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Team

DAVE POWERS
CO-OWNER & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Dave brings more than 20 years of TV/video production experience to Rush Powers Media, and oversees all video projects from start to finish. Depending on the scope of the project, he also takes on one—or several—of the following roles: project manager, script writer, field producer/interviewer/director, camera operator, video editor, and motion graphics artist.

For Rush Powers Media’s largest ongoing project—producing video clips that accompany each physician’s online profile on the Rush University Medical Center website—Dave has interviewed more than 600 physicians and supervised the post-production of their videos. The project was awarded Best Healthcare Provider Online Video in the 2012 Internet Advertising Competition and Honorable Mention for Best Interview Video in the 2014 Ragan Health Care Marketing and PR Awards.

Before focusing on Rush Powers Media full-time, Dave worked in network, cable and mobile television producing investigative documentaries, news magazine series, daily news briefs, promotional segments, interview segments, celebrity-hosted shows, live-to-tape music performances, live-to-tape talk shows, VJ segments and more. He has worked for channels including MTV, MTV2, VH1, CBS/King World, Court TV, AMC and Sprint TV’s SEE Music and has interviewed and directed hundreds of musicians, actors and athletes.

See a select list of Dave’s TV production credits
See a select list of celebrity talent Dave has interviewed and directed

Throughout his time working in entertainment/television, Dave was expected to think creatively, while delivering each project on budget and on time. He was also called on to create clear, concise and compelling stories that connected with the target audience. He incorporates all of these attributes and experiences into Rush Powers Media video productions.

Dave is also a lifelong musician and music lover with a massive music collection and an extensive knowledge of the material in that collection. He has performed in bands and ensembles—as a pianist, keyboardist and vocalist—and received a music composition minor from DePauw University in 1998. He has also been a party DJ since high school, a college radio DJ and college radio station music director and was a music critic/blogger until 2010 with work appearing in Time Out New York, Washington CityPaper and on his music blog, New Music Nation.

LEAH RUSH
CO-OWNER & MANAGING EDITOR

As a multiple-award-winning, nonprofit professional for more than 20 years, Leah has developed a unique combination of project management, communications, fundraising, and journalism skills. She wears several hats at Rush Powers Media as the supervisor of all web and print projects, creating a customized plan to address each client’s goals. For example, Leah might direct a team of designers and developers or create content for a website or printed report.

For the first 10 years of her professional career, Leah was a staff member at The Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C.-based online journalism nonprofit. As Director of State Projects, she initiated and oversaw dozens of online-only reports examining ethics and special interests’ influence in statehouses across the nation, covering topics such as conflicts of interest among legislators, spending by industry lobbyists and the financial activity of state political parties. As Editorial Projects Coordinator at the Center, she supported multiple departments, synchronized copy flow, liaised with contractors and contributed to the communications scheme for wide-ranging investigations.

Projects under Leah’s direction garnered 10 national honors for online journalism, including three from CapitolBeat: The Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors and five consecutive public service awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

From 2008-2012 Leah served as the part-time Executive Director of the Midwest Democracy Network, building brand awareness and supporting organizational development. Among other duties, she planned and executed a cross-platform communications campaign for the new organization, as well as designed programs and curricula for general and subject-focused meetings, conferences and trainings. Leah also developed grant proposals and managed the Network’s annual budget.

REGAN SOUDERS
PRODUCER, VIDEO EDITOR &
MOTION GRAPHICS ARTIST

For Regan, a decade and a half of agency experience brings with it—well—a lot of experience. Being a little bit right-brained, and a little bit left-brained, he has been fortunate to work as both an account executive, and as a creative professional. The result is a complementary mix of producer/editor skills, and client-based strategic thinking that fits right in at Rush Powers Media.

As a video editor and motion graphics artist, Regan enjoys bringing projects to life. He excels at crafting stories through the editing process, and through animated motion graphics. In both processes his focus is on creating the right message and the right look for our clients.

Regan has written and produced numerous television commercials, radio commercials, corporate identity pieces, case studies and instructional videos. Prior to joining Rush Powers Media, he was the senior writer and producer for the nationally syndicated TV show, HouseSmarts with Lou Manfredini. Working on the show from its inception, Regan oversaw every aspect of production: budgets, talent, supporting producers, content development, field production, post-production, even the transition to HD delivery.

Before making the leap to production work, Regan spent more than six years in account service at marketing agencies working on national accounts like Chamberlain Garage Door Openers, Marvin Windows & Doors and Char-Broil Grills. Focusing on his client’s goals, message and budget has always been an integral part of his work.

SCOTT FOLEY
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Scott has been an independent filmmaker and freelance cinematographer for more than a decade. His experience ranges from shooting corporate video and television shows to writing, directing and editing festival-award-winning shorts. In his role as Director of Photography at Rush Powers Media he’s tasked with creating stunning visuals through careful manipulation of both camera and lighting. He also keeps abreast of the new and ever-changing technologies used in the creation of HD content.

Scott is especially pleased to have played a key role in developing the look for the Find-a-Doctor profile videos that Rush Powers Media is producing for the Rush University Medical Center website—he has served as cinematographer for the more than 600 interviews that have been shot thus far. The project was awarded Best Healthcare Provider Online Video in the 2012 Internet Advertising Competition and Honorable Mention for Best Interview Video in the 2014 Ragan Health Care Marketing and PR Awards.

Some of Scott’s film and video projects have recently won prizes at The Wisconsin Film Festival, The Iowa International Film Festival, The Athens International Film Festival, and his latest accomplishment, a screening at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. Over the years, Scott has also completed projects with NBC, MTV, A&E, TLC, WETV, Spike TV, The Style Network, and Comedy Central.

In addition to his work in the field, Scott is delighted to teach part-time at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and other institutions, where he instructs the next generation of film and video makers on topics such as producing, screenwriting and cinematography.