The Trailblazers

With a blue-collar work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit, we deliver better results at a better value than our competitors. We don’t do it to be cool or trendy — we do what works. And even though we have been around since 1959, we behave more like a start-up. We are a DISRUPTIVE breed of smart, over-caffeinated and results-obsessed visionaries, ideators, storytellers, technologists, software programmers, researchers, analysts, creatives, media mavens, social gurus and artists who are all hell-bent on:

Developing and executing revolutionary business-building ideas that help our clients grow.

Leadership

Scott Brandon

Chief Executive Officer

With the mind of an entrepreneur and a heart for innovation, Scott has grown The Brandon Agency into a Southeastern powerhouse with over 120 employees in seven offices across the U.S. As a highly sought-after strategist and business-minded visionary, he has helped develop and grow brands such as YETI Coolers, Southern Tide, CresCom Bank, Williams Knife Co. and Fish Hippie. Always on the forefront of technology, Scott was the first to develop opt-in email database capture strategies using customer relationship management tools for stronger capture rate on conversions. Although he has an endless passion for marketing, Scott is happiest when he is outdoors hunting and fishing with his family.

Tyler Easterling

President & COO

An impassioned president with insightful account-management skills, Tyler learned to grow brands during her years working on such prestigious accounts as Celebrity Cruises, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Orient-Express Hotels and Seabrook Island Realty, where she developed a marketing plan that increased sales to $50 million in one year. With the sensibility of businessperson, the foresight of a visionary and the tenacity of a true leader, Tyler is continuously applauded by clients and agency members alike for her ability to “get things done.” Besides her many work accolades, Tyler counts her family as her biggest blessing and largest inspiration. 

Shelby Greene

VP/Media Director

From developing strategic marketing plans to aggressively negotiating media buys, Shelby works fast and furious to show an ROI for clients. She maintains a full plate as vice president and media director, but her Midwest work ethic is deep-rooted. Her portfolio is proof of that, with over 20 years of strategy creation on both sides of the table — client and agency — for brands such as Santee Cooper, hhgregg, Subway and CBL Properties. 

Andy Kovan

Account Planning & Brand Development

As account planning and brand development director, Andy mostly works in covert ops — researching, gathering insights and studying audiences before he passes the info along to his clients or colleagues to develop the most effective brand. It’s what he’s accomplished for clients like Costa Del Mar, Williams Knife Co., YETI Coolers, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, Fish Hippie and Southern Tide. Armed with a master’s degree in cultural sustainability, this Texan isn’t afraid to think big. 

Missy Thompson

Creative Director

A true trailblazer, Missy paved her own road 20 years ago by founding KMT Creative Group. Ever since, she has faced every curveball this industry can throw by working closely with brands such as CBL Properties, frogg toggs and Hook+Gaff. Now, Missy offers up game-changing and effective ideas by utilizing her strengths: the creative vision of an innovator, the rationale of a former agency owner and the patience of a mother to twin girls.  

Nick McNeill

Interactive Director

Nick uses his talents in computer science and graphic design to grow the online presence of brands such as Santee Cooper, Southern Tide, frogg toggs, Farmers Telephone Cooperative and Blue Force Gear. A serial marathon runner, his steely determination shines through every brand he grows. As lead user interface designer of the GuestDesk software suite for online hotel reservations, he watched it explode from $1 million in reservations to over $400 million annually. 

Barry Sanders

New Business Director

We seek clients who want to grow and are willing to take risks, and Barry plays a crucial role in that process. Prior to his 17 years with TBA, Barry worked as a senior account manager and refined his real estate chops by leading the Cliffs Communities account. Today, he fuels his work with the insights, nuances and successes he attained in principal roles with brands like Titleist, FootJoy Worldwide and South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism.  

Paul Hughes

PR & Social Media Director

As a former public affairs officer for the U.S. Army, Paul knows the vital role teamwork plays in success. His more than 20 years of PR experience includes PR manager for Fairchild Semiconductor, a global $1.6 billion company. Before that, he served in the U.S. Army as a public affairs officer. Today, he puts his PR prowess, understanding of social media and leadership skills to work for clients like Newland Communities, CresCom Bank and Blue Force Gear. 

