Meet the PHOS Team
We’re a team of business-minded creatives that produce brand systems that are as beautiful as they are effective.
Brandon founded PHOS at the age of 26 out of his home office with the vision to be an anomaly inside of an over-promising and consistently underwhelming industry. With a strong commitment to culture and strategic planning, Brandon has led his team to become the highest-rated marketing agency in North Central Florida. PHOS Creative is a three-time recipient of the Greater Gainesville Chamber’s Business of the Year Award, a three-year honoree of the Gator100 and Inc. 5000, and Florida Trend Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For.
Brandon serves on the board of directors for Created, a local nonprofit committed to reaching and restoring women caught in sex trafficking and sexual exploitation within Alachua County.
When Brandon’s not leading the team, you’ll find him out on a date with his wife, playing a game with his two sons, playing his guitar or piano, scuba diving in a cavern, or leading a group at his church.
As a Designer, Jenelle focuses on creating compelling narratives that are communicated creatively and crafted with care. She wakes up every day excited to put forth clients’ vision and story through design that is meaningful and memorable.
In her life outside the studio, Jenelle spends her time chasing around her toddler, picnicking at the park, or watching shows with her husband with a cat on her lap. When she’s not finding time trying to squeeze in a workout, you’ll find Jenelle in the kitchen cooking up treats and meals…or just eating ice cream out of the quart.
With 20 years of experience leading people and organizations, Derrak loves creativity and the power it has to inspire and connect people to each other and the things they love. His greatest joy is collaborating with and developing leaders to discover their passions and make a difference in the lives of others.
As a Project Manager, he oversees a talented team of developers and designers that delight our clients by creating inspiring products to help them connect with their customers and accomplish their mission.
Outside of PHOS, you can find Derrak on a date with his wife, attending scouting events with his two sons, getting lost on a hike, or somewhere in Alachua County trying to hit 30 miles on his road bike.
With a strategic mind and a love for culture and leadership, Alexis spends each day working to get the most out of every idea and person on our team. As an Inbound Marketing Manager, she oversees our incredibly talented group of marketers by empowering them to inspire, lead, and grow our clients.
Outside of PHOS, you can find Alexis taking her dog to the dog park, at the nearest farmer’s market, cruising in her Volkswagen beetle, or trying a new recipe for her and her husband.
Bailey is dedicated to creating and cultivating not only exceptional content, but also valuable relationships. As an Inbound Marketing Executive, she implements hands-on strategies and innovative thinking to build strong client relationships and deliver valuable content.
Outside of PHOS, you can find Bailey managing her own Etsy shop, enjoying a cup (or two) of coffee, or frequenting Walt Disney World. Her obsessions include Dolly Parton, Drake, and the color navy.
When not tinkering around on the computer at PHOS, Mike is usually tinkering around on the computer at home. He enjoys dabbling in computer graphics programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as 3D rendering software like Blender. Aside from that, he is a blue belt in Krav Maga, and enjoys getting outside and enjoying the sunshine – whether that be at a theme park or a local spring.
With a background in marketing, Ashlee enjoys combining business strategies with creative designs that communicate each clients’ story in engaging ways that are impactful and meaningful. She is passionate about bringing ideas to life and continuing to explore new and
Outside of the studio, Ashlee can be found reading a book (particularly those in the mystery fiction genre), exploring new places in Florida, and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys doing anything artistic whether that be painting or sketching, pinning all the dessert recipes on Pinterest, or watching panda videos on the internet.
Hendrik studied Criminology at UF after moving to the US from Germany. His love for technology enabled him to switch from Law Enforcement to the tech world and his slogan of “Protect & Serve” became “Code & Serve.” He enjoys discovering new technologies and can spend hours to perfect a feature, only to toss out the work and start with another technology.
“With a true passion, you can achieve anything. For me, that was leaving my law enforcement family and jumping into web development without any sort of professional background in coding. I love what I do and strive to improve daily.”
As a web developer, Hendrik hits his high when he is met with new ambitious goals, and won’t stop until it’s done. While working with other talented developers Hendrik always keeps an open ear for new ways of doing old things.
On the side Hendrik enjoys all kinds of sports, but recently has shifted his focus onto beach volleyball.
Caleb focuses on providing clients with exceptional results through strategy, content, and data. With a vast skill set and experience across digital marketing and public relations, he focuses on developing and implementing strategies to bring our client’s efforts to life while simultaneously building relationships with them.
Outside of PHOS, Caleb can be found exploring all of the great outdoors that Florida has to offer, admiring the night sky, curating his assortment of Spotify playlists, and playing/following a variety of sports.
With a deep-seated love for documentation and storytelling, Becca seeks to equip and empower clients with the photography, videography, and other creative media they need to effectively share their own stories. As a Creative Associate, she celebrates opportunities to blend her background in innovation and design thinking with visual aesthetic; crafting novel imagery and distinctive branding materials that bring tangibility to client narratives.
When not in the studio, Becca can almost always be found in a place that she has never been before. Her philosophy? With 24 hours, her husband and gas in the car, pick a new direction and drive until you find a new adventure. Her favorites often include local farmers markets, visiting new states, hunting down the best espresso, running on the beach and making it home in time to watch HGTV.
Chad utilizes his diverse background in sales and marketing to help our customers win. As an Inbound Marketing Executive, Chad marries his love for telling incredible digital stories and his strong focus on results to help clients increase the metrics that matter. As the son of a successful small business owner, one of his greatest passions is serving the local business community.
