Left brain + right brain + heart

We’re a unique blend of storytellers, strategists, digital pros and researchers with deep experience in the energy and environment space. (We’re also foosball champs, hot tea junkies and Vimeo Staff Pick regulars.) Whatever we do, we do it with heart. And that makes all the difference.

Welcome to

Knoxville, TN

Take a peek around our office and our city.

Meet Our Team

  • Suzanne Shelton
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    President and CEO
  • Susannah Enkema
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    VP Research & Insights
  • Laila Waggoner
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    VP Client Engagement
  • Matt Brass
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    VP Creative
  • Mike Beamer
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    VP Business Development
  • Courtnay Hamachek
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    VP Operations
  • Mike Twardy
    Account Supervisor
  • Sarah Beth Cantrell
    Account Coordinator
  • Meagan Merritt
    Research Analyst
  • Teri McClellan
    Operations Assistant
  • Daniel Ford
    Research and Insights Intern
  • JJ Tracy
    Senior Graphic Designer
  • Becky Lohr
    Associate Research Director
  • Judith Rosenberg
    Senior Account Director
  • Yukti Sancheti
    Quantitative Analyst
  • John Salisbury
    Front End Developer
  • ashlyn-turner
    Account Executive
  • Jeremy Parker
    Senior Digital Designer
  • Lee Ann Head
    Director, Market Research
  • Penny Kemp
    Director of Strategy
  • Office Pups
  • Casey Ward
    Account Director
  • Jacob Rouser
    Digital Content Strategist
  • Martha Behm
    Creative Services
  • Kristin Irwin
    Marketing Project Manager
  • Virginia Vowell
    Senior Research Analyst
  • Lyn Meany
    Senior Copywriter
  • Jesse Brass
    Art Director
  • Stefani Li
    Research Services
  • Mona Boyer
    HR Manager/Talent Acquisition
  • Gwen Meadows
    Accounting Assistant
  • Lauren de Wet
    Digital Marketing Director
  • Alex Wade
    Creative Associate
  • Meghan McDonald
  • Kasey Fristoe
    Project Manager

Want to join our team?

If you’ve got something to bring to our table – and we sound like your kind of people – let us know!

Suzanne Shelton

President and CEO

Suzanne is the voice and the vision of Shelton Group. Drawing on her extensive experience in energy and the environment – and 25+ years in the marketing and advertising industry – Suzanne provides high-level strategic insights for our clients and guidance for our research and creative departments. She regularly speaks at conferences around the country, including Sustainable Brands, Fortune Brainstorm E and the International Builders’ Show, and serves as a guest columnist for publications like Fast Company, Green Builder and GreenBiz.com.

Susannah Enkema

VP Research & Insights

Susannah directs our research team and plays a key role in extracting the nuggets of information that pave the way for recommended marketing strategies and creative approaches. Susannah has nearly two decades of market research and strategy experience, including her role as president of SE Consulting, where she led the services for the likes of DIY Network and the makers of GORE-TEX®.

Laila Waggoner

VP Client Engagement

Laila leads our client engagement process, overseeing activities from both a strategic and a tactical level to ensure our work generates desired results – and clients’ satisfaction. She brings 25+ years of marketing leadership experience to her client relationships, with particular expertise in the homebuilding and remodeling industries as well as member-driven organizations, such as the Vinyl Siding Institute and Plastics Pipe Institute. Before joining Shelton Group, she led strategic marketing teams for Owens Corning’s insulation business.

Matt Brass

VP Creative

Matt steers the creative department in concepting, designing and producing campaigns. He ensures sound strategy and deep insights inform everything his team develops, and works closely with the accounts department to ensure copy and designs will meet our clients’ goals. As a designer and filmmaker himself, he’s also a principal contributor to all of Shelton’s in-house photography and videography work.

Courtnay Hamachek

VP Operations

Courtnay oversees our day-to-day operations to keep us running smoothly and support our growth. She establishes project management systems and processes to help our teams anticipate bottlenecks, prevent process issues, and keep projects on time and on target. Courtnay has built extensive experience over 25 years in all aspects of marketing, from account services and project management to design and production.

Mike Beamer

VP Business Development

Mike joined our team to help provide strategic vision and foster our agency’s growth by overseeing new business leads and managing agency marketing and website content. He arrived in Knoxville steeped in energy efficiency and renewables – he previously led client service for an agency division in Boston dedicated to marketing communications strategy and branding for B2B and B2C clients in that space.