Milan, MI

About Us


Tina Walther created Rapport Innovative Marketing in December of 2006. After many years of working with marketing in various positions of management in local restaurants, corporate sales, and as an owner of a retail design store, Tina felt she had the hands-on experience to help other business owners navigate the sea of marketing options.

Therefore, she combined her experience, design talents, and entrepreneurial spirit to create Rapport with the hopes of working with companies to assist in making their dreams and goals a reality using her knowledge, design skills and digital marketing tools.

At the beginning, she was a one-person operation, but as the business continued to flourish, so did her team and the services Rapport offers. In December of 2016, the company celebrated its 10th anniversary in business and continues to grow daily.

Bakery owners helping customers place an order

Rapport’s marketing philosophy is a combination of loyalty and appreciation. We believe that marketing can produce the best results by utilizing a company’s greatest resources – their staff and customers. By providing continual touch points of appreciation, and knowledge about the company and its services to their clients, we believe the clients will then spread the word to the community and assist in the success of the business.

Our services encompass many types of marketing and communication offerings and because of the a la carte menu of our services, our clients can choose which services best fit their needs and budget.


Tina Walther

I attended Coastal Carolina and have a dual degree in business and computer programming. During the course of my education and after, I moved up the ranks in the restaurant business and was the general manager of Bombay Bicycle Club, Quality Bar, and Palio in Ann Arbor. My next step was into the corporate sales arena selling receivable management services for over 10 years.

Due to my love of people and design, I endeavored into the interior design and retail business by opening two stores — Shade of the Olive and The Iron Stairs.

My current layover on this road we call life is filled with the daily tasks as owner of Rapport Innovative Marketing — which began in 2006 and continues to flourish due to our amazing clients and team of busy bees!

A2Y Regional Chamber – Marketing Committee & Ambassador
Southern Wayne Country Regional Chamber – Ambassador & Board Member
Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Area Tourism Ambassador Program – Certified Tourism Ambassador

Renee Humes

I love meeting new people, learning new things and challenging myself. To try something new, even though I do not have a marketing background, I joined the Rapport Innovative Marketing team in the spring of 2017 as their Project Manager to help with organizing and scheduling projects. I have been swept away by them all! This amazing team is patiently guiding me through this exciting and challenging opportunity.

Lia Melasi

I graduated from Madonna University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marketing. For four years, I played soccer at the collegiate level – Go Crusaders! I am Google AdWords and Hootsuite Certified.

I have been apart of the Rapport Hive since 2014. My specialties and experiences in Marketing include but are not limited to Digital, Social Media and Email Marketing, Advertising and AdWords Campaigns, Graphic Design, Content Creation, Google Analytics, and Website Design.

Every day, I look forward to learning and growing as a team, individual, and to be able to assist our clients in order for them to succeed!

When I am not working, I enjoy traveling the world. In fact, you can often find me in Switzerland – cheese, chocolate, and mountains, do I need to say anymore? I also spend my free time at the lake and playing or watching sports. I have two dogs and an adorable niece and nephew that I adore and simply cannot get enough of! Most recently, you can find me studying the German language — please wish me luck, danke!

I am excited to be a part of the Rapport Hive to share my knowledge and expertise with our clients to compliment their vision for the future.

Mariella Zanotti

I was born and raised in Italy for about 30 years prior to immigrating to the United States. My background ranges widely, from early childhood education to dance, from the travel industry to freelance translations. The common ground is my customer-oriented approach and a love of getting things organized. With a few years of experience as a Project Manager, I am happy to put my background into good use for the rest of the Rapport team and its customers.

In my spare time, I love reading, painting and going for walks. I have a passion for interior design and decoration. I also love wine, so much so that I founded my own wine importing business.

Amelia Horton

I graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Prior to transferring to Eastern, I spent two years at Lourdes University studying marketing and playing volleyball. Volleyball, and sports in general, are still a big part of who I am today.

I am a newer addition to the Rapport hive and reside in Denver, Colorado – the Rocky Mountain state. Although I am in charge of managing projects to successful completion, I also specialize in Social Media Marketing, Blog Writing, Content Creation, and Email Marketing, bringing a creative touch to the work I do on a daily basis. Before starting with Rapport, I was a one-person marketing team for the largest contractor in Colorado, so I am well versed in many facets of the marketing and project management world.

Outside of work, I’m passionate about living life to the fullest. For me, this means traveling, spending as much time as I can outside and in the mountains, enjoying time with family and friends, and continuing to find ways to test my creativity and learn more. I’m one of those lifelong learners! 

Magdalene Law

I graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design with a BFA in Graphic Design, have Masters in Psychology from Chicago Schoo of Profession Psychology, and am certified in UX/ UI design. A a seasoned Graphic & UX Designer, I have worked in an array of genres, ultimately finding a love for Web Design, UX/UI Design, Personality/Psychology and Branding.

When I am not achieving goals at work I can usually be found, coaching Girls Rugby in Grandville, listening to music, keeping up on the newest films, Michigan camping, going on adventures, spending time with her family/friends, house projects and participating in any sporting activity I can be apart of.


Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce
Milan Area Chamber of Commerce
Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber


A3 Art Alliance
Certified Tourism Ambassador
Children with Hairloss


Tim Sommers
Owner, Bizzarre Marketing
Gavin Todd
CEO, Shopwindow
Joe Grech
Owner, Local Media Solutions
Walt Conger
Owner, Click Control Marketing
Kathy Kane
Owner, Marketing Insights
David Lee
President, Design Source Media

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