We handpick talented and knowledgeable people, one-by-one, project-by-project, to create collaborative teams with cohesive creative focus. Who may be on your team? Designer and copywriters. Research heavyweights. Planning and PR experts. Strategists, web developers, digital designers and social media gurus. Any or all of the above. Our passion for collaboration also extends to our clients and, often, our clients’ customers. Our commitment to tailored teams always enhances results.

leadership team

  • John “Socks” Powell  
  • Meigan Powell Alexander  
  • Heather “Office Diva” Nikoncyk  
  • Jamie Allen  
  • John “Socks” Powell

    John “Socks” Powell

    President & CEO

    As someone who started his career as a graphic designer and art director, John inspires creativity in every area of his agency’s work, from strategic planning, marketplace evaluation and research assessment, to developing tactical executions that maximize core brand strategies. If you ever doubt that John has the soul of a creative, look at his socks.

    How did you get the nickname ‘Socks’?
    I have collected so many socks that I could wear a different pair of socks every day for six months and still not go through my collection.

    Aside from doing creative work, what gets your motor running?
    Fly fishing, my wife and family, work, golf and singing – although, no, not necessarily in that order, Carla.

    What has you most excited about the years to come?
    When I get my new Six Million Dollar Man knees, I’ll go back to playing soccer, basketball and a more vigorous game of racquetball.

    Everyone has a guilty pleasure, what’s yours?
    I have owned seven different Jaguar cars over the past 30 years (my 1996 XJS convertible is in storage dreaming of the day I will bring it back to its former glory).

    How have you been able to help give back?
    Most recently, by being an active board member and supporter of A Child’s Place, a nonprofit that provides educational and emotional support for homeless children.

    What have you been itching to do?
    Skydiving! Been VERY close a couple times, but I’ve had to cancel the last two scheduled jumps with my son and son-in-law because of weather.

    What if skydiving just doesn’t work out?
    Then next up on my bucket list is deep-sea fishing off the coast of Costa Rica.  I’m also taking other suggestions.John A Powell III has worn many hats over the years: art director, creative director, account executive, agency president and new product entrepreneur.

     
  • Meigan Powell Alexander

    Meigan Powell Alexander

    EVP, Marketing

    While working for agencies in New York and Washington, D.C., Meigan Powell Alexander helped enhance the success of brands such as GM, Zatarains, Arby’s, and Benihana, to name a few. She has led projects as diverse as developing media plans for Six Flags theme parks to implementing local Hispanic media and merchandising for Heineken, Heineken Light, and Amstel Light.

    How do you enjoy spending your time outside the office?
    I got sucked into Crossfit by my husband when we were dating.

    Where has been the coolest place you’ve ever visited?
    South Africa, where we went on our honeymoon — I highly recommend it.

    Has there been one job, out of all the hats you’ve worn that you enjoyed the most?
    I’ve worked for agencies up and down the East Coast, but my best job to date is being a mom There aren’t performance reviews – at least until he’s a teenager.

    How have you been able to give back to the Charlotte Community?
    I’m past chair of the Charlotte Chamber’s YP group and am currently the youngest member on the Charlotte Chamber Board of Directors.

    Is there is a part of you that people may not initially expect?
    My husband and I have a slight obsession with skulls, the funkier the better.  In a nod to Abby Sciuto, we have velvet flocked skull wallpaper in our living room.

    What has you most excited about the years to come?
    My next big goal is to design a clothing line for new moms.  I’m thinking of a brand promise: designs that give you a whole new reason to go off birth control.

     
  • Heather “Office Diva” Nikoncyk

    Heather “Office Diva” Nikoncyk

    OFFICE MANAGER

    Before joining Powell & Partners, Heather Nikoncyk honed her skills as an agency traffic and production manager on accounts such as Bloom, Bojangles’, Visit Charlotte, Ruby Tuesday, State Farm, CarMax, The One Show, BRICA and the Charlotte Bobcats. Officially, Heather does billing and helps manage projects at Powell & Partners. Unofficially, the chick with the pink hair is the CCO (Chief Color Officer).

    What makes you rather unique?
    I have a twin sister who lives in Jacksonville, Fla. Contrary to popular opinion, I know she is the evil twin.

    How have you been able to help give back ?
    By running a community garden in my neighborhood for more than three years.

    Do you have any pets?
    I live with King Kong, my cute little pup with a mohawk and mustache.

    What brings you the most joy?
    I like to share food with the ones I love, which means lots of baking, cooking, and trying new recipes.  Just don’t look to me for your tuna noodle casserole fix.

    The Carolinas have both, beaches and lakes.  Where do you prefer to spend your time?
    On vacation, I love to lie on the beach all day and listen to the waves.

    How do you relax and let your mind wander?
    Bands, DJs, fast, slow; you name it, I love dancing to it.

    What have you been itching to do?
    No. 1 on my bucket list: traveling outside the U.S.

     
  • Jamie Allen

    Jamie Allen

    Senior Art Director

    Jamie is an exceptional visual communicator who is adept at interpreting strategy to create engaging and successful design. He has owned his own design business and helped craft images and brands for corporations, small businesses, ad agencies and government entities, including Lowe’s, REED’s Jewelers, Mass Transmit E-Mail Marketing and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

    How have you been able to give back to the Charlotte Community?
    Currently mentoring a 10-year-old and a 16-year-old – it’s really been a blast.

