HUDSON, Ohio—April 18, 2017—As part of the marketing and communications agency’s ongoing growth, AKHIA recently expanded its Optimization team to include new positions specializing in digital marketing and business optimization.

“Today digital strategy is no longer an option,” said Ben Brugler, president of AKHIA. “If you aren’t evaluating your digital strategy as part of your channel communications plan, you are ignoring 60 percent of how your audience prefers to communicate.”

Jamie Gyerman joined AKHIA in 2016 as an account director bringing with her more than 14 years of marketing, digital and social media experience in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer sectors. In her new role as associate director, Optimization, she will lead a team of digital experts and contribute to the growth of capabilities within the Optimization team overall. Gyerman is a graduate of the University of Dayton.


Kelly McGrath has been with AKHIA since 2010, most recently serving as account director, overseeing and growing many key accounts. In her new role as account director, Optimization, she will manage AKHIA’s relationship with the International Public Relations Network (IPRN), brand protection projects, as well as special projects for clients. McGrath holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Walsh University and a master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University.


Ryan Stainbrook moves into his new role as digital project manager. Previously, Stainbrook served as account executive, becoming an asset on numerous digital projects for clients. In his new role, Stainbrook will assist with digital strategy and executing digital initiatives as the day-to-day project manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Kent State University.


Caroline Bogart joined AKHIA in 2014 as a content architect with a background in digital marketing. In her new role as digital content architect, she will specialize in content creation for digital properties and implement best practices for clients. Bogart holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Miami University and a master’s degree in communications management from John Carroll University.

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Founded in 1996, AKHIA is an integrated communications firm that distinguishes itself by focusing on a company’s business objectives and providing strategic solutions, including marketing, sales lead generation, public relations, social media and reputation management. AKHIA is located in Hudson, Ohio. The organization was founded on a philosophy of message integrity and best-in-class account service. Today, that philosophy remains in the form of the agency’s dedication to strategic execution for its clients spanning a wide range of industries in the business-to-business, service and consumer sectors.