About Media Link Inc.
Since 2001, Media Link Inc. has connected clients to their audiences through powerful advertising, PR and interactive solutions. We have earned a reputation as a strong strategic partner due to our market research, public relations and media placement expertise. In addition, we put the power of creative development in the client’s hands by working with a talented pool of freelancers for design and copywriting.
Navigating the vast array of marketing opportunities can be a daunting task. Our dedicated staff of qualified professionals connects you to the right resources and stretches your advertising dollar as far as possible. Plus, Media Link’s numerous certifications and our media buying software equip the team with the right tools to evaluate and implement your current marketing strategy thoroughly and effectively.
Natalie Linville-Mass, President of Media Link, Inc., has been in the media field for more than 25 years. She graduated from Drake University with a degree in Broadcast Sales and Management and has successfully grown Media Link through her expert consultation, media placement and development of Media Link Software™. Prior to opening her business, she worked throughout the Midwest in radio and television holding positions including commercial producer, DJ, reporter, editor, producer and account executive. She worked with The Water Foundation and helped launch a PR Campaign for Earth 911 out of Phoenix, AZ. Her experience enabled her to grow her business to include hundreds of clients and several employees.
In addition to helping clients connect the spots, Natalie is heavily involved in community development and advertising, PR and entrepreneurial support organizations. She developed a Women’s Executive Group dedicated to supporting the advancement of female executives in the Quad Cities, which she continues to lead today. Natalie also volunteers her time on boards and committees, including those within The Moline Foundation and the Quad Cities Chamber. Local colleges, universities and business organizations welcome her presentations about marketing and small business. She always makes time for her two wonderful children and supportive husband.
Her dedication has been recognized through numerous award nominations and honors, including the 2012 Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award for her long-standing service to Big Brothers, Big Sisters. In 2005, she was named the Davenport One Women In Business Advocate of the Year. She is also a 2015 Athena Award Nominee.
“Throughout my career, I have worked with literally hundreds of companies on various aspects of their advertising. Time and time again, the biggest marketing mistakes I see are a lack of planning and a misunderstanding of what advertising can and cannot do. I developed this agency to help companies through this process and avoid the mistakes, so many have made before them.”
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- The Arc of the Quad Cities Past Board Member
- Living Lands & Waters Past Board Member
- The Moline Foundation Board member
- PR Network of the Quad Cities
- Quad Cities Advertising Federation Past Board Member
- Quad Cities Chamber
- Business Advocacy Council Member
- Quad City Airport Committee
- Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber
- Women’s Executive Group Founder
- Workforce Investment for Rock Island, Henry & Mercer Counties Past Board Member
Adrian Vander Wille, Senior Marketing Consultant
Adrian graduated from Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg with a Master’s Degree in Economic Development and International Studies, as well as a Bachelor’s in Business/Marketing & Economics/Area Studies.
Adrian contributes to our marketing and advertising operations by providing an interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspective. His focus areas are market research, digital advertising and government contracting.
After interning in Nuremberg and Berlin, he worked as a Project Manager at a business consultancy in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt, where he contributed to the foundation of a transnational startup. He later moved to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to conduct research on the Capital’s real estate market.
Adrian is actively involved in our community, serving as a Board Member of the German American Heritage Center in Davenport and Vice President and Board Member of the Palomares Social Justice Center in Moline. He also served on the Young Professionals of the Quad Cities’ Professional Development Committee. Adrian is a member of the American-Scandinavian Association at Augustana College, Komen Quad Cities Race for the Cure volunteer and a proud AIESEC alumnus.
Ben Wildner, SEO Consultant
Ben graduated from Drake University with a BSBA and double majored in Marketing with a concentration in Integrated Marketing Communications and a second major in Radio/TV Production.
He helps the Media Link team manage ongoing campaigns and is a lead asset on Social Media strategy.
Ben is a newcomer to the Quad Cities, originating from Muskego, Wisconsin. He is quickly becoming a part of the local sports scene as an official and growing more involved with additional community organizations. He is a member of the Project Management Institute and the National Association of Sports Officials. Ben has acquired communications experience working in government organizations, non-profits, health care, television and radio.
Gabriel Tucker, Social Media Coordinator
Gabe graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Political Science and Anthropology and has received a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership.
Gabe was the youngest member of a student lead committee to develop a strategic communications plan for the on-campus Career Development Center to help better integrate student workers and interns into Center projects, as well as provide them with an early platform for professional development. He was actively involved with the Augustana Entrepreneurial Center (EDGE Center), where he supported the management of Augustana’s social media accounts and assisted fellow students in developing professional portfolios in the form of personal websites.
Prior to working for Media Link, Gabe was a Research Assistant for David Westman & Associates, LLC where his findings were published in FORUM Magazine. He also gained an extensive professional music background working as the Chief Audio Engineer at WAUG FM for the Personal Rejection Letter Podcast and he has been running professional live audio for more than 7 years.
Not to be left out of the action, Gabe enjoys playing guitar and bass in his own bands both in Peoria and the Quad Cities where he was a featured artist for the local music festival, Slough Fest. When he’s not playing music, you can find Gabe working on his car or building gaming/video editing computers.
Haley Ruch, Marketing Assistant
Haley is currently is working towards her bachelor’s degree in International Business, Marketing, Economics, and French at Augustana College.
Haley is actively involved in a variety of groups on campus, including the Advertising Development Club. This group develops effective marketing strategies to compete in a national competition with other colleges and universities across the US. She served on the Executive Board of her sorority as the Fundraising Chair where she created a philanthropy event that in a little over a month raised over $6,000 for the people affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. She also helped create a new chapter on campus, Active Minds, which helps spread awareness of mental health and she is currently serving on the Executive Board as the Fundraising Chair for the second year in a row.
Before beginning her work with Media Link, Haley was an intern for Augustana’s Entrepreneurial Center (EDGE Center), focusing on graphic design and website development. She designed website templates for local businesses to use in the Quad Cities. She also gained a strong background in advertising by designing advertisements and flyers for groups on campus. Haley also plays on Augustana’s Varsity Softball team where she was awarded CCIW’s All-Conference First team this past season and served on the Athletic Leadership Council for two years. When she’s not on the softball field, she enjoys playing guitar and travelling to foreign countries.
Brad Sapp, Lead Software Developer
Brad is our lead software developer for Media Link Software™ and supports Media Link by focusing on websites, apps, and managing our software developer interns. He has more than 6 years of experience developing apps. His goal is to provide clients with the best customer experience while managing IT related projects. With the heart of a teacher, he enjoys not only making clients’ dreams a reality, but also empowering them with the knowledge and tools to understand projects and how they work.