...and we're proud to say from the conference room to the volleyball court (that's right, we have a volleyball team) each MESHite has their own voice, style and skill to help it all come together.
With more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications, MESH CEO Taylor Bennett also serves as Chief Creative Director for the agency. Bennett has grown MESH into a vibrant creative consultancy garnering national acclaim for its innovative work across a variety of industries. He takes a hands-on approach, and is committed to growing not only his clients but also his employees. He serves as the MESH overall leader of brand development and campaign concepting and has been heavily involved in developing strategic marketing plans through creative execution for companies and organizations that include Oldcastle, Visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation, Albemarle, FMOL Health Systems, Lipsey's, Haspel Clothier, Investar Bank, Woman's Hospital, Renaissance Hotel, and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. Mr. Bennett has led and supported projects that have been recognized in national and international trade journals and has received such honors as 2013 Baton Rouge Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year, Baton Rouge Business Report 2013 Top Under 40/40, AAF-Art Director of the Year and the 2013 Golden Pelican Lagniappe Award. Under his leadership, MESH has garnered nearly 300 ADDY® Awards, including multiple best of show and national awards.
Taylor has worked with some of the largest companies in the world and also with companies that are just getting started – he considers both equally rewarding and enjoys both as an opportunity to serve and help grow business.
Taylor and his company have served various non-profits within the Baton Rouge area including: The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge, Friends of the Animals, Manship Theater, Advertising Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, Advertising Federation of America, The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, The Up Alliance, BRAC, Of Moving Colors, Brew Pitch Night, The Dunham School, and Jefferson United Methodist Church. When not in the office, Taylor enjoys spending time with his wife, Ginger, and two children.
Hector leads key functional disciplines including brand management and strategy. He is responsible for strategic guidance, client retention and growth for the agency. Hector previously served as the director of account management and director of account planning for the top branding/advertising agency in the Baltimore/Washington region. There, he was responsible for activating the strategic vision for the growth of the agency and its clients. He has over 16 years of experience in marketing and advertising within the private and public sector. A native of Venezuela, he received his bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Loyola University Maryland.Throughout his career, he has developed multiple marketing communications programs for clients such as AGCO, Bank One of Louisiana, Bay Bank, DEWALT Tools, AMES Tools, Revere Bank, Royal Building Products, SECU Credit Union, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Louisiana State Office of Tourism, TimeLife Inc., Barclaycard US, Mally Beauty, Under Armour and University of Maryland.
Laurie Pierce is a media specialist with experience across the full media spectrum, including strategy, planning and execution. From traditional media including broadcast and print to digital media including SEM and programmatic display, Laurie is purposeful and strategic when developing the right media mix for each client.
All media works if used correctly, and this is Laurie’s mantra when she begins developing strategies. Laurie provides a comprehensive media plan that matches the right medium to the client’s audience and maximizes that medium with the appropriate dollars and strategic placement needed to realize results.
In addition, Laurie provides quarterly media recap meetings with clients to review all aspects of the media campaign including analytics and success of a client’s business goals such as product/services sales and/or increased revenue.Having led a sales team at a major broadcast company as Senior Vice President of Sales, Laurie brings a unique perspective to the creative and marketing side of MESH. She has been involved with broadcast media campaign development for both small and large businesses and understands the importance of clarifying and achieving client expectations as well as increasing their revenue. Laurie has also been recognized for strong leadership to handle an ever-changing marketing and advertising environment.
Laurie enjoys reading, teaching and taking long trips with her husband on a Harley.
David has worked for high-profile advertising and design firms in the Baton Rouge Rouge area for more than 15 years, having gained valuable experience in both print and web design and production.
Well versed video/audio production as well as motion graphics, it's not unusual for David to work on multiple elements of a project. Whether your need be a new website, graphic design, video editing, or even musical score for your latest commercial, David's critical eye for artistic composition and technical functionality will make your brand stand out.
Outside of work, David is a professional guitarist and vocalist, with songwriting and recording credits in his musical resumé, and often performs at local venues on the weekends. At home, David spends time with his wife, Brandi, and his children, Rain, Danae, Matt, and Gage; as well as his stepchildren, Alyssa and Autumn.
Christina has a variety of experience as a public relations and strategic communications professional and has worked in the field in a number of industries. Having received her master’s degree in mass communication with a concentration in strategic communication, she not only understands what strategies and tactics to implement but also the theoretical framework that surrounds them. She is well versed in market research, strategic planning and public relations. Her strong organizational skills and passion for the art of communication aid her in operating as the Director of Brand Management.
Christina’s current research interest includes how functional and contingent interactivity online continue to affect the industry – her master’s thesis examined how levels of interactivity on social media influence users’ attitudes toward and perceptions of brands.
When she’s not at MESH, you can find her spending time with her family and friends in New Orleans, sweating it out at kickboxing or avidly watching the news (and tweeting about it).
At fifteen, Jacob’s parents offered him $50 on the condition that he double it. Less than a year later, he was a certified producer and distributor for a small jewelry company and had made over $1,000 in profit. This was just the beginning.
