We Are a Bunch of Creative Minds, Creating Our Dreams!
Here at Dogwood, it’s all about the journey. Yours. Your user’s. Ours.
Since inception, a few core principles have guided those journeys:
- Be nice.
- Stay accountable.
- Amaze clients.
- Get creative.
- Embrace technology.
- Have fun along the way.
Partner | General Manager
Brian began Harris Media Solutions in 2010 in order to help clients with their social media and website development needs. Brian has also served with multiple organizations on the local, state and national level as communication director and marketing strategist. In 2019 Harris Media Solutions merged with Thomas Jones’ Dogwood Designs to form Dogwood Media Solutions. After doing everything from building websites, running social media campaigns, and more, Brian enjoys now being able to build relationships with the clients of Dogwood in order to help meet their marketing goals.
Partner | Director of Technology
Thomas Jones is one of the co-owners of Dogwood Media Solutions. He began his design career at Troy University with a focus in Graphic Design. In 2015 he was afforded the opportunity to go to work for Alabama Interactive. Fast forward 3 years, working at AI and doing freelance work at nights, Thomas and Brian met through their church. The dynamic duo was formed and soon Dogwood Media Solutions began! Thomas is the Creative Director of Dogwood and handles all things design. He is always dreaming up something big and beautiful and bringing it to life whether it’s a logo, website design, or a piece of printed material. He and his wife, Jessica, are the proud parents of two precious kids, Judah and Grace!
Partner | Director of Operations
Matt is our Project Manager. His job is to do exactly what his title says – manage our projects! As Thomas and Brian began to merge to form Dogwood, they knew that they needed someone to come on the team to help build websites and manage projects. Their need led them to Matt! At the time he was serving as the Print Lord for an Architecture & Engineering firm, but looking to advance in his career with the skills that he had learned from his previous jobs. Matt is quite the office jokester. He keeps things fun, lighthearted and everyone laughing. He and his wife, Madeline are the parents of the cutest little redhead, Evelyn!
Lauren has always had a love for literature and writing, which led her to study English Language Arts in college at Troy University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has worked in social media and digital marketing for more than four years and is always excited to expand her skill set. She joined the Dogwood team in April of 2019 and is now our Account Manager. Her favorite part of her job is helping clients better tell their story! Lauren and her husband are members of Eastmont Baptist Church where they grew up, fell in love, and got married. When they’re not working, you’ll find them bowling, playing games with friends, or spending time with their doggos, Caspian and Lewis!
As a kid, Kristen always wanted to become an artist. She once created a book titled “Kristen’s Famous Drawings.” It was mostly filled with yellow flowers, cats, and disproportional stick people. While 7 year-old Kristen’s early works of art may never see the light of day, she has found a similar passion in graphic design. After changing majors 3 times (third times the charm, right?), she received a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design from the University of Alabama. She joined the Dogwood team in January 2021 as a graphic designer. She’s always eager to learn new things in the world of art and design and is proud to announce that her skills have extended beyond stick people and cats. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, hiking, watching TV, and drinking way too much coffee.
Emily is one of our Digital Media Specialists working alongside our Social Media Team. She joined the Dogwood crew in October of 2019 after graduating from Troy University with a degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. Emily is passionate about walking alongside her clients, helping them see their social media goals come to life. Emily has also spent some time in the hospitality industry and loves planning events! She processes things best through words, so you can often find her journaling or blogging her thoughts and lessons she’s learning. She and her husband, Brannon, are active members of Gateway Baptist Church. Together they enjoy traveling to see friends and family, playing with their dog, Cayman, and working out in their home gym!
Sara Kate Taylor
Sara Kate works alongside our social media team as a Marketing Strategist. She is originally from Atlanta, Georgia but now calls Montgomery home. As a recent graduate of the University of Alabama, she is one of 3 Dogwood employees that yell “Roll Tide!” Sara Kate has a degree in Public Relations with a specialization in Nonprofit Communication Management. She has a heart for service and is ready to serve her Dogwood clients. She loves discovering the unique perspective of each of her clients and hopes to make their job easier and more enjoyable. In her free time, Sara Kate loves traveling, reading the next book on her list, and getting outside.
Beth is a native of Montgomery and is a true “people person.” After graduating from college with a science degree she pursued photography and had a successful photography business for 10 years. She married a golf pro from Nebraska and together they have two kids. Once her youngest started kindergarten she began work with Dogwood and has never looked back. She loves writing and researching for blogs, and with her Hubspot SEO certification, she now helps customers optimize their websites for search engines. Beth and her family recently moved up to the Shoals and she is happy to be working remotely for Dogwood and meeting new people there. Beth and her family were members of Eastmont Baptist Church in Montgomery and have recently joined Woodmont Baptist in Florence.
Video Production Specialist
Mark hails from Huntsville, the technology capital of Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Creative Media in May of 2022. Mark works on our design team as the video production specialist. When he’s not behind the camera, you can find him watching or playing tennis and basketball. He’s a big fan of movies as well!
Nalin is a Montgomery native and has always had a love for the arts. From colorful creations in elementary school, studying photography in high school, and then running a side gig for hand drawn greeting cards in college — the arts have always played a large role in her life. She received a degree in Graphic Design from Auburn University of Montgomery. Nalin joined the Dogwood team in April 2022 as a graphic designer. She and her husband, Ben, are active members at Eastern Hills Baptist Church. In her free time, you can find her perfecting her chocolate chip cookie recipe, perusing an antique store, or chasing her kiddos around.
Seth Vance is a Virginia native, and one of our web developers here at Dogwood Media Solutions. With a background in sales and the service industry, Seth has always been a natural problem solver. Prior to moving to Alabama, Seth took on the challenge of a 6-month coding boot camp at the University of Richmond with the intention to learn various different programming languages and transition into a new career. From there, Seth kept honing his skills through personal projects and assignments until he joined the Dogwood team in November of 2021! In his personal life, Seth enjoys being outdoors, hiking, flying his drone, long-boarding, playing video games, and developing new projects recreationally with friends.
Since he was a child, a big passion of Jesse’s has been video games, and not just playing, but building them as well. He would love to spend quiet summer days plugging away on game makers to create the best-looking “sprites” and game mechanics that he could. However, he came to find that playing games solo was only so much fun, so he decided he wanted to get them out to his friends and family. This led to him tinkering around with different web creators like Wix, Weebly, WordPress, and Squarespace to find all the best features for his game portals. Unwittingly, he learned a good bit of web design skills over time that has now allowed him the opportunity to come on with Dogwood as a Content Specialist. His other passions and hobbies include spending time with family, investing, and March Madness bracketology (Go Wahoos!)
Slayton is a Montgomery native and has always had a passion for technology. As a kid he was hooked from the very first time he used a computer. He was amazed at the limitless possibilities that came with technology. He’s got a passion and an eye for design and loves to create things. He finds it to be so satisfying seeing the finished product of work he’s put in. He is an active member of Gateway Baptist Church and in his free time he likes to to hike, hangout with friends, watch movies and check out local coffee shops.