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ideas that connect the head with the heart

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Public Relations

Media Relations

Strategic Relationships


Event Ideation and Execution

Social Media


meet the team

We are a public relations and social media firm providing highly creative solutions that appeal to both a consumer's rational way of thinking and their emotional desire to act.



A Chicago native, Beth (Brophy) Strautz is President and Founder of Vagus, Inc. With over 20 years of experience successfully branding and driving revenue for some of the world’s largest companies including Hyatt, Marriott, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Ben & Jerry’s and Darden, Strautz provides the experience and expertise to quickly grow any brand in any market.
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Account Executive

Katie has over 20 years combined experience in the travel, lodging, and tourism industry as well as luxury lifestyle products in the art industry. She currently serves as an Account Executive with Vagus handling public relations strategy, media pitching, social media management, social media content development, creative ideation, blogging, and writing.
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Senior Copy Writer

With over 20 years of proven public relations experience, Erika has successfully developed, managed and executed integrated marketing programs for a wide range of industries, from business-to-business financial services to consumer packaged goods.
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Media Specialist

Kelli Hartsock is a PR professional with nearly a decade of public relations experience, living and breathing the B2C space, specializing in food/beverage, hospitality and health/wellness lifestyle communications. Her expertise lies within strategic planning and media relations, as well as creative content creation, brand ambassadorships, and event management.
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