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Team

Nicole Cooksey
Development Team

“To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.” - Paul R. Ehrlich

Nicole Cooksey

Nicole assists the development team with Wordpress sites and specializes in front-end development, information architecture, and UX design. Nicole built her first website as a child to showcase artwork of her pets to the world, and has never stopped making websites since. In her free time, she works on game stuff in Unity and Maya. Nicole enjoys making a variety of espressos beverages, reading, and tending to her  orchid collection. Nicole’s dream is to finish her degree in computer science and make a successful VR game.

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Kyle Foulks
Development Team

I’ve played drums for 14 years.

Kyle Foulks

Kyle builds custom websites in Wordpress and Drupal. Building websites since age 15, Kyle loves the challenge. That, plus no two days are the same. Kyle specializes in custom WordPress sites and plugins, and has been instrumental in the front-end development of several Drupal projects at BigWheel including IMSA, Aqua Chem, and Bride Link. When he’s not solving client problems at BigWheel, Kyle enjoys running around with his family, reading, and sleeping.

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Emilee Delaisse
Content Strategist Team

“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” - Socrates

Emilee Delaisse

Emilee assists BigWheel’s content team with writing website copy, social media posts, blogs, and everything in between. She also delivers deep competitor and industry analyses. Emilee’s grandpa inspired her to always question everything, so it was easy for her to continue that quest in the workplace. Originally from Seattle, Emilee is a fan of cool weather and hiking. Emilee enjoys playing with her cat, Allegro, going to hockey games, watching films from before the 2000s and tweeting.

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Carey Hodges
Creative Team

Hemingway said to 'write drunk, edit sober.' I'm here to tell you that nobody should be left with a blank sheet of paper after multiple margaritas.

Carey Hodges

Carey writes, edits, and curates content for clients. She says her love of writing short stories as a kid inspired her writing career. That, plus she wrote terrible poetry during math class, so it seemed like a win-win at the time. After receiving her Bachelor in Journalism and Electronic Media from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Carey relocated to Washington, D.C., where she launched her career as a copywriter at LivingSocial before taking Content Strategist roles at Hanley Wood Media and Booz Allen Hamilton. Today, Carey is back in Knoxville and shares a home with her husband, two cats Zeus and Penny, and dog Special Agent Dale Cooper. A few of her favorite things involve supporting local radio, adding glitter to everything, and eating tacos.

Colin Smith
Development Team

"I've worked blue collar trades building and remodeling people's houses all my life, now I'm building and remodeling people's websites...it never changes much, but it never stops changing"

Colin Smith

A self-taught coder, Colin likes working with his hands and taking things apart just to see how they work. Prior to joining BigWheel's Development Team, Colin was an electrician for 3+ years and wired many new houses in Knoxville and the surrounding areas. He says "coding is the new literacy" and hopes to live on the moon one day.

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David Garner
Digital Marketing Team

"Genius without education is like silver in the mine." - Benjamin Franklin

David Garner

David assists in the digital marketing department with development and analytics support, as well as assisting with server administration. He has been with BigWheel since 2011 and says his interest in digital was sparked by his love math and writing. Beginning with digital marketing, he was able to work simultaneously in content creation, web analytics, and web development. David and his wife Whitney live in Chicago, where she works as a Physician Assistant in the emergency room at a local hospital, and he attends the University of Chicago, working on a Master of Arts degree. When he’s not a digital marketing ninja, David is fishing, grilling, or binge-watching television.

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Kelly Wuenstel
Jack of All Trades

The Law of Attraction/Vibration states that everything vibrates and nothing rests. Vibrations of the same frequency resonate with each other, so like attracts like energy. Everything is energy, including your thoughts. Constantly focusing on a particular thought or idea attracts its vibrational match. How to apply it: focus on what you want instead of what you don't want.
 

Kelly Wuenstel

Kelly is BigWheel’s resident jack-of-all-trades. From accounting and event planning to welcoming office visitors and reaching out to vendors, Kelly keeps BigWheel HQ running smoothly. Her accounting degree and love of people has helped shape her career. Outside of the office, Kelly enjoys creating! Cakes, Halloween costumes, paintings, she’s got it covered. She’s also really talented at making silly faces, but only for extremely special people.

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Meghan Echols
Project Management Team

My first concert was n*Sync, and JC Chasez touched my fingernail. RIP to the idea that Lance Bass was going to marry 6th-grade-me.

Meghan Echols

Meghan works with clients to ensure success with their marketing plans and goals. A key communicator, she partners with the BigWheel design and development teams to integrate efforts with a broader strategy. Prior to joining the BigWheel team, Meghan served as an Account Manager at Green Apple Strategy in Nashville. Meghan’s father has been in the advertising business for more than 40 years, which inspired her to pursue a path in marketing at an early age. Some of her favorite hobbies include hiking, white water kayaking, and hanging with her husband, Hayden, and dog child, Knox. She’s also a pretty awesome bowler.

