Momentum Marketing is a promotional machine, leveraging every tool in the marketing toolbox to produce mass exposure, accelerated growth, and rapid return on investment for each of our clients. Our strategic firm uncovers revenue opportunities and develops targeted marketing plans and creative approaches designed to outsmart the competition and position our clients’ businesses above and beyond what consumers expect. We deliver personalized, responsive service to our diverse range of clients across the nation. With our vast experience, we take all the guesswork out of today’s crazy digital media marketplace and give you simple solutions that garner attention and create accelerated brand awareness. Put us to work to grow your business today!
Pam has been in the marketing industry for nearly 25 years. She leads Momentum Marketing with expertise in database marketing, public relations, multi-media creative production, media negotiations, branding, web development, and social media marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Purdue University. Pam, a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming who has 21 advertising awards to her name, founded Momentum in 2005, and has since grown the business to support clients all over the United States. She is the co-founder of The Charleston Basket Brigade, a local non-profit that raises funds to feed Thanksgiving dinners to local families in need. With a passion for outreach, Pam has also served as the Chairperson of the Global Tony Robbins Graduate Community, as the Professional Development Steering Committee Chair for the East Cooper Entrepreneurial Women non-profit organization, as a member of the Advisory Board for The Lowcountry Business Network, and as a mentor in College of Charleston’s MBA program.
Gillian has been a member of the Momentum Marketing team for nearly five years. After earning her bachelor’s degree in economics from Clemson, she left the rolling hills of the Upstate to pursue her MBA at College of Charleston. At our office, Gillian handles the Cooper River Bridge Run account and keeps everyone on track by managing all of the agency’s processes. She also serves on the board of the Asheville Half Marathon. Gillian can often be found sampling the smattering of new restaurants downtown, traveling near and far to see a great band, or running on the beach with her puppies, Lulu and Cricket.
Melissa grew up locally on Johns Island and has been designing for over a decade. She leads our design department with extensive experience in brand development, price & promotion layout and multi-media design in several business categories.
On a weekend, you can find her painting Lowcountry landscapes, off-shore fishing, baking, and enjoying time outside.
Although he was born and raised in Charlotte, Lawrence’s family has deep roots in the Lowcountry—his family has been part of the Charleston community for over 100 years. His marketing experience is vast, including years of work with Fox and NBC before launching his own firm in Chicago. Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Business from The University of Georgia. Feeling a draw to Charleston and his Southern roots, he moved to the Holy City in 2010 and joined the Momentum Marketing team.
A true innovator at heart, Alex is passionate about applying the latest technology trends to the development of new business for our clients. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Political Science from Elon University and later a Master of Arts degree in Interactive Media also from Elon University. Alex leads the digital marketing department at Momentum, managing campaigns for all of our clients. He has a master’s degree from Elon University in interactive media, and in addition to a digital marketing background, he has experience in national marketing, broadcast television, and print newspaper. On a day off, you can find Alex at the beach or immersed in the downtown food-and-beverage scene with his wife, Emily.
Hailing from Charlotte, NC, Spencer Willis, is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and dreamed of working and living in Charleston ever since he was a child. At USC, Spencer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies with a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. In his career so far, he has managed multiple high profile digital campaigns and has developed a keen ability to identify target audiences and determine the best methods of digitally presenting information to the audience. Starting at WCSC-TV, Spencer gained two years of digital media advertising experience in the Charleston market. Now, he continues his salt life dream by joining the Momentum team as our Digital Marketing Manager. Residing in Downtown Charleston, Spencer enjoys traveling, concerts, playing spikeball on the beach, and trying new restaurants.
A Mount Pleasant native, Maria left the Lowcountry to attend Clemson University. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communications, she returned home to pursue her MBA (with a marketing emphasis) at College of Charleston. In her time at Momentum, Maria has become an automotive expert, leading our many dealerships in their marketing efforts. In her spare time, Maria enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family. Additionally, Maria serves on the event-planning committee for the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation and the Race Committee for the James Island Connector Run.
Jamie Markey is a graduate of Salisbury University in Maryland and made her way to the Charleston area in 2015 to enjoy the Lowcountry weather, Southern hospitality, and beautiful beaches. While attending Salisbury, Jamie was able to juggle swimming for her school’s swim team along with working hard for her Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design. Bringing so much to the table with her 12-plus years of experience in advertising agencies, Jamie’s past career consists of print production and digital channels, including but not limited to emails, banner ads, landing pages, website design, and iPad apps. Adjusting swimmingly to the Charleston lifestyle, Jamie enjoys exploring nearby cities in South Carolina, participating in marathons around the country, and listening to live music with her husband.
Megan has spent the past five years of her career in an editorial position at Charleston Home + Design magazine, where she gained valuable hands-on experience in not just writing and editing, but also marketing, event planning, social media management, website content development and public relations. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Charleston Southern University and her Master of Arts in English from College of Charleston. In addition, she has contributed to several other South Carolina publications on a freelance basis, has consulted on English curriculum projects, and currently teaches freshman English at Charleston Southern University each fall and spring.
Hailing from North Augusta, South Carolina, Julia has spent many years working in social media and media relations for the hospitality and tourism industries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina, and she has been able to use the knowledge gleaned during school to expertly promote our clients on social platforms. She is the social media queen at Momentum, managing our clients’ accounts around the clock.
