We love what we do, where we do it and who we do it for.

Pizza. Tribe. Dreams.

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.
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Pizza. Tribe. Dreams.

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.
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More Than Mediocre

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

williams media core values

Trust in the Tribe

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

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Driven by the Dreams

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

The Team


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.


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 the 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 a variety of different local non-for-profits as a board member and/or volunteer. You may also find him spending time with his lovely wife, Andrea, or frequenting just about every restaurant in western NY.

John DeJac IV

Art Director

John is a lifelong “Buffalonian;” born and raised in the suburbs of the Queen City. He received his B.F.A. in Communication Design with a minor in Digital Music Production from SUNY Buffalo State. John worked for Williams Media as an intern during college, quickly proving his multi-disciplinary creative skills and value within the team. After graduating, John “officially” began his role as Interactive Designer and has since moved to Art Director. He is passionate about delivering the utmost excellence to our clients and combines out-of-the-box creativity with user-focused functionality to provide the best creative solutions in a vast array of applications.

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!


Emma Williams

Office Manager

Emma Williams was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She joined Williams Media 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!

Kaitlin LaBarge

Graphic Designer & Photographer

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, photography, hair, make-up, cakes (and other baked goods). She is the creative engine behind content creation here at Williams Media. When Kait isn’t working you can find her experimenting with creating natural skin care products, or introverting behind a good book.

Ellen Goldhawk

Social Media Manager & Videographer

Ellen is officially labeled your “Account Manager” however she’s affectionately referred to around our here as our behind-the-scenes-genius. Born and raised in Buffalo, Ellen has a deep love for family and constantly pushes the envelope on what it means to be a “good neighbor.” You can see this as she’s interacting with our clients, making sure that everything is “just-so” or her willingness to be a utility player in literally every corner of the agency. She recently graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a diploma in Digital Design, and we love watching her bring these skills to our team and yours!

Sebastian Errigo

Graphic & Interactive Designer

Born and raised in the city of Rochester, NY Sebastian recently made the transition from small-town Irondequoit living to Downtown lofts in the Queen City. (Welcome to the neighborhood, Sebastian!)

He joined our team in 2019 as a full-time Interactive Designer; bringing with him a love of discovery, creativity, and a BFA in Communication Design from SUNY Buffalo State. Sebastian is extremely passionate about discovering and integrating fresh and functional design to serve our clients. He loves to stay ahead of the curve in every area of his life, and always pushing the envelope creatively is one of Sebastian’s many fortes. You can find him tapping into this same competitive nature after-hours at the gym with his men’s basketball team, or slamming a burrito at any place that sells burritos.


Karin Baker


Born and raised in Buffalo, Karin’s love for language, people, and a good story has taken her around the world. In turn, this sparked a desire to see others in their element and convey their story well. With that in mind, she decided to come home for a few years and study for her BA in Professional French from Buffalo State College; and quickly realized that there’s no place quite like home. She officially joined the Williams Media team as a copywriter in early 2019, and has been loving the opportunities she has to get to know a range of clients, and creatively use language to express their voice!

Want to work with us?

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