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Karl James & Company, offers full communications and marketing services. From market research, brand and message creation, creative services, public relations, leadership and corporate communications, digital marketing, social media, and lobbying to advertising, writing services, event management and video marketing.

Client Reviews

“On numerous occasions, Karl James & Company came through every time with well-crafted, creative campaigns. Their experience and expertise were extremely helpful navigating treacherous situations. In each case, when preparing for the worst and hoping for the best, their guidance and input resulted in positive outcomes. I highly recommend this firm for all your communication and marketing needs!”

Jerome Longbottom

Tribal CFO

“The Karl James & Company PR + Marketing team put together a unique SEO & PPC customer outreach solution that generated awareness & leads.”

“Other creative agencies in the Greater Milwaukee area just wanted to use a cookie-cutter approach.”

Pat McAdams

Murphy Business Brokerage Waukesha

Karl Robe is an outstanding business and marketing professional. I worked with him on the development of a complex strategic marketing plan. Instead of coming to the table with all of the answers, he came with a lot of questions and then embarked on a mission to understand our business and develop a tailored plan that combined the right mix of strategy and tactics. As a result, we have a plan that we can use for many years. Karl further understands that culture drives brand. I highly recommend Karl.

Brian Fielkow

CEO, Jetco Delivery

Karl and his team were patient and thorough in explaining the process, and they quickly formulated a plan of action with accompanying material for my review and understanding. They were able to address any concerns or questions I had and make me feel comfortable and confident in our plan. Karl’s expertise and understanding of his field is unparalleled and I’m so impressed with his knowledge and his business acumen. Karl James & Company is now an invaluable resource for our business and one we will continue to utilize as an integral part of our operation.

Alicia Kelch

Owner, REM Occupational Health & Wellness

Karl Robe and his team had one outstanding characteristic from the very beginning, their ability to listen to us tell our story and then craft our message into a precise, well stated mission our customers can understand and appreciate. Karl James & Company continues to provide valuable strategic marketing and communications assistance to help position GS Global Resources for ongoing success in our industry. I highly recommend Karl Robe and his team.

John Thornton

President, GS Global Resources

Karl stepped in recently to help a client of mine who was facing a challenging legal issue and needed advice quickly on how to handle the high profile PR challenge. Karl tackled the issue immediately, got up to speed quickly on a host of legal and technical issues, then delivered a comprehensive approach. Great job by any measure.

Tim Hansen

Founding Partner, Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger LLC

I greatly appreciated Karl James & Company expertise and guidance while navigating the murky waters of public opinion, political negotiations, and general market awareness. Karl James’ agility in keeping all the balls safely in the air contributed substantially to our success in kicking off a potentially controversial project. Professional and pleasant to work with!
Donna Meyer

Partner, Midwest Fiber Networks

Karl James & Company has provided superior public relations counsel for one of our portfolio companies with 35 locations across the United States. Karl James is responsive, on brand, and insightful. The results are a direct result of the integrity and work ethic of the agency principal, Karl Robe. I would highly recommend him and his firm if you are looking for solid results backed by impeccable integrity.

Richard Rakowski

Co-Founder, Intersection Partners

Karl James & Company is the public relations agency of record for all of our facilities across North America. Communications is crucial to our business success at a facility, community, corporate and industry level. Our executive team depends on Karl James to help advance our agenda.

Jeff Fielkow

Exec. VP Business Development, ReCommunity Recycling

Karl James & Company provides great service and is totally accountable for their work. They’re aggressive in their efforts to promote our organization and produce results. I would highly recommend Karl James to businesses looking for professionals who understand the customer’s needs.
Paul Oswald

President, Environmental Systems

We began working with Karl James because our Village website was in need of improvement and our online presence lacked a clear and consistent message. We were drawn to their work with the non-profit sector and an intimate understanding of our market area. Karl’s team helped us identify and define our brand narrative while reconstructing our website into a user-friendly, cohesive, informational and marketing tool. We also worked together to create a series of cross-promotional videos showcasing our organization’s ability to break down bureaucratic barriers and serve as a dynamic player in our community’s growth strategy. From the initial brainstorming stages to “going live” and after, Karl’s team has been responsive and easy to work with. I would highly recommend working with Karl and his team.
John Weidl

Administrator, Village of Mukwonago

Karl is one of the guys you can have a 20 minute conversation with and collaboratively solve real problems. His firm’s, Karl James & Company, ability to effectively communicate on behalf of an organization, via today’s complex marketing tools, is second to none. When it comes to communications, strategy and execution, I would highly recommend Karl and his firm. 

