We’re always happy to welcome new talent to DS, and this month has brought a wealth of it, with the addition of Public Relations Specialist Samantha Smoak and Media Planner Jamie Stewart to the Marketing Communications group, as well as Project Manager Taylor Knight. All three bring skills that will complement and further the scope of talents among the DS team.

Samantha’s experience and capabilities in communications will serve to strengthen our public relations expertise, and will also increase our breadth of experience in SEO, digital marketing, Google analytics, inbound marketing, PPC (pay-per-click advertising) and much more. Samantha is also a seasoned blog writer and social media content curator, and a contributor to USA Today. She enjoys spending time with her little beagle, Xena, and tracking down her next Netflix fix.

Jamie joins DS as our first in-house, full-time media planner. While located in our Nashville office, he’ll spend time with staff and clients in Knoxville as well. Jamie will focus on putting together media strategy geared to position our clients’ messages to get to the right audience at the opportune time. His experience brings more than 10 years in digital media campaigns in a variety of industries. Jamie, too, is a beagle aficionado, and his favorite pastime is taking his beagle, Padme, for walks.

Taylor coming to DS adds another project manager to our ranks. With a background in sports marketing and business development, she most recently worked in the athletic department at the University of Tennessee in the Tennessee Fund, primarily focusing on annual giving and donor relations. Out of the office, Taylor carves out time to travel, hike or a much-needed trip to the lake.

When you drop by DS to meet with us, please help us give a warm welcome to the newest folks on our terrific team!