Todd Fuller

President of TBA Outdoors

Todd took the helm at TBA Outdoors in March after several years of sales and marketing success in the outdoor and destination travel industry. As director of sales & marketing for Hell's Bay Boatworks, he was widely credited with turning the shallow-water skiff maker into one of the most prestigious names in the fishing industry. He has led multiple brand partnerships with companies such as Costa Del Mar, Simms Fishing Products, YETI Coolers and Raymarine.

Cary Murphy

Charlotte Regional President & Creative Director

Equipped with a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design and experience earned as visual communications manager at John Deere, Cary struck out to carve his own path. Over the next 25 years, he built one of Charlotte’s most respected and sought-after design agencies from the ground up. Don’t let his laid-back nature fool you — this business-minded creative has worked tirelessly to help grow brands such as General Electric, Rubbermaid, Snyder’s-Lance and Mountain Khakis. 

Jan Suchanek

CFO

There are many things to love about Jan, but one of the most heartwarming is his sense of humor. Hailing all the way from Prague in the Czech Republic, the recently naturalized U.S. citizen holds a BS in IT systems from the University of Economics, Prague and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining The Brandon Agency in 2015, he held posts as a CPA and a financial controller.

Brian Dorman

IT/IS Director

As director of information services, Brian keeps the agency connected in more ways than one. Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and raised in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Brian received his bachelor’s degree in computer electronics technology from DeVry University. Since then, he has served as an Apple Certified Technical Consultant and has perpetuated financial growth in aggressive environments as the sole IT proprietor. When he’s not hoarding wires, he’s probably tinkering with one of his sports cars.

The Team

Aaron Feight

Email Marketing Specialist

Champions may fall…but they never quit.

— My Dad

Alex Hagg

Media Coordinator

In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.

— Coco Chanel

Alex Kosov

Web Developer

If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance a lot less.

— Eric Shinseki

Alicia Broughton

Social Media Associate

This above all: to thine own self be true.

— William Shakespeare

Allie Wallis

Project Manager

You're all beautiful and you're all geniuses.

— John Lennon

Amanda Robinson

Account Manager

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney

Angela Seed

Project Manager

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

— Romans 8:28 (Author, Paul)

Anna Brittain

Account Coordinator

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

— Winston S. Churchill

Annette Shepherd

Senior Account Manager

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

— Apostle Paul Philippians 4:13

Ashley O'Connor Henley

Email Marketing Manager

Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard and believe in yourself

— Unknown

Avery Ivey

Public Relations Account Executive

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Beth Kann

Social Media Manager

There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask "What if I fall?" Oh, but my darling, What if you fly?

— Erin Hansen

Carlie Mills

Copywriter

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cassidy Graves

Social Media Associate

When you do multiple things you love, it doesn't feel like work.

— Lauren Conrad

Chelsey Strife

Junior Media Buyer

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

— Jennifer Lee

Christie DeAntonio

Account Manager

Think positively, exercise daily, eat healthy, work hard, stay strong, worry less, dance more, love often, be happy.

— Unknown

Colin Mulqueen

Associate Creative Director

Lead from the front.

— Audie Murphy

Courtney Olbrich

Associate Media Director

If you can't figure out your purpose, find out your passion for your passion will lead you right into your purpose.

— T.D. Jakes

Denise Dionne

Senior Art Director

I believe that everything happens for a reason.

— Marilyn Monroe

Dustin Glendinning

Digital Design Specialist

We are what we do repeatedly

— Will Durant

Ed Lammon

Managing Editor of Agency Content

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it.

— Ferris Bueller

Emily Trogdon

Public Relations Manager

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Erin Heaney

Public Relations Manager

Act like a lady, Think like a man, Work like a Boss.

