834 Design & Marketing is named in honor of the first home its founder, Kim Bode, ever owned. Through dogged determination and unparalleled energy, she’s spent the last five years building a full service yet nimble firm with a stellar line-up of professionals. Along the way, 834 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 30 years of combined expertise delivering exceptional marketing communications.
Located in the historic Grand Rapids Furniture Building nestled on the city’s Westside, the 834 offices are decorated to reflect our beginnings with casual, comfortable, home-like surroundings and the occasional dog greeting guests at the door.
Kim Bode – Boss Lady, Sassy Entrepreneur, Parade Marshall of 834 & Caffeine Pusher
Kim Bode is the Principal of 834, 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
Adrienne Wallace – Director, Digital Strategist, Academic in Residence & 834 “Mom”
Adrienne Wallace is an enthusiastic communicator with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors ranging in scope from nonprofit, health and education to government, politics and finance. She currently serves as 834 Design & Marketing’s director and chief digital strategist/head geekette.
Adrienne earned a bachelors in health communications and public relations, a masters in communications and a second masters in public administration, all from Grand Valley State University (GVSU). She is currently a public policy PhD candidate at Western Michigan University (WMU) with a particular fondness for public affairs studies.
Adrienne is also a visiting professor at GVSU in the School of Communications where she teaches Public Relations, Research, Social Media and Emerging Communication Technologies and serves at the will of the GVSU PRSSA chapter and the university’s student run PR firm, GrandPR. She is a published author, amateur chef and photographer, and friend to animals. She maintains a vegan-ish food blog (fun!) and a blog on public policy (serious).
As a lifelong learner, Adrienne seeks to monitor trends and analyze unique intersections of technology with relationships of all kinds. She is particularly fascinated in social movements partnered with technology as they champion noble causes. Adrienne is a social-change leader, Grand Rapids Westsider, wife to tech/PR geek Derek DeVries and mother to rescue pups Walter, Porter and Bosley.
If you are into the glimmer and glamour of awards, Adrienne has a few laying around:
- Michigan Political Leadership Program (MSU) Fellow
- 2015 GVSU Career Services Internship Supervisor of the Year
- Leadership Holland alumnae
- Named to the Lakeshore Forty Under 40
- Honored as a “Woman of Influence” by I Magazine
- Honored as a finalist for the West Michigan Woman Magazine inaugural cover girl
- Received Michigan Recreation and Parks Association “Best New Professional” and “Media Advocate” awards
- 2012 and 2013 Young Athena Award finalist
- Named West Michigan’s Finest by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- 2012 Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Advocate Award finalist
- 2013 WMPRSA Newcomer Award winner
- Rising Women Leaders Alumnae through the Grand Rapids Center for Community Leadership
She sits on the GVSU Social Media Advocacy Council and GVSU Alumni Board of Directors, serves as faculty adviser for GVSU PRSSA and GrandPR, is a member of the Michigan Nonprofit Administration, board member for West Michigan Public Relations Society of America, member of Public Relations Society of America, board member for American Marketing Association of West Michigan, advisory board member of Social Media Association of Michigan, founding member of GVSU Alumni Steering Committee for the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration, Michigan State Board of Foster Care, Blandford Nature Center Marketing Committee, and proudly serves at the will of Alex Beaton on the Board of Advisers for The Awesome Mitten
Rebecca Dutcher – Director, Web Division, Self-proclaimed Marketing Nerd, Gym Rat & Google Stalker Certified
Rebecca is a self-proclaimed #MarketingNerd. She embraces the hashtag proudly. She has extensive experience in digital marketing, search engine optimization (SEO) or “getting to the top of Google” as most people say and website development. Technical enough to be dangerous, she can take what the client wants their website to do and make it happen. From requirements gathering, technical specifications and using the Web to improve your business, Rebecca will make it happen.
Rebecca has a B.A. in marketing and a minor in international business from Davenport University. Her career includes marketing and branding from the client side of business, as well as the ad agency side. She’s spent years in the digital world including director of business development for Mindscape at Hanon McKendry and most recently Senior Account Executive for BluFish Consulting in Marshall MI. Rebecca is the current VP of Programming and Immediate Past President for the American Marketing Association of West Michigan and a board member for Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW).
