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“Each and every one of our employees represent the spirit of our company: energetic, creative, efficient, and reliable. Our experienced and well-rounded team brings diverse skill sets who can produce results for your organization.”

Jessica Martin-Lane

Jessica Martin-Lane
Principal / President
PHONE :: 828.255.0313 ext. 109

Jessica Martin-Lane is a highly motivated influential leader with nearly 20 years of experience in strategic planning, program/project management, efficiency/optimization, sourcing/procurement, marketing and leadership in both the private and public sector. She is a strategic thinker who focuses on developing and delivering solutions for her clients that produce impactful results. Throughout her career, she has served as a strategic advisor and a key member of leadership teams for some of the most highly successful and innovative individuals and organizations. She has a reputation for possessing the ability to organize, lead and execute, especially in challenging situations. Her proven accomplishments include planning and executing large scale projects within budget and schedule, consensus building, managing executive relationships and expectations, and achieving project results.

Dennie Martin
PHONE :: 828.255.0313 ext. 113

Dennie Martin possesses more than 45 years of experience with planning, financing, and examining the feasibility of large capital projects for local and state government. Much of his experience has been in support of economic development and water and wastewater enterprise funds and has involved assessing financial feasibility, determining the financial impact of planned capital or operational events, serving in the role of facilitator for key financial processes, or soliciting funding solutions for major capital investments. His expertise and experience extends to planning and economic development programs and projects, community development, financial modeling for local government enterprise funds and general funds. He is well versed in current rate making methodologies for water and wastewater, solid waste, gas systems, impact and cost recovery fees. Mr. Martin is well-known across North Carolina as a strong advocate for local government and an asset for planning processes that require innovative financial, funding and public involvement solutions.

Bill Cowan
PHONE :: 919.770.0527

Bill Cowan is an energetic and innovative leader and coach with extensive experience in planning and directing all facets of work associated with government management. He possesses a vast amount of knowledge about local and state government and has served in various public administration roles for more than 32 years. Bill’s knowledge and expertise are invaluable to our public clients. Furthermore, he has a strong background in finance, planning, parks and recreation, as well as the ability to interact positively with a wide variety of officials, staff and public. Through his involvement with local government, he has assisted many North Carolina clients with successfully executing important infrastructure improvement projects.

Lena Richards
Marketing Manager
PHONE :: 828.255.0313 ext. 115

Lena Richards has more than 12 years of project management and leadership experience in marketing and public relations, including proposal development and writing, website messaging and content; communication and advertising campaigns; social media strategies; vendor and partnership relationship building; and presentations to support efforts for our clients. Her experience as a former editor in the news industry gives her the ability to juggle multiple tasks in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment. She has a strong eye for detail and enjoys working with our clients to develop successful strategies for branding, marketing, and communications.

Freddie Harrill
Partnership / Relationship Manager
PHONE :: 704.472.1514

Freddie Harrill has more than 25 years of senior-level experience in the public and private sectors. His experience has provided him with a broad and long-standing professional network, strong managerial skills, and the ability to complete multiple tasks in demanding work environments.

Mr. Harrill’s previous experience as the Western Regional Liaison for a former United State Senator has allowed him to meet and interact with community members from diverse walks of life. He has significant experience in managing state and local government affairs and interacting with the general public. That experience, coupled with his previous roles in the environmental sector, allow him to facilitate public sessions, moderate questions, and serve a vital link between government officials and the public.

Catherine Renbarger
Grants & Funding Specialist
PHONE :: 252.903.7276

Ms. Renbarger assists local governments with myriad strategic consulting initiatives as well as grant/loan-related projects. Her background in municipal and county administration enables her to bring critical insight and real-world solutions to challenging client problems.

Jessie Parris, CPA
Finance Manager
PHONE :: 828.255.0313

Ms. Parris assists local governments with a wide range of strategic financial projects that involve analysis, forecasting, budgeting, rate modeling, and feasibility studies. Her background in responsible municipal fiscal management provides critical insight into government financial functions, enabling clients to better understand and address key concerns and challenges.