— Unknown

Garrett Nevin

Front-End Web Developer

A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

— English Proverb

George Douglas

Social Media Associate

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour, fact and his dreaming meet.

— Victor Hugo

Grace Long

Public Relations Account Executive

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

— Marilyn Monroe

Gray Gill

Creative Copywriter

Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures.

— H. Jackson Brown

Greg Frick

Art Director

A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.

— John A. Shedd

Heather Williams

Account Manager

Dream big and dare to fail.

— Unknown

Jami Flannely

Project Director

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

— Peter Drucker

JD Withrow

Director of Search Marketing and Analytics

If you had a friend who was a tightrope walker, and you were walking down a sidewalk, and he fell, that would be completely unacceptable.

— Mitch Hedberg

Jennifer Taylor

Production Manager

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

— Walt Disney

Jim Jackson

Videographer

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

— Ben Franklin

JoAnne Goheen

Executive Assistant

This too shall pass.

— Abraham Lincoln & King Solomon

John Williamson

Search Engine Specialist

If pizza sizes were given in area, not diameter, you’d see instantly that a 7-inch is less than half the size of a 10-inch pie.

— Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Jon Farah

Account Manager

I used to think that your calling was about doing something good in this world. Now I understand it's about becoming someone good - and letting that goodness impact the world around you.

— Jeff Goins

Justin Niswonger

Network Support Technician

Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

— Fred Jung

Justine Schwindel

Social Media Manager

Being happy never goes out of style.

— Lilly Pulitzer

Kaitlin Bondra

Art Director

No fear of perfection, no fear of boundaries, no fear of being wrong is what creates beautiful design and makes design beautiful.

— Unknown

Kayla Conner

Video Editor

There's no place like home.

— The Wizard Of Oz

Kimberly Smith

Office Coordinator

Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

— Benjamin Franklin

Kim Wilson

Media Planner/Buyer

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It's always our self we find in the sea.

— E.E. Cummings

Kirby Groome

Junior Art Director

Let the light that shines in you be brighter than the light that shines on you.

— Dabo Swinney

Krista Anderson

Digital Analytics Coordinator

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.

— Carl Sagan

Lauren Jones

Media Buyer

All good things are wild and free.

— Henry David Thoreau

Lindsey Waltz

Traffic Manager

Your real job in this world is to be you.

— India Arie

Lisa Capparella

Accounting & Human Resource Associate

And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to the span of life?

— Luke 12:25

Lisa Cartrette

UI Designer/Developer

Observe and reflect and become a little wiser everyday.

— Doe Zantamata

Lynne Boykin

Senior Account Manager

I could never guess where life will take me, but I will never forget where I came from.

— Unknown

Marcia Herr

Accounts Payable Accountant

When the power of love is greater than the love of power, the world will know peace.

— Jimi Hendrix

Margaret Hoynes

Public Relations and Social Media Account Executive

A day without laughter is a day wasted.

— Charlie Chaplin

Maria Peters

Digital Analytics Coordinator

Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

— Albert Einstein

Mary Udasin

Accounts Receivable Associate

People will forget what you said; people will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you make them feel.

— Mary Udasin

Michelle Willis

Art Director/Digital Asset Manager

If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.

— Anthony Robbins

Molly Holland

Account Director

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Pat Sweeney

Project Manager

If you have everything under control, you're not moving fast enough.

— Mario Andretti

Peter Boggeman

Senior Account Manager

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Richelle Prijic

Junior Account Manager

Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you.

— Bethany Hamilton

Russell Benghiat

Regional President

Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

— Russell Benghiat

Sherry Moats

Media Manager

Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.

— Unknown

Steve Sutton

Web and App Developer

A good window doesn't call attention to itself. It merely lets in the light.

— Dale Carnegie

Svetlin Roussev

Software Developer

When one door closes another opens.

— Alexander Bell

Theresa Forman

Account Manager

Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.

— Groucho Marx

Todd Reed

Senior Art Director

Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after

— Henry David Thoreau

Valerie Roy

Project Manager

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass..It's about learning to dance in the rain!

— Vivian Greene