About We collaborate with forward-thinking brands to achieve business objectives through strategy, creativity and technology.
UNION is a digital–first agency. We create experiences that help businesses thrive.
We believe that in order to reach and engage with today’s highly connected consumers, all successful marketing programs should lead with digital. We partner with many of the Southeast region’s top brands to craft impactful digital marketing platforms, content and campaigns. We are confident in working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local startups. The experiences we create dutifully align with our client’s objectives and goals — and deliver measurable results.
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Since founding UNION (formerly Studiobanks) in 2002, Banks has leveraged his design degree to lead the agency in crafting meaningful digital marketing experiences for its clients. His creative direction style is a unique mix of analytical thinking, crisp visual aesthetics and a desire to simplify. With a passion for design and technology, Banks leads each aspect of the agency’s business and oversees its talented team of digital professionals.
Since joining UNION (formerly Studiobanks) in 2006, Christy has leveraged her communications degree to lead the agency in delivering meaningful digital marketing experiences for its clients. A problem solver by nature, Christy enjoys crafting digital experiences that help the agency's clients overcome marketing challenges and reach their business objectives. With a focus on delivering results and exceeding expectations for each client engagement, Christy has helped grow UNION into a digital marketing leader in the Southeast.
An experienced relationship building professional, Katie leads the agency's new business operations and marketing initiatives. She identifies and works with prospects to establish needs and recommend solutions that can help them achieve their objectives. An avid reader of business and leadership news, Katie is constantly evaluating market research and adjusting the agency’s new business strategies to meet the changing market conditions. Outside of the office, you can typically find Katie training for her next 10K or half marathon or emailing with her boyfriend Nick, who is currently serving in the Navy.
Matt brings forward thinking and a unique design perspective to the UNION creative team. He has built up a formidable design expertise in interactive design and creative direction. Outside of the office, he enjoys hanging out with his wife and son and fishing anywhere along the NC coast.
Christy joined the UNION team after a decade of experience in marketing and project management for national and international brands. Her ability to quickly build rapport, clarify priorities, generate innovative solutions and motivate key stakeholders has achieved measurable results for her clients in a variety of industries and both B2B, B2C environments. In her free time, Christy loves traveling and has been to 24 countries so far and plans to keep increasing that number every chance she gets. She also recently got married to a “ridiculously charming IT dude.”
Megan started her career as a designer, in the trenches – swimming in the mix of technology and art. After a few years in regional advertising agencies, Megan joined Muzak, now Mood Media, and quickly moved up to creative director, leading a team of creatives as part of a full-services marketing team. She now serves as liaison between clients and the creative team to keep projects on track and ensure that delivery is on time and within budget. Outside of the office, you can typically find Megan starting craft projects that she’ll never finish and playing with her dogs.
Melanie joins UNION with more than six years of digital marketing experience. As an Account Manager, she acts as the client point-of-contact and agency liaison, expertly moving projects from creative visions to engaging interactive platforms, all delivered on time and on budget. Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking with her dogs and teaching weekly dance classes. A former NFL cheerleader for the Carolina Panthers, Melanie is also known to have spontaneous dance breaks.
With more than 13 years of account experience, Steven has worn many hats — including Creative Manager, Operations Manager, Strategy Consultant and Senior Music Designer. As an Account Manager at UNION, he is responsible for the day-to-day client relationships, facilitating communication between external clients and internal teams.
During weekends, Steven enjoys exploring yard sales and antique stores looking for records, drum machines, synthesizers and other interesting items. Speaking of records, he also boasts a collection of more than 950 records.
As one of UNION's Technology Leads, Matt works to create powerfully functional digital marketing experiences using his expertise in front-end and server-side programming. Prior to joining UNION, Matt graduated from Central Piedmont Community College with a degree in web technologies and put his skills to work with the interactive department at Speed TV. Prior to moving to Charlotte, Matt lived in Pennsylvania, Chicago, Tennessee and New Jersey - and you can still find him wearing his hometown Steelers gear most days in the office.
Katie began building websites when she was ten. A lady never reveals her age—let’s just say she has a LOT of experience. A self-taught developer, Katie is well versed in both front-end technologies and back-end programing languages. She considers API integration part of a balanced breakfast. Katie attended the UNC-Charlotte, where she studied Chemistry for a lot longer than she probably should have. When she is not knee-deep in code, the former national champion speed skater enjoys playing roller derby for the Charlotte Roller Girls.
