Igniting passion between people and brands
We believe creativity can evoke emotion, cause a reaction, educate, inspire and inform.
We are passionate about helping people fall in love with your brand and in new creative ways.
Our passion is helping others succeed
We’ve helped shape many respected brands in an artful and strategic way, making them stand out from the rest. Our talented branding team employs the latest technologies, carefully crafting user experience while staying grounded in the principles of transparency. With a strong PR voice and trusted media relationships, Copperwing engages and cultivates devoted followers by telling your brand story.


We are naturally curious. And find collaboration exciting. We love ideas forged in the fire of debate and exploration. We foster an environment that is open, comfortable and professional. We respect people and believe kindness is king.
We employ 15 amazing people
Copperwing was founded in 1999
We have clients in 7 states
We have produced work in four languages
Our team of smart, talented professionals truly cares about the success of each client. Thought is put into every detail of every project. We are specialists who share a common passion for creativity and strategic thinking.
Leon Barwick

Copy Director

We consider him our own walking Wikipedia (but more accurate). He is our secret weapon of words. Leon has more than 20 years of experience in the advertising industry. His writing includes award-winning work for clients such as Neptune Technology Group, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, Montgomery Cancer Center, and many others. Leon earned both a BA and MA in advertising from the University of Alabama. A man of many gifts, Leon is also a talented painter.

Carla Copeland

HR & Operations Manager

Carla skillfully manages day-to-day operations and maintains a productive and happy work environment. When it pertains to our team, her focus is on honing skills and growth through continued education. Operationally, Carla leads initiatives that increase efficiency and make Copperwing a thriving resource for our client partners. She holds an MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery and a Master’s in human resource management from Troy University Montgomery. She enjoys time with family, loves to write and is also a shutterbug.

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Margaret Crimi - Senior Account Coordinator
Margaret Crimi - Senior Account Coordinator
Margaret Crimi

Senior Account Coordinator

Margaret Crimi brings extensive experience in account management and customer service to Copperwing’s clients. Providing the crucial link between each of her clients and the copy, art, digital, and media departments, Margaret excels as a day-to-day problem solver. And with an insider’s understanding of production processes, she is uniquely qualified to ensure client satisfaction. A graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery in business administration, Margaret also enjoys her off-time as a wife and mom to two fun and active young children.

Stephanie Davenport

Graphic Designer

Stephanie has a strong fine arts background that serves her well in graphic design. Her unique style caught the eyes of ADDY judges while she was still a student at Troy University. The recipient of a District Gold as well as a Regional Silver ADDY Award, Stephanie completed an internship at the Wiregrass Museum of Art before graduating with her BFA from Troy. When she’s not painting, she’s treasure hunting at local auctions for new artistic inspiration.

Emily Dees

Media Manager

Emily brings experience in media planning, negotiation and placement, having served in those capacities in the publishing industry. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, she was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. And, don’t be fooled by her easy-going nature – she’s a fierce competitor on the field, and she and her husband have passed on their love of sports to two softball-superstar daughters.

Mary Gibson

Project Manager

Mary oversees development processes for all Copperwing branding projects. She takes the ability to manage details to the level of an art form. She works to ensure that all projects and website applications not only meet the branding needs of each client, but that timelines, resources and budgetary requirements are met as well. Mary is a graduate of Auburn University in information systems management. She, along with her husband and their two beautiful girls, loves cheering for the tigers.

Jacintha Hopson


Jacintha has been the voice of Copperwing almost since our inception. She is our welcoming committee director. Whether in person, by phone or any other means, when you reach out to Copperwing, she lets you know you are important to us. She manages client communications with careful attention to detail and works closely with our Operations Manager to help keep our office running smoothly at all times. Jacintha is a graduate of Alabama State University and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

April Kelley

Production Manager

April brings a depth of experience to Copperwing clients, both as a graphic designer and as a manager of complex production processes. She received her Associate Degree in Arts from Central Alabama Community College and her BFA in visual communication from Auburn University. April is the talented designer behind our many publications, including the Montgomery Business Journal. When not directing production, she happily serves in the role of “Dug-Out Mom” for her son’s baseball team.

