About Me

With Speaker Bolger on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives

With Speaker Bolger on the House floor

I’m Ari Adler, a professional communicator and strategist who graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. I immediately pursued my lifelong desire to become a newspaper reporter but, after a few years, ambition took me beyond the confines of that profession. I have never shied away from an opportunity to expand my education, qualifications or experience. Here’s a snapshot of what I have accomplished and what I have to offer as an employee, a consultant and an active community participant. (Items in bold are current activities.)

Media Relations

  • Helped lead the public and media relations efforts for Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, as well as the Delta Dental Foundation, via mainstream and social media outlets
  • Press Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff for a Michigan Senate Majority Leader
  • Oversaw media relations and training for the Michigan Senate Republican Caucus and Michigan House Republican Caucus
  • Moved my way up from Regional Communications Representative to being appointed Director of Communications at the Michigan Department of Transportation by then-Gov. John Engler in just four years

Strategic Consulting

  • Assist the Michigan House Republican leadership team and caucus members with media relations, media training and public relations.
  • Assisted the executive leadership of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, and the Delta Dental Plans Association with coordination of messaging and strategic initiatives regarding dental benefits sales, customer service and government relations.
  • Prepare social media review and strategic plan for consulting clients
  • Assisted with planning and promotion of Ignite Lansing 3.0
  • Helped clients of John Bailey & Associates Public Relations with successful communication strategies on public policy issues
  • Counseled a Michigan Senate Majority Leader and the Michigan Senate Republican caucus on effective messaging regarding public policy and political maneuvering
  • Oversaw arrangement of special events for the governor, lieutenant governor and state transportation director while serving as Director of Communications for the Michigan Department of Transportation

Writing

Teaching and Training

  • Taught research, reporting, news writing and editing to undergraduate and graduate students at Michigan State University
  • Taught media relations, social media and public relations to undergraduate students at Michigan State University
  • Served as professional adviser  for Public Relations Student Society of America at Michigan State University
  • Taught media relations to graduate students at University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Train CEOs and rank-and-file workers on media relations, social media, presentations and networking in audiences ranging from one to several hundred
  • Coordinated, produced and directed automated phone call program for Michigan political candidates
  • Provided media counseling as well as training and debate preparation for Michigan Senate Republican candidates

Management

  • Serve on Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Economic Club Committee, helping to coordinate speaker series
  • Supervised a staff of 15, coordinating internal and external communication activities for the Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Supervised a staff of eight in the production and distribution of news releases, press conferences, talking points, speeches, photography, radio news and video news for the Michigan Senate Republican caucus
  • Improved the Michigan Senate Majority Communications Office’s abilities and reputation for service with the Republican caucus, substantially increasing use by senators
  • Coordinated and improved public communications for clients of The Corradino Group nationally as Technical Vice President
  • Elevated The Corradino Group’s public profile on Michigan transportation projects

Presentations

Awards & Recognition

Ari and Sparty

With Sparty at a Relay for Life