A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism, John
has more than a decade of experience in public relations, advertising
and grass-roots marketing. His forte is helping clients distinguish
themselves in crowded marketplaces.
At the behest of Ray DeMarini, Founder of DeMarini Sports, John established
Media Cabin in 1995. Leveraging DeMarini’s passion for the game,
Heitkemper transformed DeMarini into the “King of Softball,” with
coverage in People Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street
Journal, Esquire, Men’s Journal, ESPN, CNBC, CNN and the FOX News
Network. In five short years, John helped DeMarini Sports grow from
$500,000 in annual sales to nearly $20 million, positioning the company
for a friendly buyout from Wilson Sporting Goods. Wilson then hired
Media Cabin to handle its advertising and public relations.
A professed early bird and night owl, John spends most of his time
at the Cabin dreaming up ways to help his clients. When he’s not
working, Heitkemper can be found playing with his two kids, watching
the Oregon Ducks or enjoying the great outdoors.
Mike is a California refugee, fleeing the Bay Area ‘burbs for Portland’s
small urban vibe. A graduate of Willamette University, Mike took
years off his life working in local television as a news producer
before joining Media Cabin. When not working on his latest inventions
(see “Foot-Pedal Toilet Seat Lid”), or dreaming about an “It’s
just lunch” date with Gert Boyle, he enjoys playing volleyball,
basketball, softball, soccer, curling, Yahtzee and Risk.
Office nicknames: Gimp, Bento, Mike, and
After attending the Brooks Institute of Photography, David became a combat
photographer for the U.S. Army where he served overseas and documented
the Fall of the Berlin Wall. David was one of the first Americans
to enter a liberated East Germany and had many near death experiences. While
shooting a Special Forces assignment in Southern Germany, David’s
helicopter nearly went down as water flooded the Huey's floor.
He also hung from a wire and took pictures of rogue drug smugglers
as a member of a counter-intelligence team in the South.
After the military, David worked as photojournalist
for 16 years with stints at both United Press International and
the Associated Press. His awards include a William Randolph Hearst National
Photojournalism Award, two first place College Photographer of
the Year Awards and nine Wyoming Press Association Awards including
Press Photographer of the Year in 2002. David has photographed
nearly every big sporting event including Super Bowls, Stanley
Cup playoffs, All-Star games, and The Kentucky Derby.