DesignLoud is a growing agency. Our company culture emphasizes continual learning – about our industry and yours. We take on a variety of skilled contractors so we can meet all your company’s digital needs, including web and logo design, web and mobile app development, SEO, organic and paid digital marketing, and social media management.
Meet Our Team!
President, Creative Director
Derek Schmidt, a Wilmington, NC native, got his start freelancing. He was offering white label services to businesses in need of logo and web design. Derek has worked with Adobe software for over 10 years. As he gained experience, his passion for online design turned into a career. Derek has worked with international multi-million dollar companies, increasing their web presence and marketing their brands. In 2011, Derek founded DesignLoud. The name embodied his mission: reinventing the digital presence of businesses by turning up the design. He adds volume, helping companies to grow by backing design with effective digital marketing strategies. When he’s not working, Derek can be found surfing Wrightsville Beach or spending time with his wife and 3 children.
Business Development and Project Manager
Hailing from New Jersey, Kelly Haviland received her Bachelor of Arts in 2007 from SUNY Fredonia New York, just outside Buffalo. Over the cold and snow, it wasn’t long after graduation that she relocated to Wilmington, NC. A business mastermind with a fascination of technology, Kelly found she immediately excelled in digital marketing. At DesignLoud, Kelly connects with clients one-on-one. She communicates digital marketing strategies to ensure DesignLoud is maximizing performance in social media, search engine marketing (SEM), and search engine optimization (SEO) services. She oversees the production of new websites and is in charge of making sure only the highest quality content is published. Kelly is currently working on her MBA with a certificate in Business Analytics.
Ashley Thorpe has been working in web design and graphic design since 2012. A Tennessean, Ashley graduated from East Tennessee State University with her Bachelors of Science in Digital Media and Graphic Design. While in college, Ashley got a job as a media director for a small business. The skills she was learning in and out of school allowed her to freelance and explore all areas of design. She was drawn to web design because of the intellectual characteristics needed to create logos and websites, but the creativity of design made her stay. She has been working with DesignLoud since 2015. She is advanced with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, using them daily. When she’s not working, Ashley can be found throwing pottery and enjoying time with her husband and two dogs, Wilson and Kevin.
Ross Page is a native to Connecticut. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Connecticut State University, majoring in Communication with a minor in Music. Ross got started in web development in a high school course where he built websites for his bands. In college, he became the website of the university’s website. Ross has lived in California and Philadelphia, but in early 2016, Ross followed his girlfriend to Wilmington, NC and has found that he loves beach life. Experienced in HTML, CSS, audio and video production and editing, Ross began working with DesignLoud and has quickly filled this niche. In his spare time, Ross does side projects making music for movies, TV and advertising, taking photos, and exploring the great outdoors.
Social Media and SEO Specialist
Raised in Rhode Island, Tee Corley obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in Massachusetts in 2012. In 2014, she hiked from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail and in 2015, she hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. During both journeys, Tee blogged for Trail-related websites, learning about search engine optimization (SEO) along the way. After returning from Appalachian Trail, Tee relocated to Wilmington, NC to be closer to her family. She continued to freelance to develop skills and build a portfolio. Tee began working with DesignLoud in early 2016 where she utilizes her specialties in SEO, social media management (SMM), Google AdWords, and Analytics.
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If you have skills in web development, web design, or digital marketing, see our employment page for potential openings. We’re always looking to take on new talent for our ever-growing company.
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