In addition to serving as the president of Real Estate Innovations Group and half-owner of Coldwell Banker Innovations, Brian Flook founded Power Marketing in 1992 with a goal to always put his clients needs first. As an expert in his field, Brian Flook speaks and trains nationally and has been a featured trainer at the International Builder's Show every year since 1996, the Systems Built Sales & Marketing Conference and for numerous other conferences, events and individual builders.
Brian Flook has a bachelor's degree in leadership development from Wheeling University and a degree in business administration. Brian Flook earned his MIRM (Master in Residential Marketing) from the NAHB in 1991.
Jon King, MIRM, Creative Director
A Power Marketing team member since May of 2000, Jon leads the force by overseeing every project in the office. He works closely with clients to ensure that they not only receive what they asked, but that each job is completed efficiently and effectively. "It's really fun and rewarding taking an idea and turning it into something that helps our clients," he says. "It's also the kind of job where it's impossible to get bored because we always have to keep on our toes and learn something new each day."
In 1998, Jon interned with Power Marketing and went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Shepherd University. He became a MIRM (Master in Residential Marketing) in 2006, the most prestigious designation given by the Institute of Residential Marketing and the top-level achievement for professionals in new home marketing.
Growing up overseas in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the Philippines instilled a global perspective and an appreciation for culture in Jon, as well as a passion for "the beautiful game" of soccer and the beach. He married his beautiful wife Jenn in May of 2005, and they enjoy traveling to Ocean City, Md., six or seven times a year — as does their dog, Marley.
Belinda Smith, Operations Manager
Belinda is an experienced and knowledgeable marketing professional, having been in the field since 1988. A founding member of the team, Belinda began at Power Marketing on August 29, 1994. Her work varies daily and includes website design and coding along with designing promotional displays, marketing brochures, logos, advertisements, signs and more. "I love the creative aspect of my job," Belinda says. "Coming to work is fun!"
Belinda loves spending time with her husband of 23 years, her 17-year-old son and her three adorable cats Oliver, Gracie and Alex. She approaches everything with a smile and a sense of humor and enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends, laughing and singing along to Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes.
Stacy Miller, Account Executive
Stacy joined the Power Marketing team as account executive in October of 2010. An energetic sales professional who takes pride in her relationships, Stacy works with clients to formulate a plan to effectively market, advertise and brand their business. "I enjoy the relationships that I have with people and being able to work closely with businesses," she says.
With a degree in art from Hagerstown Community College, Stacy gained valuable sales and marketing experience in the field over the past seven years. She previously worked as a marketing associate at Hub Labels and advertising sales director at Hagerstown magazine before joining the Power Marketing team. Always interested in working with new people, Stacy is a member of various business networking groups, including Business Networking International. She participates in a Maryland Symphony Orchestra focus group, the Miss Washington County Scholarship Foundation and Project 320 (www.project320.org).
Stacy is a born and raised Hagerstonian who truly values her family, including her siblings, her goddaughter Jocelyn and her nephew Mason, who is always quick to put a smile on everyone's faces. And the Power Marketing team loves the occasional visit from Stacy's oh-so-cute Yorkshire terrier, Brunswick. In her spare time, Stacy loves spending time outside, plays the piano, sings (especially in her car) and looks forward to her yearly family trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Tracie Hovey, Business Development Director
Tracie joined in December 2012. A proactive public relations specialist who loves "working in the community and developing strategic marketing and public relations plans," Tracie is responsible for managing contacts between Power Marketing and new and existing client accounts. She ensures constant communication and that all client expectations are met by the creative department. After marketing plans are developed and presented to clients, Tracie is responsible for estimating, acquiring approvals and carrying out strategic marketing plans on a daily basis, as well as representing the concepts to the creative department and the client.
Tracie has worked as a public relations director for the past 10 years with various nonprofits, government agencies and film festivals. Before joining Power Marketing, Tracie served as development director for Star Community, Inc., where she developed strategic marketing plans and public relations campaigns, managed communications and more. As former public relations manager of California Healthy Marriages Coalition, Tracie directed a documentary film titled "Secrets to Love," which won numerous film festival awards and was distributed by PBS. Tracie has a bachelor's degree in journalism from California State University and will graduate in February with a master's degree in strategic public relations from George Washington University.
When she's not working, Tracie serves as vice president of the Maryland International Film Festival, which she helped establish in Hagerstown two years ago to support the talents of independent filmmakers. She also serves on the Legislative Committee for the We Mean Business Reception for Washington County and the Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys going to the movies, golfing and great food. She has three children and two step children, a family dog Sport, and a "grand" dog named Enzo.
Amanda Linthicum, Lead Designer
Amanda began her career with Power Marketing on June 7, 2010, an extra-special day that doubles as her wedding anniversary. She is responsible for thinking creatively every day — from designing innovative websites and marketing materials to saving her co-workers money on lunch with her always-growing stack of coupons. "I enjoy being creative on a daily basis and working in a team environment," Amanda says. "The people I work with are awesome."
A Williamsport, Md., native, Amanda graduated from Shepherd University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts and a concentration in graphic design. After working at Arthur Graphics in Frederick, Md., for two years, she started her own business — Bloom Designs — before joining the Power Marketing team. Using her creative talents to give back to the community, Amanda donates her time to Habitat for Humanity of Washington County and designs materials from brochures for their annual dinner to event flyers.
Amanda currently lives in Williamsport with her husband, three dogs and piranha. She loves to fish, boat, read, shop, renovate properties and spend time with her husband, family and friends.
