Our Team

OUR TEAM

Chris Bates - Marketing Agency Jackson MS

Chris Bates

CEO

THINKS: Our purpose as an agency is to be of service.  We are here to use our God-given talents to serve our team members, those we work with, and most importantly our clients and the lives they impact.

BACKGROUND: I attended the University of Alabama, completing my B.A.in Psychology with a minor in Business at Belhaven University in 1994.  I was a nonprofit executive for 10 years and then owned the Mean Mallard, a large outdoor sporting goods store, for nearly a decade.  In 2009, I decided to use my career experiences to guide other business operators toward achieving their goals by founding Agora Company.  The future is exciting with Agora Company and The Eversole Group having now merged to become AgoraEversole.  I serve in several volunteer leadership roles and board of director positions, and present marketing seminars, webinars and training workshops frequently for banking associations and other trade groups.

FOR OUR CLIENTS: It’s about the strategy!  We strive for real partnership, and when we discover their goals and then implement marketing for them via multiple marketing platforms, it works!

ALSO: My wife, Stacy, and I have four young adult children between us.  We are all about family, and we also love time with friends and time spent traveling.  Some published Columns: MS Christian Living Magazine – Outside In; Podcasts: Digital Agency Show: Find Success by Niching with Chris Bates; YouTube/Podcast Interviews: Operation Agency Freedom: Chris Bates: Advice on Systems, Hiring, and Scaling from the CEO of Agora Eversole and Digital Agency Insider: Developing Strategies & Striving for Real Partnerships with Clients

CRAIG EVERSOLE, SR - Marketing Agency Jackson MS

CRAIG EVERSOLE, SR

Chairman Emeritus

THINKS: In all aspects of life, glorifying God is why we’re here. Do we always succeed? No…but let’s keep trying.

BACKGROUND: A native of Louisville, Kentucky, I have resided in Mississippi since 1979. I worked for a local agency for 11 years developing a program for community banks and, in 2000, founded The Eversole Group.  I have taught at the Graduate School of Banking, conducted at LSU as well as marketing courses for the CBA of Georgia, held at Kennesaw State University. In addition, I have taught numerous seminars for the CBA of Georgia and the Alabama Bankers Association.  Over the last 20 years, we have worked with more than 100 independent banks across the nation, now greatly enhancing our capabilities to provide comprehensive marketing solutions through our merger with Agora Company, now forming AgoraEversole.

FOR OUR CLIENTS: Results. There is great satisfaction in knowing our work and our understanding of community banking produces results. I also enjoy winding up a work day knowing we have given every client our very best effort, provided exceptional value and enhanced our working relationship with them. I always appreciate hearing from those clients that I understand their goals.

ALSO: There’s a lot of joy in watching grandchildren grow, and to enjoying a great fall Saturday at Ole Miss watching the Rebels play. Faith. Family. Football.

MISTY DUNN - Marketing Agency Jackson MS

MISTY DUNN

Director of Operations

THINKS: I’ve never been on a vacation I didn’t like.

BACKGROUND: I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with an emphasis in graphic design. I’ve been part of our team for 14 years.

FOR OUR CLIENTS: One of my favorite parts of the job is getting to know my clients on a personal level. It’s fun to hear stories and see pictures of their families, flower gardens, vacations, etc. I also love getting to see what my clients actually look like, because 99% of the time what I’ve envisioned is totally wrong!

ALSO: I value faith, family, and friends. I’m a lover of the outdoors, music, and travel. Put me on a cruise ship and I’m a happy girl. You just can’t beat seeing so many places in one trip and being pampered along the way! I’m equally as happy to sit outside amongst family or friends and enjoy great conversation and a cup of coffee.

Katy Agnew - Marketing Agency Jackson MS

Katy Agnew

Director of Client Success

THINKS: I don’t have time to think right now.

BACKGROUND: I graduated from Mississippi State with a degree in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. I started my career with Cooking Light magazine in Birmingham before moving back to Jackson and working in sales with the Northside Sun. Along the way, I married my husband Cliff, had two daughters, and remodeled our Canton home. In my free time, I chase children, run a taxi service to birthday parties, enjoy wine and good food, and volunteers my time and talents to my children’s school and activities.

FOR OUR CLIENTS: As the Division Director, I enjoy putting my organization skills, OCD tendencies, and general bossiness into action when creating marketing plans and strategies for our clients.

ALSO: Three things I can’t live without… Coffee, wine and Jesus (in no particular order)

Jeff Childress - Marketing Agency Jackson MS

Jeff Childress

Digital Services Manager

THINKS: “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” I love working in Digital Marketing because there’s always something new to learn & opportunities to try new things for our clients.

BACKGROUND: I graduated from ITT Tech with a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and have worked in Sales & Marketing since 2005. The marketing agency world has been a great fit because I enjoy staying on top of the latest Digital Marketing trends and helping our clients reach their goals.

FOR OUR CLIENTS: As the Director of Digital Services, I get to be involved with many aspects of our clients campaigns and marketing strategies from SEO to Digital Advertising and everything in between. At the end of the day, what matters most is the RESULTS.

ALSO: I enjoy being outdoors and traveling with my family, coaching my kids sports and spending an afternoon at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville watching MSU baseball.

