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8THIRTYFOUR Integrated Communications is an award-winning firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, specializing in creating, executing, and measuring holistic communications plans that create lasting results.

8THIRTYFOUR was founded by owner Kim Bode, who sought to create the communications firm companies need: a creative, hard working, one-stop shop that doesn’t just create strategies, but also implements and measures them. We love going the extra mile for clients.

During the past decade, Kim has built a nimble, smart, fun, and energetic team, fueled by copious amounts of coffee and wine (depending on the time of day). We would love to meet over a cup of either to explore how we can help you meet your goals.

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Kim Bode Boss Lady, Sassy Entrepreneur, Parade Marshall of 8THIRTYFOUR & Caffeine Pusher

Kim Bode

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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 inspired by 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 six rescue dogs, Bentley, Sarge, Buddy, Sammy, Parker, and Phoebe. She also loves her rescue dogs that have crossed the rainbow bridge, Jimmy, Apollo, and Murphy.

Kim’s community involvement includes:

Jen VanEe Director of Client Success, Chief People Officer, Culture Master, & All-Around Marketing Badass

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Jen is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a degree in communications and business and is the only member of #Team834 with multiple children. As the Director of Client Success Jen’s main responsibility is to make sure our clients get badass work how they want it and when they need it.

She has over 10 years of marketing experience in strategic planning, campaign management, branding, event planning, promotions, and communications. Jen has spent the bulk of her career working with developers, architects, engineers, and construction professionals; but most recently was running the marketing operations for a Fortune 200 company.

When she’s not making sure things are awesome at 8THIRTYFOUR, Jen is running her household in Rockford, MI which includes her husband, Tyler; children, Cruz and Quinley; and her neurotic rescue Doberman, Diesel.

Jen is also involved with the local West Michigan chapter of American Marketing Association. Coming off of a very successful presidency, she currently sits on the board as an adviser.

Chris Singel Digital Director, Funny Guy & Dad

Chris Singel

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Chris is the resident guy on the #Team834 team! With an extensive background in all things digital, internet, and comedy, Chris is proud to bring his skills to the future of digital marketing.

After graduating from The George Washington University and experiencing a brief stint in Chicago at Second City, i.O., and The Annoyance Theaters, Chris found himself in Los Angeles. Not much later, he was editor in chief for The Coming comedy blog, before working at Comedy.com, and finally at Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die.

Chris met his better half, and they returned to her home in West Michigan in November 2015. After working at WZZM 13 and another local advertising agency, Chris joined 8THIRTYFOUR in July 2019. Here, he nerds out over PPC campaigns, marketing automations, and digital content strategies.

When not watching Netflix with his incredible wife or raising his perfect son, Chris can be found performing at The Comedy Project on the west side of Grand Rapids.

Unable to sit still, he does a few things in his spare time…

  • Blogging for the Grand Rapids Business Journal
  • Performer – The Comedy Project, West Grand Rapids
  • Marathon Enthusiast – as in Netflix and Hulu marathons with his wife

In Memory Of:

Jimmy Bode Office Dog, Chief Happiness Officer

office dog jimmy

Jimmy is forever in our hearts as the best Chief Happiness Officer we could have ever wished for. He came to us as a part of the Senior Paws program, and contributed so much love and happiness in his senior years with us.

He is so missed.