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Thinkers. Innovators. Visualizers. Creators. We are far more than just video production services, we create communications to help you educate and engage with your clients.

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We think ideas into motion

From corporate communications to marketing, from education to engagement, we tailor experiences unique to you.

We think strategy

We’re more than just video, we understand the importance of a refined message strategy. We leverage our varied expertise to advance your messaging strategy.


Communications Consulting

  • Public Relations Strategy
  • Crisis Communications
  • Employee Communications
  • Presentation & Media Training
  • We think we’d make a good team

    Helping you refine and communicate your message is our mission. We listen to your objectives and offer our ideas and unique perspectives.

    We think a storytelling approach is best

    Our video production process focuses on straightforward communication. Strong messaging crystallizes from clear and concise communications. We take complex ideas and make them understandable through storytelling.

    25+ Years Experience

    Providing Dynamic, Award-Winning Solutions

    Our work is affirmed by the strength of our relationships. Our clients come back for more. With an expert staff and a state-of-the-art, high definition facility, every aspect of our process is designed to create results for you.

    We are

    strategists

    producers

    animators

    videographers

    editors

    communicators

    consultants

    Cynthia Kay
    Cynthia KayOwner/President

    If you weren’t in media production, what would you be doing?

    Is this a trick question? I can’t imagine doing anything else. I often say, "When you quit enjoying what you do, you should find a new job." In my case that isn’t likely to happen.

    List five words that describe your character:

    Honest (to a fault) Direct (most people like that) Caring (for family, friends and my community) Passionate (about life and work) Pushy (in a nice way). I know that is more than five words, but I do own the company so I get more words.

    You can only watch one sport for the rest of your life – which sport is it and what team are you rooting for?

    Michigan State basketball

    What do you like best about your job?

    Every day is different. Every day is a challenge. Every day I get to think with and for clients.

    What is the secret to happiness?

    Spend time with those you love. Be passionate about what you do. Share your time and talents.

    What’s your favorite way to relax?

    OK, this question was obviously intended for someone else. But, if you insist on an answer, it is going to spin class or walking six miles.

    Bryan Parris
    Bryan ParrisSenior Editor

    What’s your favorite smart phone app?

    Parkmobile – it lets me use a parking meter without coins. I’m not a big fan of cash.

    When you were in 8th grade, what did you want to be?

    A movie star. I figured I’d learn how to be a producer so I could cast myself in the next Star Wars movie. It didn’t take long to get hooked on the production side of things and I’ve been happy here ever since.

    What was your favorite movie in high school?

    UHF with Weird Al Yankovic. Times have changed… a little.

    What is the secret to happiness?

    Tiramasu

    What’s your favorite way to relax?

    Planning the next room to remodel on my 100-year-old house. Almost done!

    If you had 15 seconds of fame, what message would you share with the world?

    The left lane is for passing.

    Michael Krampe
    Michael KrampeVP of Marketing & Strategic Communications

    What five words best describe your character?

    Integrity, Honesty, Straightforward, Fair, and Trustworthy.

    When you were in 8th grade, what did you want to be?

    A politician…

    What advice would the “You” of today give the “You” of 10 years ago?

    Be more open to new ideas and opportunities to learn and grow.

    What’s your favorite way to relax?

    I love to be on a sailboat or a beach listening to the sounds of the sea and surf while enjoying a cold beverage.

    What is the strangest job you’ve ever had?

    One summer in high school I moonlighted as the Kool-Aid Man at grocery store grand openings across Michigan. Oh yeah!! I’m not proud of that blow up suit, but it was good money back then. Ironically, Time magazine recently included the Kool-Aid Man on a list of the “Top 10 Creepiest Product Mascots.”

    Janelle LaLonde
    Janelle LaLondeProducer

    Favorite quote:

    “Life’s too short to blend in.”
    “Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.”
    “We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there, too.”

    When you were in 8th grade, what did you want to be?

    A police officer. My grandpa worked for the Detroit Police Department and was one of the best officers of his time. For some reason I thought I’d be great at it.

    What was your favorite movie in high school?

    Mary Poppins – it still is!

    What do you like best about your job?

    Oh my – where do I begin? I love that one day I can be at my desk doing office work all day, and the next day I might find myself at a manufacturing plant in Mexico, and the day after that? Interviewing a physician. And after that? Who knows! It’s really great.