Cale Guin

Executive Vice President, Extended Care Professional

You don’t always expect a major event in your business, but they happen.  Three years ago as the President of a primary subsidiary division, we were faced with immediate challenges when ownership changed.  From strategy to retain and secure current employees, to the sensitive communication need to transition our customers, to the re-branding of our new company….we needed experts who I could depend on.  Not only did we retain our people and our clients, we launched a new brand and have never looked back. We navigated the wavy water perfectly, and we have Karl and his team to thank for it.

Jerry Curtin

CEO, COR Wellness

On behalf of the Mukwonago Area School District, I want to provide my highest recommendation of the Karl James and Company. Karl Robe and his staff produced an outstanding marketing video for our district. Their professionalism was unmatched. As this was a cooperative effort between the district and local municipality, they needed to work with a wide variety of people including students, administrators, school and village board members, small business owners, and community residents. The final video created by the Karl James and Company was of excellent quality and has received rave reviews from countless people inside and outside our district. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions about our exceptional experience with the Karl James and Company.

Shawn McNulty

Superintendent, Mukwonago Area School District

Karl James & Company successfully guided my campaign to unseat an incumbent mayor. From the message platform, advertising and direct mail to public relations, media coaching and speech and debate preparation, the strategies and dedication by Karl James & Company are beyond compare. If you are looking for a thorough and professional entity that will work with you and advise you on how to advance your platform to the public, I highly recommend Karl James & Company and Karl Robe is a pleasure to work with.

Shawn Reilly

Mayor, City of Waukesha

“When the Mukwonago Education Foundation was looking for a partner to guide us through the branding process, Karl Robe was the perfect match. He was able to identify the key differentiators to the brand and guide various committees through the necessary steps to finalize our message. Karl has a unique ability to think at a strategic level but drive on a tactical level as necessary. Karl has been a great partner for the Foundation.

Jamie Pratt

President, Mukwonago Education Foundation

Karl James & Company was our consulting firm for my  Judicial Campaign. I cannot say enough about their commitment, professionalism and creativity in marketing our campaign. We attribute much of the success in our victory to those at Karl James & Company!

Laura Lau

Circuit Court Judge, Waukesha County

As a leading provider of technology products and services for the financial industry, we needed a means to communicate with our expanding workforce across the country. Karl James provided insight and direction to our communication strategies. Bottom line: over the course of two years an internal survey showed 95 percent employee satisfaction with our internal communications.

Carrie Wolter

Manager of Knowledge Management, Metavante Corporation

Integrity is not a word I use lightly when referencing colleagues. In the case of Karl Robe, founder of Karl James, however, his integrity is the real deal — both in his professional dealings and his way of living. Karl is a highly-intelligent individual who possesses superb leadership counseling skills. He is a tenacious researcher and applies his ahead-of-the-curve knowledge when working with clients. Karl also gets results whether in the form of changing opinions, nailing major media coverage, or positively increasing the profile of his clients. To this day, I consider Karl to be among the best and brightest PR professionals in the field.

Helaine Johnson

PR Director, Alliance for Children and Families

Karl James & Company listened to our team’s needs, gathered critical information, and delivered an amazing branding package. The value will have an immediate impact now and years to come. Karl James exceeded all expectations. I highly recommend Karl James & Co.

Jeff Spang

CEO, Phantom Lake YMCA Camp

Karl James and Company is more than a professional firm, they’re the ultimate professionals. I worked with Karl James on a recent assignment and since then, the client’s name and picture is in every publication that I seem to open up. The client is extremely happy. I think the client should thank his lucky stars, I have never seen so much publicity for one client in a given year. Literally, I think I have counted more than 15 cover stories, features and articles. Additionally, Karl James has gotten two articles of mine placed in leading publications in the last several months. If you want to have an excellent team help you build your reputation, Karl James is the one to call.

William Lowell

CEO, Business Development Directives

I worked with Karl James & Company on a State Assembly campaign. Karl Robe‘s knowledge of public relations and communication strategy was second to none. From a political perspective his ability to create succinct messaging was a great resource. I would recommend anyone looking at running for public office they procure Karl’s services before anything else.
John Parrish

Account Executive, Journal Communications

Karl James worked with a client of ours. The client was a medical software provider. Karl James did an excellent job and I look forward to working with them in the future.

Meade Flavin

Investment Bankers Principal, Karutz Flavin Wells

Karl James and Company handled our project very professionally, and they are a pleasure to work with as well. I would definitely hire Karl James to work with our company again in the future.

