and accounting. His experience runs the strategic gamut from media relations and community affairs to internal communications. Additionally, he is a specialist in crisis communications, serving as an advisor, strategist and spokesperson for many high visibility clients in numerous controversial situations.
At Epoch 5 since 1991, Andy has managed accounts including Shell Energy, Covanta Energy, Newsday, CVS/pharmacy, KPMG, Fleet Bank, Catholic Health Services of Long Island and a number of other professional services practices, including law and accounting firms. Additional Long Island clients have included real estate developers and high-technology firms.
Prior to joining Epoch 5, he was with several major New York City public relations agencies, including Cohn & Wolfe, which is part of the Burson-Marsteller network, one of the largest in the world. In New York, he supervised a variety of accounts including banking giants Chase Manhattan and Citicorp, and others such as State Farm Insurance, MasterCard, Hasbro, the United States Mint and Welsh Development International.
On Long Island, Andy also worked for Greenstone & Rabasca Advertising, Long Island’s largest ad agency, and Kopf & Isaacson. He began his career as a newsman, working as a reporter and editor for a number of daily and weekly newspapers near Philadelphia, covering beats including the courts, business, government and politics. He has continued his newspaper writing as a freelance writer for Newsday.
Andy has served as board president of the 350-member Sagamore Rowing Association, as an advisor to the board of Volunteers for Wildlife and on the board of the YMCA of Long Island.