Carrie Andress has over twelve years of marketing experience focusing on brand strategy and advertising in business-to-business and business-to-consumer settings. In her career, she has managed a variety of client accounts, including national brands, such as Verizon Wireless and Denny’s. What’s her favorite aspect of marketing? Carrie loves helping her clients achieve their goals by coming up with new and innovative marketing ideas. Outside of the Momentum office, you’ll find Carrie at the beach, surfing, traveling, volunteering as Stage Manager for TEDx Charleston, and serving on the boards of the Footlight Players and the Sophia Institute.
Brittany brings over five years of experience in corporate events, working with brands such as Bugatti, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Christian Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana in California. After returning to Charleston, Brittany worked diligently to market and grow tech startup Unbooked. She studied at College of Charleston and graduated (with honors) with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing. She’s a coffee lover at heart and a true foodie. On the weekends, you can find her outside exploring Charleston or curating her home with styled interior designs.
Momentum’s resident fashionista, McKenzie has an extensive background in fashion brand marketing, public relations, and social media management. While earning her bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design, Merchandising, and Marketing at Appalachian State University, she worked in both retail sales and trade-show buying for leading fashion brands, such as Ralph Lauren and A’reve Clothing. McKenzie completed internships at Rent the Runway and CeCe Feinberg PR, based in Miami. Once she arrived in Charleston, she began her career as a marketing director for a local lingerie retailer and has since been recognized as a fashion and marketing expert by her peers, serving as the Fashion Scene Editor for StylePublic.com. She has been featured in Charleston Magazine, Charleston Style & Design, Skirt! Magazine, GearPatrol.com, and on ABC’s Lowcountry Live.
As an Account Coordinator, Jacque brings with her a unique background in fashion and marketing. She attended Brooks College in Long Beach, California, earning a degree in fashion merchandising and marketing. Her inspiration for both fields comes from her experiences around the world—from Latin America and Europe to South Florida and (now) the Lowcountry. When asked about her passion for the marketing industry, she said, “I believe that once you know why you love something, nothing can stop you from doing it. For me, that’s marketing.” Outside of work, she likes watching Golden Girls reruns with her daughter, teaching barre classes, and enjoying Charleston (both the city’s strong, loyal people and its fried chicken).
Kayla Duclos was born and raised in the Charleston area. As a Marketing assistant, Kayla helps each and every department in its day-to-day functions. From blog writing and social media to market research and brand management, Kayla brings an extra set of hands on deck to make the projects of the Momentum team flow more quickly and seamlessly. In her free time, you’ll find Kayla taking care of her animals (a dog and two ferrets), escaping to the mountains for a weekend getaway, kayaking, or spending time with her family.
A Charleston native, LaKashia left home to attend South Carolina State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. She then moved to Columbia, SC, where she spent 4.5 years working as an Automotive Advertising Account Executive at The State Media Company. After obtaining her MBA from Webster University’s Columbia campus, LaKashia returned home to take over an open Multi-Media Consultant position in the Automotive Advertising Department at The Post and Courier. With a combined 13.5 years of experience between The State Media Company and The Post and Courier, LaKashia has become well versed in the marketing needs of the Automobile Industry. So much so, that for the past year she has been managing the Marketing & Digital Sales efforts of a local Ford Dealership. In her spare time, LaKashia, along with her husband Thomas, enjoy spending time with their two-year old son, Brayden!
John Lee serves our creative and digital departments as our Digital Content Producer, developing interesting and eye-catching visual elements for our clients’ websites, digital ads, and social media platforms. As a graphic designer, he has over seven years of experience, some of which were earned right here in the creative offices of Momentum Marketing. He’s also an experienced photographer and videographer. Even on the weekends, John Lee loves to work on projects for clients and edit photos and videos to perfection. When he’s not working, you can find him on his longboard—earbuds in and iPhone on Airplane Mode.
Maggie Witmer attended Syracuse University, where she majored in marketing and management. She has experience working on in-house digital marketing teams for Toyota, Honda, Ford, Lincoln, Kia, Subaru and Nissan dealerships. Of her love of marketing, she said, “To me, marketing is the fun side of business! Coming up with creative ideas in order to promote a product or service effectively is extremely rewarding. Creating, updating, and maintaining a client’s website is a huge part of that.” Maggie is a saltwater fanatic and can often be found at the beach with her pup, Toby. She also enjoys listening to live music, chasing Charleston’s gorgeous sunsets, and dabbling in photography and writing.
Jenni is Momentum Marketing’s publicist, who diligently seeks to create connections between our amazing clients and the communities in which they thrive. Jenni attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English and fine arts (with an emphasis in photography). Since then, she has gained experience in publishing, writing, editing, marketing, and publicity. According to Jenni, she loves working in marketing and public relations because “it’s super gratifying to know you’re helping a client’s hard work truly pay off.” On the weekends, Jenni loves to work out and run, and she spends as much time as possible reading or playing with her dog, Buffett.
Liza Vilnits brings with her six years of experience and a degree in public relations from Boston University. After college, she began her marketing career working for a non-profit pharmaceutical organization. She then transitioned into a position at a fast-paced agency, managing PR initiatives for technology and cybersecurity companies.
What does she love about marketing and PR? Liza says, “I love being a storyteller. A brand may have an excellent story, but without being able to communicate it effectively—and in a captivating manner—that story can easily get lost. I love being the strategic piece to the puzzle.”
New to the Charleston area, Liza is loving the palm trees, the architecture of downtown, the array of fabulous restaurants in the city, and the welcoming Southern hospitality. On the weekends, you’ll find her hiking with her pup, riding her bike, running or listening to live music (jazz and reggae are her favorites).