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Bethany Meadows
President

Ten years ago Bethany Meadows started Vertical Solutions Media with one goal in mind: to develop a long-term relationship with her clients. With almost 30 years of marketing experience under her belt, Bethany worked in the insurance industry for the first part of her career and with dozens of companies in a wide variety of industries since she opened her firm. "We do things differently from what many other marketing firms do," she explains. "I am passionate about helping a company incorporate their brand into everything they do, not just their logo. It's important to help a company see the value of building a company culture that exercises their brand values in every part of the customer's experience."

Bethany is married to Jeff and between them have seven children. Family time is a priority in their lives, as is boating, kayaking and playing on the lake where they live. 

Marianne Beard
Vice President, Creative

Marianne Beard didn't start out as a graphic designer, but her early career in healthcare marketing introduced her to what would become her new love. "Graphic design became my passion because it lets me express more creativity than other areas," she explains. "I love working with our clients and seeing how our team's ideas and creativity help them be the best they can be." Marianne works hard at building relationships with VSM clients so they understand and trust each other. "Each client has their own style and it's important to know how to express that creatively to their audience," she says. "Just because something looks great doesn't mean it's the right look for that particular client."

Marianne has been married to Brent for 10 years and they have two children, Ty and Bradley Kate. Having a flexible schedule has given her more time to spend with her family. Marianne is also the co-owner of a small invitation business specializing in custom invitations, stationary and all things paper.

Ann Marie Harvey
Vice President, Communications

For the past 27 years, Ann Marie Harvey has spent her days refining the written word. As a writer and editor, she is passionate about making sure that every comma is in the right place and copy is written and edited as well as possible. If it is written, Ann Marie has had her hands on it. "It's important to me that the copy we produce for our clients is persuasive and powerful," she says. "It's even more important that it meets grammatical and industry standards." Ann Marie particularly enjoys the relationships she establishes with her clients and getting to know their businesses. "It's satisfying to create something like a magazine and see it come to fruition," she explains. "Sharing people's stories is my true passion in writing."

Ann Marie has been married to Todd for 27 years and they have two daughters, Susannah and Sarah Page. As important as her family is, she is equally passionate about her health and fitness, participating in CrossFit for the past six years and recently running her first half-marathon.

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Sygie Jackson
Marketing Manager

Sygie’s passion for marketing began in 2010 after graduating from Columbus State with a BA in Marketing and Communications. “I am passionate about helping each client recognize their own unique brand story,” she says. “I feel that is what drives organic growth to create lifelong relationships with clients and their customers.” As the Marketing Manager, Sygie helps the team develop and integrate marketing strategies for our clients. “I love when the finished product is revealed and it’s exactly what they imagined!”

Sygie loves spending time at the beach with her two daughters Allana and Aubrey. “I looove the beach,” she says. “The beach and a good book...and don’t forget some good snacks!”


Ashley Rector
Digital Assets Manager

As the mother of an active four-year-old and as part of a large family, Ashley Rector appreciates the flexible schedule her job as digital assets manager at VSM affords her. "I like the challenge of learning everything I can about our clients' businesses," she says. "This helps me be better at what I do for them." From social media to client videos and video production, Ashley enjoys working with the rest of the team to create a product everyone is proud of.

Ashley has lived in Toronto, Ontario, and in five different states. Her family adopted three sisters and a brother when she was 13, so she knows firsthand that large families are anything but dull. She is married to Wes and they love spending time with their daughter Emalee, particularly at the zoo. In her free time, Ashley likes to watch movies, play console games and crochet.

Ellen Sheumaker
Creative Manager

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 Ellen first became interested in graphic design in her senior year of high school while serving as the yearbook editor for her school. Over the next 20 years, Ellen would work with a wide range of clients including schools, churches, restaurants, accounting firms, law firms, non-profits and more! “Nothing beats hearing ‘you nailed it!’” she says. “Even if it takes a couple of tries.” Ellen loves working with talented, creative and driven people at VSM. “I want to exceed the client’s expectations” she continues, “by listening and understanding their needs and producing work that reflects in image they want to portray.”

Ellen loves nothing more than to spend her free time eating seafood on the ocean with her husband of 23 years, Scott, and her 3 children Whitt, Thomas and Eliza. She also enjoys biking, jogging, cooking and photography. She’s working on adopting a minimalistic lifestyle. She laughs, “We’ll see how that goes!”