Hi, and welcome! For more than 15 years, I have worked in corporate America as a Marketing Director. During this time, I honed my craft and decided that there was a need for professional services at competitive rates. So, in 2008, I launched kodiak, a boutique-style communications agency that partners with small business owners to offer professional copywriting and editing services at non-agency fees. At kodiak, we offer copywriting and editing support for a variety of projects including: • Annual Reports • Articles • Biographies • Brochures/Flyers • Business Cards • Letterhead & Envelopes • Marketing Plans • Newsletters & Magazines • PowerPoint Presentations • Press Releases • Resumes & Cover Letters • Social Media Profiles • Website Content • And more! I hold a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Madonna University, and am a member of the International Association of Business Communicators – Detroit Chapter. To preview samples of my work, please click on the “Portfolio” link at the top of the page. CONTACT: Phone: 734.625.3024 Email: wendykwapis@gmail.com ---------------------- Rates • Business Writing & Editing | $50-$75/hour • Cover Letters & Resumes | $65^ • LinkedIn Profile Creation & Review | $50/hour • Public Relations | $75/hour • Website Content Critique & Creation | Contact me for pricing • Communications Audits | Contact me for pricing • Marketing Plans | Contact me for pricing For additional rates, please contact me at 734.625.3024. ---------------------- Client Kudos “That was the best money we ever spent. You did a great job, and we really appreciate everything you do for us. Thank you again. You’re the best!” "Wendy provides intuitive insight, strategy, motivation and team work. She is highly intelligent and is very skilled at developing strong customer relationships, as well as building and managing both internal and external customers. Wendy consistently provides a high level of service to her customer base. She is hard working and aggressively seeks new opportunities to add value.” “Wendy is a high-energy, creative communicator who executes each project flawlessly from strategy to execution. She is a personable, detail-oriented person that would be a great asset to any team.” “I've had the pleasure to work with Wendy and her many capabilities for quite a few years now. Her professionalism, dedication and management skills are of the top notch quality...and her excellent results prove her to be superior in her field.” “Wendy is an extremely dedicated professional who possesses superlative and persuasive communication skills and an inherent, relentless drive for results. She's always up for a challenge and is an asset to any team. I'd gladly recommend her and welcome the opportunity to work together at any time time in the future.” “Wendy's work is creative and detailed and adheres to both budget and deadlines. She has excellent relationship building skills with clients and team members.” “Wendy is very diligent, detail oriented professional as well as pleasant to work with. She knows what it takes to get the job done!!!” “Wendy has always demonstrated that she is totally committed to any project. She shows amazing attention to detail, gets to the core of what's needed quickly and efficiently and is always a pleasure to work with. She is professional, detailed, focused and a reliable talent. I would highly recommend working with Wendy for any of your project needs.” “Wendy is very professional and has great writing ability. I would recommend her services to anyone. She is very thorough and willing to ask the tough questions to ensure she delivers a quality product.”

Work Samples

Work History

  • Director, Marketing & Communications

    • MichBio
    • 2012 - Present (4 years)

    MichBio is Michigan's bioscience trade association. As the Director of Marketing & Communications, I am responsible for the planning, execution and measurement of all marketing communications initiatives.

  • Copywriter

    • Freelance
    • 2008 - Present (8 years)

    I provide various writing services to Michigan businesses and marketing agencies. Contact me for a free consultation at 734-625-3024.

  • Manager, Marketing & Communications

    • United Solar Ovonic
    • 2010 - 2012 (2 years)

    United Solar is the world's largest producer of flexible, thin-film solar panels. As the Manager of Marketing & Communications, I managed all US-based internal and external communications initiatives, including social media, media relations, public relations, print marketing, online marketing, website management, trade show planning and execution, copywriting and editing, and day-to-day advertising agency management. In addition, I was responsible for the hiring, development and retention of the five person marketing team.

  • Advertising Coordinator

    • Amerisure Insurance
    • 2006 - 2010 (4 years)

    Amerisure Insurance is a regional insurance company headquartered in southeastern Michigan. As the Advertising Coordinator, I was responsible for managing the development and execution of Amerisure's internal/external newsletters, providing ongoing editing and proofreading services, managing all print production jobs to ensure competitive pricing and quality assurance, acting as the on-staff writer, managing all Internet updates and collaborating daily with their advertising agency.

  • Managing Editor, Nail Biz Magazine

    • TNG Worldwide
    • 2003 - 2006 (3 years)

    TNG Worldwide is a beauty supply distributor headquartered in southeastern Michigan. As the Managing Editor of Nail Biz magazine, I was in charge of managing all aspects of the magazine from inception to distribution, which included determining content, managing writing staff, selling advertising, overseeing design, arranging photo shoots and writing 50% of content for each issue. My efforts were responsible for catapulting Nail Biz into the top position as the only business-based magazine in the industry.

  • Manager, Public Relations

    • Brogan & Partners
    • 2000 - 2002 (2 years)

    Brogan & Partners is an advertising agency located in Birmingham, Michigan. As the PR Manager, I was responsible for managing various public relations activities surrounding the grand opening events for Ford Field and the State of Michigan's "Click it or Ticket" and "You Drink. You Drive. You Lose." campaigns. In addition, I was responsible for the management and development of the public relations coordinator.

  • Account Executive

    • Marx Layne & Company
    • 1998 - 2000 (2 years)

    Marx Layne & Company is one of the leading PR firms in the Detroit area. As an Account Executive, I supported the PR initiatives of some of the agencies technology, restaurant and automotive clients.

  • Manager, Marketing | Training Coordinator

    • Infotronics
    • 1996 - 1998 (2 years)

    InfoTronics is a developer of time and attendance software systems. As their Marketing Manager, I was charged with overseeing their internal/external marketing initiatives and handling all event planning logistics. Prior, I served as the Training Coordinator where I handled the planning and set up for their software training classes.

  • Manager, Manufacturing Public Affairs | PR Manager, Ford Land

    • Ford Motor Company
    • 1993 - 1996 (3 years)

    Ford Motor Company serves as one of the top automotive manufacturers in the world. As the Manager, Manufacturing Public Affairs I handled all public relations activities for their manufacturing plants worldwide, which included public/media relations and local plant tours. As the Public Relations Manager for Ford Motor Land Development Company, I provided PR assistance to the Ford Land team, which included public/media relations, event planning and more.

Education

  • Madonna University

    • BA Journalism/Public Relations
    • 1989 - 1993

    Dean's List All 4 Years

Specialties

Affiliations

International Association of Business Communicators - Detroit Chapter

Awards

14 creative awards

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