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Meet The Team

Scott Emerine

Scott Emerine

Co-Founder/Public Relations

Scott Emerine is Co-Founder of Branding Iron and heads up the account service team, along with the media and public relations department. Emerine has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Science degree in Health Communications from Boston University. For more than two decades, this former editor and journalist has utilized his media contacts to help clients gain international media attention. Emerine enjoys helping clients make a “splash” in the media or “making noise” in the industry. When not working, he enjoys fishing and playing by playing bass guitar. Scott practices what he teaches as an adjunct professor for Oral Roberts University and facilitator for Boston University.

Marne Brobeck

Marne Brobeck

Co-Founder / Creative Director

Marne “Wolf” Brobeck is Co-Founder of Branding Iron and oversees all things creative. After a 16-year stint in Atlanta, Brobeck found his way back to East Tennessee where he continues to unveil unforgettable imagery. Ask Marne about his expansive collection of gold statues and advertising accolades, and he will shrug it off, inviting a more interesting discussion about flint knapping or winemaking. “After many years–and even more clients, you start to fill an eclectic bag of knowledge. Oh, I could go on-and-on discussing the finer points of microporosity, the down-blending of uranium, or the rigidity of copolymer polypropylene,” he says with a smile. “But I’ll spare you the pain.”

Joy Emerine

Joy Emerine

Accountant

Maybe it’s her Midwest upbringing. Or, perhaps, it’s her devotion to all things good. Whatever the reason, people gravitate to Joy Emerine. A graduate from King University, Joy keeps Branding Iron’s financials spot-on accurate. She also keeps vendors singing her praises by keeping them paid in full within 30 days. Speaking of singing, Joy is on a worship team and is a blessing to the church with her vocals.

Tim Rhea

Tim Rhea

Studio Artist

Tim Rhea tunneled out of East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has been applying his skills since Thirtysomething was still on the air. Notorious for his patience and attention to detail, Tim is known to perform graphic design under a microscope, thus causing many a multi-page layout to tap-out in submission. He also holds the undocumented title of “Trivia Ninja” in the Guinness book of world records for knowing the B-side title from every 45-rpm phonograph record from 1951-1978. It’s likely you will find Tim in front of his Mac, applying the finishing touches to any number of design documents. Or maybe you’ll recognize him at Comic-Con 2019. Good luck with that.

Kara Gilbert

Kara Gilbert

Director of Social Media

At Branding Iron, if it has to do with social media, you’ll see Kara Gilbert’s name attached. Through hard work and a desire to succeed, Kara worked an internship into a part-time job–and then turned that into a full-time, career path with Branding Iron. Her fascination with marketing, combined with discoveries gleaned from social media information continues to delight clients. When not at work, Kara loves to take spontaneous day trips, or curl up with a good book.

Haley McBrayer

Haley McBrayer

Social Media Creative Assistant

Haley McBrayer is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at East Tennessee State University, where she developed a love for visual communication and a deep interest in the use of social media as a marketing tool. Haley is highly creative thinker and problem solver who is detail- and goal-oriented, giving every project 110% effort and always looking for ways she can improve.  These qualities paired with her work ethic are what transformed her summer internship with Branding Iron into a part-time position as our Social Media Creative Assistant.  When she’s not at school or on the job, Haley loves to spend her day at South Holston Lake or on a hike.