Jason has a background in design and development, allowing him to bring a unique perspective to his role as a front-end developer. A true digital craftsman, Jason enjoys the process of creating interactive digital experiences that use bleeding edge techniques. When he's not coding or pushing pixels, you can find him and his wife doing something outdoors with their two dogs.
If there’s a conversation about soccer in the office, you can bet that Matt’s involved. After playing for most of his life, he is known to suddenly stand up and dribble a soccer ball around the office. His favorite team is Arsenal F.C. (their fans actually refer to themselves as “Gooners”), which means that he and our resident Chelsea F.C. fan have a healthy rivalry.
With a background in design and development, Matt brings a keen understanding of how beautiful design can be translated into functional code. Before joining UNION as a Technical Lead, he was the Digital Team Lead at Luquire George Andrews and a designer/developer at the Charlotte Observer.
Outside of the office, Matt spends most of his time with his wife and two children. As you may have guessed, you can also find him playing soccer as much as possible.
Pierced and inked, self-proclaimed chef, exhibitionist, and charisma wielder, Lauren focuses on making amazing, unique concepts come to life through impactful digital experiences and well thought-out user interactions. She creates unexpected solutions with a distinctive visual appearance, and as a perfectionist, she never settles for less. Throughout her career she has had the amazing opportunity to work with some admirable brands — Nickelodeon, Rackspace, The Washington Post, Red's Apple Ale and Discovery Place are high on the list. She has got an itch to learn more, an urge to improve her talents and a drive to create ‘kickass’, memorable work.
After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Coard jumped head-first into the world of interactive design, creating websites and mobile apps soon after. He loves design in its many forms and strives to learn and create every day. On the weekends, you can typically find him cheering on the Gamecocks and catching up on shows everyone else has already seen.
Derrick treats every project, whether it’s an icon set or a website layout, as an opportunity to learn and grow as a designer. Derrick graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a BFA in graphic design and after starting as an intern, got his first design job here at UNION. Derrick was born and raised right here in North Carolina. Outside of the studio, he spends his time playing and watching basketball, collecting posters and screen printing and playing and learning how to make video games.
A Charlotte native, Claire moved back to the Queen City in 2013 to pursue a career in Account Management. After interning at UNION for nine months, she was offered a full time position. As an Account Coordinator, she enjoys forming relationships with clients and ensuring each project is efficiently produced. During her free time, you can find her checking out the newest spots to eat or catching a show at one of Charlotte's many music venues.
After recently graduating from The University of Alabama, where she studied advertising and business, Shannon decided to return to her hometown to pursue a career in client relations and account management. She's driven to serve the agency’s clients and helping them to solve their marketing challenges with innovative and creative solutions. In her spare time, she enjoys being active outdoors and often trying out new recipes that she has found on Pinterest. During the fall you will most likely find Shannon cheering on her favorite team - the Crimson Tide.
A graduate of NC State University, Emily recently joined the team as an Account Coordinator. Prior to joining UNION, she worked with some of the region’s most notable brands, including Bank of America, Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, Truliant Federal Credit Union, UNC Charlotte, Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and Victory Motorcycles. Outside of the office, you can find her every Saturday volunteering with Catering to Cats and Dogs animal rescue group.
Matt is a very analytical and numbers-oriented person which lends itself well to his position as a Digital Campaign Strategist. He uses his Google AdWords and Analytics certifications to set up and manage digital marketing campaigns that generate traffic for business’ websites and deliver measurable ROI. He brought four years of experience with him to UNION - a year of which was spent in Spain working with English academies where he managed to find enough free time to run with the bulls in Pamplona and master the art of the siesta. Matt is also our resident brewmaster and spends some of his free time brewing up new types of beer for the team to enjoy after a hard days work.
With more than four years of experience crafting digital strategies, Katie has been a great addition to the team. She spends most of her days working with clients to create and manage digital marketing campaigns that drive highly qualified visitors to their websites. Interested in how all aspects of digital marketing work together, Katie brings a comprehensive approach to her campaigns work.
Armed with a graduate degree in History, Katie is our resident history buff and fact-checker. During the weekends, you can usually find her checking out new restaurants with her husband, and trying to provide her puppy with enough exercise so she'll stop destroying her shoes.
As a junior campaign strategist, Linda spends most of her time optimizing digital marketing campaigns to ensure our clients are driving as many visitors to their platforms as possible. With the ink barely dry on her diploma from UNC-Charlotte, this is Linda’s first post-grad taste of agency life. Outside of the office, you can typically catch her at your local dessert shop buying as many pastries as she can reasonable carry or consuming any and all things quintessentially British — from music to design.
