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 (ReWiGo), 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, having organized volunteers around the world with Youth Conference Ministries, she’s here to keep our production on track. Ellison is a proud Presbyterian College graduate and Engenius’s first fanatical Gamecock fan (which can get uncomfortable.) She volunteers with the Albino Skunkfest, enjoys live music, and loves how awesome Greenville’s downtown has become after spending over a decade away from Greenville.
Client Engagement Specialist
Susan Lesser keeps our whole team running and can multi-task with the best of them. She is a graduate of Carson-Newman College (Go Eagles!) and has experience in both Customer Service and Client Management. Besides being our Client Engagement Specialist, she wears many different hats at Engenius. 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 Project Manager, as well as our resident gardener. Her role is to keep all of our projects on track and to manage all of the details. Catie’s background in social work and client care help her understand our clients’ needs, ensure goals are met, and guide projects to success. 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 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.
Reagan Thompson is one our fabulous Spring interns. She is a senior Communication Studies major at Furman University and the mom to a 7-year-old chihuahua named Yogi. She’s interested in computer programming and web strategies, as well as high heels and all things hipster. When she’s not volunteering, she enjoys grabbing a meal downtown at Ford’s or Tupelo Honey–where she is a connoisseur of homestyle vegetables.
Our other wonderful intern we have joining us this Spring is Rachel Robinson. A student from Anderson University, she is a junior Marketing major who loves to learn new skills and snack on original Goldfish crackers. When Rachel is not working or studying for school, she is either relaxing or wedding planning with her fiancé. She also attends NewSpring church at the Spartanburg Campus.