to help each client become the leading financial services provider in their market.
at Element, we know a little bit about experience.
WHO IS ELEMENT?
Over the past 12 years, Element has helped hundreds of clients in thousands of branch locations to enhance their brand and drive revenue.
At the core of all our partnerships is a collective passion for transforming the traditional, outdated standard of financial retail transactions into engaging, dynamic, and future-facing experiences. And we think that passion shows in our work.
meet the people behind the projects
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." — Benjamin Franklin
Greeted by the team as “Mr. HEALY!,” with all suitable pomp, Marc is known to be a positive force of nature in the office. After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Business and a concentration in Finance, Marc proceeded to leap right into leadership positions. Marc applies his 30 years experience in banking operations and retail management to help our clients deliver the best branch experience. While he loves going to the South Caribbean on a cruise ship, Marc loves creating and encouraging teamwork. This is his “element:” being involved with a group of individuals that are focused in on one goal, learn from each other, and have the drive and passion needed for maximum productivity and ultimately, success.
"Don’t count the days. Make the days count." — Muhammed Ali
Laura is a dedicated professional who works hard to bring her clients visions to life. When she's not working, she loves to unwind by spending time at the lake or on the beach, listening to music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Laura has a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Her career has taken her all over the United States and Europe, where she has worked with clients, managed teams, and overseen design and print projects. Laura is a valuable member of the Element team, bringing her creativity, insight, and perspective to every project she works on. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband and two daughters. Throughout her career, Laura has always made sure that her clients understand the design process and that their goals are fully realized.
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." — Ferris Bueller
While he is busy deciding whether his favorite vacation spot is Maui or the Uinta Mountains, Mac is probably helping his wife, Angie, corral their six boys. Having graduated from Weber State University with a degree in Sales and Construction Management, Mac has worked within the branch development space for over twenty-five years all across the country. Throughout his career, he has helped redefine ways of providing consumer-centric service and kickstart new, innovative branch prototypes. Mac’s work as an account executive pairs well with his mission statement. He is always seeking “to build relationships of trust and radiate my passion for helping people.” Mac is “in his element” whenever he is with his family. He loves coaching baseball, playing golf, barbecuing, and playing games with them; really, any chance he gets to simply hang out with them. His favorite quote speaks for his lifestyle.
“I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” — Lou Gehrig
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve Jobs
When he is not golfing, skiing or relaxing with family, William is hard at work ensuring that the Company he co-founded continues to thrive. After studying at Utica College, William began his career in the design build industry. His twenty-six years experience has equipped him with extensive upper-level knowledge in finance, sales, design, build, merchandising, and digital. William wants to see The Element Group continue to grow, become “top-of-mind” for clients and prospects, increase in size and national physical presence, and grow its employee base, sourced from the industry’s best. A man who is consistently “in his element,” William’s favorite quotes are a testament to the way he lives his life and runs the Company.
"In a world where you can be anything, be kind." — Unknown
Jenn is always active, whether it is picking up paddle boarding, working at Element, bringing her daughter to gymnastics, or obstacle-course race training. A graduate of Bryant College, now University, Jenn holds a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems. Throughout her career, Jenn has had the opportunity to work as a network design engineer, a proposal specialist, and a furniture coordinator. Jenn is “in her element” when she is hanging out with her husband, Mitch, and her daughter, Morgan. Her favorite place to vacation with them is Frenchman’s Bay in Hancock, ME. Her mission statement, “give out the kindness you wish to see in the world,” matches perfectly with her favorite quote.
“Pivot. Pivot! Piv-ot!” — Ross Geller
Hey Alexa! No not that Alexa, the real one. While the office software might get confused, there is no confusing the two. Despite having heard that joke a million times, Alexa laughs each time; even her son Silas has a plate with “Alexa, where’s my lunch?” on it. Having earned her B.S. in Interior Design from Newbury College, Alexa has worked for many years as an Interior Construction Project Manager and applies her design and project management skills here at Element. This helps her provide outstanding client experience through a collaborative, internal work environment. The life of the party, Alexa’s “element” can be found when she is playing with Silas, hosting, enjoying good wine with friends and family, and listening to the Beach Boys. Ready to handle anything that comes her way, Alexa’s favorite quote is from the beloved television show, Friends.
