Don't let the snow melt on your shoulders.
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.
I was Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006.
Colin helps clients with all things digital marketing–from strategy to setup. Digital advertisements, lead tracking software, and search engine optimization are all informed by his ace data-driven approach. Prior to joining BigWheel, Colin served as an Inbound Marketing Specialist at Cirrus Insight. He says that his love of change and learning new things is why he’s so passionate about his position. When he’s not at BigWheel, Colin enjoys playing pickup soccer games, going camping in the Great Smoky Mountains, and the board game RISK. He also loves bragging about his ping-pong skills.
"Genius without education is like silver in the mine." - Benjamin Franklin
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.
1985 was the ultimate year in movies.
Bill leads projects from beginning to end, including planning, execution, adaptation, and delivery. He first became interested in project management in 2003, after colleagues noticed his exceptional abilities to communicate with clients and team members. Since then, he’s earned his PMP certification as a Project Management Professional and has managed regional and national brands including Ford, General Motors, NASCAR, Yale, and Scripps Networks. Bill loves working with people, helping them communicate and collaborate to create something. He has a lovely wife and two sons. When he’s not helping the office run smoothly, he enjoys playing drums and being on the water.
I share a birthday with Joseph Stalin and Kiefer Sutherland, and it is also the shortest day of the year (Winter Solstice).
Eric is a full-stack developer with experience in multiple languages and frameworks. Interpreting client needs from sales and design, he guides his code development to give life to products that start as sketches or simple thoughts. From his previous experience in the QA world, Eric employs code that is clean, concise, and works in small to large implementations. He says helping clients move the needle for their business, and generally building really cool tools, is what gets him excited about his job. Eric has been married to his wonderful wife Ashley for a decade. His son Ryker was born in 2014. They have one cat, Fiona, and a dog, Piper. Eric enjoys bass fishing and is double jointed in his thumb.
How do you know when an accountant is on holiday? She comes in after 8 a.m.!
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 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.
The American Pie movies were written by a close friend from high school and based on our lives growing up.
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.
Ohio is the only state that doesn't share a letter with the word mackerel.
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.
“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” - Socrates
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.
I believe that mermaids are not, in fact half human, half fish. They are half human, half dolphin. Half-fish mermaids would be ludicrous.
Philip builds custom website applications, mobile apps, and desktop apps. He says the siren’s song of his first dial-up modem got him hooked on software development, but he’s always loved building things and solving puzzles. Philip has more than 12 years of deep experience in software development. Prior to his time at BigWheel, he did contract work for the FBI. At home, Philip is surrounded by awesome women including his wife, Addie, daughters Alice, Beth, and Jane, and dogs Ellie and Penny. He enjoys brewing beer and is probably the best humblebragger he’s ever met.
I’m the ultimate optimist and kind of a know-it-all.
Eric supports BigWheel’s business development team. A world-class chef, he’s especially passionate about supporting BigWheel's retail and hospitality clients. Eric has overseen culinary operations in multiple industry-leading restaurants including Mélange, Turtle Restaurant, Mark's American Cuisine, Mo's, Corner Table, and more. He also spent time on the Apollo-American Queen as executive chef. Eric loves learning the ins and outs of new businesses and helping them evolve, which fuels his passion for entrepreneurship. When he’s not spearheading business strategy, Eric enjoys hunting, fishing, and coaching his kids’ sports teams.
My hobbies include running, hiking, swimming... pretty much anything outside.
Chris is a BigWheel intern focusing on website development and web application testing. He first became interested in computers as a kid–especially when his dad showed him the ctrl-alt-del shortcut and how he could start the task manager to shutdown an application. “I thought it was soooo cool,” he says. Chris and his wife Coral met on a blind date and have a dog named Daisy. When he’s not beefing up his development chops, Chris enjoys running, hiking, swimming–pretty much anything outside.
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 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.
"50 told me go 'head, switch the style up and if they hate then let them hate and watch the money pile up." - Kanye West
Cameron is a BigWheel intern focusing on communications, public relations, and analytics. He’s attends the University of Tennessee studying Journalism and Electronic Media. Cameron is fascinated by consumer behavior and 'following the money' so to speak. He enjoys watching almost any sport–especially if the Vols are involved. Cameron lives for summer days on the golf course and cold winter days in the duck blind.
I love animals (mainly dogs).
Mariell plans, designs, and executes digital marketing projects. Her knowledge of front end development is instrumental in designing, planning, and executing major sites including IMSA, Moomba Boats, Aqua-Chem, and more. Mariell has been at BigWheel since 2002, but has been drawing on the computer since she was ten. In addition to working with a badass team, she’s passionate about creating pretty things for others. Mariell enjoys watching crime dramas and spending time with her family–when she isn’t making gorgeous digital designs.
I’ve played drums for 14 years.
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.
I'd rather be fishing.
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.
I'd never have gotten into graphic design if I hadn't been a flight attendant. It's a long story.
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.
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 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.
I grew up in sort of a renaissance family. My mom is a trained chef and painter and my family owns a vineyard.
As Vice President of Business Development, Betsy is responsible for identifying new business opportunities and dreaming up innovative strategies. Betsy joined the digital frontier in the early days of the internet when she went to work for AOL in the 1990s. After leaving AOL, she formed and ran a digital advertising agency in the Midwest until 2012 when she moved to Memphis and worked for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In 2014, her family relocated to Houston where she served as Digital Advertising Director for the Houston Business Journal before joining the BigWheel team. Betsy enjoys hanging out with her kids, Zoe and Bing, and her Shih Tzu, Lincoln. She loves listening to live music and watching sports, especially NCAA basketball and NFL – Go Chiefs and Texans!