Our team’s trusted leader and your biggest advocate, Bo McDonald is a veteran of major market media sales and programming. Bo got his start in radio working for a variety of large radio conglomerates, including Clear Channel Radio and Citadel Broadcasting.
After several years and requests from clients, Bo went out on his own to form his own marketing firm. Today, that firm has evolved into a boutique marketing agency serving only the needs of credit unions, community banks and other progressive businesses and organizations in the form of outsourced marketing, business development, and product development. Bo McDonald is huge fan of art, music, wine, health and fitness.
When Meg Robertson graduated from the University of South Carolina armed with a Psychology degree focused on Consumer Behavior and Marketing, she joined forces with many who have similar honors for a tour in the hospitality industry.
She enjoyed her time spent cultivating a love of food, wine, and craft brews while working to master the art of complete guest satisfaction. Although she loved the chaotic atmosphere and burning the candle at both ends, Meg eventually decided that it was time to focus her customer service-driven mindset on new ventures.
Her most recent run as the Business Development officer for a small community credit union proved to be her tie-in for her future here at YMC building lasting relationships with our clients. Meg Robertson loves the great outdoors, whether she is out for a hike or working on her lifelong quest to find the optimal way to lounge by the pool with a book. Her soft spot is for animals – especially of the dog and elephant variety.
After graduation from University Wisconsin Stevens Point and a couple of years in retail management, Haley was thrilled to join the credit union industry as a Member Services Coordinator with CUES. She instantly fell in love with the spirit of the industry and quality of the people.
Her problem solving skills and attitude allowed Haley to grow into the meeting planner position for CUES running the schools programs and annual Directors Conference. She reveled in the opportunity to build new relationships while learning about the different areas of credit union operation. Haley bravely led the way for many after hours trips to historical landmarks and baseball games while secretly being directionally challenged.
Haley’s passion and desire to learn made for a perfect fit wth YMC. A born and raised Wisconsinite, she can often be found on a disc golf course or a remote campground enjoying a craft beer with friends.
Francis “Frank” Allgood has more than 15 years of experience in every facet of public information and marketing communications. He has a proven ability to plan, problem solve, prioritize projects and manage personnel in a time-sensitive, fast-paced environment.
After a short period with the Easley Progress, including a first place honor by the South Carolina Press Association, Francis joined GSA Business in 2000. He successfully led a struggling media company into a brand the business community came to know and respect.
In 2003, he was named South Carolina Small Business Administration’s Journalist of the Year. Under his strategy, company sales grew threefold from 2002 to 2007, ultimately making the business attractive for acquisition in 2008.
Before joining YMC, Francis served as the central point-of-contact for another Greenville based marketing firm. There he directed, planned and managed comprehensive marketing, advertising, public relations and branding strategies for various clients including several community banks.
Since 1999, he has been married to Jeneane Rekowski Allgood. They have two children, Thomas and Penelope. In 2008, he was one of only 40 alumni profiled in “40 Alumni for 40 Years” by his alma mater, USC Upstate.
Jessica St. Clair Smith is a six-year veteran of the marketing and advertising industry. Following graduate school at Boston University, she moved to the Upstate in 2012 to join another Greenville-based marketing firm as lead videographer/photographer and video editor. After spending time behind the lens and at an editing platform, she realized the best part of her job was interacting with her clients and decided to move to a more client-facing role.
In joining YMC, Jessica brings with her a host of interpersonal and professional skills including administration, budgeting, problem-solving, and relationship cultivation. She enjoys connecting with a variety of clients and finding innovative solutions to their unique challenges.
Jessica has been married to Adrian Smith since 2008, who is, among other things, a professional opera singer. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Greenville Evening. On a weekend you can find her on the golf course, playing valiantly despite a double-digit handicap. She also enjoys cooking, sports, video games, and reading.
Jessica is delighted to join the YMC team. Let’s chat!
The undaunted punchline to a tired joke, Karen worked her way through college as a manager at the local burger joint…then forgot to leave. After nearly fifteen years in the burgers and fries business, she’s finally going to put those four wonderful years at Winthrop University—along with all the patience and skill learned from years of directing sixteen-year-olds—to good use as the project manager (aka: herder of cats) at YMC.
Karen enjoys long walks on the bea…no, that’s not right at all. Karen enjoys short walks through the park, long games of cards, and late night horror movie marathons.
For nearly 15 years, Marne Franklin developed programming strategy, writing and creating promos and hosted air shifts for some of the most respected broadcast radio networks in the country. As the media and entertainment market has evolved, she has honed her skills in digital marketing, helping clients develop a comprehensive web presence plan.
At YMC, Marne helps credit unions and community banks select the best digital channels to reach their target market. To generate website traffic and improve brand awareness, she and our digital team execute far-reaching marketing plans for social media, display ads, email and search engine optimization. Marne is a member of the Internet Marketing Association.
The farm girl from North Dakota has traveled the country with stops in Missouri, Florida, New York and most recently, South Carolina in 2008. Marne and her husband, Aaron (a chef!) enjoy cooking at home and trying local restaurants. They are parents to three dogs, Tucker, Linus and Carl.
