Naturally, Jessica is the center of the company. More than that, she is its heartbeat. Pure. Constant. Reliable. She truly reaps joy from throwing her all into TRIO. Yet she's a pro at life balance: wife and mom of three, she's equally fierce about family and friends. Who else could work 24 hours straight for the annual CreateAthon, then head directly to their 20-year high school reunion? Want the more serious, lengthy bio for Jessica? Here ya go.
It's no coincidence that Jennifer is head of TRIO's fun patrol—a responsibility that Jennifer takes seriously,
ensuring there is never a dull moment at TRIO. When she's not planning an event for one of our clients or overseeing projects for her accounts, Jennifer is planning her next sailing excursion in a far-away, warm and tropical destination. Whether it's analyzing the
details of a contract or coordinating TRIO's next happy hour, rest assured that Jennifer's got it covered.
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Jordan Freeman Interactive Marketing Specialist/Account Manager
Interactive Marketing Specialist
She’s serene and soft-spoken, yet we can’t get this one to keep quiet in cyberspace! Our social media delight, Jordan can even tweet in Spanish, having picked up the language during college in Mexico. A music-lover and talented piano-player, she’s kind to a default. Expect her to make her mark on the world in a very real way.
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Sugar and spice and everything nice. That's Caitlin. The purest Southern gem, Caitlin supports Team TRIO in whatever they need. Her eagerness to learn will surely take this recent University of Georgia graduate far in life. Whether it's helping plan an event, editing website content or overseeing the design of marketing collateral, Caitlin's got it all under control.
Melissa Thomas Web Specialist/Account Manager
Web Specialist/Account Manager
Melissa calls it speaking “geek,” we call it wizardry. This Alabama girl translates web-tech talk into old-fashioned English without batting an eyelash. A true techie, she taught herself html, is a constant Googler and goes nowhere without her iPhone. She loves politics (she’s worked as director of new media on a South Carolina gubernatorial campaign) and is the inspiration behind Sweet Melissa’s Sauces and Seasonings. All that, and this Newberry College graduate maintains a sense of calm around the office that’s nicely contagious.
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Alison Best Art Director and Lead Graphic Designer
Art Director and Lead Graphic Designer
Bubbly Alison is a problem-solver, approaching her design work by first determining a need and then creating a visual solution. It’s no surprise that diamonds and other shapes feature largely in her career: from the time she was three weeks old, she spent nearly every weekend on baseball fields in North Carolina and Alabama watching her dad coach college teams, including that of her alma mater, Auburn University. Tennis is her own sport of choice, but “scoring” while shopping is her favorite game.
Laurel Welch Graphic Designer
Super artsy Laurel’s talents run the gamut: she can instruct you on just about any crafting project, draw your portrait, update you on up-and-coming music groups, expound upon the virtues of “guiltless soda” and, of course, design the heck out of anything. A Winthrop University grad from upstate South Carolina, she’s a devoted list-maker with an über-strong grip — perfect for steadying a glue gun and uh, opening all those jars around the office.
Sallie Funderburk Marketing Assistant
This smiling College of Charleston graduate breaks into a song and dance routine, á la Broadway, during both high and low moments. With a propensity for performance, she's a natural at communicating colorfully via social media. Her action skills don't stop there: she's also an avid tennis player with some serious dance moves, so clear the floor for this Myrtle Beach native.
Sheila McGuffin Office Manager
Super-stylish Sheila is one of those rare right-left brain thinkers, her flair for design and art equal to her flair for keeping the inner workings of the office in order. She can paint, sew, twirl a baton and wrangle sense from Excel. A student at the Art institute of Charleston, she's rehabbed several homes and traveled throughout Europe and Latin America. Her weakness for Gossip Girl and all things French is superseded only by her affection for tequila and Moroccan rugs.
Brad Caricofe Systems Administrator
Rachel Almeida Web Development Intern
Web Development Intern
Web design and coding strike the perfect balance of tech know-how and creativity you'd expect from the daughter of a Microsoft technology specialist. A graduate of Appalachian State, Rachel has a bachelor's in psychology and Spanish, but she's most at ease speaking her Brazilian parents' native language, Portuguese. After shivering away too many days in her college dorm, she determined to embrace white winters by learning to "shred the mountain;" her love of sports extends to her alma mater, the NBA, N.C. StateÉand Brazil's soccer team. Let's just say Rachel introduced us to a new brand of cheerleading during this summer's World Cup.
Lucy Office Greeter
Our happy Lucy makes us smile, always eager to be involved in whatever’s going on around the office. Bring her a treat and she’ll high-five you; play with her rope toy and she’ll gleefully toss it in the air. We look forward to her nuzzling when she makes her rounds daily. If she barks, don't be scared. She's harmless and just letting you know who's boss.