Johanne Courtright aka Johanne Chaine, User Experience Designer
Johanne has been an integral part of the Power Marketing team since February of 2011. As a User Experience (UX) designer, her work involves creating user interfaces, user experience for website and applications. Johanne is a talented website programmer and is fluent in HTML, CSS, ASP, PHP and XML. As a graphic designer, she designs logos, icons, interfaces, advertisements, eBlasts and more.
With 12 years of experience in UI and UX, Johanne previously owned her own business (Pixtudio) for several years and worked for two years in a gaming/customization company. Her contract work includes clients such as Nintendo of Europe, Zippo, Dell, HP, Alienware, NVIDIA, and ATI.
Always pushing herself to hone her technical knowledge and skill, Johanne is passionate about providing Power Marketing's clients with the highest quality marketing through innovative design and programming. "I am a workaholic," she laughs. "Even when I am at home, I try to Google about the latest trends in marketing."
Matt Prince, Accountant
Matt began working at Power Marketing in May 2012. Matt serves as accountant responsible for receivable and billing, payroll processing, general ledger maintenance, asset and liability account reconciliation, financial statement preparation and analysis, and other special projects. “What I like most about my job are the numbers. They are very reliable, never call in sick and don’t mind the least being crunched,” Matt jokes.
As a CPA with a degree from College of William & Mary, Matt began his accounting career at Marriott Corporation as an internal auditor and audit manager, then spent a number of years as controller first for a small catering company in Arlington, Va., then for Masci Restaurants, a Roy Rogers franchisee in Montgomery County. Before coming to Power Marketing, Matt spent 5 ˝ years as bookkeeper for RidgeRunner Publishing.
Matt lives on a five-acre property in West Virginia with his first wife, second dog, stray cat, rabbits, groundhogs and skunks that consider him to be the squatter. Matt enjoys mowing grass, shoveling snow and photography (though not necessarily in that order). He also enjoys playing the guitar badly, kayaking, sweating on a treadmill, visiting Virginia wineries and vacationing in Europe.
Krista Scarlett, Communications Specialist
Krista joined the Power Marketing team in September 2012. As a communications specialist, Krista is responsible for generating press releases, blog posts, traditional media, web and ad copy, social media updates, SEO campaigns and more for Power Marketing’s clients. Krista is a wily wordsmith who understands how powerful the written word can be. She enjoys using her craft to help clients build a better brand and improve their overall sales.
A native of Western Maryland, Krista is a graduate of Frostburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a master’s degree in journalism. After leaving the frozen tundra of Syracuse, N.Y., she moved to the Washington, D.C. metro area where she worked as a writer, editor and social media marketer for a print trade association. A year later, she packed up and headed back west to join Hagerstown’s RidgeRunner Publishing as assistant editor for two years before joining Power Marketing.
Outside of work, Krista enjoys spoiling (and spooning) her beagle, Gracie May, laughing hysterically with friends and family, impatiently waiting for her favorite magazines to arrive in the mail, singing out of key while driving and prowling the internet for the perfect puns.
Andrew Lechowicz, Web Developer
In March 2012, Andrew joined Power Marketing as a web developer responsible for designing and building database driven web applications, including server-side programming, database creation and management, and client-side scripting. Fluent in PHP, MySQL, jQuery, AJAX, CSS and HTML, Andrew enjoys that every day on the job is challenging, different and requires creative problem solving.
In addition to working at Power Marketing, Andrew is also enrolled at Hagerstown Community College and volunteers for the Valley Co-Op on the tech team, fixing bugs with their online ordering system. Andrew lives a short drive from Power Marketing with his border collie, Whiskey. “I spend most of my time with her,” he says.
Matt Matzen, Web Designer
Matt joined the Power Marketing team in May 2012 as a web designer. His responsibilities include designing and coding websites, logos and brochures, as well as communicating back and forth with clients. Matt enjoys Power Marketing’s atmosphere and the friendly staff always eager to help or participate in critiques “to ensure that a good product leaves the building.”
Matt has been building and designing websites for more than six years. He began his career as a web master for Specialized Communications/Noventri in Smithsburg, Md., and later worked for Meridian Web in Martinsburg, W.Va. There, he gained a lot of design knowledge and skills like customer support, CMS integration for existing sites, website maintenance, design and hosting support, and more.
In his free time, Matt is an award-winning indie film director/editor with his film company Neon Real Entertainment. In September 2012, Matt took home the coveted Fan Favorite award at HorrorFind Weekend in Gettysburg, Pa., for his satirical horror film, “The Darkness and Tom Markos.” Matt’s other hobbies include playing guitar, craft beer tasting and pairing, watching and discussing films with friends, and his cat, Dazey (pronounced Daisy) — the first gift his wife ever gave him when they were dating back in high school.
Trent Semler, Web Designer
Trent joined the Power team in October 2012 as web developer responsible for web design, print design, client communications and much more. So far, Trent most enjoys the variety of work he does at Power Marketing, as well as his co-workers and the overall atmosphere and culture of the workplace.
Trent graduated with a bachelor’s degree in visual communications from Stevenson University, formerly Villa Julie College. For the past five years Trent has worked at Specialized Communications/Noventri, most recently serving as art director. He also serves on the design board at James Rumsey Technical Institute and judges student competitions held at the school. “I do this to help high schoolers get on the right track — the design help I could have used at the time,” he says. Trent also does pro-bono graphic design work for local nonprofit companies in Martinsburg.
When he’s not at work, Trent enjoys hiking, swimming, tubing, camping, canoeing and anything else that involves the outdoors. He likes to cook, bake bread, make beer and wine, and work on websites and animations. Aside from that, Trent spends time with his family and friends as much as possible. He lives in Martinsburg, W.Va., with his girlfriend of almost four years and their two dogs — Ginger and Lucky.