About

Copperwing is an experienced branding, marketing, and motion creative group. We believe that growing brands and telling great stories are about building relationships between people. Copperwing provides services to develop branded content, as well as implement and market that content across all forms of expression. Our scope includes brand identity, graphics, exhibits, websites, marketing, sound, motion, and film.

Each professional on our leadership team is directly involved with the work. Our strong design convictions inform everything we do, including organizing strategies and visioning for your future. We are deliberate in our research-based planning, which leads us to purposeful solutions. And that is why so many respected companies choose Copperwing to ignite passion between people and the story they have to tell.

Team

Brian Key

Brian Key

Partner and Chief Marketing Officer

Angela Stiff

Angela Stiff

Partner and Chief Creative Officer

David Sengkhammee

David Sengkhammee

Head of Client Solutions

Chris Tomberlin

Chris Tomberlin

Managing Director of Motion and Film

Carla Copeland

Carla Copeland

Head of Operations

James Jackson

James Jackson

Digital Director

Spencer Roeder

Spencer Roeder

Associate Creative Director

April Saunders

April Saunders

Brand Producer

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Web Application Developer

Leon Barwick

Leon Barwick

Copy Director

Margaret Crimi

Margaret Crimi

Office Operations Manager

Jacintha Hopson

Jacintha Hopson

Director of Hospitality

Avery Dove

Avery Dove

Graphic Designer

Kristi Sasser

Kristi Sasser

Senior Producer

Brittany Roberson

Brittany Roberson

Social Media Specialist

Karen Gathany

Karen Gathany

Brand Designer

Cole Patterson

Cole Patterson

Editor

Kelsey Harrison

Kelsey Harrison

Senior Editor

Emily Ellis

Emily Ellis

Client Relationship Coordinator

Brian Key

Partner and Chief Marketing Officer


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Brian Key

briankey@copperwing.com

Brian keeps a sharp focus on each client’s industry. He leads marketing strategy to gain optimal results from every initiative. His marketing solutions have been integral to success in launching new product brands for clients like KW Container; getting unprecedented results for state programs such as Alabama’s Break for a Plate; and informing and engaging audiences through campaigns for Neptune Technology Group, among many others. Brian holds a 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 and his wife have three boys. Brian is active in his community and church and loves the Tide.

Angela Stiff

Partner and Chief Creative Officer


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Angela Stiff

Angela founded Copperwing with brand management as its cornerstone, recognizing its critical role in creating breakthrough communications with long-term relevance. She leads with the same out-front thinking as she sets the vision for the company. Angela keeps our team focused on core design principles that help meet client business goals. She leads our collaborative Brandstorming work sessions that create the foundational systems to build relevant and lasting brands. She has led branding initiatives for clients with regional, national, and international reach. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards. Angela is a graduate of Auburn University and serves on the Executive Board for Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction. She promotes design education, advocates for vulnerable children, and loves time with her family and friends.

David Sengkhammee

Head of Client Solutions


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David Sengkhammee

With a career spanning diverse industries and roles, David is a distinguished marketing leader. His career began in telecom and sports, and he later made a strategic transition into healthcare marketing at the height of healthcare consumerism. Cultivating trust is a value he honors when working closely with key client stakeholders. David works to develop a deep understanding of clients’ complex business needs and challenges to present optimal solutions. He takes pride in staying up-to-date with consumer insights and effective marketing platforms, constantly striving to understand the evolving world. David holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin. Outside of his professional realm, he’s proud husband to Laura and a father to Theodore, Cecelia, and Truman.

Chris Tomberlin

Managing Director of Motion and Film


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Chris Tomberlin

Chris brings more than three decades’ experience as a director, editor, visual effects artist, and colorist to our film, motion and editing work. An expert with creative direction, idea generation and problem solving, Chris lends his skills to all stages of a project, from concepts and storyboarding to final finishing and delivery. A cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama in multimedia production, he also offers clients expertise beyond the visual, evidenced by his degree in music (also with cum laude honors) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While you’d expect he enjoys movies and music, you might be surprised to know he’s a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido and accomplished in target shooting.

Carla Copeland

Head of Operations


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Carla Copeland

Carla skillfully manages day-to-day operations and maintains a productive and happy work environment. She leads initiatives that increase our 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. Carla has taught courses at Faulkner University and Samford University, including human resources and organizational behavior courses. She enjoys time with family and loves photography, travel, and writing.

James Jackson

Digital Director


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James Jackson

James focuses on digital marketing and digital experiences to ensure that campaigns are effectively providing results. He has successfully managed marketing strategies and campaigns in the higher education and financial industries. He brings additional value to client relationships through careful management and accountability. James holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery. He is proud husband to Hannah and father to MacLeod.

Spencer Roeder

Associate Creative Director


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Spencer Roeder

Spencer helps lead our design team. He possesses a talent for creative storytelling in every medium. His has extensive experience in motion, digital animation, and website design and how to integrate them into smart campaigns. With a strong proficiency and technical expertise, he has helped Copperwing develop engaging digital experiences for major corporations with worldwide audiences. An award-winning designer, Spencer is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He and his wife love spending time camping with family and raising their three children.

