Vala Marketing was born in April 2016 in a Goshen, Indiana basement with $200 tucked away in an old copy of Don Quixote. Starting as a small team of hyper-motivated Millenials, we hustled through the end of the great recession, picking up clients looking to gain a foothold into the quickly growing social media sphere.
Through the years, we have expanded our team to create the largest and fastest-growing agency in the area and have won several awards & accolades along the way including the South Bend Reader’s Choice Award for Best Marketing Agency, the Havilah Beardsley Young Entrepreneur Award, NWIBQ’s Greater Michiana Best Marketing Agency and Best Website Designers, and two ACCE Excellence in Communication awards. We’re not done yet, and we believe the best is yet to come.
Explorers. Lifelong Learners. Tinkerers. Builders. We're the kind of people you want on your team.
After a decade in Network Engineering & freelancing on the side, Grant founded Vala Marketing w/ his wife, Heidi, in 2016. Together they have served over 200 clients throughout the Midwest. Grant enjoys podcasting, world-building, & video gaming in his free time.
Heidi founded Vala Marketing w/ her husband, Grant, in 2016. Together they have served over 200 clients throughout the Midwest. They also share two awesome kids together – Desmond & Cambria. Beyond her duties at Vala, she enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, & gardening.
Jake has over 10 years of design experience in multiple disciplines. From print, to illustration, to digital, to motion – there is almost nothing one could throw at Jake that would leave him stumped. When he’s not designing, he’s honing his skills in other artistic ways and spends time with his wife, Katie, and his hounds, Penelope and Gracie.
Partner / Creative Director
Ashley joined Vala shortly after its founding & quickly proved herself invaluable. With a Master’s Degree in English & over a decade of experience in creative writing, she has the ability to tell a story & build brand awareness through digital campaigning that has solidified Vala Marketing as the top social media agency in the area. In her free time, she runs an artisan cookie side hustle & is an avid craft beer enthusiast.
Partner / Director of Marketing
Erin studied for her Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Illinois in Springfield. Erin has a knack for sniffing out the needs of Vala’s clients, advocating for them, and collaborating with the creative team to create intuitive advertising solutions. Erin and her husband Andy have two children – Lukas, and Elizabeth. She enjoys playing tennis with her team at South Bend Racquet Club.
Vito is a small business owner and musician, garnering a network of artists and creatives across all innovative spaces that business in Michiana takes place in. His success comes from his personal skills; he’s eager learn and a great listener. Vito also deeply appreciates statistics and a good numbers crunch, which keeps him driven and focused on his goals and the goals of his clients.
Cori’s passion lies in creating fun, creative, & engaging content to keep her clients’ online following tuned in & excited. She has managed hundreds of social media accounts across various platforms, increasing brand awareness & loyalty for Michiana household names such as Rise’n Roll Bakery. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, video games, and spending time with her two children, Lucius & Tegan.
After completing their Master’s of Liberal Studies at Indiana University, Justine worked for 7+ years in technology. Pivoting to follow their passions for helping businesses grow and writing, they took on being an account manager with Vala Marketing. The joy Justine gets from engaging audiences and creative writing is only matched by their love of reading while curled up with two mini dachshunds named Scooter and Tanqueray.
Ethan has a passion for all things marketing. He grew up around the South Bend area and studied Marketing at IU South Bend. Before joining the Vala team, Ethan grew his marketing skillset by creating and managing marketing strategies with businesses small and large. When he isn’t working, he enjoys traveling, hiking, making music, and obsessively checking his stock portfolio.
Ryan was once 👊🏾 by Muhammed Ali! It’s true, though he was 8 and Mr. Ali gave the kind of jab that says, “there you go, sport.” Ryan’s work on projects have taken him all over the US, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Canada. He studied aesthetic and digital content creation at Italy’s Santa Reparata International School of Art and loves to read, play in his band, and ride mountain bikes.
Director of Videography
David grew up in Wisconsin, and spent much of his childhood with a camera in hand, filming his friends’ backyard adventures. He studied film production at Full Sail University, Taylor University, and the Global Cinematography Institute in LA. In his spare time, you can find him eating cheese with a whiskey in hand, going on adventures with his wife, nerding out over the latest camera gear, and watching British crime dramas.