As UNION’s resident funny guy, Lucas brings a unique energy to the team that ensures everyone always has a smile on their face. He acts as the agency’s content czar, expertly working with our clients to create optimized content that appeals to both customers and search engines. During the weekends, you can typically find Lucas outdoors with his wife and two dogs, who he claims are not that spoiled.
Jeremy is a self-taught, seasoned developer who has built websites and web applications professionally for 14 years, and is always looking to the future when creating for the present. He believes that software is irrelevant unless it is functional for the end user. He is a lover of cooking, seeing live music, gardening, biking around town, reading and watching college football and professional soccer. One of his more adventurous moments was when he once hiked to the summit of Japan’s Mt. Fuji in the middle of the night.
Thomas has expertise in both front-end development and design, giving him a truly unique understanding of how design fits with functionality. With more than 10 years of experience, Thomas is an expert at HTML, CSS, jQuery and Responsive Design. When he's not designing or coding for the screen, Thomas enjoys spending time with his family of four, PC gaming or drinking local craft beers with friends.
Having started making things for the web when he was eleven, Wes has a long-standing passion for creating immersive internet experiences. His eye for the creative side of things allows him to effectively translate the designer's vision into things he builds, and he's a sucker for the details. Wes' role as a front end developer at UNION allows him to work with an exciting roster of clients, cutting-edge technologies and an awesome team - things he says are hard to come by in this type of combination. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Meredith, his family and his Xbox.
Coming from a background in videography, Brandon has a unique perspective on how he writes code. Looking at problems from an artistic point of view rather than that of an engineer, he is often able to find solutions where traditional developers might see limitations. The combination of Brandon’s love of creating things and his wife’s love of Pinterest keeps him busy in his free time crafting pieces for their home. He once successfully replaced the head gasket on his car by watching youtube videos, but vows to take it to a professional next time.
Ryan joins to the team with five years of development experience. A native of New York, Ryan graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology and spent several years working for a startup in Manhattan. At UNION, he works with our technology team to solve problems with high code quality, accuracy and attention to best practices.
A maker in the truest sense of the word, Ryan spends his free time doing rapid prototyping with Arduino and 3D printers.
With more than 5 years of experience and a business degree from the University of Virginia, Franco began his programming career in an unusual way — responding to a friend’s bet that he couldn’t build his own iPhone game. Six months later, his first game, RockSlide, debuted in the App Store and his new career had begun. In addition to being a talented developer, he also enjoyed a successful baseball career, participating in the College World Series and playing two years in the minor leagues. Despite four knee surgeries, Franco remains our most athletic team member.
After graduating from Full Sail University with a degree in Digital Arts and Design, Jeff completed the Iron Yard’s intensive programming course. In addition to his appreciation of usability and interaction design, he is also passionate about the idea of making great design come to life. An avid soccer fan, Jeff spends most of his weekends trying to watch as much soccer as possible.
Pixel fills the valuable role of the four-legged Director of Distraction at UNION. With the stereotypical energy of a Jack Russell, Pixel can usually be found wandering the office looking for leftovers in the trash and making puppy faces in hopes of getting a treat. As one of the newer members of the team, Pixel has been a welcomed addition to the office and provides the occasional much-needed distraction and fun on the busy workdays.
UNION has cultivated a hard working and collaborative environment.
We work with exciting clients, maintain a creative outlook and have a passion for all things digital. Our team is made up of a thoughtful and talented crew of designers, strategists, technologists and producers that are committed to creating high-quality work, while maintaining a fun work atmosphere.
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Like working closely with others and solving problems? Want to do good work? Great, we do, too!
We always keep an eye out for talented people to join our agency family. If you see an opening that fits your experience, please take the time to introduce yourself!
UNION would like to thank everyone that applied for this year's digital marketing scholarship. We received an overwhelming response from students located all over the United States. After reviewing all of the entries, UNION is thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2015 Kelly Somey Digital Marketing Scholarship is Laura Yacoubian.
In order for a digital marketing agency to keep up with emerging technologies and the impact they’re having on how we all relate to one another, it’s vital that they constantly learn new things. One way that our team continues to learn about new technologies and trends is by attending conferences and seminars. This week, the UNION team attended the Digital Summit Charlotte event.
Last Thursday, the team all came out to Victory Lanes Karting (VLK) for a fun, adrenaline-filled company event. The very first of its kind, the UNION 500 brought out the speed demon in our team members as everyone gave it their all in 3 back-to-back 10-minute races out on the indoor Victory Lanes tracks.