    What is the best thing you’ve ever eaten?

    A cannoli in Ventimiglia, Italy. It was freshly made, with candied citrus on top, delicioso!

    What’s your favorite way to relax?

    In the summer, you can find me on a boat at one of the lakes in West Michigan, otherwise I enjoy baking and cooking for friends and family, or reading a good book.

    John Cuevas
    John CuevasSenior Editor

    Favorite quote:

    “I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”
    —THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.

    Compare working at CK and CO to a TV show.

    It’s like Family Feud, we all have the same goal, but we might not agree on the answer, and someone will generally say something unexpected.

    If you could suddenly speak to animals, what would you talk to first and what would you ask?

    I would talk to my cat and beg her to keep her mouth shut about what she’s seen.

    What’s your favorite website?

    Creativecow.com

    You can only watch one sport for the rest of your life – which sport is it and what team are you rooting for?

    As an small percentage owner of the Green Bay Packers (I own 1 Share of Packer Stock), I have a vested interest in making sure they do well.

    What advice would the "You" of today give the "You" of 10 years ago?

    Save the 8 bucks and skip Gigli!!!!

    Jason Woods
    Jason WoodsProducer/Editor

    List five words that describe your character:

    Creative. Precise. Entertaining. Non Sequitur. Turkey Sandwich.

    Favorite board game:

    The Settlers of Catan. Though I’m pretty dominant at Chutes and Ladders.

    If you could be anywhere else in the world right now, where would you be?

    Key West, Florida or on the lawn at a Jimmy Buffett concert.

    What do you like best about your job?

    I love to create, to make something out of nothing.

    What was the last thing you won?

    I pulled an awesome pink tiger out of the crane game at the grocery store. It’s OK to be jealous.

    What is important to you?

    Spending time with my kids as they experience the world.

    Stephen Kohn
    Stephen KohnDirector of Photography

    What is your most recent "favorite thing ever"?

    Probably my Macbook Pro, I have a hard time going anywhere without it.

    Favorite quote

    Not really a big quote guy but if there is a favorite it would have to come from Vince Lombardi. "Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."

    What advice would the "You" of today give the "You" of 10 years ago

    Dude, buy Apple stock, all of it!

    Where’s Waldo

    Next to the Wizard in the red robe with the blue hat and the long white beard. Everyone knows that.

    What do you like best about your job

    I get to play with technology all day long. Who doesn’t want to do that?

    You’ve found a magic lamp! Congrats! Now what are your 3 wishes? (and wishing for more wishes doesn’t work, cheater)

    A lifetime of good health for my family and friends. Then I’d wish for the genie to take my last wish and leave me alone.

    Doyle Lewis
    Doyle LewisVideographer

    Favorite website:

    thisiswhyimbroke.com, they sell the best things you will never need

    When you were in 8th grade, what did you want to be?

    Older

    List five words that describe your character:

    Level 7 Lawful Good Paladin

    What do you like best about your job?

    I like the diversity of activity that videography offers. I’m never shooting the same thing, or telling the exact same story. Instead, I am always learning new things and creating new experiences.

    You’ve found a magic lamp! Congrats! Now what are your 3 wishes? (and wishing for more wishes doesn’t work, cheater)

    I’d wish for more genies. Sad you didn’t think of that aren’t you?

    What was the moment you realized you wanted to work in the Media/Film/Video industry?

    I always did video as a hobby, but in college I took an elective media class. And after making my first video, I thought to myself… "You could have so much fun with this as a career!"

    We're happy when you're happy.

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    Brian Walker

    President and CEO, Herman Miller, Inc.

    "To me what makes Cynthia Kay great at what she does is that she’s always pushing us to get to the next level. That’s the kind of partner/consultant we want."

    Ken Ruehrdanz

    Manager, Distribution Systems Market Dematic

    "We rely on CK & CO to be an extension of our marketing communications organization. Most importantly, they understand our business and how to effectively communicate technical and sometimes complex subject matter."

    Amanda Nevels

    Director of Employee and Leadership Communications, Siemens Infrastructure & Cities

    "Working with Cynthia Kay, you know you’re going to get professional quality video, fast. She and her team not only ‘get’ Siemens, but they are also realistic when it comes to getting projects done on time and within budget, which makes for a perfect combination."

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