Our Team

Our Team

Tyler Denton

SVP, Impact Expeditions

Tyler Denton is Managing Director of Handshake Experiences, a full-service storytelling, logistics and event management service – specializing in global travel and the production of world-class trips and events. With more than 20 years of experience working in Africa and around the globe, Tyler has built a broad network of valuable relationships, which strategically connects people and businesses to achieve transformational experiences and outcomes.

Tyler resides in Little Rock, AR, with his wife, Amanda, and two children, Jack and Wilson.

Petra Dizdar

SVP, Client Strategy

After a decade of helping some of the world’s most recognized brands cultivate their reputation and communicate with clients, customers, governments and the public, Petra uses her passion for greater social good to bridge the gap between private, public and cause sectors. As Senior Vice President of Partnerships, she creates meaningful connections and partnerships that lead to a better world for all.

Born in Croatia and based in New York City, you can find Petra traveling in her free time.

Mike Gogis

Partner

Mike Gogis joined Handshake in the beginning as CFO. Mike brings a unique mix of strategic business development and the ability to partner with creative visionary leaders to help foster profitable mission accomplishment.

He has a wide range of experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors and the blending of achieving mission impact while delivering bottom line results. A CPA, his 25-year career includes roles in public accounting, as CFO of a global non-profit and as a consultant working with social good companies. Mike is married and has two sons and currently resides in a quaint village outside Indianapolis.

Mark Hamilton

SVP, Special Projects

At Handshake, Mark serves as Senior Vice President of Special Projects. He has over 14 years of international experience, in both the private and public sector, primarily focused on internal and external communications, project management, strategic planning, policy development and event production. He began his career at The Pentagon, serving under then Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates and was one of a handful of people to transition from the George W. Bush to Barack Obama Administration.

Mark has worked in over 100 countries having previously lived in London, Washington D.C., New York City, South Africa and Hong Kong

JR Kerr

CEO

JR started Handshake after years in the NGO and cause space to use reputation and innovation as a pathway for the private sector to scale globally.

Bob Ludke

Senior Adviser

In his 20 year career, Robert (Bob) has worked on Capitol Hill, taught at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya and ran his own business. He also has worked extensively as a consultant, with a particular interest in governance and sustainability reporting, public opinion research and reputation strategy. As President of Handshake he leads not only day to day operations of the business, but also serves as strategic counsel to our clients.

Bob lives in DC with his wife and two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys studying American history, paddle boarding and officiating swim meets as a USA Swimming certified official.