Board of Directors

Gillian Mechling

President

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Gillian Mechling, MBA

Gillian is called to help others find their source energy. Oh, and socially connected marketing 🤍 This year, she is taking on the role of president for our local AMA chapter as she studies the Human Design System. She has more than 8 years of marketing, social, event and management experience in the Charleston market. She currently sits on Charleston County Council’s Business License/User Fee Appeals board and she sits as a member of the Tri-County Link Board of Directors, as well.  

After earning her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Clemson, she left the rolling hills to pursue her MBA at College of Charleston. Like so many CofC grads, she laid roots here and you can find her gallivanting around town with friends – trying whatever’s freshest at a new hot restaurant, running around the beach with her dog, dodging cars on her bike or flying in and out of Tulum, her ***favorite*** travel destination.

Katie Biondo

Immediate Past President

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Magnetic Marketing

Katie is the Marketing and Design Manager at Magnetic Marketing, a membership community of entrepreneurs & business owners who are dedicated to growing their businesses. She is responsible for corporate marketing initiatives including print communications and the creation of designed materials. She also has experience with marketing automation, trade show management/event planning, and social media management.

Originally from New Jersey, Katie moved to Charleston in 2013 and has come to enjoy life as a Southerner (especially the hospitality and pimento cheese). Katie holds a BFA from Virginia Tech (Class of 2011) where she studied Studio Art and minored in Art History. Forever a Hokie, Katie enjoys watching Tech football and loves anything maroon and orange.

An active member of the Junior League of Charleston, she previously served as the League’s Print Publication Chair where she is responsible for managing and designing the organization’s annual magazine, Cobblestones. Katie is also a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Alumni and Virginia Tech Alumni chapters of Charleston.

Maggie Mills

Maggie Mills

Director of Marketing & Communications

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Black Book Marketing, founder/creative director

Maggie is founder/creative director at Black Book Marketing. A tenured advertising and publishing executive, Maggie has served as executive director, chief content officer, writer, and designer during her career. Her passion is acting as catalyst for a creative team. Working in the distance education sector inspired her to take her team virtual by harnessing the best of collaboration technology. She works with artists and clients nationwide to deliver online campaigns, print, TV, radio, and social media.

When Maggie isn’t sketching ads on the back of cocktail napkins, she fosters puppies from Pet Helpers, enjoys plain air abstract expressionist painting, writes three blogs, manages multiple Instagrams, and road trips every chance she gets.

Steve Cook

Secretary

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Steve Cook is a trusted global strategic brand marketer, business developer, and innovator with 3X Fortune 50 senior leadership plus global entrepreneur experience. He is an intrapreneur and entrepreneur who knows how to bring new businesses to market.  He currently is the Chief Marketing Officer at ADoH SCIENTIFIC, LLC ADoHscientific.com , an early-stage telemedicine company HQ’ed in Charleston.

Steve harnesses his 25+ years of experience at P&G, Coca-Cola and Samsung, where he was SVP, CMO N.A., a $25 Billion Operating Unit with #1 share TVs and phones. He built and led Coca-Cola’s first Global Strategic Innovation Group.  He has led iconic B2C and B2B brands and marquee retailer business development teams globally in highly competitive categories: Electronics, Tech, Media and Entertainment, Beverage, Food, Cosmetics, Personal Care and Healthcare, etc.

Eleven years ago, Steve founded FortuneCMO, LLC to grow beyond his brand marketing, intrapreneur innovation, and biz dev Fortune 50 experience through deep immersion in the Atlanta, Silicon Valley and Israeli entrepreneur ecosystems to learn what it takes to be an impactful entrepreneur. He was the CMO and Head of Business Development for Champion Capital Group (Private Equity) and Startup Nation 2 Enterprise (Israeli Tech Transfer Accelerator) as well as multiple startups in the U.S. and Israel. He has also partnered with VCs, PEs and startup founders in CMO, biz dev, and product innovation roles to accelerate brand building, go-to-market commercialization, customer acquisition, and revenue growth at startup speed. He has also advised and been on Boards of for-profit SMB companies.

Steve created the Silicon Valley Executive Network ‘Future of Marketing Series’                  and was the Co-Producer.  He is a keynote speaker and panelist at CMO events. He was a Board Advisor for the ARKE agency (MarTech), is an Advisory Board member for the SXSW Pitch global competition, a Board Member of the P&G Alumni Network, and is a Board Member of the AMA (American Marketing Association) Charleston Chapter.

As a marketing and digital transformation thought leader, Steven has been the Contributing Editor for CMO.com by Adobe the past 8 years publishing 250+ written and video interviews with CMOs, CEOs, CIOs,and C-suite innovation leaders.  He has also been published in Forbes CMO and SecurityRoundtable.org (Palo Alto Networks) on cybersecurity. He is currently writing a book, ‘1nsights on 1mpactful 1nnovators’.

