We are Trone Brand Energy.

Explorers of behavior. Discoverers of insight.
Makers of relevant connections.
Drinkers of coffee.

  • Small Agency of the Year 2013: Southeast Region

    Trone Brand Energy won Silver in Ad Age’s Small Agency of the Year Award: Southeast Region.

    View our award-winning work
  • 2014 Effie Award

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

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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 Story

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.

Industry Specialties

Work in any industry long enough, you get pretty good at it.


It’s not just programming. Or websites. Or banners. In order to be a true signal for a brand, all the digital communications must be consistent and strategically insightful.

Local Industry

It sounds intuitive: making local companies a star in their market. But there’s an art to it. Let’s just say we made a San Francisco brand more relevant working from NC.

Pet Industry

From the treats and food that pets eat to the veterinarians they visit, Trone Brand Energy is an authority on what pet parents want and buy.

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.

Join the Team

If you want to be a Brand Energist, check out these options.

Jobs at Trone Brand Energy Internship Opportunities
  • Doug Barton

    President, Partner

  • Rick Morgan

    CFO, Partner

  • Martin Buchanan

    ECD, Partner

  • Kevin Murphy

    EVP of Strategy and Research, Partner

  • Robin Yontz

    VP, CD

  • Steve Koger

    Director of Studio Operations

  • Stephanie Cole

    Print Producer

  • Kimberly Abels

    Broadcast/Web Producer

  • Kara Glover

    Sr. Copywriter

  • Lonnie Long

    Sr. Art Director

  • Matteson Fields


  • Todd Parham

    Sr. Art Director

  • Blake Woodruff

    Studio Artist

  • Cecile Scarpato

    Jr. Art Director

  • Jim Publicover

    Copy Editor

  • Gary Towning

    SVP Digital Strategy & Serivces

  • Derek Lidbom

    VP, Interactive Producer

  • Sean O'Shea

    Sr. Interaction Designer

  • Jeremy Glover

    Sr. Interactive Programmer

  • Sky Tonnessen

    Interactive Designer

  • Dustin Barton

    Asst. Interactive Producer

  • Danny Fiza

    Interactive Programmer

  • Kimberly Ness

    VP, Management Supervisor

  • Nicole Donoghue

    VP, Management Supervisor

  • Angi Wesson

    Account Supervisor

  • Sarah McDonald

    Account Supervisor

  • Kelly Mullinax

    Sr. Account Executive

  • Stephanie Hubble

    Asst. Account Executive

  • Logan Joldersma

    Account Executive

  • Megan Cleworth

    Asst. Account Executive

  • Rachel Bowles

    Asst. Account Executive

  • Terry Fritz

    Management Supervisor

  • Cameron Simmons

    Asst. Account Executive

  • Sonya Millsap

    VP, Controller

  • Laura Judy

    Account Finance Manager

  • Melissa Taylor

    Accounting Assistant

  • Susie Barnett

    Accounts Payable

  • Melissa Hintz

    Media Director

  • Maddie Dewar

    Digital Media Specialist

  • Carolyn Mills

    Media Planner/Buyer

  • Daniel Wiggins

    Media Planner/Buyer

  • Amber Flinchum

    Media Billing Coordinator

  • Jenny Rowland

    VP, Director of Planning

  • Tom Minsel

    Director of Analytic Services

  • Jimeetre Miller


  • Joe Martinez

    IT Manager

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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