MDI welcomes Director of Development, Adam Johnson

Priority is to expand agency’s reach in B2B advanced manufacturing and technology

Marketing Department Inc. is excited to announce that Adam Johnson is joining the leadership team as Director of Development. Adam’s role will be to expand the reach and volume of Marketing Department business regionally, prioritizing B2B clients in advanced manufacturing and technology.

Adam brings 16 years of experience in corporate development, research, partnership, and marketing in higher education. With a background in engineering, he has successfully led commercial and startup efforts. He recently served a three-year term with Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO) where he focused on corporate and foundation partnerships. Adam also brings 19 years of experience as a professional photographer and marketing consultant with expertise in branding, promotion, traditional and social media, and the design, creation, packaging, and distribution of marketing content.

“I’ve worked closely with MDI and their clients for a number of years in a creative capacity. The opportunity to now apply my expertise and passion for business development is almost too good to be true. The agency has earned its position as a regional leader in marketing excellence with a reputation for growing small and medium sized businesses.  I’m looking forward to showing new clients how we can energize their brands and cultures with smart marketing strategies and high-quality work.”

Marketing Department, Inc is eager to put Adam’s knowledge to use. “Adam has managed a broad portfolio of executives, academic institutions, corporations, and foundations across the country,” explains Dave Olsson, Principal and VP of Strategic & Creative Services. “He understands the process of cultivation, partnership-building, and stewardship. We’re confident that he’ll take these skills and help the agency do what we do best for our clients: grow business.”

In addition to leading MDI’s development efforts, Adam will continue his creative work as the owner and lead photographer for Brockit Inc., a full-service photography studio that has provided imagery for discerning clients for two decades. A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., Adam finds life balance with his family by exploring the Keweenaw, making music, and supporting the local community as a volunteer.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Marketing Department, Inc. can help grow your business, please contact Adam at 906.483.2000 or