Chris Hervochon

Treasurer

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Betterway CPA

Emily Trogdon

Director of Programming

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Emily Trogdon is the public relations director at Momentum Marketing where she leads communication strategy, social responsibility, and creative brand engagement for all clients in the agency. In her nine years of experience, she has worked with clients in a multitude of industries, including automotive, luxury retail, nonprofit, hospitality, real estate, banking, outdoor, healthcare and more.

Before beginning her career, she studied public relations and sociology at Francis Marion University and College of Charleston, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in communications with a concentration in PR.

With a passion for giving back, Emily volunteers her PR services for TEDxCharleston, as well as other nonprofit organizations in the Charleston community. In her spare time, she is busy in the kitchen cooking up new recipes, bouncing around Charleston listening to live music, and enjoying time with her friends and family.

Kathleen Buckley

Director of Special Events

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Buckley Events

Kathleen is founder/lead event planner at Buckley Events.  Even though a tenured event planner for all size events, she has a diverse background and has owned a marketing consulting company and multiple radio stations.  She was responsible for corporate marketing, branding, events, communications and business development for companies all around the country.

She enjoys giving back to her community and has served on many nonprofit boards over her career and currently serves on the Maritime Association of South Carolina and is a freelance photographer for the Charleston Mercury Newspaper.  Her passion is leading teams to have successful events with lots of smiling faces and wonderful memories!

Even though she grew up in Virginia, she moved here in 1998 and calls South Carolina home.  With deep family roots here, some of her favorite childhood memories were coming to South Carolina where her mother was born and raised to visit her grandmother and cousins.

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, she holds a BFA degree in Merchandising/Marketing and is Chapter President of the VCU Lowcountry Alumni Chapter.

When Kathleen isn’t busy working with clients, she is a passionate sailor and can usually be found on a sailboat racing or cruising with friends, walking on the beach, taking beautiful photos all around Charleston and always loves a road trip to visit family, friends and far away places.

Stephanie Barrow

President-Elect

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TRIO Solutions

Stephanie Barrow has a background in the entertainment industry spanning over 10 years. She’s worked with several A-list artists, as well as on building successful digital brands from the ground up. After attending college in the mountains of Blacksburg, Virginia, Stephanie set her sights on bigger things. Her passion for the arts and big city life led her to New York City, followed by Los Angeles. During her time in Los Angeles, she worked as a Speakers Bureau agent in Beverly Hills booking well-known celebrity speakers for events, conferences and more. She gained the necessary experience in sales, digital marketing and PR to help parlay into a career in Hollywood, working as a junior publicist for A-list, Academy Award-winning actors.

In 2010, Stephanie made the move to Nashville to work with Music City Networks (MCN), a digital marketing and merchandise company. While at MCN, Stephanie helped launch digital marketing strategies for Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Little Big Town, Josh Turner and other artists alongside their management and label teams. This included launching full website redesigns, online marketing endeavors, merchandise strategy, and running full-time fan club programs. She later went on to work with Idea Den, where she handled all digital branding strategy and fan club management for Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, STYX and The Doors estate.

Since then, Stephanie has made a home for herself in Charleston, South Carolina with her family, including her adorable daughter, Amelie. Her expertise lies in brand strategy, public relations and social media, which she now puts to good use at TRIO Solutions as their PR manager. TRIO is a creative, client-focused marketing communications agency specializing in creating solutions that build awareness and strengthen brands. She loves working alongside team members who care about the Lowcountry and are passionate about helping clients grow their business and thrive in their respective industries.

Stephanie is happy to be living back near the ocean and spends her free time on the beach, at a dog park with her dog, Toby, listening to live music or reliving her Hollywood days in the movie theater.

Mike Compton

Director of Membership

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Before Co-founding Three Chairs with George, I was a communications/ media production graduate from Michigan State University. As a senior at MSU I was able to get my first producing experience with Red Bull Energy Drink, producing their “Lawn Shorts” student film festival. I produced the festival and along with 5 other students, I won the chance to produce a film within the festival. That was it for me, I knew what my calling was.

I left my MI home base in 2001 to start a multimedia career in Tampa FL. I mostly enjoy meeting new people, connecting dots and helping companies of all shapes and sizes navigate through the multimedia spectrum. As a Husband to a native Michigander, a Father of Twin Boys, 2 cats and a dog, I am always on the go. If I’m not out networking, in the studio, on location or in the edit suite, you can best believe I am chasing down my boys. I’m looking forward to new adventures in Charleston!

Nathan Guthrie

Director of SIGs

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