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WNC Social Media Buzz, Inc.

Our digital marketing team is dedicated to providing you with customized solutions that enable you to reach your target audience, build your brand, and grow your business. We don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach - instead, we take the time to understand your unique needs and goals, and develop strategies that deliver tangible results.

About Our Team

Digital Marketing Company: WNC Social Media Buzz, Inc.

Lorelei Garnes, MSc. Founder & Marketing Strategist/Director

Meet Lorelei Garnes, the founder, and president. Lorelei has worked in the public sector for over 25 years in various fields supporting small business owners. Lorelei started this company with $400, a laptop, and a dream! She has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs grow their businesses across the United States. Being a small business owner herself, she understands the growing pains of developing a business, which is why she believes that her company, WNC Social Media Buzz, succeeds when you succeed.

Lorelei specializes in Digital Marketing Strategies & Integrated Marketing with a focus on Search Engine Optimization.

As a resident of Western North Carolina for over 30 years, Lorelei has worked primarily as a programmer, digital marketer, and web designer. She holds several degrees, including a master's in digital marketing and Advertising (Omega Nu Lambda) from Liberty University, B.S. in Computer Information Technology at Western Carolina University (Cum Laude), and a degree in Business Administration from Southwestern Community College.

Branding Companies; Brand Designer

Kathleen Coleman, Brand Designer

Meet Kathleen Coleman, our Brand Designer. She specializes in Identity, Branding, and Layout Design. Throughout her life, she enjoyed seeking opportunities to express herself creatively, whether through writing, painting, drawing, or photography. Kathleen discovered Graphic Design in 2013 as a perfect marriage of those passions. This discovery encouraged her to pursue her degree in Advertising and Graphic Design at Nash Community College. After time spent in the field, she has fine-tuned her love of design into creating identity and branding for local businesses. In 2017, her family of four made the decision to move to Haywood County and immediately fell in love with the people and natural beauty of the landscape. Kathleen and her family now have firmly planted roots in this lovely region and devote their time to supporting our area in any way they can. Her five years of experience in the field as a local freelance designer has given her insight on the needs and challenges in the area and fueled her passion to help small business succeed through great design and branding. Among many of Kathleen’s talents are having an eye for detail, a strong work ethic, and the ability to produce high-quality design work.

Digital Marketing Company: WNC Social Media Buzz, Inc.

Christina, Social Media Strategist

Christina Esmay is originally from Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!) but has been living in WNC since 2006. She is passionate about empowering women and BIPOC leaders to grow their businesses through social media marketing. She is a trained Strategic Communications Advisor offering 12+ years of experience enhancing public relations and achieving diverse and inclusive environments for underrepresented communities. Specialties include media relations, DEI engagement, communication, branding, and social media design.

Web Development

Chris Thompson, Web Developer

Meet Chris, our web developer who recently joined our team. Chris is fluent with HTML, CSS, JS, React.JS, Node.JS, and Express.

In 2019, he left his office job, sold his house in Raleigh, and relocated to Asheville to experience AVL in all the ways possible. After a few months, the world went into lockdown, and he studied programming and web development in his free time. Using the proceeds from the sale of his home, he was able to freelance while studying. Chris has joined the WNCSMB team as a web developer. In his spare time, Chris is a musician and film critic. He loves to collect and play video games from the 80s and early 90s.
We are confident his skills as a web developer, and his enthusiasm for life will be an asset to the team.

Website Designer for small business

Jelo, Web Designer

Meet Jelo, one of our website design contractors. Jelo is passionate about learning and applying web technologies. He specializes in e-commerce, landing pages, custom design, front end framework, technical coding, and user experience. He has over 8 years experience using the latest technology. He prides himself on making the customer happy.