Don’t let all this techy, marketing stuff fool you. Rebecca is also a gym rat who gets up insanely early to do things like boxing and circuit training. Yep, she’s crazy enough to fit right in here.
When not participating in marketing nerdery or pushing herself to the limits, you might find her hanging with her guys – her husband, Steve and son, Brett. And, we wouldn’t be 834 if we didn’t mention she has 2 fur kids, her dogs Rhino and Leena.
Julie Sheeran – Creative Director, Font Aficionado and Creepy 834 Cat Lady
Julie Sheeran joined #Team834 us in August of 2015. With a diverse creative background, she has developed a keen eye for clean, simple, and effective branding solutions, and a passion for beautiful typography. Julie is a Grand Valley State University grad with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design, and a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. While her professional career began in the corporate world, agency life was her first love. Julie interned with 834 in 2011 as part of her undergraduate degree. During her time as a GVSU student, she was the Layout Editor with the university newspaper, The Grand Valley Lanthorn, and loved every fast paced, crazy minute of it. She also created marketing materials for GVSU Health and Wellness and enjoyed volunteering at the Grand Valley Farmers Market promoting healthy lifestyle choices to the GVSU staff and student population; and of course, eating all the kettle corn she could get her hands on.
Lauren Krzesicki, Project Manager, Fashionista & Newly Minted Westsider
Lauren is a Grand Valley State University graduate with degree in Advertising and Public Relations and an accompanying minor in Hospitality. She first joined the 834 team at the beginning of 2015 with a semester-long internship. Lauren comes from the east side of the state just outside of Ann Arbor (Go Blue!) but has embraced the role of westsider and is here to stay. In school Lauren was a member of PRRSSA and was an account associate for Grand Valley’s student-run PR firm, GrandPR.
Lauren brings to 834 a quiet leadership and excellent associate to client relations. She cranks out writing assignments like they are all on “rush” deadlines, enjoys copywriting and is a superb researcher for social content.
Lauren takes a special interest in fashion and spends a good amount of her free time reading fashion blogs, flipping through the pages of Vogue and pinning the latest fashions on Pinterest. Lauren also enjoys perusing the shelves of Barnes & Noble, enjoying the summer sun and spending time in the gym. She has a strong love for the color pink, Starbucks coffee, a good book, elephants and all things girly.
Grace Johnson-Connor, Project Manager, Original Grand Rapidian, Yogi & Mom
Grace lives and breathes Grand Rapids both living and working in the city. She has dipped her toes into both non-profit and private sector work in the community. You might recognize her from her time with Neighborhood Ventures where she supported business districts by providing technical assistance and economic development. Her background ranges from property management, business development, marketing and pretty much everything in between. Grace tends to jump in headfirst going above and beyond for clients, friends, family and her kids. Don’t worry, she naps on the weekends.
Grace graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Liberal Studies degree and an emphasis in Leadership Studies. She believes that leadership is about empathy, listening and follow-through – if she says she will do something, she will. She currently serves as the treasurer of the West Grand Neighborhood Organization and in 2016 she was co-chair for the City of Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit, which brought over 400 community leaders together to discuss common goals for neighborhoods and residents in the city.
On the weekends Grace binge watches British detective shows, practices Yoga, sits through her daughter’s ballet classes and reads everything from children’s books to Entrepreneur Magazine. When not heading up projects at work, she launches home improvement projects much to her husband Adam’s chagrin. Did we mention she is also raising a 5-year old named Sophia and a Belgian Milionis named Bianca?
Lindsay Patton-Carson, Content Director, Doggy Mom, and Gwen’s Biggest Fan
Lindsay Patton-Carson is an experienced writer who brings her fresh voice to Team 834. Her favorite topics to write about are pop culture, feminism and animal rights. Prior to coming to 834, she was the creative content consultant at Public Sector Consultants in Lansing. Previous to that, she worked at Revue magazine for seven years, serving as the publication’s managing editor for five years. Her biggest accomplishments include being published in The Huffington Post, xoJane, and Jezebel, modeling for The Onion, covering national music festivals and going on national television because she shit her pants during a marathon. Oh! And one time Ricky Gervais shared a story she wrote. That was a big deal for her. She loves her idiot dogs, David Bowie, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” fitness and trying to be Gwen Stefani.
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.