When Jon was young and watching behind-the-scenes features on his favorite movies, he thought, “I could probably do that”, and has been involved in filmmaking ever since. He studied film production at Huntington University and has worked on all sorts of commercial and narrative videos. In his free time, he enjoys performing onstage, shooting photos and videos on actual celluloid film, and playing around with vintage tech.
Jordan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Art History from Central Michigan University. He has been focused on design for nearly a decade and working as a graphic designer professionally since 2014. Jordan’s strengths lie in his ability to incorporate fine art into his work; blending elegant, often hand-drawn design with modern digital solutions.
Tony came to Vala with a degree in graphic design, an impressive portfolio & nearly 15 years of experience designing. As a freelancer, Tony worked with major power brands, international musicians, and local businesses. Tony lives in Goshen, Indiana with his wife Laura and their three kids.
Gretchen majored in graphic design and minored in advertising at Ferris State University. She’s passionate about people and all things art. With a desire to solve problems and create, she finds the sweet spot where the two meet – making an aesthetically pleasing and purposeful design. When she’s not crafting on the computer, she’s crafting in the kitchen or on a canvas.
Rachel grew up in Elkhart and studied photography at Taylor University. She loves using a camera to explore the world and to capture the interesting people, places, and things she encounters. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, watching movies with her husband, trying new foods, and cuddling with her cat, Waffles.
Madison is a highly innovative digital artist and marketing specialist. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Cinema Arts and Sciences. After creating marketing assets for years, she found her passion for creating high level marketing plans. Madison joined Vala Marketing and was welcomed into a company that allows her to run marketing campaigns while staying engaged in the creative world.
Hiring a traditional, old-school marketing agency can require a lot of expertise and infrastructure. We want you focused on running your business, not coming up with ideas, writing creative briefs, and holding hands. We provide a full suite of marketing services, including full marketing management. That means we can execute on your project, but we can also proactively manage the strategy, ideation, and direction. Whether you need full brand management, a specific project, a product launch, or your marketing team needs additional support we have the experience, expertise, and team to make things happen.
Strategy & Consulting
Strategy always comes first. We operate on a programmatic method of research that takes into account perceptions and realities from consumers and stakeholders. We then perform robust audits of each angle, touchpoint, and process – both external and internal. With this information, we engineer a strategy and create a prioritized and customized roadmap.
Auditing & Planning
Discovery & Research
Branding & Design
We have created and maintained some of our region’s most iconic brands. Our branding work is not just logo design, custom illustration, or copywriting, but a comprehensive approach, both visually and emotionally, internally and externally, to who you are and why you do what you do.
Brand Style Guides
Visual Identity Systems
Collateral, Print, & Packaging
Point of Purchase Design
In a world of templates and marked-up freelancers, we provide a full in-house team, great technology, and a continually improved process that allows us to complete design projects much quicker than our competitors without using stock assets or slapping your logo on the top of a template.
Wireframing & Prototypes
Content Management Systems
Content & Copywriting
WordPress Hosting & Security
We provide marketing management and services across all channels and mediums, specializing in digital marketing. Our best work is done when we can fully integrate with our partners to create consistent and authentic marketing communications, both inbound and outbound.
Social Media Management
Search Engine Optimization
Traditional Advertising / OOH
Our in-house creative team boasts a huge spectrum of competencies, from design and illustration to videography and copywriting. We can help whether you don’t know where to start or have a dream you need realized.
To become a regional provider of the highest quality, full-spectrum, turn-key marketing & advertising solutions to small & medium-sized businesses, startups, events, and places through well-aligned partnerships, concierge-level service & support, and a comprehensive suite of offerings from best-in-class teammates.
To remain consistently on the cutting edge of marketing technologies, platforms, and innovations and properly listen for, identify, and react to shifts in consumer behavior. To form close relationships with our clients & partners to gain a better understanding of the challenges they face in this rapidly shifting digital world.
To provide a home base for creatives, artists, internet wizards, social media rockstars, and critical thinkers to thrive, master, and practice their passion without the rigidity of in-office hours & endless meetings. To provide a flexible and supportive workplace where teammates can grow, hustlers can hustle, and we all take care of ourselves & each other.