Adam Russo, Owner | Adam Russo is a lifelong learner who is deeply-rooted in the West Michigan communications community. His professional experience includes working with global brands like Haworth and Amway, regional companies like Varnum and Comcast, as well as nonprofits like the Mosaic Film Experience and Sunset Retirement Communities. Outside of the office, Adam is committed to community service and fitness. He serves as the immediate past president for the West Michigan Public Relations Society of America, board and executive committee member for the Literacy Center of West Michigan, a member of the Kent County Prevention Coalition, an ambassador for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, and a student mentor at Burton Middle school. Outside of the office he enjoys playing with his dog as well as running, weight training, traveling and hiking with his wife, Meghan.
Adam is a two-time Grand Rapids Business Journal “Forty Under 40” honoree and a two-time finalist for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Adam is also an adjunct public relations professor at his alma mater Grand Valley State University.
Randy Tahtinen, Designer | Randy Tahtinen is a creative soul who takes every opportunity to discover new things. His professional experience includes working with regional companies like Biggby and Founders, as well as nonprofits like 3:11 Youth Housing and Rock Urban. Outside of the office, Randy is passionate about sports and art. He volunteers at his local church and enjoys playing the piano, drawing and wrestling with his 2 kids.
Kelli Gilmore, Storyteller | Kelli Gilmore is a creative who loves finding ways to share people’s stories. She has experience writing and editing for a variety of audiences in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Kelli gets excited about words and research, but outside the office you will find her trying new restaurants, reading a good book, or creating something with her hands. She is an active member of a local church plant, picks up her violin from time-to-time, and enjoys taking long walks with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Sarah Aldrich, Strategic Partner | Sarah Aldrich is an open-minded word person who loves learning new things and having new experiences. She brings a decade of experience as a writer, editor, marketer, and PR professional to the COM 616 team. She began working in the industry while studying Professional Writing at Michigan State University, interning for the university, Martha Stewart, and National Geographic. Sarah was the first marketing employee at Founders Brewing, leading the brand’s growth for 5 years. She claims that becoming a beer snob at the tender age of 22 is both a blessing and a curse. Sarah then moved to Vietnam, where she started a freelance writing and marketing consulting business. She returned to Grand Rapids in summer 2017, happily reunited with her family and her dog, Tessa. Sarah has never-ending wanderlust and is a non-discriminant foodie, a book nerd, a runner and yogi, and a thrifting junkie.
Sean Fitzgerald, Intern | Sean Fitzgerald is a junior at Grand Valley State University studying advertising and public relations with an emphasis in public relations. Sean is a hard working, driven individual who has work experience in state level government. Sean is passionate about building and fostering relationships with co-workers, clients, friends, and family. Outside work, Sean enjoys playing soccer and working out.
Aaron Robert, Intern | Aaron Robert is a junior at Grand Valley State University studying advertising and public relations with a minor in writing. He is also on the e-board for Grand Valley's PRSSA chapter and is an Account Associate at the student-run firm, GrandPR. He enjoys creative writing and is a contributor to The Artifice, an online arts and literature magazine. In his free time, Aaron enjoys running, traveling, and mentoring with GVSU Pals Student Mentors.
Strategic Partnerships | COM 616 regularly collaborates on larger project opportunities and maintains a solid referral relationship with Clark Communications.