the founders

Karmin Daniel

Karmin Daniel is the founder and CEO of Big Mouth Marketing, a community-based Chicago marketing agency founded in 2015. Karmin began her career in retail then transitioned to the moving industry, where she designed and executed an innovative business model that elevated her moving company to the most successful of its kind in Chicago. A powerhouse of knowledge in digital and experiential marketing, Karmin’s expertise in relationship marketing offers a unique approach to helping businesses develop their brands. At the core of her business model is a strong belief in the importance and value of helping others.

Karmin’s involvement in philanthropy and charitable organizations is extensive. She has established collaborative marketing partnerships with numerous organizations, including PAWS Chicago, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation, Susan G. Komen Chicago, iF Charities and Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. Her most recent partnership is with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, in which she oversees the marketing for the annual Regional Organized Crime Task Force Conference (CCROC). The CCROC Task Force was created in an unprecedented multi-jurisdictional effort to enhance the investigation and prosecution of large-scale organized retail theft and fencing. Karmin’s passion for community outreach has rendered her a leader in her community with a vast network of high-profile connections.

Kelly A. Krauchun

Kelly A. Krauchun is an attorney with The Herbert Law Firm. Since joining the firm, Kelly has argued before the Illinois Appellate Court, conducted numerous jury trials before the Northern District of Illinois and Circuit Court of Cook County, and has led multiple hearings before various administrative agencies.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Kelly was a full-time mom to her three children and a part-time bartender at Chicago Gaelic Park. Kelly began law school when her children were in first, fifth and sixth grades and graduated from DePaul University’s College of Law in May 2015.

During her law school career, Kelly received numerous awards, including the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service Award, the President’s Award for Service, and the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. She externed for the Honorable Anne Burke of the Illinois Supreme Court, participated in the DePaul Criminal Appeals and Asylum and Immigration Clinics, interned for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, was a 711 law clerk for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, and volunteered at the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse.

Kelly served as a delegate to the United Nations in Bonn, Germany in 2011 and is the recipient of a Student Excellence Award for her Advanced Project titled, “The Media and Crime: How Media Affects Criminal Court Proceedings.”

Throughout her life, Kelly has volunteered her time to various organizations and thoroughly enjoys helping others. She is currently involved in the Center for Disability and Elder Law and regularly volunteers at a legal clinic on the south side of Chicago that provides legal services to low income elderly and disabled persons.

Anthony F. Varchetto 

Anthony F. Varchetto, Co-Founder and President of Blue Star Security, Ltd., has over 20 years of law enforcement experience and is currently a Sergeant with the Chicago Police Department assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force.

Over the course of his extensive law enforcement career – which has included assignments to specialized units such as gang, tactical and narcotics – Anthony has developed expertise in risk assessments, investigations and more.

With over 13 years of experience in the private security industry, Anthony is both a licensed private security contractor and a licensed private detective in the state of Illinois. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Management from Calumet College of St. Joseph.

As the President of Blue Star Security, Anthony oversees the company’s day-to-day field operations as well as administrative tasks, including licensing, insurance and compliance procedures. He believes in building trusted client relationships and communicates regularly with all clients to ensure that they’re consistently receiving the finest security services in the industry.

As a Volunteer Coach and proud sponsor for the Park Ridge and Niles Baseball Programs, Anthony is committed to serving his community.

Jeffrey T. Salvetti 

Jeffrey T. Salvetti is the co-founder and partner of Blue Star Security, Ltd. Jeff was born and raised in Chicago, attended Notre Dame High School in Niles and graduated from DePaul University in 2000. In 2005, Jeff joined the Chicago Police Department and was assigned to the 25th District where he worked for 12 years before being assigned to the Canine Unit. Jeff is a licensed private security contractor and licensed private detective in the state of Illinois.

In January 2020, he retired from the Chicago Police Department after 15 years of service to focus his efforts on continuing the growth of Blue Star Security.

Currently, Jeff holds the positions of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Blue Star Security and oversees all back office and financial operations for the company. Jeff’s daily duties include maintaining and analyzing the general ledger, ensuring the integrity and accuracy of account reconciliations and financial statements, managing the annual insurance audit, analyzing balance sheets and income statements, handling payroll, and providing financial support to various Blue Star Security departments so they can continue to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Daniel Q. Herbert 

Daniel Q. Herbert is a Chicago attorney who has been recognized for his accomplishments in the courtroom by multiple distinguished organizations. Born and raised on Chicago’s Northside, Dan followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a Chicago police officer and working as a member of the Chicago Police Department for nearly ten years. He received numerous awards, including a Distinguished Service Award for his role in the shooting apprehension of a dangerous offender. Dan was named after his father’s first partner, Daniel Quinnan, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1966. During his tenure in the CPD, he attended night school and earned a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Lewis University, then enrolled in law school and earned his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.

After earning his law degree, Dan left the CPD and went to work as a Cook County Prosecutor for the ensuing four years. As an assistant state’s attorney, he began by prosecuting DUIs, and his continuous hard work and success saw him promoted to the Felony Narcotics Unit, where he handled street level and long-term conspiracy cases. He spent his final year in the Felony Trial Division prosecuting violent crimes, including armed robberies, criminal sexual assaults and murders, serving as lead attorney in over 100 trials and further developing his expertise as a litigator and an aggressive advocate.

Given the opportunity to serve as in-house counsel for the Fraternal Order of Police, Dan left the state’s attorney office and presided over Chicago Lodge #7 for the ensuing five years. His diverse practice involved the representation of hundreds of officers in criminal, civil, labor and administrative proceedings throughout his tenure.

Dan was selected by his peers as a 2016 Leading Lawyer in Illinois and named to the 2017 and 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers & Rising list. In addition, Dan was selected to the prestigious list of the 2015 Global Directory of Who’s Who, Top Lawyer. In 2014, Dan was named to the prominent list of “Top 100 National Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers Association for all his success. He was also selected for a Lifetime Achievement by America’s Top 100 Attorneys®. Less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the US receive this honor. He was also named by his peers as a Leading Lawyer to the Business Hall of Fame.

Bar Admissions
Illinois, 2001
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2005
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2005
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2012
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2019

Memberships
Certified in physiology of police officers involved in deadly force Force Science Institute
National Employment Labor Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association

Community
Commissioner and Board member of Edgebrook Sauganash Athletic Association
Founding member of St. Margaret Mary Wrestling Program
Founding member of Rambler Wrestling Program
Volunteer Coach for Thunder Travel Baseball Program
Volunteer Coach for Loyola Academy Football
Volunteer Coach for Loyola Academy Wrestling