Now Jacob is the Director of Digital Strategy for MESH, where he helps established brands and scrappy startups design beautiful customer experiences from first impression to die-hard fan. He’s worked with both local and national brands to produce content across a variety of mediums including web, mobile apps, social media, video, photography and podcasting.
Though it’s often hard to distinguish his work from his play, on his “off-hours” he's authored a couple of books, backpacked across 18 countries, served on a couple of boards, spoken at a variety of creative conferences including Web Summit and CROP, written 300+ blog posts on creative living, built a side project on minimalism, won awards for his family's creative annual Christmas Cards, and co-created a podcast with the social mission of sharing the stories of the people in the trenches making Baton Rouge a better place. Oh, and he's training in the art of salsa dancing!
With her limitless energy, unmatched organizational skills and degree in economics, Brooke fits perfectly into her role as the Director of Finance at MESH. When you're working with us, Brooke will be your primary contact for any billing inquiries and be responsible for making sure your project enters and leaves our office on time and on budget. Brooke came to MESH in 2010, and worked in project management for years in New York City and Cleveland before moving to Louisiana in 2000. Although she is originally from New Jersey, Brooke and her family now call Baton Rouge home. Brooke enjoys spending time with her husband Jerry and their three children, as well as playing an active role at her church.
Carolyn has accumulated over 15 years of design experience, much of it spent in the publishing industry, which lends to her specialty in editorial design, infographics and typography. Although her college major was in IT, Carolyn’s love for art and design led to spending late nights in the campus design lab, teaching herself Photoshop. With this discipline for learning and an undeniable enthusiasm for the craft, she talked her way into her first graphic design job while still an undergraduate.
After completing her IT degree at Southern Illinois University, she began a professional career in graphic design, working at a variety of publications including newspapers and magazines. Since moving to Louisiana in 2004, she’s gained experience in both ad agencies and publication design, including 9 years at Louisiana Business Inc., where she designed the editorial pages and covers for Baton Rouge Business Report and 225 magazine.
Outside of work Carolyn’s love for all things creative extends to many other arts; she plays piano, enjoys live music and the fine art of cocktail mixology. She is a native to the Chicagoland area and loyal to her Illinois roots, but has developed a deep appreciation for the creative culture of Louisiana.
Nick first found his love for design while working as a designer in a local print shop. He quickly realized that this was a career he wanted to pursue. Nick attended Louisiana State University and received his bachelors of fine arts degree. He worked on a handful of branding projects as a freelance graphic designer, before joining the MESH team. His passion for design and positive attitude makes him a great addition to the team.
When Nick is not behind his computer screen you can find him in his shop making art, as a self-taught woodworker. Nick also admits to being obsessed with typography. He will spend hours drawing words and phrases, as he perfects his craft of hand lettering.
At home Nick spends his time with his wife, Katie, as they care for two rescue pets: Gracie the German shepherd and Sasha the cat.
Jaime Little is a Marketing Professional with extensive background in Digital Marketing; Website, Social Media, Online Reputation, Search Engine Marketing, Email and Mail Marketing, Special Events and Event Planning. She brings a unique perspective to MESH as she has been on the client point of view, with 3 years in Automotive.
Coming from a family of entrepreneurs and business owners, Jaime’s family has instilled values in her that she has strived to live up to her entire life. She has always set herself a part from the crowd by going above and beyond to become knowledgeable and the about everything that she does. Reaching goals drives Jaime to work to the best of her ability. She has a desire to use her growing knowledge not only to see herself grow and to continue learning, but more importantly to help MESH client’s grow their business as well.
Fun fact about Jaime, is that she is an avid CrossFitter, and participates in local competitions year round and obvious coffee addict. In her spare time, Jaime enjoys spending time with her daughter, puppy, and caring husband.
Brady compares advertising to cooking a good pot of gumbo. Before you can throw in the chicken and sausage… creative, you have to start with a good roux… strategy. He believes the two work hand-in-hand and when the two come together something magical happens… chicken and sausage gumbo.
Brady comes from a diverse background, having had experience in both strategic and creative positions. This exposure in both aspects of communications gives him a well-rounded outlook on the industry, and enables him to use both sides of the brain when developing marketing plans. As an account executive Brady strives to be the best steward for clients and create long lasting relationships.
When he is not working, you can usually find Brady somewhere between his family’s hunting/fishing camp and the golf course. Enjoying the outdoors with family and friends is something he grew up doing and believes it is the best way to unwind after a week of hard work.
Armed with her planner, to-do lists and multiple cups of coffee, Elizabeth tackles each day as an Associate Brand Manager with the ability to jump between tasks with ease. Elizabeth does a little bit of everything on a daily basis: from communicating with clients and designers to writing social media posts and marketing strategies. Thriving in a fast-paced creative environment, Elizabeth’s eye for organization, grammar and detail makes her the unofficial “official office proofreader."
