Mission statement:
CommonGrounds Communications provides outstanding customer service to clients seeking unique branding and marketing strategies.

Our Sicily Trips offer opportunities for economic development and cultural knowledge exchanges geared toward business and leisure travelers.

What They Are Saying About Us

"The 2013 Sicily Trade Mission was one of the most well-organized, interesting, and engaging I have ever had the pleasure to participate in. From meeting our professional counterparts to experiencing the outstanding cuisine and generous hospitality of our hosts throughout the trip, it was simply outstanding. Thank you."
–Frank M., Springfield, IL

"The Sicily trip was the trip of a lifetime! Stunning views and great food wherever we went. Julia and her staff did a great job at organizing excursions and allowing a lot of flexibility. We were treated like kings and queens at the various professional gatherings, then were able to chill and just enjoy when we wanted to! Thank you again!"
-Laurie H. Belleville, IL

"Thank you so much for providing the Sicily trip video! It brought back some fantastic memories, especially as I am viewing it on this dull, grey Chicago morning!"
- Kelly B., Chicago, IL

"The experience of working with Julia was not only an absolute joy, but also helped me to strengthen my own professional skills. I've known Julia, the CEO of Common Grounds Communications, for more than 15 years. I’ve worked with her in various capacities for much of that time. In all those years, several defining characteristics have consistently risen to the surface: She is a passionate, eloquent, driven professional with a proven track record of communication excellence—in both the written and spoken word. When new people meet her, her energy and enthusiasm immediately draw them in."
-Heather D., Caterpillar Corporate Communications

Julia Mautino Messina  


blondeWriter, certified translator, editor, web content developer, and Common Grounds Communications & Marketing CEO, Julia Messina, has been a featured contributor and content provider for cultural and business publications for the past 20 years. Messina has translated from Italian to English for the US military, the Italian judicial system, and international businesses throughout the world. She managed the e-commerce and retail websites for Starved Rock Lodge & Marketplace in Utica, Illinois, and as the Community Liaison for the Illinois Department of Transportation, District 3, Messina coordinated, developed, and assisted municipalities with projects and initiatives related to transportation and economic development. In addition to acting as the managing editor of a series of newsletters in both the public and private sectors, she has been published nationally and internationally.