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.
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.
Total Disc Replacement
A world champion powerboat racer, Russell “Rusty” Rahm owns the No. 17 Wake Effects MTI powerboat, which he raced to an SBI World Championship title in 2016. In early 2017, Rusty Rahm reached out to Dr. Michael Janssen for relief from severe neck pain, which was beginning to interfere with his racing and overall physical well-being. Dr. Janssen, a highly respected spine and orthopedic surgeon, corrected Mr. Rahm’s condition through total disc replacement surgery.
Although total disc replacement (TDR) procedures have been used in Europe since the 1980s, surgeons in the United States have only had access to FDA-approved artificial discs for a little over a decade. Since then, TDR surgery has been offered as an alternative to spinal fusion, which isn’t always the best course of treatment for all patients requiring surgery.
TDR is used in patients with chronic disc-induced pain that has not responded to more conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy, and/or spinal manipulation. To complete the procedure, a spine surgeon removes the degenerative disc and replaces it with an artificial disc that connects to the vertebrae above and below it, using two plates.
Unlike spinal fusion, which prevents the painful spinal segment from moving, artificial discs are designed to support normal spinal movement. This can prevent abnormal wear and tear on other parts of the spine while helping patients get back to regular activities as quickly as possible.
Wake Effects, LLC
A marketing executive and entrepreneur based in Shawnee, Kansas, Russell “Rusty” Rahm is the owner of several companies focused on offering clients innovative solutions to their direct marketing needs. Rusty Rahm is also the founder of Wake Effects, LLC, in Osage Beach, Missouri, a premier boating resource servicing the region surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks. Rusty Rahm has experienced success racing Wake Effects powerboats on the international powerboat racing circuit.
Wake Effects, an MasterCraft and Marine Technology Inc. (MTI) service center and dealership, typically specializes in tow boats and pontoons. In a partnership with MTI, however, Wake Effects launched into the performance boat market.
MTI crafted an impressive 52-foot boat powered by two 1,350-horsepower turbocharged mercury racing engines. The catamaran features MTI’s first removable hardtop, allowing boaters to go out in any type of weather. It also boasts a custom red, white, and blue paint job by Visual Imagination.