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Sara Myers
Creative Team

Ohio is the only state that doesn't share a letter with the word mackerel.

Sara Myers

Sara designs beautiful things in both digital and print forms. Her love of drawing and learning inspired her design career. That, plus vet school was too expensive. Before joining BigWheel, Sara worked in graphic design and typesetting at a local printshop. She also spent time at Covenant Health assisting with design and illustration. Sara has four cats Frijoles, Leroy Jenkins, Goose, and Iceman and a wooly worm Patricia. Some of her favorite things involve doing a killer dolphin impression, crushing the patriarchy, and hyperbolic crochet. 

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Lori Robbins
Creative Team

I'd never have gotten into graphic design if I hadn't been a flight attendant. It's a long story.

Lori Robbins

Lori’s primary responsibilities include  marketing strategy, print design, and web design–with a special focus on B2B communications. She has more than 24 years experience in marketing strategy, print/web design, and project management, working with well-known brands including WR Case & Sons Cutlery, Bush Beans, John Deere, Coca-Cola, Lowe's, PetSafe, American Airlines, and the American Red Cross. Lori grew up in a family of artists, which inspired her love of design. She’s passionate about leading with strategy, and following with thoughtful design to solve problems for our clients and ensure their ROI. A few of her favorite activities include kayaking and remodeling old homes.

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Carol Collins
Management Team

How do you know when an accountant is on holiday? She comes in after 8 a.m.!

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Les Littell
Development Team

Don't let the snow melt on your shoulders.

Les Littell

Les serves as BigWheel’s Understander in Chief. Since starting at BigWheel in 1998, he has worked to understand the needs, audience, and technologies available for local, national, and international clients. As a design major in the 90s, Les saw the digital environment as a necessary skill to be able to proceed into the future. It wasn’t something that was formally taught at the time, so he sought out a team of forward-thinking mentors. Since then, Les has done everything from code microsites and sweepstakes to manage photo and video shoots. Les says that the ultimate reward of his role is helping people to succeed.

Katie Connatser
Project Management Team

“Create. Not for the money. Not for the fame. Not for the recognition. But for the pure joy of creating something and sharing it.”
― Ernest Barbaric

Katie Connatser

Katie partners closely with clients to make all their creative and digital visions come to fruition. As a BigWheel project manager, she is able to express her love for organization and generate traction on numerous small and large scale projects. Before Katie joined the BigWheel team, she managed multinational marketing efforts for a variety of different businesses, with a focus of B2B. She started her career as a graphic designer and loves to see projects transform from vision through execution. Katie enjoys making things with her hands as a potter and adventuring outside every chance she can get.

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Parker Frost
Management Team

The American Pie movies were written by a close friend from high school and based on our lives growing up.

Parker Frost

With more than 20 years experience overseeing sales and marketing at multimillion-dollar businesses, Parker leads BigWheel in delivering marketing, digital, and creative services to clients nationwide. Prior to forming BigWheel, he founded the tech company, Gigmark Interactive Media. There, his customizable software combined with branded USB flash drives earned him numerous awards, including the 2012 Pinnacle Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Parker says he’s known since he was a kid that he was meant to be in sales. His passion for thought leadership and marketing came later, but it all started with sales. Parker loves vacationing and checking out live music with his wife Lisa, son Davis, and daughter Sophie. Some of his favorite things include travel, college football, cooking, and hanging with family. 

Kervie Mata
Creative Team

"Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional" - Chili Davis

Kervie Mata

Kervie creates branding solutions for a variety of digital and traditional graphic design projects. He chose a career in design because reading and collecting comic books when he was young inspired him to become interested in drawing and art. As the use of computers and the internet became more mainstream, he wanted to find a profession that could combine art and computer technology and discovered Graphic Design as a growing field while enrolled as a Computer Science major at WVU. He changed majors and the rest, as they say, is history. Kervie thinks the idea of having the freedom to create and design something new every day makes his job extremely rewarding.

Charlie Sissom
Digital Marketing Team

I run an Instagram account for my dog.

Charlie Sissom

Charlie is a senior at the University of Tennessee studying advertising. His past sales experience in promotional products, personal financial planning and, yes, even door-to-door window selling gives him insight beyond most students (or interns) his age. Combined with previous agency experience, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a good sense of humor he punches far above his weight class as "the intern".

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Dan Alton
Creative Team

I'd rather be fishing. 

Dan Alton

Dan describes his role as, “Getting the best creative team in the region what they need and getting out of their way.” With 30 years in the marketing and creative field, he oversees the team responsible for branding and creative work in every medium imaginabe. Dan understands that a creative perspective can have significant impact in nearly every aspect of life, not just business. He spends as much time as he can on a backwoods river somewhere, in a kayak, bothering fish.