The owners of two young marketing firms in Muskegon say there's no better time than now to leverage the companies' growth with a merger. And that's exactly what Qonverge and Relevant have done; after five years of collaborating on countless projects, the two companies will soon bring their web and video marketing, branding and market identity, and print media expertise under one roof and one name: Revel
Relevant's Don Kalisz, 33, and Qonverge's Andy Maciejewski, 31, and Jason Piasecki, 38, merged the two companies in early summer 2010 but have held the announcement until now. Revel and its 12 employees will operate from a new 4,000-square-foot headquarters in the former Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce offices at 900 Third St., Muskegon, a few floors above Qonverge's current office. The company will retain its Grand Rapids office space at 25 Ionia Ave. SW, as well.
"It was the right time for both companies because we're both coming off record years and had been collaborating on some really complex projects," says Piasecki. "We've been talking about merging for a couple of years. We have some overlapping services, which just strengthens what we were already offering to clients. It's unique in West Michigan to bring the web, video and creative all under one roof."
The new space will include an audio/video production studio, and will preserve the loft-style feel of the historic Hume Building with its 15-foot-high ceilings and brick walls. The build-out is in process.
The merger creates two new job positions for a print/web designer and a programmer. Piasecki looks to fill those positions soon.
"We offer a new agency experience with a unique combination of services," Piasecki says. "There's no need to go outside West Michigan; businesses can get these services all in their back yard."
Source: Jason Piasecki, Revel
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News EditorRelated ArticlesGrowing Muskegon communications firm creates four more technology jobsQonverge doing advertising the new wayMuskegon marketing firm opens Grand Rapids officePhotos: