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
J.R.’s firm West Michigan Technology and Design Solutions (WMTDS.com) is based out of Byron Center, MI. Currently WMTDS serves approximately 250 local businesses website needs, and provides IT support for around 85 local companies for offsite or onsite IT Support. You can find out more about J.R. Muller, his company, and his social media feeds, at his personal landing page – www.JRMuller.com
J.R. Muller is locally a well known “Futurist”, and with a large social following with over 15 years of experience in IT working in the web design world and as a CIO for manufacturing companies in West Michigan. He will share his wide knowledge base of technology coming in the future and how it will effect your business.
In 2015, J.R. left the corporate world, and is now running his own technology firm. He has studied the latest trends coming in the future for business and technology and shares his insights through his social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. With over 20,000 local followers J.R. has become a great local West Michigan resource for talking and consulting about technology and specifically how it can be implemented in your business.
• Certified Professional Sales Trainer and Sales Performance Coach to Small Businesses and Fortune 500 Companies
• 26 years experience in all aspects of sales
• Professional Speaker, Trainer, Leadership Consultant, Vision Expert and singer-songwriter with the experience of thousands of audiences
• Helped build 3 start-up companies
• Coached and trained thousands of people nationwide in multiple industries
• Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer
Kristen specializes in leadership, vision, team engagement and motivation. Her passion is changing lives and creating sales cultures. She is an expert at training, coaching and personal development. In addition to her sales prowess, Kristen established Hartsings Productions, delivering "Celebrate What's Right with the World!" and "Collaborative Imagineering" Workshops. She is the proud mother of two amazing sons and has been married to her wonderful husband, Jeff, for 25 years.