Don Cox

CEO, Evans Transportation Logistics

I had the opportunity to work with Karl James when they hired me for an urgent trade show project for a major corporate client. Firm principal, Karl Robe, impressed me as a solid professional who thinks strategically, applying public relations principles to clients’ businesses, and knows how to navigate client and timeline challenges to get the job done. I would recommend him and his firm highly.
Julie Well

Owner, Danbridge Communications

The media training provided by Karl James built the competency and skill level of our trainers to effectively engage a variety of media resources in an effort to both sustain and expand local programming. Because our trainers, who are educators, social workers and paraprofessionals learned how to get their message out, countless parents continue to receive needed services to build strong families. More than 75 percent of the communities with trainers leveraged media exposure to expand community support and maintain programming.

Linda Wheeler

National Director, Families and Schools Together

Karl James and Company lives up to its reputation as responsive, professional, and talented.

Thomas Hofbauer

Owner, Hofbauer Law

Program design and execution provided by Karl James produced measurable success. They created a give-and-take informational session that produced valuable feedback.

Rory Gillespie

Public Relations Director, American Bowling Congress

Strategies provided by Karl James & Company were key in turning voter sentiment in favor of the building referendum and getting $22.4 million for capital improvements to the high school.
Sheryl Cerniglia

School Board Member, Oak Creek-Franklin

Karl James personally outworked a leading international public relations firm to raise the visibility of our welfare reform research project with national media. I recommend them to all organizations seeking to communicate effectively with any audience.

Tom Lengyel, Ph.D.

Research Director, Faces of Change

Karl James & Company provides us with synergistic public relations strategies that position our utility seamlessly to our consumers, media and business partners.

Steven Yttri

General Manager, Oak Creek Water and Sewer Utility

“Karl James & Company LLC handled the public relations end of my judicial campaign. I had waited too long to start my campaign, and I was faced with a situation where I needed design and materials developed in less than a week. I turned to Karl. He and his team jumped in right away, and soon had the highest quality framework developed in order to go forward, with a couple of days to spare. After retaining him on a Tuesday evening, we were literally texting back in forth in the middle of the first night in order to get the project rolling. I didn’t have to ask him to do this. In fact, I didn’t have to ask him to do anything because he is always several steps ahead of me and exceeding my expectations. In addition to logo design and print materials, Karl and his team have also developed a high quality website and social media page for me. Karl has a superior ability to listen to your needs and translate the inartful (your words) into the artful (the finished product).


On January 2, 2018, I learned that I would be running unopposed for Jefferson County Branch 3 in this Spring’s election. I largely credit Karl and his team for this, for helping me get my message out in a clear and classy manner. Thanks, Karl!”
Robert Dehring

Circuit Court Judge, Jefferson County Courts

Karl James’ calm demeanor and expertise in PR are great assets in strategically managing clients through business crisis.

Andy Schlidt

Legal Counsel/Shareholder, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

Karl Robe is my right hand when it comes to local and national public relations initiatives. His insight and experience can only be outshined by his ability to learn your business, focus efforts, and spend money wisely. My entire team relies on Karl for his ability to create and deliver the right message to the right people. Don’t ever leave us!

Jerry Curtin

President, Cultivate by Standard Process

Karl James and Company responded quickly and professionally to a marketing need we had, and has since opened other doors for us to promote our organization. They are straight shooters who deliver what they say they’re going to on time and at a reasonable price. I highly recommend Karl James.

Jay Smith

Vice President of Strategic Planning & Advancement, St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy

What Karl James & Company wrote in our advertorial does a great job of highlighting the value of academic medicine while weaving in children’s services.

Brian Maddy

CEO, OU Physicians

Karl James and Company has become a valued partner of Environmental Systems. The quality and volume of their deliverables have exceeded my expectations. I am very pleased with the results of our partnership and look forward to their insight and knowledge as our company strives to grow.

Joe Feuling

Sales & Business Development Director, Environmental Systems

Karl James and Company took the time necessary to understand the nuances of my business model and then delivered work product that captured the essential concepts. I will look to Karl James for further advice as my business grows.

James C. Green

General Counsel LLC

Karl James is a smart, tenacious PR professional firm that brings a passion to their craft that’s rare in the industry.

Mike Stefaniak

Vice President Client Services & Partner, Scheibel Halaska

The Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois engagement has been going very well. We have been very impressed with the work you have done at Karl James and Company.
Ali Dawe

BVK Agency – Chicago

Karl James took time to listen to us and help us plan a comprehensive PR strategy. They provide great insight into communications needs in the medical and military marketplace.

Leonard Lamberg

Marketing Manager, Dedicated Computing

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