Meet Our Thinkers

Meet Our Thinkers

At AKHIA, we think a lot… and about all kinds of things. But we don’t just stop there; we research, we read and we analyze. We discuss and debate, too. It’s what makes us who we are—and it’s what makes us experts on a variety of subjects and trends.

That’s why, from speaking engagements and interviews to workshops, seminars and more, our experts are ready to help get you—and your entire team—thinking.

Just click below to learn more about our experts and their areas of expertise. Interested in scheduling a session? Contact us at think@akhia.com.

Jan Gusich, CEO and Founder
Ben Brugler, President
April Wonsick, Director of Account Service


Jan Gusich, CEO and Founder
Since opening AKHIA in 1996, Jan has led a team in growing the agency from a two-person firm to a professional staff of 60+ with sales over $6 million. An expert in crisis communications, brand development, entrepreneurship and more, Jan is an accredited public relations practitioner by the National Public Relations Society of America and an active member of the International Public Relations Network comprised of agencies throughout the world.

Key Areas of Expertise:

  • Public Relations
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Brand Development
  • Brand Protection and Reputation Management
  • Crisis Communications
  • Cultivating Agency Culture


Ben Brugler, President
Ben was named president of AKHIA in 2013, after serving the agency as executive vice president for more than eight years. Ben has more than 15 years of experience in the industry and is well known among AKHIA clients and the local business community as master facilitator and dynamic speaker on a variety of topics ranging from content marketing and branding strategy to business integration and thought-leadership positioning. He was named to Crain’s Forty under 40 list in 2011 for his contributions to AKHIA’s growth.

Key Areas of Expertise:

  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • Public Relations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Content Strategy
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Business Integration


April Wonsick, Director of Account Service

For the past 12 years, April has worked with a variety of high-profile business-to-business and business-to-consumer accounts, leading both public relations and integrated marketing strategies. Since joining AKHIA in 2012, April has served as both account director and, most recently, director of account services where she is responsible or more than 30 employees who serve more than 40 clients. She brings a strong background in everything from client service and relationship building to public relations and marketing strategies.

Key Areas of Expertise:

  • Media Relations
  • Client Service
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Relationship Building
  • Branding
  • Product Launches
  • Special Events
  • Corporate Communications
  • Government Relations
  • Video Production


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