Our Culture & History
8THIRTYFOUR Integrated Communications is named in honor of the first home 8THIRTYFOUR Boss Lady, Kim Bode, has ever owned. Through tenacious determination and unparalleled energy, she’s spent the last decade building a full service, yet nimble firm with a stellar line-up of professionals. Along the way, 8THIRTYFOUR has also demonstrated a commitment to the next generation of public relations and marketing professionals with a robust intern program. Today, the agency has over 40 years of combined expertise delivering exceptional marketing communications. Located in the historic Grand Rapids Furniture Building nestled on the city’s flourishing Westside, the 8THIRTYFOUR office is decorated to reflect our beginnings with comfortable and inviting surroundings and the occasional four-legged friend greeting guests at the door.
Meet the #Team834 Leadership Team
Kim Bode – Boss Lady, Sassy Entrepreneur, Parade Marshall of 8THIRTYFOUR & Caffeine Pusher
Kim Bode is the Principal of 8THIRTYFOUR, an award-winning Communication Strategy, Event Planning, Social Media, Media Relations and Design firm located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was borne from Kim’s passion for communications and over a decade of experience in strategic planning, marketing communications, public relations, event planning, and community outreach.
A graduate of Grand Valley State University, Bode received her degree in communications and then began working as the Director of Marketing for the GVSU-affiliated start-up, the West Michigan Science and Technology Initiative.
Bode is a two-time Grand Rapids Business Journal “Forty under 40” nominee and was profiled as one of Grand Rapids Magazine’s Influential Women. In addition, she is a graduate of the Center of Community Leadership’s “Inside Grand Rapids” program, a 2009 and 2013 Athena Award nominee and most recently graduated from the Grand Rapids Chamber and Huntington Bank’s Rising Women Leaders program.
An in-demand speaker, Bode has presented on social media strategy, engagement, measurement and policy for organizations including the Michigan Association of CPAs, Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Kalamazoo Chamber and more.
Somehow Kim finds time in her schedule to co-host the monthly radio show “Your Biz, Your Town” with WGVU’s Shelley Irwin on 88.5 FM the fourth Friday of every month, as well as serve multiple boards and committees.
Kim currently resides in the Grand Rapids community with her husband Josh and her four rescue dogs, Bentley, Murphy, Apollo and Jimmy.
Kim’s community involvement includes:
- Co-chair, Inforum West Michigan Small Business & Entrepreneurship Affinity Group
- Regional Council, Inforum West Michigan
- Leadership Council, SBAM
- Marketing Chair, MCEEA
- VP of Events, GVSU LGBT Alumni Chapter
- Board, Stockbridge Business Association
- Marketing Committee, West Side CID
Sarah Abel – Managing Director, Scotch Club* Founder (*Not a Real Club)
Sarah brings extensive experience in communications, marketing, public relations, and community engagement to 8THIRTYFOUR.
Her previous work includes communications support and strategy within the West Michigan non-profit community and most recently in real estate development. She loves creating strategic plans and implementation processes that meet goals and up the ante for success.
Sarah holds a B.S. Degree in Public Relations from Northern Michigan University. She is a graduate of Huntington Bank’s Rising Woman Leaders Program, the Chamber’s Institute for Healing Racism, and Saint Mary’s Up Next program.
Sarah is the co-chair of Gilda’s Club West Side Walk, and volunteers for the West Side CID Marketing Committee and the West Side Clean Up.
An avid writer, she has a string of abandoned blogs with lukewarm hopes that one day she’ll finally find her niche and commit to one. When not writing, Sarah loves to spend time with her husband Nic, and her two golden retrievers, Gilda and Butters.
Kayden Grinwis – Web Director, Craft Beer Connoisseur & Activist
Kayden is the only guy at #Team834! His background covers all things digital – PPC advertising, SEO, website strategy, UX, email marketing, social media, and CRM integration (he once built a completely custom, automated sales workflow and reporting system for a multi-national sales team).
After spending 2 years at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, he ended up back in the mitten. He finished up at GVSU, majoring in both marketing and accounting. When he’s not serving up digital strategies and websites, he’s probably enjoying a Bellaire Brown, attending some sort of board meeting, or working on the latest project for his new house.
Unable to sit still, he does a few things in his spare time…
• VP of Communications- American Marketing Association, West Michigan
• Marketing Chair – Grand Rapids Pride Center, Board of Directors
• Marketing Chair – Grand Rapids Pride Festival
• VP of Communications – GVSU LGBT Alumni Chapter
• Blogger – This Is Trans, FTM Magazine
Jimmy Lab – Office Dog, Chief Happiness Officer
Jimmy is #Team834’s black lab and head of security. No one gets farther than the front door before Jimmy’s quick sniff and/or lick of approval. He offers free snuggles to those who ask and extra kisses if you share your lunch. Jimmy’s favorite tasks include devouring treats, carrying around “The KONG” and spreading joy and a little bit of smell wherever he goes.