    Always hear music coming from your office, what are you listening to?
    I have eclectic tastes in music, but my base is old-school hip-hop and R&B.

    How do you relax and let your mind wander?
    I’m a member of two gyms, one near work and one near home (so I have no excuses).

    Is there is a part of you that people may not initially expect?
    I played collegiate and semi-pro football.

    What gets your motor running each morning?
    Definitely my three daughters. They totally have me wrapped around their collective fingers.

    If you ever won an Oscar, what advice would you give in your acceptance speech?
    Absolutely must have a male English bulldog.  They may look tough, but they’re really loyal and affectionate.

     
  • Jim “Biz Wiz” Cozzie  
  • Randy “Full Throtta Miata” Sluder  
  • Chris Rupp  
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  • Jim “Biz Wiz” Cozzie

    Jim “Biz Wiz” Cozzie

    AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET GURU

    Former board chair of the Specialty Equipment Market Association, Jim Cozzie had held senior-level positions with leading, iconic aftermarket companies including Hurst Performance Inc., Super Press Inc., B&M Racing and Performance Products and Zoom Performance Products. He’s also excelled in the “need for speed” world of quick-turn “How To” television production.

    Aside from the obvious, what gets your motor running each morning?
    I’m a dyed-in-the-wool car guy – before long, I expect I’ll bleed engine oil.

    Being a car guy, I assume you have that ‘need for speed’?
    There were lots of places I wanted to go, and a car couldn’t get me there fast enough, so I got my private pilot’s license.

    Between a car and plane, you can get just about anywhere then.
    Well, I couldn’t drive or fly through water, so I also took up boating.

    How do you relax and let your mind wander?
    I golf, therefore I am.

    What brings you the most joy?
    I have three children and an even newer title: granddad.

    The Carolinas have both, beaches and lakes.  Where do you prefer to spend your time?
    The Lake, Lake Norman in particular. The South was kind enough to adopt me, even though I had a funny accent.  I love Charlotte. At this point, you’d have to ride me out of town on a rail.

    Is there is a part of you that people may not initially expect?
    I’m a student of motorsports (tracks are my favorite teacher).

     
  • Randy “Full Throtta Miata” Sluder

    Randy “Full Throtta Miata” Sluder

    ART DIRECTOR/DESIGNER

    For over 30 years, Randy Sluder has been creating powerful, compelling and award-winning design solutions for clients in a wide range of industries, including automotive aftermarket, telecommunications, textiles, banking, municipal utilities and manufacturing. He’s known for his concepting ability, photography, excellence in design, and his mastery of leading-edge design and illustration software.

    Is there is a part of you that people may not initially expect?
    I’ve always been extraordinarily bright.  Yet, focus groups say I’m also very humble.

    Aside from the obvious, what gets your motor running each morning?
    I live on a mountain at 3,000 feet and can see the Blue Ridge Parkway from my deck.  I’m powerless over my need to drive on the Parkway at least three times a week.

    How do you relax and let your mind wander?
    I’m building a MAZDA Miata competition race car, that’s also street legal – always wanted a purebred racecar for the street. I will be getting my race license this year with the National Auto Sport Association at Road Atlanta.

    I bet the Miata can really move. How often do are you able to really let it roar?
    On summer weekends, like hundreds of others, you’ll find me on the 11-mile stretch of road with 318 turns called the “Tail of the Dragon” in Deals Gap, N.C.  With that said, it doesn’t surprise anyone who knows me that I’ve already gotten a $500 ticket for speeding on the Dragon.

    Do you have other hobbies, or does all your focus go to the Miata right now?
    I’m so enamored (with) Vintage Coleman camping gear that I have a blog dedicated to it.  My oldest Coleman lantern is a 1919, and my oldest stove is a 1933.  http://www.lanterncamper.com/

    Has there been one job, out of all the hats you’ve worn that you enjoyed the most?
    I used to fish in bass tournaments — wasn’t a bad way to get by.

     
  • Chris Rupp

    Chris Rupp

    Marketing/New Business Director

    Chris is a well-educated, hands-on brand builder who effectively combines a MBA education and experience as an account director for a global branding firm to spearhead successful creative solutions. He has developed brand strategy, standards and names for companies ranging from Verizon and BYB Brands to Sunsweet, PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch.

    How do you relax and let your mind wander?
    Essentially, I run even when no one’s chasing me.  I’ve completed numerous half-marathons and marathons, realizing the longer distances let me do some of my best brainstorming.

    Is there is a part of you that people may not initially expect?
    I’m wrapped around the little “finger” of my dog’s paw (beagle/lab mix).

    How do you spend your time outside the office?
    I go on semi-annual kayaking trips.  For the most part, we’ve always been successful in our adventures, but there was one trip where we like to say we gained accelerated experience.

    What is one of your prouder moments in life?
    I won a hula-hoop contest when I was young. I just double-checked, and yes, the skills still remain.

    Do you have other talents besides mad hula-hoop skills?
    I’m an avid and adventurous chef.  As my grandma always said, ‘at least my failures are edible.’

    The Carolinas have both, beaches and lakes.  Where do you prefer to spend your time?
    If I had to pick, I’d go beach over lake – cowabunga!

    What is the one meal you could never live without?
    Chipotle, my buddies and I use burritos as currency for our friendly wagers.