David L. Neuger

President & Chief Executive Officer

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Founder of Neuger Communications Group, Dave Neuger has a 30-year history of success in the communications field, emphasizing targeted communications strategies in areas such as corporate communications, media relations, issues management, crisis communications and marketing communications. He models an intense commitment to professional counsel and exemplary client service – and is also well known for keeping his desktop jar of M&Ms full for colleagues and visitors to enjoy.

Before establishing Neuger Communications Group in 2002, Dave served for four years as the chief communications officer for St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Previously, he was president and CEO of Neuger Henry Bartkowski, the fastest growing public relations firm in the Twin Cities region at that time. He has also served as the director of public relations and advertising for a major metropolitan medical center that was a precursor to Allina Health Systems. Clients he has counseled include Cat Auction Services, Daktronics, First National Bank of Northfield, International Dairy Queen and Marvin Windows.

Dave is an alumnus of St. Olaf College. He was named one of the “40 Under 40” Business Leaders in the Twin Cities in 1996 and has been recognized many times for top communications programs by the Public Relations Society of America.

An avid sports fan, Dave continues to play the role of participant every now and again in basketball, racquetball, tennis and golf – and has recently been seen around town on a stylish small motor scooter. He also serves on several boards and professional committees. He and his wife, Ruthie, live in Northfield, Minnesota. They have three adult children and have learned that empty-nesting can be a delightful phase of life.

Beverage of choice: Dr. Pepper

Favorite TV show: M.A.S.H.

I cheer for: My family, the Minnesota Twins, the Dundas Dukes and my colleagues

See What Our Values Mean to Dave+


Integrity. Schmegrity. Integrity is so central to how I was raised, I find myself unbelievably offended by those who lack it. Integrity is at the heart of one’s personal reputation. Jettison your integrity and what do you have left? Not much. Integrity. Schmegrity? I think not.


Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. I don’t know who first uttered this phrase – probably someone’s wise grandmother or grandfather – but what could possibly capture the value of excellence better? Everything we do, we should do to the best of our ability.


The only way to achieve true success is to achieve it on many levels. Personally. Professionally. Emotionally. Financially. Spiritually. And the only way to determine whether you are successful is to establish goals and objectives in each of those areas and to measure yourself against those goals. I’m going to keep working on mine.

Commentaries From Dave

Please Forgive Me For Boasting

February 18, 2015

I am of Scandinavian-Lutheran heritage and I’m not supposed to be prone to bragging, but I cannot help myself. Read More »

The Best of Both Worlds … Rural Roots and an Urban Setting

September 15, 2014

Thank goodness there is plenty of wood in our new North Loop space in downtown Minneapolis. Neuger Communications Group just opened its second office, located in the TractorWorks Building (800 Washington Avenue North). Read More »