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We do things a little differently.

Brands Create Emotions. Tactics Create Interactions. Smart Thinking Binds Them Together.

Brand Development

A brand is more than a name. It's the emotional connection formed with customers that drives them to choose you over the others. And, there's a science to uncovering your brand identity that's steeped in research, market and industry analysis. We're passionate about uncovering your brand's personality. In fact, we believe it's the most vital piece of your marketing strategy.

Content Marketing

Gaining recognition requires consistently telling compelling stories in the right place, at the right time and in the right way. It's the culmination of PR, social media, and online interactions that create relationships, not just pitch products. It's about real, useful information that builds trust and brand fans. We tell your unique story.

Digital Engagement

Websites and what drives people to them tell a valuable story about how your customers identify with your brand. SEO, SEM, Analytics and websites work together in an ever evolving world of digital touch points. We align them and use them to increase awareness for you. 

Creative Solutions

Bringing life to your brand takes vision and strategic planning. Each representation of your brand must work together, no matter the medium. We have decades of experience across print, broadcast, video, and digital mediums. Plus, we're sticklers for the smallest details in production and execution -- all to ensure your brand is represented in the best possible light.

Portfolio

JENNY MARTIN

Founder

Chief Rainmaker. More than 30 years in advertising. Former radio and television station account executive. Logical. Analytical. Thinks on the right side of the brain. Oh, and once rode a live bull in a rodeo.

Head in the clouds.
Feet on the ground.

LAURA McALILEY

Director, Digital Strategies

Chief Storm Chaser. Former journalist with a knack for storytelling and insatiable appetite for facts. A problem-solver and strategic thinker. A champion for connecting brands with their fans. In her world, life is all about emotional connections built over great stories—and a tasty craft beer.

People Lover.
Information Junkie.

JATANA CLEVENGER

Community Manager & Facilitator 

The Wedding Planner. Over 20 years in advertising. Former radio promotions intern turned account executive turned community manager. With more than 14 years of agency experience, her expertise lies in tactical execution connecting all points and people. Expectations are the name of her game: if you don't know them, you can't meet them. And, you'll find her heart on her sleeve pretty much most of the time.

Peacemaker.
Relationship-Builder.

LORRIE GUSTIN

Creative Director

The Visionary. Award-winning Creative Director for advertising agencies for 26 years—loves problem-solving and the thrill of discovering the solution. Connecting the proverbial dots and making sense of the impossible is what she's all about. Sees the big picture and directs everything toward making it happen in both design and copywriting. Caught wearing rose-colored glasses 90% of the time.

Pixel-Pusher.
Saves Everything.

JODIE LEHMAN

Social Media Manager

The Squirrel Chaser. Background in media planning and buying. Spent the past 18 years helping establish strong brand presence for many clients across the southeast. Can manage and analyze small details while keeping the main objective in mind. Organization freak who believes everything should be in its proper place. Wolfpack alum and lifelong fan.

Head in the game.
Eye on the ball.

KEVIN BOXELL

SEO Analyst & Web Innovations

The Godfather. Over 20 years of web strategy, analysis, development, search engine optimization and web marketing experience. And if you need more cowbell, he's your guy.

Tech-head.
Marches to his own beat.

BECKY PASTRANA

Web and Visual Design Artist

Mind-Reader. Gives a fresh new look to every elements of graphic and web design with an artistic and creative flair all her own. All aspects of design and art intrigue and inspire her to develop strong concepts for clients. Loves taking old-school design methods and spinning them to fit her own personal style.

Artsy and Imaginative.
Passionately Curious.

SCOTT CLEVENGER

Visual Storyteller

The Image Perfector. Eleven years experience as a professional photographer and meticulous as the day is long. Crazy about lighting theory and crystal clear focus. Loves happy clients, BMX, snowboarding and surfing. And, gets more compliments on his hair than his wife does on hers.

Eye for detail.
Up for an adventure.

CHERI BARBARE

Finance Specialist

The Shenana"gator". Cheri, aka, the "Gate Keeper", oversees the financial day to day operations. Loves the numbers, but not your typical nerdy shut-in accountant type. She maintains excellent communication skills (on and off the golf course) as well as a great sense of humor.

Funny girl.
#PayYourBills!

DEBBIE DILLON

Agency Ambassador

The Swiss Army Knife. A champion in account servicing in advertising agencies for over 20 years, Debbie knows every facet of marketing and advertising and draws upon that experience to create the best possible environment for both clients and coworkers. Creative, artsy, full of life and endless ideas—her huge heart speaks volumes of her commitment and dedication to her work and those around her.

Jill-of-All-Trades.
Gets It Done.

AMY NEEDHAM 

Director of Public Relations

Spin Doctor. Excellent writer, strong media relations specialist and solid strategist. She finds herself on the frontlines at events and tradeshows, as well as when a crisis occurs.

Tells it like it is.
Obsessed with Florida Gators.

AMIE CHAMBERLAIN 

Supervisor of Paid Media

The "Excel"lerator. Former math teacher turned Media Buyer/Planner. 17 years in the advertising biz. Love of all things numbers (cost per points, reach and frequency, index percentages, etc). In her world there is a formula for everything. Strategic planner – what does the research show? Listens and reads Dave Ramsey, applies that money philosophy to home and work budgets.

Straight-forward.
Numbers lover.

LAUREN CURRIN

Law Marketing Advisor

Lauren started her career in the courtroom. She has married her passion for the law with marketing, and oversees all legal marketing. In her spare time, she enjoys mission trips, her grandchildren, and life on the farm.

Legal Eagle.
Brand Champion.

VICTORIA JAMES

Social Content Ignitor 

The Steward. Graduate of North Carolina State University, Victoria studied brands as living, breathing entities and is passionate about helping them communicate their story. Logical thinker; Good listener. Avid reader. When she's not on the go she's probably trail running, watching classic films, or dreaming in vintage.

Gives Brands Life.
Master Story Teller

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