OUR TEAM

Our team is made up of creative business professionals who have a deep, vested interest in the world around them, and who feel a responsibility to make the world a better place. We believe that through promoting people-based businesses and the grassroots work of dedicated nonprofits, we are doing our part to live up to that responsibility. While our motivation is derived from this sentiment, our work arises out of deliberate, technical skill: intelligent strategizing and analysis, purposeful design, and thoughtful copywriting.   


MEET GREEN GATE

KATHERINE BRANCH
Founder & CEO

I love strategy and always see the big picture. From a young age, I understood the way systems work and sought to improve the status quo. I have traveled and volunteered extensively throughout Europe and India, beginning with my first trip at age 7. These global experiences have inspired a lifelong mission to do meaningful work. I started Green Gate as a way to marry my love for branding and marketing with service to the greater community.

As founder and CEO of Green Gate, I guide the vision and oversee our client relations, business development, and marketing strategy. I’ve built an approachable, people-centric agency, powered by a handpicked team of talented creatives. In 2017, Green Gate took home 21 awards for our work, including a Regional Design award in the prestigious PRINT magazine. In 2018, we’ve won 8 awards to date, including an AMY award for visual brand identity.

Over the course of my career, I have worked in marketing and advertising across multiple industries including healthcare, technology, travel, hospitality, and the nonprofit sector. I create marketing and branding strategies that connect with customers, build relationships and produce results. As marketing director of the Chai Pani restaurant group, I helped expand to the Atlanta market and launch the opening of two new restaurants to great success, garnering hundreds of press mentions, and increasing annual revenues by more than 400%. My work has been recognized multiple times by the AAF and, in 2012, I was invited to attend GIGTANK, a competitive business incubator for tech startups.

Through Green Gate, I have been able to donate close to 3,000 pro bono hours to local nonprofits.  I am on the board of directors at Raising Expectations, InwardBound Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and Stride Ahead and have volunteered for Emmaus House, Habitat for Humanity, The Learning Tea, The Meher Spiritual Center, The Rotary Club, and the Posse Foundation as a career coach. I am personally inspired by courage, kindness, and golden retrievers.

Connect with Katherine on LinkedIn.


Kim Williams

KIM WILLIAMS
Senior Director of Client Services

Kim is an ace strategist with a background in advertising and management consulting.  She has more than 20 years of experience creating integrated marketing campaigns and launching new products, and is well-versed in creating both digital and traditional strategies.  She has managed relationships with numerous Fortune 500 clients, overseeing multi-million dollar budgets including Verizon, Newell Rubbermaid, The Home Depot, Coca-Cola, UPS and Bank of America.

Kim loves building and nurturing stellar teams, and takes pride in exceeding expectations by being on time and under budget.

Kim is all about looking for ways to make the world a better place. When she’s not at Green Gate, you can find her hard at work on her nonprofit Code Kids Rock, which helps Atlanta children from all backgrounds learn how to code. She loves ATL because it’s the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., her hero.


Sean Engelhardt

SEAN ENGELHARDT
Creative Director

Sean knows brands and he knows design. He uses his deep understanding of marketing strategy, design skills, and his artistic sensibilities to elevate brands. He knows good design is about more than just making things pretty. Design works best when it tells a story and creates an emotional reaction.

Sean is an agency pro who has worked both in-house and as a freelancer. Along the way, he’s helped brands reimagine their identity, redesigned and created websites and logos, and worked on creative teams to develop comprehensive advertising campaigns. His beautiful, clean designs can be seen online and in print. Past clients include well-known brands such as Time Inc., Forbes, TD, Time Warner Cable Business Class and Virgin Atlantic.

He comes to Green Gate from New York City. Have a thing for typography, illustration, maps, baseball or kittens? Sean does too.


Jason McKissic

JASON McKISSIC
Sr. Project  Manager

Jason believes in utilizing data to enhance design and brand experience.  He believes that the digital experience should be aesthetically and technologically enjoyable for consumers, but also that it should provide insights to brands so that they can operate more efficiently and effectively. Jason has had the opportunity to work with multiple entrepreneurs and small businesses to put the proper building blocks in place for brands to flourish in the digital space.

Jason comes to us from the Robinson College of Business where obtained his M.S. in marketing. He received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College where he studied business administration and accounting. When he isn’t obsessing over Instagram, he enjoys crafting quality leather goods and listening to good music.


Stephanie Will

STEPHANIE WILL
Project Manager

Stephanie is a recent convert to the marketing profession and enjoys working with talented, passionate people. Stephanie sees data as the starting point in most processes, whether it’s iterating on design, creating social strategies, or increasing website performance. She likes to discover inconsistencies and patterns in the data to help build better products as a result.

Stephanie holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of South Carolina and is certified in Inbound Marketing, Email Marketing, and Google AdWords.

When she’s not at the office, Stephanie is learning how to code or discovering new hiking trails with her corgi, Bear.


Katy Lowe

KATY LOWE,  Office Manager

Katy ensures that day-to-day operations run smoothly. As a former office assistant on several films and television shows, she has honed her client service skills, and mastered the art of the spreadsheet. She enjoys marrying social media content and guerilla marketing to carry out a client’s vision in a unique and engaging way. Katy holds an MFA in Film and Television from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and hails from the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. She is happiest when she’s eating cereal or discussing the latest episode of Game of Thrones.