Rob Balla | President, Agency Strategist, Google Partner Rob Balla has over 22 years of media experience. His background includes radio promotions, On-air and sales. He conceptualized and launched Canada’s first on-line niche business directory back in 1999. During his tenure in radio sales he was one of the top sales reps in Canada achieving President Club status along with the Astral Top Gun Award. Rob has managed radio campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, developed exciting promotions on-air and on-line. Rob was instrumental in launching the Digital Sales Platform for Standard Radio and was the Digital Sales Director for Southwestern Ontario overlooking digital sales and training to over 40 reps. Rob has been a project manager for the development of hundreds of websites for over 16 years. He has been working with the Google products since 2002 and in 2013 achieved Google Partner Status. Rob believes an agency needs to be an extension of your business and understands that collaboration and transparency, meshed with your customers needs are key to the building blocks of strategy. He is relentless in his pursuit to provide market knowledge and advertising solutions to his clients. He specializes in uncovering opportunities while delivering transparent expectations and results to his agency’s clients.
Blair Balla | Project Manager
Blair Balla has been working in the world of advertising for over 12 years. Experience includes radio promotions, on-air and sales. Her saavy organizational skills along with her ability to multi-task time sensitive projects provides Balla Media with the right ingredients to deliver high quality products and services to their clients. Blair is passionate about customer service and understands that her most important clients are the ones we already have. She is driven by creativity, imagination, integrity with a keen understanding of team communication and synergy.
Erin MacGillivary | Content Writer, Social Media Manager
Throughout her 12 year professional writing career, Erin has written content for a variety of mediums. Her relationship with words began while covering the Entertainment Beat for a local St. Catharines paper. From there, Erin entered the exciting world of radio and television writing, winning an RMB Crystal Award for bringing big picture perspective and commercial savvy to her copywriting expertise.
Today, her longstanding relationship with words has expanded to include SEO-Optimized Web Copy for better indexing and ranking, Business and Community Profiles for businesses of all sizes, Blog and Social Media writing, Direct Mail campaigns, Advertorials, Newsletters, Flyers, Case Studies, Press Releases and more. Her vast writing experience continues to be a valued asset as we strive to meet the varied needs of our diverse client base.
Kelly Park | Account Manager Having 20+ years of Marketing experience, Kelly brings to the team a passion for understanding and growing her clients' business. An expert in all things "outdoor", she has executed national and specialty campaigns for McDonalds, Strongbow and RBC to name a few. More recently, she was involved in the North American launch of a well-known Scandinavian athletic product line - Rehband. She was an integral part in bringing Rehband to the forefront by aligning with the CrossFit Games in California. When not on the run for her clients, Kelly is on the run, literally, having successfully completed 16 full marathons and Hamilton's own "Around the Bay 30K", 13 times. Friendly, knowledgeable and professional, Kelly works toward ensuring consistent and effective branding for her clients.
Megan Donnelly | Advertising Coordinator Megan has recently earned her Advertising and Marketing communications management Diploma after a three year program at Mohawk College. She focused strongly on Project Management in her third year. Megan prides herself in being detail oriented ensuring our clients' campaigns are executed to perfection. She is passionate about her work and loves accomplishing goals.
Samantha Green | Google Account Manager Samantha Green is a life-long Hamiltonian with a passion to contribute to the growth of local businesses and the community. Samantha is a McMaster Alumna, earning her Hons. BA in History and Sociology before completing the Public Relations Graduate Certificate program from Mohawk College. With a background in public relations, she has cultivated effective communications skills specializing in media relations, brand development, social media management, and event planning in order to achieve client’s advertising goals. Samantha is also one of our lead Google Account Managers.
Steve Kent | Website Optimization Specialist Strategic, forward thinking SEO with a flair for innovation and a drive for perfection. Steve been working with Balla Media since 2013. He worked for a number of clients in the past applying his skill set and expertise to their best advantage. He started his journey with SEO back in 2000 with functionjunction.ca moving on to CTS Industrial Supplies where he spent 10 years including founding and developing their core project - cuttingtoolpickers.com Additionally, he contributed to its brand identity, content creation and design. Steve has a strong, personal commitment and wish to excel at helping clients and their websites reach full potential.
David Dobbing | Graphic Designer As senior graphic designer for over 20 years, David creates powerful creative for both small and large businesses. Highly proficient in both print and digital design, David excels in building and maintaining company brands, using strong layout and design skills.
Daniel Zeng | Database Developer - Programmer
Daniel Zeng has over 16 years design and development experience on web based application, has creative ability to convert business objectives into professional web based app using open source web technologies, web sites, from daily deals, real estate to travel information, which has more than millions active users. Also Daniel has strong data mining and system analytical abilities which can help client improve online marketing analytics and strategy.
Mark Sorensen | IT Manager Mark has been involved with the IT field starting within the Radio business in the mid nineties. He has migrated businesses into a fully networked digital framework. Within these businesses he has provided hands on and remote support for end users as well as to the server network structure. Working to make each user feel important, he provides solutions to problems as well as looking for system deficiencies and sourcing out solutions to prevent problems and provide strong and streamlined solutions. He has also provided support to Mohawk College and McKeil Marine.