We are Trone Brand Energy.

Explorers of behavior. Discoverers of insight.
Aficionados of advertising. Creators of digital connections.
Drinkers of coffee. Devourers of meeting leftovers.

Trone Brand Energy is one of the largest independent brand communication agencies in the Southeast. As a full–service agency, we focus on connecting customers with brands across all media. Our services include advertising, branding, design, media buying and planning, public relations, and social media. We also offer strategic consultation, analytics, a full suite of interactive expertise, digital and content marketing, app development and marketing automation.

You may have noticed that the fireflies above organically begin to blink together. The synchronization appears to be random yet is so amazingly deliberate. We believe that’s how a brand’s energy should be transmitted. It’s all about putting out the right brand signal—making it easy for audiences to sync up with your brand—through very purposeful efforts.

  • How do pet owners approach wellness?

    See our insights from 1,000 pet owners.

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  • Trone Brand Energy and BEM Interactive sync up

    Together, digital and content marketing blink brighter.

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  • 2014 Effie Award

    Finalist in The Pet Care Category for the Season's GREENIES® national television commercial.

    View our award winning spot
  • The Beauty of Global Synchronicity

    Trone Brand Energy is a proud member of AMIN Worldwide, a global alliance of more than 50 independent marketing firms. This network of thinkers, creatives and strategists dramatically increases the reach of our members and clients.

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Take it from a firefly

Fireflies are cool. And there's this one kind of firefly in the Great Smoky Mountains that's even cooler. These special fireflies light in sync with one another. Really. One firefly with a stronger blinking signal influences the firefly next to him. Then that firefly is in sync with his blink. And now that two are blinking together, a few others join in. And, after a while, every firefly in the forest is blinking together, their signals in complete unison and harmony. We see brands relating to their audiences the same way. We call it The Firefly Effect™. It's what inspires us and it's what we create. Brands putting out the right signal, with more and more people blinking along. It's pretty amazing.


Our Pet Practice

As one of the most pet-centric agencies in the country, we have marketed nearly every aspect of animal health care from food and treats to therapeutics and preventive products, even pet insurance.

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Case Studies

So what happens to a brand when The Firefly Effect takes over? What does that look and sound like? What happens to brands that find their Alpha Signal? Well, we’re not going to tell you—we’re going to show you. Here are two very different examples of The Firefly Effect at work.

Shreve & Co.

Explore the Exceptional

Once the Shreve team understood their role in customers’ lives, even the window displays were on brand.

  • Train Wraps
  • Billboards
  • Video
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North Carolina Education Lottery


Facebook allowed Powerball players to talk to characters in a personal and engaging way.

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Our Clients

Our People

We are, all of us, Brand Energists. A bunch of unique individuals brought together to think, talk, live and breathe the brands we work for. We still get excited to see our work out there doing its job, spreading the brand signal and the brand joy.

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Doug Barton

President, Partner

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Rick Morgan

CFO, Partner

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Martin Buchanan

ECD, Partner

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Kevin Murphy

EVP of Strategy and Research, Partner

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Gary Towning

SVP Digital Strategy & Services

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Robin Yontz


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Kimberly Ness

VP, Management Supervisor

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Nicole Donoghue

VP, Management Supervisor

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Sonya Millsap

VP, Controller

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Jenny Rowland

VP, Director of Planning

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Derek Lidbom

VP, Interactive Producer

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Angi Wesson

Account Supervisor

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New Business

Doug Barton

President, Partner

(336) 819-6935


New Business

Kevin Murphy

EVP of Strategy and Research, Partner

(336) 812-2063


Media and Agency Communications

Angi Wesson

(336) 819-6911


Trone Brand Energy, Inc.

1823 Eastchester Drive, Suite A

High Point, NC 27265

Main Phone

(336) 886-1622