Brian Key

Principal and Account Director

He is the hardest-working man in marketing, with a sharp focus on each client’s industry. Brian leads account management including brand strategy, digital, analytics and media. His marketing communications experience has delivered winning results for clients such as the Alabama Department of Conservation, IDModeling and its subsidiary, Sedarū, AES Reclaim, AES Mechanical and Montgomery Cancer Center. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in advertising and journalism from Troy University and a Master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management from Auburn University at Montgomery. He is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama as well as the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Circle. Brian also serves on the board of the Samaritan Counseling Center and on the River Region Ethics Steering Committee. Brian and his wife Donna are proud parents to three lively boys who ensure there is never a dull moment.

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John Richardson

Director of Digital Strategy

John is a digital strategist with cross-discipline, advertising and marketing experience. As director of digital strategy, John leads the digital team in all initiatives that integrate online client interactions with overall marketing goals. For more than 10 years, he has brought innovative marketing and digital solutions to the forefront, working with advertising agencies and in his own digital consulting business. John is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in business administration with marketing emphasis. John is a competitive bass angler who is also a proud dad to two beautiful girls.
Spencer Roeder

Interactive and Motion Designer

Spencer’s responsibilities include the design and creation of animated video for the web and in other interactive media marketing. With strong proficiency and technical expertise, he has helped Copperwing develop engaging motion video projects for major corporations with worldwide audiences. An ADDY award-winning designer, Spencer is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He, wife Ashley and baby make three.

Scott Smith

Web Application Developer

Scott has designed, hosted and maintained custom web solutions for a wide variety of clients. An experienced software engineer as well as web designer, Scott excels in the seamless integration of design and programming to develop user-friendly interfaces for multiple platforms. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology. He also attended Philadelphia’s Drexel University for computer science. Scott spends free time with family, playing with his band or in the ring boxing (just for fun and exercise, we think).

Angela Stiff

Managing Principal and Creative Director

Angela succeeded in growing Copperwing into one of Alabama’s leading communications firms during the first decade of the company’s existence. She founded the firm with brand management as its cornerstone, recognizing its critical role in creating breakthrough communications with long-term relevance. She continues to lead with the same out-front thinking as she sets the vision for the firm. She has successfully led branding initiatives for clients with regional and national reach. Her creative work has been recognized with numerous industry awards. Angela is a proud graduate of Auburn University, where she earned a BFA in visual communications. She serves as member and secretary to the Auburn University Department of Industrial and Graphic Design Advisory Council and as member of the Troy University College of Communication and Fine Arts Advisory Council. Angela is also a member of the DesignAlabama Board of Directors.

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Emily Tyler

Brand Leader

Emily steeps herself in research and is always thinking about the next creative strategy or idea. She has managed the development and online brand launch for clients by carefully managing every detail to maximize the experience. Her industry experience includes aviation, retail fueling stations, and conservation and recycling. Her branding experience includes advertising campaign projects, fundraising and events, and social media campaigns. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a BA in communications.

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Lawton Webb

Accounting Manager

Lawton provides careful management as he oversees our internal financial processes. He is a methodical planner and skillful forecaster. His business management experience and leadership abilities have helped to lay the groundwork for healthy growth. He also ensures a positive client experience. Lawton is a certified public accountant and graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Business Administration. After hours, he and his wife are raising two energetic boys and a sweet baby girl.

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Brand Standards
Positioning Statements
Communications Strategies
Promotional Videos
Custom Photography
Exhibit Design
Media Analysis and Placement
Website Design, Development
and Programming
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Digital Advertising
Motion Graphics
Social Media Marketing
Content Creation
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Press Releases and Press Kits
Press Conferences and Events
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