Taylor Donald - Marketing Agency Jackson MS

Savannah Swalley

Social Media Coordinator

THINKS: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

BACKGROUND: I am a native of Jackson, Mississippi, attended high school at Jackson Academy, and graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications. I began my career with AgoraEversole as a marketing intern and accepted a position as AgoraEversole’s Social Media Coordinator after graduation. I am experienced in all types of marketing and communications but specialize in visual, verbal, and written communication. When I’m not working for our wonderful clients I enjoy traveling and making memories with my Goldendoodle, Faye, my friends, and family.

FOR OUR CLIENTS: A good social media presence is key to a company’s success. It is how you reach the majority of your clientele and represent your brand.

ALSO: I love to travel, listen to live music, snow skiing, and the beach. Tell me we’re going to a show, the mountains, or a tropical vacation, and I’m on the next flight out!

CHERI MAGEE - Marketing Agency Jackson MS

CHERI MAGEE

Graphic Designer / Account Manager

THINKS: Life is a journey…enjoy the ride! Be kind. Do art. Listen to Dave Ramsey.

BACKGROUND:
I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BFA in Graphic Design. I worked in Dallas for Levenson & Hill and Neiman Marcus Group; in Vicksburg for Hayes Marketing, Inc.; and in Jackson for Godwin., Imaginary Company, and most recently The Eversole Group before merging to AgoraEversole.

FOR OUR CLIENTS: I love when a client says, “You get us,” and feel it’s a big compliment meaning we’ve listened and are getting the job done.

ALSO: “There is such a variety of community banks we serve — you never know when you sit down at your computer in the morning what projects the day will bring. It’s a new world every day.”

Anna Rooker - Marketing Agency Jackson MS

Meredith King

Graphic Designer

THINKS: “If we all work together, we can make our dreams come true. Let’s show the world what we can do.” – Cats Don’t Dance

BACKGROUND: I was born and raised in Mississippi. I graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in Graphic Design. While at school I became a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, where I served as my chapter’s philanthropy chair and new member educator. During my time at Loyola, I also met my partner, Peter. Since school, we moved back to Jackson and adopted our sweet rescue dog, Winry. Outside of work my hobbies include traveling, making tea, and spending time with friends and family.

FOR OUR CLIENTS: I always strive to elevate our clients’ marketing by learning new skills and listening closely to our clients’ needs.

ALSO:
Rainy days are my absolute favorite, especially if I have a good book and a cup of tea on hand.

JULIA BRYANT - Marketing Agency Jackson MS

JULIA BRYANT

Graphic Designer / Account Manager

THINKS: We are all a little weird…embrace it.

BACKGROUND: Originally from Fancy Farm, Kentucky, I have been living in Mississippi for almost 20 years. I started with a local magazine in Oxford before moving on to The Clarion-Ledger, and finally found the best of all worlds with agency work for the past 13 years.

FOR OUR CLIENTS: I pride myself in excellent customer service and quick turnaround. There’s no better feeling than taking a client’s idea and exceeding their expectations. I’m always up for the challenge.

ALSO: My creativeness doesn’t stop when I leave the office. I also own a children’s boutique named after my two daughters. If I’m not sewing, I’m probably watching SEC football, and come October you’ll find me glued to the TV watching UK basketball. You can take the girl out of KY, but I still bleed blue come March.

Laura Beth Bond - Marketing Agency Jackson MS

Laura Beth Bond

GETSocial Manager / Graphic Designer

THINKS: Any day at the beach is a good day.

BACKGROUND: I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design from Delta State University, home of the Fighting Okra. (yes, you read that right!) Since the early days of The Eversole Group, I have been combining my love for design with the knowledge I gained from working in Customer Service at my hometown bank. In 2017, I expanded my role to include social media.

FOR OUR CLIENTS: I have enjoyed getting to know our clients and helping them discover the “look and feel” that best works for their bank. Meeting them in person is always the best treat!

ALSO: My husband, Harris, and I are two Mississippians who recently found ourselves living west of the Mississippi after 11 years in Sylacauga, Alabama. We, along with our three children, are church planting with the Presbyterian Church in America in Monroe, Louisiana.

Gracey Vaughn - Marketing Agency Jackson MS

Gracey Vaughn

Graphic Designer / Account Manager

THINKS: Understanding ourselves and others will lead to great things!

BACKGROUND: I graduated from Belhaven University with a BFA in Graphic Design. Growing up my parents were missionaries which gave me the opportunity to travel to many different places and move a lot! Before moving to Jackson, MS for school I lived in Costa Rica for 6 years. I have experience in a number of different areas including translating, non-profit work, childcare, and freelancing. I’ve enjoyed working with We Will Go Ministries in downtown Jackson for the past couple of years doing graphic design work and web development. I love creating for family and friends in my spare time.

FOR OUR CLIENTS: I believe strong branding is such an important factor when it comes to putting your products and services out into the marketplace. I love helping clients generate high quality material that makes a statement. I want to get to know you so I can help the world see your story.

ALSO: English is my first language but I’m also fluent in Spanish. I love traveling to new places and cooking new cuisine. One of my greatest joys and motivators in life is helping people. I love taking care of plants, animals, also caring for and teaching kids!

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