Emily Edmonds
Grants & Funding Specialist

Emily Edmonds is a Western North Carolina native whose research and professional experience are focused on helping rural communities thrive. She has worked in economic development, grant writing and administration, and community outreach across the East Coast for over ten years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Policy and Political Science from Western Carolina University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she worked with School of Government faculty on a rural economic development research program.

She began her public sector work in the Towns of Sylva and Dillsboro and Jackson County, and most recently served as a Program Manager for a USDA-funded project at North Carolina State University to expand agricultural supply chains and infrastructure frameworks across the state. She has written and administered grants of over $10 million for towns, counties, and cities across the state in the areas of community redevelopment; social and health services; parks, recreation, and cultural resources; and agricultural economic development. She’s also worked with public, nonprofit, and private sector clients on research, data analysis, mapping, system analysis, marketing, community outreach, social and online media, and other public sector projects. Emily lives with her family in Western North Carolina and enjoys travel, reading, cooking, and exploring the state’s many amazing geographic and cultural resources.

W.T. Sorrell
Account Manager / Government Relations
PHONE :: 828.234.1111

W.T. Sorrell has almost 42 years working for the USDA-Rural Development in North Carolina and was involved in all areas of the USDA’s loan and grant program. Much of his focus centered on developing funding solutions for and financing critical water and sewer infrastructure projects for municipalities and non-profit corporations. He also managed agency programs, maintained relationships with Congressional and administrative staff, administered budget control, implementing management plans for the state. He is well networked in North Carolina and a highly valued and respected member of the team who is dedicated to the progress of North Carolina communities.

Alice Briggs
Senior Manager
PHONE :: 828.255.0313 ext. 153

Alice Briggs is a highly motivated and results driven team member who possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in marketing, grant/loan writing and administration, and economic and community development. Having previously worked for a Chamber of Commerce where she focused on economic development endeavors, Alice understands the critical role economic development and tourism play in a community’s health, as well as their role in business growth, retention, and job creation. Through her years of experience, she has developed a stellar skillset in project management and effective communication, and she works closely with our clients to develop economic development, funding (grant and loan), and tourism marketing strategies.

Bob Taylor
Grants & Funding Specialist

Bob has a 17-year work history with managing economic development initiatives with local government entities and communities in North Carolina. His expertise ranges from grants management, workforce and economic development, and financial management.

Utilizing his impressive knowledge of North Carolina funding programs, Bob works closely with the funding team, assisting with funding program facilitation, applications, and administration, as well as and economic development projects.

Amanda Whitaker
Grants & Funding Specialist

Amanda Whitaker has over 11 years of experience in grant writing, grant administration, and community and economic development projects. Amanda has worked with a number of granting agencies on successful projects including: NC Department of Commerce, NC Department of Cultural Resources, NC Department of Environmental Quality, NC Tobacco Trust, Golden LEAF Foundation, and the US Department of Agriculture. She has successfully written and administered grants for projects all over North Carolina for economic development, neighborhood stabilization, housing rehabilitation, parks and recreation, public infrastructure, and downtown revitalization. Additionally, she has previously served as an economic development director for Montgomery County.


Bri Labbate
Marketing Specialist

Fueled with a public relations mindset, Bri Labbate offers a variety of marketing skills such as graphic design, writing, social media strategies, and event planning. Her past experience includes managing several client social media accounts, creating advertisements for magazines, and developing branding packages. Bri respects deadlines and puts the clients’ needs as top priority. In addition, she brings fresh ideas and creative solutions to the Martin-McGill team.

PHONE :: 828.255.0313 ext. 120

Hoyt Hackney
Director of Supply Chain and Procurement

Hoyt Hackney has over 20 years of experience in procurement and finance operations, supply chain and operations planning and management. He has held multiple leadership positions in both industry and consulting spheres, giving him a holistic perspective on the needs of procurement, finance operations and supply chain management. His areas of expertise include strategic procurement and back office finance – organizational design, functional design, and tools (technology) and process implementation, sourcing, supply chain management, operations management, strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, and performance management. His procurement experience includes eProcurement, eRFX, Spend Visibility and payment tool implementations. Total sourcing directly and under management exceeds $3.25 billion and $350,000,000 in cost reductions and avoidance.