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GRand Solutions: Marketing, Events, Communications

GRand Solutions LLC is committed to exceeding client expectations in the traditional areas of sponsor and event activation, public relations, guest services and consumer marketing – as well as financial and operational consulting, risk management and business process improvement. Our focus is to provide each client with creative and comprehensive solutions, tailored by specific individual need and crafted for affordability.

Our objective is to help our clients manage their respective sports properties. Athletes, teams, event promoters, sponsors and sanctioning bodies are examples of sports properties where we now offer new and innovative solutions to help them achieve long-term, financially viable results.


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Everything is designed. Not everything is of GRand design.


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GRand Solutions unites the complementary skills of Gene Cottingham, former CFO of Champ Car and Ruthie Forbes, former Director of Event Marketing for IndyCar. Much more than just an adventure for the ‘dynamic duo’ – they bring a wealth of knowledge and more than a quarter-century of international motorsports industry experience.

As fee-based advisors, our only motivation is the success of our clients.
By avoiding commissions, GRand Solutions is able to maintain focus on creative solutions that match the needs and objectives of its clients.

Gene Cottingham
Ruthie Forbes
Becca Bornhorst
Lindsay Condon
Marissa Johnson
Paul Kelly

Our only motivation is the success of our clients.


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Coach K Congratulatory Tweets Show Journalists Put Speed Over Accuracy

By: Becca Bornhorst History was made Sunday when the No. 5-ranked Duke Blue Devils rallied to defeat St. John’s and give their legendary coach, Mike Krzyzewski, his 1000th career Division I college basketball win. This accomplishment should not be diminished by any means. Coach K is one of the most well-respected and decorated basketball coaches […]

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By: Paul Kelly The ride-sharing service Uber has been in the news lately – for all the wrong reasons. Uber’s continued missteps give the impression public relations isn’t an important area for the company and also provide an interesting look at how PR and executive teams must work in tandem and be responsive to the […]

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Not Superman, But Still Here to Save the Day

By: Marissa Johnson Lately there have been quite a few “PR Saves,” as I like to call them – prime examples of public relations professionals turning bad situations into good ones, or at least not as bad as it could have been situations. Everyone saw the viral sensation that is Rikk Wilde, or “Chevy Guy” […]

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Social Media Users Caught With Pants Down

By: Gene Cottingham Meteorologist Mike Seidel and NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt were caught off guard this weekend. It was not the snowstorm in North Carolina that Seidel was covering, nor the fact there were problems with the remote broadcast link. What caught them most off guard was the immediate social media reaction to what […]

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katherine legge

Race car driver Katherine Legge called on GRand Solutions in December 2010 to help her get back on track in the US.

international motor sports association

The IMSA Development Series is a development system for the newly-formed TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

james hinchcliffe

The Hinchtown website, created with the help of LiveLink in 2011, allows residents of Hinchtown to stay updated on the IndyCar driver and ultimately helped Hinch land the coveted GoDaddy sponsor.

josef newgarden

When Josef Newgarden burst onto the IndyCar Series scene as a rookie with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in 2012, very few people knew who the handsome blonde kid was who happened to be really fast in a car.

baltimore grand prix

In 2011 we were called upon about two weeks prior to the Baltimore Grand Prix to offer up our services in any way possible to assist them in salvaging what the media and the racing industry foretold as a doomed event.

schmidt peterson motorsports

IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud went back to his French roots for a crepe-making PR campaign that had him donning an apron over his firesuit in multiple race markets.


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Our offices are conveniently located in the shadows of Turn 1 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You’ll find us enjoying the redevelopment of Main Street, across from the new Dallara facility. Please come see us.


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GRand Solutions LLC
1140 Main St.
Speedway, IN 46224 USA
(317) 731-6394 office
(317) 973-1059 fax