INK inc is a Kansas City based PR agency located in the heart of Overland Park, Kansas. INK’s team consists of media relations specialists and account service executives — nearly all senior-level professionals with newsroom experience and/or client-side experience — throughout the U.S. and Europe. Because most of our client service network works virtually, we are able to save costs on overhead and take the risk of relying on results-based compensation.
INK’s talent pool is deep and extensive. Our network of media relations specialists are senior professionals with actual media experience working virtually across the U.S. and Europe. They’re made up of former producers and publicists from the New York and LA national network news staffs… NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN. They’re business journalists that have covered the Fortune 500 and the next big thing in technology. They’re publicists from the rarified world of entertainment… movies, television, and star power. They’re tough, experienced reporters from the wire services and newspaper staffs of major metropolitan dailies and small local media outlets, and from small market radio stations to National Public Radio. Our people have covered everything from presidential visits and foreign wars to two-head pigs in Iowa. They’ve covered major software announcements in the high tech world, and managed the viral marketing of a single YouTube video. With a minimum of ten to fifteen years experience, they know how to navigate the new media complexities and the old media realities, and most importantly, they know how to land the coverage that brings value and accountability to a client’s PR budget.
EXECUTIVE TEAM MEMBERS
CEO and Founder
Grove has over 40 years of experience in the media industry. He has received considerable press over the last several years for his use of a non-traditional business structure and compensation plan.CNN, PBS, Forbes Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, among others, have all profiled Grove and his use of the “virtual office” to reduce overhead and be able to offer a performance based compensation plan to clients.
Grove began as a beat reporter with The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal World while working toward his Master’s degree in journalism at the University of Kansas. Upon graduation, he transferred his writing skills to the New York office of Burson-Marsteller. Over the next several years he worked for a variety of large agencies such as N.W. Ayer, DDB/Needham and even had a second stint at Burson-Marsteller as general manager of Southern California operations. In addition, Grove has held corporate positions with Itel Financial Services Corporation and divisions of ITT and General Electric.
His experience ranged from financial and investment relations, to high-tech campaigns and products, and the vagaries of the entertainment world. He has developed communication programs for companies that sell sophisticated aircraft leases, companies that manufacture computer chips and retail package goods.He has worked with companies that need television exposure or no publicity whatsoever. Grove planned and executed programs for all. He has applied his skills against clients ranging from IBM, Honeywell and Dr. Scholl’s, to Coca Cola, Armor All, and Jack Daniel’s.
Grove blogs his opinions about the PR industry, politics and his other worldly views on our thINK Blog.
Vice President, Director of Client Services
Ryan Gerding, brings to INK a perfect blend of client service and news media experience. As Vice President of Client Services, Gerding helps oversee all client operations including: management of all of the agency’s account directors and supporting client services staff; collaborative development, implementation, and supervision of client campaigns; executive media training; and the agency’s video production operations. Prior to joining INK, eleven years ago, Gerding spent eight years working as a television news reporter and anchor. He has worked at stations in cities as small as Lafayette, Indiana and as large as Sacramento, California. He has covered everything from the Iowa caucuses, to tornadoes, to celebrities, and a pig that actually had two heads. He has won reporting awards from the Indiana and Iowa Broadcasters Associations. A native of Kansas City, Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Vice President, Director of Operations
In addition to developing the technological infrastructure needed to sustain a “virtual agency” model, Cindy is an award winning PR professional working with a variety of clients such as Freedom Is Not Free, promoting the American Heroes Calendar which raised $750,000 for wounded veterans in two separate campaigns. She is the social champion for INK Gives Back and has managed campaigns with her team for The Leakey Collection, a global jewelry company established to empower women in Africa. She was key in the product launch of Marula Oil, which led to press coverage landing the brand key distribution with prestigious retailers (Fred Segal, New Beauty, Sephora, Bliss Spas, & 100+ US and UK boutiques). Cindy’s “Share your Marula MOMent”, a tribute to Moms on Mothers Day, received significant beauty blog coverage.
Media Relations Research Executive
Jordan brings to INK a background in both advertising and public relations. A native to Kansas City, Jordan is a recent graduate of Kansas State University where he received a bachelor of arts in public relations and advertising and also studied political science and business administration. He spent over 2 years as the Advertising Manager for the Kansas State Collegian University newspaper where he worked closely building relations with clients as well as managed a staff of account executives. Jordan oversees all media relations at INK; looking for editorial opportunities; identifying publication segments and possible angles for clients; and always keeping up with the latest pitching styles.
JOIN OUR DYNAMIC TEAM OF MEDIA PROFESSIONALS
INK inc. Public Relations is seeking media relations professionals that have great news instincts, established media contacts, and a track record of placing stories in national and local media…all kinds…print, broadcast, online.Whether you’re an established solo publicist, a media relations agency, or have worked in the media itself but you’re looking to jump to the other side, and thinking about a change, consider INK.
INK’s clients range from business/finance through consumer, tech, healthcare and beauty and fashion products.
If you are successful in placing media coverage with a variety of clients and love the independence that INK’s Media Relations Partnership Program offers, please fill out our short form and we will be in touch.