April Saunders

Brand Producer


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April Saunders

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. Her skills in defining final execution plans for each project make the difference between good and great outcomes. April and her husband are proud parents to three sons.

Scott Smith

Web Application Developer


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Scott Smith

Scott is an experienced software engineer as well as web designer. He excels in seamless design and programming integration to develop user-friendly interfaces. He has designed, hosted, and managed custom web solutions for a wide variety of client needs. 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 and playing guitar with his band.

Leon Barwick

Copy Director


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Leon Barwick

Leon is an accomplished communications writer with many industry awards for his creative work. In his career of more than twenty-five years, Leon’s writing has been central to the success of clients such as Neptune Technology Group, KW Container, Jackson Thornton, 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. He and his wife encourage creativity among their five children.

Margaret Crimi

Office Operations Manager


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Margaret Crimi

Margaret excels as a day-to-day manager of details and thoughtful problem solver. She has an insider’s understanding of production processes from past work experience, making her uniquely qualified to manage a design firm. Margaret is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery in business administration. She and her husband enjoy raising two fun, active young children.

Jacintha Hopson

Director of Hospitality


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Jacintha Hopson

Jacintha has been the voice of Copperwing almost from the very beginning. She has a special way of making everyone feel welcome. 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 to help keep our office always running smoothly. Jacintha is a graduate of Alabama State University and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Avery Dove

Graphic Designer


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Avery Dove

A two-time winner of Auburn University’s Studio Award, Avery provides an illustrator’s touch to digital design and motion graphics. He received his BFA in graphic design from Auburn University and is proficient not only on the creative side, but the technical side as well—with expertise in laser cutting and operation system troubleshooting. Creativity is in his DNA. Avery comes from a family with a history of talented painters and illustrators.

Kristi Sasser

Senior Producer


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Kristi Sasser

Kristi is an experienced video producer skilled in graphics, advertising, customer relationship management (CRM), editing, and creative writing. She is just a skillful when managing the business side of projects by ensuring work is on time and within budget. Kristi is a proud graduate of Troy University. She once crossed the Royal Gorge on one of North America’s highest zip lines, but her proudest adventure was hiking 26.3 miles in one day as part of the Make-A-Wish Alabama inaugural Trailblazer Challenge.

Brittany Roberson

Social Media Specialist


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Brittany Roberson

Brittany understands the interworking of social media and how to draw attention to the right messages. She is a very gifted graphic artist with illustrative and motion design skills. Brittany earned her Bachelor of Science in visual design from Auburn University Montgomery. She enjoys the art of storytelling whether through drawing, painting, the written word, or motion. Brittany spends time traveling, reading, and loves old movies.

Karen Gathany

Brand Designer


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Karen Gathany

Karen is an experienced designer and illustrator. She has worked with brands to establish an appropriate identity and understands the details required for brand systems and application. She describes herself as a “creative problem solver”. After earning a BFA in Graphic Design at Auburn University, Karen worked as a designer in advertising and branding agencies. She later became an entrepreneur, owning her own curated art, antiques, and accessories boutique. She enjoys watercolor painting, reading, traveling, secondhand shopping, interior design, people watching, and hanging out with friends.

Cole Patterson

Editor


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Cole Patterson

Cole has experience in videography and video editing including documentary work. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from Troy University. Cole’s work has been recognized with numerous awards. He is also passionate about three-dimensional animation and motion design. Sound design, photography, 3D modeling, web design, and typography round out his impressive designer skillset. He enjoys watching and discussing movies, hanging out with his cat, creative writing, cooking, repurposing old furniture, and discovering new music.

Kelsey Harrison

Senior Editor


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Kelsey Harrison

Kelsey is an experienced film editor and visual storyteller who prioritizes amplifying meaning and moving audiences. Educated as a visual artist and creative writer, she’s harmonized both sensibilities over the last decade through professional video production. Kelsey’s projects have earned industry awards and have screened at festivals nationally, including PBS Film Festival, AFI Docs, and DOC NYC. Kelsey is the recipient of the Media Arts Fellowship and the Gay Burke Photography Fellowship from Alabama State Council on the Arts. She travels eagerly and has an insatiable appetite for making things. She enjoys time in her studio maintaining a multidisciplinary art practice, and acquiring as many houseplants as possible to decorate the 1958 house she’s been fixing up with her partner.

Emily Ellis

Client Relationship Coordinator


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Emily Ellis

Emily exudes positivity, which is important as she works as liaison to clients each day. Her previous experience in human resources serves her well working with teams. With a background including leading social media management, building partnerships, and planning strategic recruiting initiatives, she gives great depth to her role coordinating major client projects. Emily holds a BA in Human Resource Management from Auburn University Montgomery. She is known among her besties as a reality TV superfan, loves traveling and spending time with family, friends and her dog, Mango.

Copperwing is a creative team at the forefront of branding, marketing, and motion design. We ignite passion between people and brands.
What We Do

Brand Design & Management

Space & Exhibit Design

Marketing Strategy

Digital Marketing

Social Media Content

Website Development

Video & Motion Design

Film and Documentaries