Chad is a life-long designer with a passion for balance and accuracy. Prior to joining the team at Your Marketing Company, Chad worked as a creative and production artist for Greenville News and as a freelance Designer of high-end advertisements and campaigns for almost 15 years.
Your Marketing Company is lucky to have a talent like Chad Picha on board. Our clients benefit greatly from his expertise!
He describes his specialties as such: Photoshop nerd, color solutions, branding and identity, pre-press and 4-color process printing, and speculative campaign development.
Born and raised in a tropical country (Colombia, South America), Andrés was a student of Advertising & Visual Communication as well as Marketing & International Business.
Always looking for bigger and more complex challenges, he moved to the USA in late 1999 and quickly found work as the “Everything-That-Is-Needed” person with a Hispanic newspaper, learning to multi task various operations in this weekly publication.
After being introduced to the Greenville News and getting excited at the prospect of working with a new 100% American environment, he joined the Ad Services team as a Production Artist in the second shift. If that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, he kept both full time jobs for almost two years.
After 6 years working with The Greenville News, he moved to work as a Designer at an agency specializing in marketing services to big chains of retail stores.
Now he brings to YMC all his experience, knowledge, and creativity as well as the opportunity to open new borders to our clients by exploring new markets in the Hispanic community.
In a 6 year long battle of parental and personal interests, Jennifer finally emerged from the garnet and black nation of the University of South Carolina with a duo of degrees in chemistry and graphic design. She is now busy not being a chemist by happily pursuing her love of critical thinking and problem solving as a designer at YMC.
Her love of design, both manufactured and handcrafted, has manifested in her amassing a colorful collection of things she doesn’t need: from unique jewelry to pop-out cards to eclectic antiquities/bric-a-bracs. Jennifer spends the rest of her time engaging in wordplay, hand-lettering, devouring books, exploring the outdoors, going dancing (especially contra), indulging in sweets, and setting her mouth on fire with spicy food.
Katie is a recent Garnet n’ Gold graduate from Winthrop University. With her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication and a love for design and the arts, she decided to pursue a career in graphic design within the marketing and advertisement field.
When her nose isn’t glued to InDesign, she is often editing photos for her freelance photography business or creating whimsical illustrations to sell online. She escapes to the beach or takes hikes in the mountains to escape the computer screens and piling email notifications. She is also a long-time lover of Starbucks, Disney movies, and (almost) anything pink.
Alyssa is a San Diego, CA native who went to college in Ohio where she played varsity volleyball. She decided to make Greenville, SC her home, and has grown to love the little city!
In addition to her job at Your Marketing Co. Alyssa also coaches volleyball, throws ceramics, paints, and enjoys a healthy relationship with Netflix (and her husband). She loves all types of food and is always game to try the newest restaurant in town. The fastest way to Alyssa’s heart is a nice cup of coffee or anything chocolate.
Kate’s hometown is Highlands, NC and she graduated from the University of South Carolina. She grew up visiting Greenville, and she loved it so much she decided to make it her home.
When she is not in the office, she is playing with her corgi, Charlotte, eating fish tacos, and watching the best shows Netflix has to offer. She also loves cheering on the Gamecocks, trying new restaurants, baking, and working on her calligraphy skills.
Carson is a recent graduate of Wofford College and a native of the northern Chicago suburbs. While he may miss the Midwest in the summer, he is extremely excited to spend the winter in positive temperatures.
When Carson is not in the office he’s most likely planning exotic trips he’ll never take or seeking out bookstores that will allow him to read without ever buying anything.
Alex is a recent graduate of Winthrop University (being the third for YMC) with a passion for all things graphic design and web development. Yes, that means she finds coding fun and decided to make a career out of it! (Super nerd alert).
However, when she isn’t staring at a computer screen, she enjoys eating ice cream, hanging out with her twin sister, Katie, and watching Jimmy Fallon videos on repeat. Additionally, she is known as a “dog magnet”, likes to cook, and hopes to be able to travel all over the world!
Kaia grew up in Charleston, SC before making the move to Greenville, SC for school. She graduated from ECPI University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Web Development and began working for a software development company before graduating. Kaia loves making clients ideas come to fruition that encompass both function and design.
When she’s not developing web sites, Kaia enjoys ballroom dancing, hosting board game nights with her husband, trying new restaurants and spending time with her three fur babies (Apollo, Cruz & TK).
Oakley is a current Junior at Clemson University, and a South Carolina native. With a major in Graphic Communications, he is excited to learn from the best and gather as much professional experience as possible as an intern!
When not in the office, Oakley enjoys reading about the paranormal, cooking new recipes, listening to podcasts, and watching Twin Peaks.
Gumbo is the Your Marketing Co. office cat and an important member of the team. He wanders the office and keeps everyone on their toes.
Carl Franklin is a dog and doesn’t have an email address. His mom does, though. You can get in touch with her at firstname.lastname@example.org.