Super Boat International
Russell (“Rusty”) Rahm serves as the CEO of Subscription Ink Co., where he develops innovative subscription-based sales programs for a variety of products. Beyond his professional pursuits, Rusty Rahm maintains an interest in boat racing and operates a boating service and equipment business that participates in annual boating competitions.
In 2016, he participated alongside Jeff Harris on Team Wake Effects 03 in the 35th Annual Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in the Florida Keys. Rusty Rahm drove the boat, while Harris handled the throttling. Despite a series of mechanical issues throughout the season, Team Wake Effects succeeded in winning the first place trophy in the Unlimited Class. They competed against 43 other boats.
The team also accomplished a feat few powerboat teams have achieved: winning the 2016 Triple Crown title. In order to receive the Triple Crown, teams must win the Florida Championship, National Championship, and World Championship titles within the same year.
Shawnee Chamber of Commerce
With more than three decades of entrepreneurial experience, Russell “Rusty” Rahm serves as the president of Subscription Ink Co. in Shawnee, Kansas. Rusty Rahm shares his time and resources in supporting a number of organizations, including the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce.
Representing close to 600 member businesses and 1,400 member representatives, the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce is the principal advocate for businesses in Shawnee, Kansas, and the surrounding area. The chamber has received 5-Star Accreditation from the United States Chamber of Commerce. Only 1 percent of more than 7,000 chambers of commerce across the US attain this level, and less than 4 percent of the nationwide chambers of commerce receive accreditation at any level, placing the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce in an esteemed group.
To receive accreditation, chambers of commerce must meet stringent standards for programs, leadership, staff development, and policies and procedures. Every five years, chambers apply to the US Chamber of Commerce to maintain accredited status.
Dr. Michael Janssen
Russell “Rusty” Rahm is the CEO of telemarketing company Millennium Marketing. A world champion offshore powerboat racer, Rusty Rahm recently underwent total disc replacement (TDR) surgery at the Center for Spine and Orthopedics. The surgery was performed by Dr. Michael Janssen.
Dr. Janssen has a long history of performing surgeries on athletes and boat racers. When Rahm approached him complaining of severe back pain, he performed an MRI which revealed that the boat racing world champion was at risk of permanent spinal cord injury. He immediately recommended a procedure to relieve pressure on the patient’s spine followed by a TDR surgery.
TDR is usually performed to remove painful discs along the spinal cord. Discs, the cartilage-like tissues located between individual bones of the vertebra, are flexible and allow the spine to bend. When these discs cause severe pain, a TDR can be recommended to remove them and replace them with prosthetic implants or artificial discs. In the case above, Rahm felt immediate postoperative pain relief after the surgery.
Powerboat racer Russell “Rusty” Rahm and his racing partner, Jeff Harris, won the elusive Triple Crown in their sport in 2016. Missouri-based Rusty Rahm helms several companies, including Subscription Ink and Wake Effects, LLC, with the second-mentioned company merchandising water-sports-related equipment. But it was his three championship wins that brought him the most acclaim in 2016.
In November of that year, more than 40 boating teams competed in Key West, Florida, in the 35th Super Boat International Offshore World Championships. Team Wake Effects 03 raced with Mr. Rahm driving and Mr. Harris at the throttle of their 48-foot twin-engine catamaran made by Marine Technology, Inc. Their first-place finish in this Super Boat Unlimited class competition secured them the Triple Crown, capping their previous wins that year in the SBI Florida Circuit and the SBI National Series Championship.
Their win in the demanding three-day Key West event came only after they overcame several bouts of bad luck. On the first day of the race, mechanical problems landed them in sixth place. But after a later second-place finish, they entered the race’s final day with an extremely well-prepared crew that had carefully checked over the boat’s mechanical capacities and were ready for victory. Team Wake Effects 03 was right to bet that with the right combination of foresight, luck, and hard racing, they would finish strong.
Total Disc Replacement
Russell “Rusty” Rahm currently serves as CEO of the Kansas City, Missouri, company Subscription Ink, and as owner of Wake Effects, LLC. Rusty Rahm is an avid offshore powerboat racer, and a winner of the sport’s 2016 Super Boat International Florida Championship, Key West SBI World Championship, and SBI National Series Championship.
In 2017, Mr. Rahm underwent total disc replacement surgery under the care of renowned spine and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Janssen. Dr. Janssen’s career includes complex surgeries on numerous injured and ailing professional athletes. He was one of the first surgeons to perform the TDR procedure in the United States.
TDR is also sometimes referred to as ADR, or artificial disc replacement. Patients in need of back surgery to relieve chronic, intense pain typically receive either a spinal fusion procedure or disc replacement.
Spinal fusion is currently the most common type of spinal surgery. It involves the use of a bone graft to fuse the problem bones in place in order to allow them to heal into one healthy unit. Patients often wear a brace post-surgery to facilitate the healing process. Full healing can take as long as three months.
TDR represents a newer alternative. In TDR, a mobile mechanical device takes the place of a damaged disc. In sharp contrast to fusion procedures, artificial disc replacement patients are not restricted in their movements. In fact, doctors say that movement can result in more rapid and successful healing.
An individual of diverse talents and interests, Russell “Rusty” Rahm is the chief executive officer of Subscription Ink, the subscription sales provider, and a partner in the publishing organization Subdirect. Rusty Rahm is also active in the boating world, as the owner of Wake Effects, a boat equipment retailer, and as a powerboat racer with Team Wake Effects 03.
Along with his Wake Effects 03 teammate Jeff Harris, Mr. Rahm won the Triple Crown of powerboat races in 2016. Only a few other powerboat racers have ever before accomplished this exceptional feat.
After securing victories at both the National Championships and the Florida Circuit earlier in the year, Team Wake Effects 03 won the 2016 35th Annual Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Florida, the third leg of the coveted Triple Crown. Competing against 42 other boats in this three-day race, Wake Effects 03 experienced early difficulties when its twin-engine MTI boat fell prey to mechanical problems on day one.
However, the team ultimately rose to victory from a sixth-place position with Mr. Rahm driving and Mr. Harris on the throttle. Wake Effects 03 came from behind to win after the leader, CMS Offshore Racing, succumbed to a faulty sensor in the eighth lap of the race.
Super Boat International
For more than two decades, Russell “Rusty” Rahm has led operations at Subscription Ink, Co., in the position of chief executive officer. Rusty Rahm additionally serves as owner of Wake Effects, LLC, a speedboat racing marketing organization. Mr. Rahm is an avid speedboat racing professional, having engaged in numerous events, including the Key West World Championship.
Super Boat International (SBI) has released its race schedule for the 2018 season. The schedule includes returns to four of the organization’s most popular and well-attended events. The season is set to begin on May 18 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, with the 9th Annual Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix. SBI’s return to Mentor, Ohio, is still pending, though a race has been tentatively scheduled to take place between July 20 and 22.
The race season will resume in early August, with SBI competitors visiting Michigan City, Indiana, for the 10th Annual Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix, followed by Clearwater, Florida’s 10th Annual Clearwater Super Boat National Championship in late September. The SBI race season will once again conclude in Key West, Florida, at the 38th Annual Key West World Championship, to be held between November 4 and 11.