“A Road Not Taken” — Robert Frost
Skilled in natural horsemanship, Brian is a highly accomplished woodworker in addition to being a highly credited designer. Having graduated from RISD in Architecture and Industrial Design, Brian became a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Exam. His career has led him to design and build multiple museum exhibits, earn three awards for Millwork Design as recognized by Globalshop, win a Steelcase furniture design competition, teach design and implementation at the Colorado Institute of Art, woodwork for artisans, renovate and add to his house and farm, and work as an interior and architectural designer for the financial industry. A self-professed perfectionist, Brian enjoys putting 110% into each project, wanting to interpret and anticipate his client’s needs with a unique a personal spin. Brian’s “element” encompasses his woodworking, walks on the beach, cooking, and landscaping projects.
"A good player works hard to win the game that everyone else is playing. A great player creates a new game that favors their strengths and avoids their weaknesses" — James Clear
Walk into his office and Nate is often listening to a combination of Skillet, Switchfoot, and Need to Breathe. Accompanied by his many journals, Nate is constantly brainstorming. Even at his favorite vacation spot in Captiva, Florida, he is writing down new ideas, oftentimes with the help of his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Bryn. After Bridgton Academy, Nate graduated from the University of New Hampshire into a career observing and spanning multiple industries. Nate uses his experience in sales and communications to find innovative and creative retail and technologically based solutions for the variety of institutions serviced by The Element Group. Nate is especially proud of the way Element has pulled together through the years to support its employees through thick and thin. Nate’s “element” is focused on forward thinking and engagement with a company’s strengths; evidence of his days as a college athlete seen in the sports analogy found in his favorite quote.
With over 25 years' experience in the financial, investment, and retail design industry, Bob brings a broad range of insights and expertise to any client engagement. He has directed innovative programs for national financial institutions including SunTrust, M&T Bank, and Bank of America. Bob has focused more of his attention on branch transformation opportunities and often challenges the assumptions of the past or the “quick fix” proposals sold today.
“Prior preparation prevents poor performance.” — James Baker, Secretary of State
Stephen is always ready to answer any question. Focused on maintaining and ensuring quality in everything he does, Stephen believes that “exceeding expectations” is the way to go. He wants to deliver the highest quality product possible and has had years of industry experience pointing to the success of his method. Stephen attended Utica College, and holds a B.S. from DeVry University and an M.S. in Information Technology from Keller Graduate School. He has spent his career developing software for businesses at the front of their industry, as well as earning the A+, Net+, MCP, MSDST, VCP, WatchguardOne, and Sharp WCD certifications. Stephen’s “element” is in problem solving; “When you can look at a problem, solve it, and also find a slightly better way to do it.” His methodical approach to quality shines through his favorite quote.
"And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years." — Abraham Lincoln
Troy is the person keeping the numerous digital screens utilized by Element and its clients organized and functioning. Troy holds a B.S. in Marketing from Emerson College. He has always loved troubleshooting equipment and finds great satisfaction in applying his knowledge to fix issues with the technology and get it working again. Troy is “in his element” whenever he can surround himself with family and friends. He believes: “if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” This mission statement is at the core of his favorite quote.
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” — Will Rodgers
Meet Lauren - an Interior Architect here at The Element Group. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and holds a BFA in Interior Architecture and a minor in Business Administration from Endicott College. Lauren earned her LEED Green Associate certification in May 2021 and is currently preparing for the NCIDQ exam to become a licensed interior architect. Lauren completed four internships during her four years at Endicott, which allowed her to gain experience in all areas of design including public facilities, healthcare, K-12 education, residential, multifamily residential, commercial, and senior living. In 2022, she was able to attend NeoCon, which she says was a great experience to explore new design trends. One of her proudest projects was working on the in-store branches for Hawaii State FCU. Koin CU in Brentwood, Tennessee is another one of her favorites as she had the lead design role and the project was very rewarding to see completed. Lauren values hard work, communication, organization, and creativity, all of which she applies in her day-to-day at Element. She is most in her element when she is spending time with friends and family, and enjoying the outdoors by going skiing, running, paddle boarding, golfing, and hiking. Her favorite spot to vacation is Outerbanks, North Carolina, or Park City, Utah, and loves listening to country artists such as Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, and Hardy.
