About Leah Grout Garris


“I’m a writer.” This phrase holds a different meaning today than it did even just a decade ago. Yes, I’m a writer. I’m also an idea generator, content creator, project manager, content perfector, error finder, and customer connector.


The right marketing and content strategy can improve sales, grow social media followers, increase industry reach, and strengthen relationships with readers and customers. I’ll help you communicate the right messages to clients – in the right way and at the right time – to generate new leads and uncover fresh business opportunities.


I focus on marketing and content related to the built environment: commercial buildings, architecture, systems integration, design, engineering, and technology. From cabling infrastructure behind the walls to the modified bitumen roof overhead, my 14 years of experience are rooted in the commercial buildings industry. I make complicated subjects easy to understand. But my niche hasn’t stopped me from working with other clients, ranging from heavy equipment manufacturers and service truck publications to local theaters and nonprofits.


I can be the writer you call a few times a year when things are busy, or I can act as an extension of your marketing department – or anything in between. Over the past several years, I’ve built a solid network of graphic designers, developers, photographers, videographers, and event planners. If you need assistance that I can’t provide, chances are good that I’ll connect you with someone who can.


When you work with me, we’ll build a direct relationship. I’ll get to know you and your business well; you won’t work through a middleman.



Awards aren’t everything. But if your content serves the needs of readers, others in the industry will take note, and awards and recognition are sure to follow.


Leah Grout Garris’ work has received:
  • American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) Silver regional and national awards: 2009
  • ASBPE Young Leader Award recipient: 2008
  • ASBPE Gold regional and national awards: 2007, 2008
  • Trade Association Business Publications International (TABPI) Honorable Mention awards: 2004, 2008, 2009
  • American Business Media (ABM) Jesse H. Neal award: 2006


Leah also stays active in the B2B publishing and marketing industries:
  • American Society of Business Publications Editors (ASBPE) Azbee Awards Judge
  • United Way Marketing Review Committee
  • Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce Marketing Roundtable