When not in the office you’ll find Chad spending time with his family, volunteering at church, or in the “woods and water” around Gainesville with a fishing pole, kayak paddle, shovel, or maybe even chainsaw in hand. Chad has a love for the outdoors and would love to talk your ear off about subjects like horticulture and agroforestry, if prompted.
As a young gun with an untempered passion for achieving maximum potential and cultivating powerful ideas, Corey LaRosa helps clients discover their vision and realize their mission. His greatest joy is digging deep to tap into wellsprings of passion and guide that passion towards accomplishing previously untouchable goals.
As the Executive Assistant, he works side by side with our CEO and founder helping clients unearth their true vision for their business and bringing their strategic initiative to life.
When he’s not drinking copious amounts of coffee, Corey can be found on Discord bonding with his friends while playing video games, downing a burrito bowl at Chipotle, or petting all of the foster animals at PetSmart.
As a Copywriter, Caroline uses her background in creative writing and education to craft strong, engaging stories, using the magic of the written word to fuel purpose-driven content. She believes every company has an extraordinary tale to tell, and people should be at the heart of every “why.” When not flexing her creative muscles for PHOS, Caroline can be found chasing after her three young sons (and two puppies), hanging out with her husband, watching British mystery shows, reading a great book on the beach, or being active in her church. She loves chocolate, sports, and music, and is a hard-core Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter fan.
Duncan serves clients through humanistic, intentional designs influenced by his experience marketing and managing brands. He is driven by his commitment to constant growth and learning and creating work that is not only beautiful but effective for clients.
When not designing, you will find Duncan on the climbing wall, on the river, on a surfboard, on his motorbike, or with a guitar hanging around his shoulders — and more often than not, you’ll find his wife Lauren right by his side.
Julie Anne Christmas
Julie Anne Christmas
As an Inbound Marketing Executive, Julie Anne is passionate about using storytelling to communicate a client’s brand effectively. She believes in the power of clear messaging and interpersonal relationships for building a client’s engaging marketing strategy.
When away from her desk, you can find Julie Anne looking at airplane tickets, planning a dance party, or singing in the praise band at church. Her travels include over 10 states and 6 countries, but she is always looking to add another stamp to her passport. She loves her family, baking, and singing at the top of her lungs while driving.
As an Inbound Marketing Executive, Emily focuses on creating detailed, personalized, and data-driven strategies to help clients reach desired digital goals efficiently and effectively. She studied communications at the University of Florida with a specialization in public interest and is motivated to find new ways to articulate old or forgotten ideas. Emily loves to write, rollerblade, and watch 90’s movies in the evenings with her husband and three kids.“In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” -Baba Dioum
Ashley’s passion for marketing can be traced back to her pre-professional days, sitting on the floor of the marketing director’s office, stuffing folders with marketing pieces, and listening to why a company’s brand was so important. She’s been on the marketing path from the start. The reason? She likes getting people excited about the things she’s excited about — brand growth! As an Inbound Marketing Executive, she envisions smart solutions and implements strategies to deliver results that matter!
When not in the studio, you’ll find Ashley spending time with her family, serving at church, heading to the beach to enjoy the ocean and a sunset, enjoying a day at Disney or looking up new puns (a.k.a. Dad jokes) to test out.
When you combine a love of stories, the ambition to succeed, and a drive to help people change the world for the better, you find Angel’s heart to empower and help clients to become everything they can be. Angel uses photos and videos to help clients share their unique stories to inspire, compel, and mobilize others. He uses his background in public communication and social media content creation to craft meaningful stories that highlight the unique charm and characteristics of a project without compromising the message.
When Angel puts the camera down, you can find him with friends at the movies, playing games, eating food, or setting forth on a new adventure. He’s open to almost anything as long as he has people with him. As far as he’s concerned, food tastes better when it’s shared, adventures are more exciting with traveling companions, and life is more fulfilling when you invite others into it.
Zach has years of sales and marketing experience working both in the trenches and as a CMO–managing marketing teams of 4-6 representatives for multi-million dollar companies across multiple industries. He’s especially passionate about helping small and medium sized businesses. Zach enjoys using his experience to help clients maximize ROI by utilizing the most effective channels to reach current and potential clients. Moreover, he treasures building genuine, lasting relationships with his clients and seeing them achieve their marketing goals.
Outside of PHOS, you can find Zach exploring the many springs and beaches around Florida with his wife and 2 children. He also enjoys trading and talking cryptocurrency, good coffee, progressive bluegrass, reading books by old Puritans, and all things keto.
As an eager learner and passionate man, Gianmarco, through his skills in communication, data analysis, and consumer behavior strives to deliver our clients marketing solutions that will enable them to become leaders and beacons within their market.When not working, you can find Gianmarco hanging out with friends, working out at the gym, hiking around Gainesville, or home cooking some Italian dishes.
As an Inbound Marketing Intern Aubrey is passionate about helping businesses create an inviting brand that empowers and inspires their customers. Aubrey is a senior at University of Florida studying Business Administration.
Over the course of her life she’s lived in 3 different countries that helped her build strong interpersonal skills and a love of connecting with people. Outside of the studio, you’ll find Aubrey roaming farmers markets, trying out new recipes or creating elaborate travel plans.
combined years of experience
team members and counting
years helping businesses grow
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While we are not actively hiring we’re always interested to hear from talented individuals. If you’d like to be considered for future openings, go ahead and fill out an application.