Elizabeth holds a B.A. in English from Spring Hill College accompanied by a minor in Sociology. A Lafayette native, Elizabeth is quickly falling in love with the big city of Baton Rouge. Outside of the office, you can find Elizabeth avoiding the kitchen, hunting for shoe sales, running the Lakes or discovering (i.e., getting lost in) Baton Rouge.
A graduate from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in digital advertising, Corinne joins the MESH team as our social media coordinator. Her love of photography and photo editing gave rise to her early passion for advertising, where she was quick to put her talents to work with LSU Student Media and various local marketing and advertising firms before joining MESH. Corinne’s innovative thinking and experience in effectively extending a client’s brand voice to social media platforms has strengthened our ability to create dynamic audience engagement and lasting customer loyalty through stellar social media content.
Homegrown in Pennsylvania, living in Louisiana has taught her a plethora about cultural differences. For example, Mardi Gras is a month-long celebration and most Louisianians find the words “Hoagie" and “Wawa" foreign (she only feels slightly misunderstood). In her spare time, she enjoys cultivating her venturesome spirit by cooking Pinterest recipes, reading dystopian and fantasy literature, as well as mapping out road trips and planning future travels.
Sophie accredits her curiosity and passion for advertising to her love of story telling and the compassionate mentorship from her professors at Louisiana State University, her recently-made Alma Mater. Studying under experienced professionals and alongside talented and inspiring colleagues, she learned the nuances of branding, the ins-and-outs of targeted consumer messaging, and most importantly, she mastered the delicate ratio of strong coffee, awesome snacks and sporadic dance breaks that fuel fun and productive workdays.
As one of our newest creative strategists and copywriters, Sophie strives to bring a unique perspective and insightful diligence to each and every project. After gaining experience working with national clients such as Pizza Hut (as part of LSU's nationally ranked Advertising Competition Team) and Tempur-Pedic (during her time spent at RPA Advertising in Los Angeles, California) Sophie's journey into the advertising industry has lead her here to MESH, where she couldn't feel more at home. Her favorite part of the job is the collaborative work process and of course the good laughs and groovy music supplied courtesy of her stellar teammates.
"Hey Dad, I’m going to turn my hat backwards so that everyone behind me knows which team I play for.” – Stephen Knight, Age 5
Even at the tender age of five, Stephen knew the value and importance of a brand. This knowledge grew into a passion when he moved to Baton Rouge to attend LSU and it was there he met his first true love, the LSU Tigers. Stephen graduated in May 2015 with a degree in advertising and was a part of the 2015 National Student Advertising Competition finalist team. He brings a youthful perspective on media and digital relevance in today’s marketplace.
Aside from LSU and advertising, who is Stephen Knight? The least musically talented music buff you’ll ever meet. A fan of all sports, soccer in particular. A lover of the outdoors. A film enthusiast; favorites include “The Truman Show” and “Whiplash.” A fun-loving guy, looking for the next adventure.
For every solution to a problem, there is a listener, a thinker and a writer. Sean graduated in May 2016 with a degree in Digital Advertising from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. He is a wordsmith: a craftsman of narrative, a welder of stories. For the feelings or ideas you can’t figure out how to say, he will polish the edges, hammer down the details and add blazing intensity.
Sean curates words to tell stories about people, because the essence of everything we do as advertisers reflects our shared human values and experiences. He’s won his share of shiny hardware, but he'd rather talk to you about his latest Star Wars theory instead.
Wait, where's Amy?
On any given day, the answer to that question can usually be answered one of three ways: hidden behind her monitor, meticulously combing through fonts and color wheels; in the break room, chopping her array of fresh fruit and vegetables; or mingling with Mother Nature, as the modern day Renaissance woman we have all come to admire.
Amy joined MESH as a full-time Graphic Designer in May 2016, bringing with her a semester of interning experience at MESH and countless awards and accolades from LSU. Amy graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a minor in Information of Technology Management. At LSU, Amy was President of the Graphic Design Student Association, received the School of Art Dean’s Medal and even studied abroad in London. Now, Amy continues to stay involved with the arts community by serving as the Student Outreach coordinator for the American Advertising Federation of Baton Rouge. Amy is passionate about design, serving clients with top-notch skill and absorbing new techniques and information every day.
When she’s not designing a new brand or concepting social media graphics, Amy is enthusiastically leading the MESH volleyball team to (eventual) victory. You can also find her surrounded by her mini-zoo of pets, including turtles, fish, plecos, a great dane puppy, and even a python!
As a graduate of LSU’s graphic design program, Chase stands out from his peers with a professional level of attention to detail and tasteful design sensibilities. An array of growing skill-sets from publication and book design, logo design and branding, to photography, motion graphics, and web design, along with his rambunctious sense of humor, all make Chase a great fit for the MESH team. His eagerness to create impactful, timeless design solutions, which meaningfully connect brands with their audiences, shows through in the way he strives to surpass all that has become dull and expected in the creative industry.
Chase enjoys learning about cosmology and theology, being outdoors, serving as a lay pastor at his church, and eating healthy foods with his delightful wife, Jess.