Co-founder & Managing Partner
Chris Manley is our co-founder, team leader, and chief strategist with fifteen years experience in marketing communications. A native of the Upstate, he also leads a nonprofit (Rebuild Upstate), is passionately involved in the Greenville community, and is the SBA’s 2013 S.C. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (not to mention a husband and father of two!)
Co-founder & Creative Director
Chase Finch is our co-founder, chief programmer, and Creative Director. He’s a Clemson University grad, and likes simplifying and breaking things down into their true parts. Chase loves traveling with his wife Ashleigh, meeting new people, surfing, playing music, and talking shop. He has two big dogs and boasts a 1467 rating from the US Chess Federation.
Ellison Chase Manley (seriously) is related to neither Chris nor Chase. More importantly, when it comes to building websites, she does most of the heavy lifting around here. Ellison is a proud Presbyterian College graduate and Engenius’s first fanatical Gamecock fan. She volunteers with the Albino Skunkfest, enjoys live music, and loves spending time in downtown Greenville.
Client Engagement Specialist
Susan Lesser looks after our clients long term, after their new websites are up and running. Out of necessity, she can multi-task with the best of them. She is a graduate of Carson-Newman University (Go Eagles!) and is passionate about providing exceptional client experiences. Susan is a classically trained ballerina, volunteers in her church’s college ministry and is seen more often than not with a cup of coffee in her hand.
Catie Buckingham is our Operations Director and resident gardener. As the leader of our production team, she keeps our projects on track—bouncing between strategic planning and detail management. Catie’s background in social work and client care help her understand our clients’ needs and ensure goals are met. She is a graduate of Winthrop University, is active in her church, and volunteers with the American Heart & Stroke Association. Catie is a true champion; as a 2nd grader, she beat the reigning 6th grader in dodgeball.
Tyler Batts spends his days working directly with clients to help articulately and effectively find their marketing voice. Tyler is a graduate of North Greenville University, where he played on the Men’s Golf Team and was an integral part of the Student Marketing Association. Account Executive by day, at night you can find Tyler playing the piano and singing at Upstate music venues. Tyler is addicted to pork tacos, triple-shot tall Americanos, and is a proud member of the dollar shave club.
As Account Executive, Kristin Whitworth has the pleasure of getting to know many of Engenius’ clients. When she’s in the office (and not out and about gallivanting with Greenville business owners, shopping at TJ Maxx or eating shrimp quesadillas), you may find her at her desk snacking on Nilla wafers and peanut butter and listening to Luke Bryan. She also enjoys volunteering for her church, NewSpring. Kristin and her husband, Jeremy, live in Simpsonville with their yorkiepoo pup named Kirby.
Premium Services Coordinator
Anna Beam heads up our Premium Services division and also uses her degree in psychology from Anderson University as the unofficial office counselor. With a background in client communication and administration, she likes her space organized, which makes her perfect as she fulfills her duel role as Executive Assistant. She’s married to Justin (Beam, not Timberlake, though she’s a big fan of both). She also adds to the office’s many dog-lovers with a pooch of her own named Maia.
Catherine Ryan has worked with nonprofits in the USA and abroad, experience she brings to her role as Content Strategist. After graduating from Clemson, she moved to Australia, where she lived by the ocean, traveled, and managed communications for an international development organization. She’s a big fan of cookies and tea, which she now enjoys in Greenville alongside her Aussie husband Marty and Labrador, Baxter.
Brooks Manley is our New Venturer. A senior at Clemson, he plays on the Men’s Club Volleyball team and serves with Fuse Student Ministry at NewSpring Church. When he’s not in the office or in class, you might find Brooks playing guitar, basketball or enjoying life on the lake. He also enjoys road trips, Italian food and documentaries on sharks.
We are thrilled to have Rachel Robinson join us in the office as our summer intern. She is a rising senior Marketing major at Anderson University who loves to learn new skills and snack on original Goldfish crackers. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing and wedding planning with her fiancé. Rachel also attends NewSpring church at the Spartanburg Campus.