About us

We are a group of Buffalo fanatics who love what we do, where we do it and who we do it for.

Williams Media is a Buffalo, NY based team of modern marketers. A people-focused group of creatives who seek to live our core values in and out of the office.

More Than Mediocre
We don’t devote our lives to delivering mediocrity, but to making today’s ceiling, tomorrow’s floor.

Trust in the Tribe
We believe in developing community that’s built on honest communication, willful transparency and a desire to pull the gold out of our team members and our clients.

Driven by the Dreams
True success is when the dreams of our staff and clients are realized, empowered, and flourishing.

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Buffalo is home to us and we’re committed to building our business here as well as helping others build theirs.

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Michael Williams

CEO + Creative Director

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Michael Williams is a Buffalo native; born and raised. As our CEO he oversees most aspects of what goes on here, but mainly he focuses his time on creative direction and brand strategy. He believes that in business and in life there is nothing more important than the relationships we have. So with that as his priority, he also devotes a lot of time to building and maintaining quality relationships with our clients.

When he’s not at work, you will likely find him hanging with Jess, his wife, and their two kids, Olivia & Hudson. He can also be found helping out at his church or watching all eight seasons of 24 on repeat.

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Russ Papia

Chief Operating Officer

Born and raised in Buffalo, Russ spent a decade consulting in the tech start-up space, reviewing and analyzing operations to determine viability of loans. He carried these duties out as a director at a regional CPA firm, also leading recruiting and training efforts, business development, client management, process improvement, and other internal core areas which require focus to run a successful business. He is acting as Chief Operating Officer and earned the name “Proc-Russ” (pr. Pross-Russ) for his love of process and structure. In his free time, Russ is active in many different local non-for-profits as a board member and/or volunteer and is set to marry his lovely Fiance Andrea in Summer 2019.
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John DeJac IV

Interactive Designer

John is a lifelong “Buffalonian;” born and raised in the suburbs of the Queen City. He received his degree in Communication Design with a minor in Digital Music Production from SUNY Buffalo State. John worked for WMG as an intern during college, quickly proving his skill and value within the team. After graduating, John “officially” began his role as interactive designer. He is passionate about combining out-of-the-box creativity with user-focused functionality to provide the best creative solutions for our clients. When he’s not at work, you can find him writing, recording and touring with his band Deep Valleys, serving at his church, or spending time with his wife, Kelsey, and working on their first home, in Kenmore!
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Emma Williams

Office Manager

Emma Williams was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She joined WMG shortly after Michael started the company and has since zipped him and the team into shape. She is an administrative powerhouse which no successful creative team can live without! Her true passion for building relationships inspires our office’s family-atmosphere and our commitment to investing in every client’s dream. She admittedly loves every task that her job encompasses, which is the only reason we’ve got all our ducks in a row!
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Kaitlin LaBarge

Graphic Designer

Kait is a Buffalo native, however her love for travel and missions has brought her all over the world for both fun and volunteering. Kait has a unique ability to apply her artistic abilities to any process from brand strategy and web design to social media, hair, make-up, cakes (and other baked goods). She is the creative engine behind content creation here at WMG. When Kait isn’t working you can find her experimenting with creating natural skin care products, or introverting behind a good book.
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Caitlyn DiVita (Frank)

Account Manager

Caitlyn, or as we affectionately call her, Frank, comes to us with a wealth of knowledge from University of Buffalo, majoring in communications and minoring in studio art. She is Buffalo born and raised. Frank has developed a knack for carrying out extensive social media strategies from strategy development, content direction, copywriting, and analytics reporting. Frank’s responsibilities include coordinating and managing our social media services. In her spare time, Caitlyn helps at her parent’s restaurant, Sorrentino’s Spaghetti House by doing everything from washing dishes to serving tables. Although, she prefers spending the night sketching in her art pad while cuddling in front of the most recent episode of the Bachelorette.