Taylor Hartley

Which virtue means the most to you?

As a former teacher, I want to make sure I’m always seeking out new knowledge and ways to improve my craft, so Wisdom means the most to me. My hope is to forever be a life-long learner who seeks the advice of those wiser than myself; the day I stop doing that is the day I need to find new people to learn from so I can keep growing.

What is your biggest achievement at Grit?

I’ve really enjoyed polishing neighborhood and city guides for one of our real estate clients. I believe we are giving future residents helpful information when it comes to choosing a place to live. It’s important for me to have purpose in what I do, and helping to educate someone on their prospective home feels like valuable work to me.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I’m a speculative fiction author, which means I’m usually working on some kind of ghost story or epic fantasy novel. I’m also a huge reader, a big fan of the at-home rowing machine, and enjoy the occasional Netflix binge.

Lucy Whitney

Which virtue means the most to you?

Courage resonates the most with me because it is a virtue that promotes growth. Since working at Grit, I have learned that having courage to push myself to do things that may be outside my comfort zone and take more initiative is what has allowed me to gain more confidence and skills.

What is your biggest achievement at Grit?

One of my biggest achievements at Grit has been helping to implement a brand new reporting platform that allows us to track performance towards our goals for all clients. By implementing a standard and efficient way of tracking account performance on a weekly basis, the team is able to quickly prioritize strategies at the beginning of the week.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy playing tennis, skiing, and going to work out classes, but can also be found playing trivia on Wednesdays or trying out new restaurants around Charlotte. I also spend a good bit of time with my new Australian Shepherd puppy.

Rylie Brown

Which virtue means the most to you?

Courage is the most meaningful virtue to me—in both my professional and personal life. It’s the foundation for growth because you can’t stretch, try new things, or uncover hidden strengths without having the courage to try something in the first place.

What is your biggest achievement at Grit?

My biggest achievement at Grit is definitely proposing the tagline that ignited our campaign for Denny’s franchising website. At the time, I was only a year into my career and felt so energized by the project which only solidified my passion for all things branding!

What do you like to do outside of work?

When I’m not working, you can usually find me hanging out with my dog, working out at the gym, reading a good book, or binging the latest true crime documentary—preferably with an iced coffee in hand.

Ellen Boyette

Which virtue means the most to you?

Care is very important to me. People are the ones who make an organization, and they are not robots. I believe caring for individuals supports the entire organization at its core. Success to me is truly connecting and supporting each other in work – and life.

What is your biggest achievement at Grit?

My biggest achievement is the breadth of work and new skills I’ve obtained in my years here. Working on so many different projects and clients, I’ve expanded my knowledge in digital marketing, tech, ecommerce, design, and so much more. I’m excited to keep honing my skills!

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I like to take on random hobbies (calligraphy, watercolor, DIY house projects), do any kind of dancing, and spend time with my son.

Paul Southerland

Which virtue means the most to you?

Courage is the virtue that means the most to me. Companies benefit enormously when employees are thoughtfully courageous. Being the voice of calculated dissent, a constructive agitator of assumptions, or a challenger of performance standards takes courage–and, as such, Grit and our agency partners benefit greatly!

What is your biggest achievement at Grit?

Leading the acquisition of Betterpet.com and its continued growth under Grit’s ownership. More importantly, applying the business’ growth strategies and processes to our agency partnerships more broadly.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love spending time with my wife and daughter–especially going on bike rides together. I also enjoy playing tennis and, oddly enough, doing yard work!

René Fielder

Which virtue means the most to you?

Gratitude is the virtue that means the most to me. I believe it costs nothing to say “thank you” and recognizing the contributions of the team to our goals, both for clients and for our agency, is an important part of our culture.

What is your biggest achievement at Grit?

Developing and scaling our Email Marketing service line, in partnership with our design, project management, and content teams, is something I’m particularly proud of. Email is such an important revenue channel, especially for our e-commerce clients, and it gives me the opportunity to work with automations which I consider to be a marketing secret weapon.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy baking bread (which includes pizza by the way), painting, gardening, reading, and volunteering in animal rescue organizations as a dog foster parent.