When he is not busy creating branded architecture and environments, Jeff can be found at his local beach break surfing or spending time with his family.
"A camel is a horse designed by committee." — Sir Alec Issigonis
“When will Julia notice?” is a running joke in the Element office. Extremely focused, Julia’s noise canceling headphones, allow the rest of the Element staff to think of creative ways to get her attention. Julia holds a B.F.A in Graphic Design from MassArt, and she has since worked to help businesses rediscover and finetune their brand identity and create unique digital and touch experiences. Julia’s “element” is wherever and whenever she gets to travel and cook; her favorite place to do so, would have to be the town of Banff, Alberta, Canada. She believes that the details matter. Interestingly enough, her favorite quote finds its roots in innovation, with a British car designer who worked for the Morris Minor Company and went on to design the Mini.
“Throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick.” — Unknown
Meet Chris - a Digital and Animation Specialist at The Element Group. He joined our team as an intern in 2020 after receiving a BA in Digital Arts with a concentration in Animation from Northeastern University. Based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Chris is an accomplished animator with over 90 awards and recognitions for his work. He has also led teams of 100-200 animators in past projects. Chris has worked on developing new automation tools that route marketing outputs such as social media, reviews, and news to digital screens. These tools have been implemented at financial institutions like Avidia Bank to enhance their traditional digital signage. He also played a significant role in developing The Studio at our headquarters - a dedicated space for filming and showcasing digital content. This studio features five different digital screens and a recording studio for live streams, meetings, interviews, and other marketing endeavors. Chris also developed a touch screen experience that automates messages from different departments to various digital screens, translates messages in real-time to different languages, and tracks statistics from a CRM in real-time to a leaderboard. Chris is a self-proclaimed "workaholic" who thrives on creativity, whether it's working on a video, music, art, code, or animation. When he's not working, he enjoys spending time at the beach or listening to Mac Miller's music. Chris believes that anyone can learn anything they want if they put their mind to it; he has always believed that there's no such thing as "talent," only the willingness to learn.
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." — J.R.R. Tolkien
"It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people." - C.S. Lewis
A firm believer in the concept that 'beauty will save the world,' Bryn holds a B.A. in History at Ave Maria University, and a minor in Medieval Studies. While at Ave she completed her thesis "Influences on Material Culture: Catherine de Medici and the Art of Political and Social Display," where she argued for the presence of Catherine’s Italianate and Florentine upbringing as manifested in material sources. Over the past four years, she has worked at Element as an intern, and then content developer specializing in writing. In following C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton, who wrote that magic and wonder are found in the everyday, Bryn works to combine historical research with the creative skills of directing, acting, and set decoration. Bryn’s “element” usually involves some degree of horseback riding, exploring literature, appreciating art, or learning about production design. She believes in the importance of seeing and loving people to the fullest, making genuine connections, and sharing divine mercy.
“Not all who wander are lost” — J.R.R. Tolkien
On the go and in the know, Becky can often be found playing cribbage with her husband, volunteering for charity, or cruising through the southern Caribbean, listening to the Hamilton soundtrack. A wealth of information, Becky graduated from Cornell College. Since then, she has been using her twenty plus years in the accounting field to keep Element running smoothly. Not only that, but her experience in engineering, retail design, and technology has been key in growing the work that Element does to translate a retail environment to a financial institution. She loves to travel, and is “in her element” when she is on the road on the way to visit family, a testament to her favorite quote.
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye." — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Le Petit Prince
In the winter, Pamela and the rest of the Foley clan are hitting the ski slopes. Pamela studied marketing at Simmons College before beginning a career in sales and marketing with a destination/event management company in Vail, CO. Upon returning to the East Coast, she began working in the educational publishing industry for fifteen years, and now she applies her skills to Element’s internal management and business development teams. When there is no snow to be had, Pamela can be found “in her Element” on a beach, soaking up the sun. Pamela wants to practice the art of continual learning, of being present in every moment, of listening, and learning to assist in any way that she can. Her favorite quote speaks to her goals.
“Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, today is a gift; that’s why it is called the present.” — Bil Keane
Lezlee just so happens to live in one of her favorite vacation spots, the other being Maui, Hawaii. As a Political Science major, Lezlee graduated from UMass Amherst and has been working in the fields of research, office management administration, fundraising, and now construction administration for Element. She also works tirelessly to ensure that client visits are of the highest quality. Lezlee’s “element” is whenever she is at the beach; it does not matter if she is swimming, reading, listening to Sara Bareilles or The Script, or spending some quality time with her family. She lives by the motto of being kind.
"Those are not my monkeys... my monkeys fly." — Polish proverb (with a twist)
Michelle draws upon fifteen years of managing estimates, proposals, sales, and support staff, working with and selling to both retail and wholesale customers. Before joining Element, Michelle worked on an estimating team in the industrial construction sector handling certifications, prequalification packages, bid documents, estimates, contracts, and insurance. Her past projects include winning multi-million-dollar contracts for the Peirce Island Wastewater Treatment Upgrade and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Off-hours, Michelle is in her element when she’s with her husband, family, and good friends. Whether she’s exploring a new place, walking on a beach, hiking, or sitting around a table with good food — what matters most is enjoying that time together.
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference" — The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
John’s career has allowed him to pursue two of his favorite things: architecture and construction. His primary experience lies in retail development, specifically in construction and renovations of shopping malls. On the job, John’s mission statement is to "overcome all obstacles." He understands that each project will have its own set of challenges that must be addressed as efficiently as possible while maintaining schedule and budget. John is in his element when he has multiple projects under construction — or when he's in any national park.
"Little things make big things happen." — John Wooden
Nichole is a strategic, thoughtful designer whose visual work is driven by the need to tell a story. Since 2011, Nichole’s graphic design career has been fueled by a range of diverse industries, from hospitality to weddings, healthcare to financial services. Nichole’s personal element is a space with lots of natural light — especially if that place is in Lucca, Italy. Most of the time, you can find an audiobook or podcast piping through Nichole’s headphones. (As of writing, she was listening to sci-fi novel Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.)
"If you can't walk, you crawl, and if you can't do that... you find someone to carry you." — Malcolm Reynolds, Firefly
A troubleshooter by nature, Nelson served six years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Signals Intelligence Special Communications Interceptor. Following his honorable discharge, he became Leidos’ youngest site lead for the Intelligence Electronic Warfare Tactical Proficiency Trainer (IEWTPT) program at Fort Irwin. He has since served as a technician at communications giants including SAIC, Kearney Electric, and Schlumberger. Nelson thrives when he’s providing quality service to customers through technical proficiency and attention to detail. When he’s not solving IT quandaries, Nelson enjoys taking time off in beautiful Sedona, AZ.
"If you ain't first, you're last." — Ricky Bobby
Having worked in construction for over 36 years, Tim has not only seen it all but done it all. With a focus of honesty and accountability, Tim strives to live the Every Bit Matters motto. After inventing and patenting a clean room concept, Tim just can’t seem to stay in retirement. He loves what he does. When not building a financial institution for one of Element’s clients, you’ll find him behind the wheel racing one of his cars, or with the family enjoying their mountain home getaway in Arizona.
“Deal with it, don’t dwell on it.” — Andrew P. Douglass
Andy brings 30 years industry experience in the visual arts including project development, graphic design, graphic production and photography. Throughout his career, he has made positive contributions in visual communications, managed and developed client accounts, public relations, production and creative concepts. His “element” is behind the camera, working in the garage on his 1990 BMW 325is (or any vehicle really), restoring antique/midcentury modern fountain pens and entertaining – from bartender to busboy. Andy’s mission is to do good, help others, make it better.
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” — Wayne Dyer
Familiar with entrepreneurship, Nicole fits right in here at Element. One of her proudest moments comes from one such venture; the branding of her very own candle line, which she credits as being a key moment in discovering her passion for design. A graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, Nicole holds a BA in Graphic Design & Media Arts. Since then, she has been working with top brands to bring their creative visions to life. A credit to her expertise is the production and design of her e-commerce website, which sells her own creations, the creation of her portfolio website, and the origination of her soy candle line. Her favorite place to vacation is “by any body of water without a plan or a clock.” When she isn’t in the office, Nicole can be found “in her element,” experimenting with new techniques and mediums. For her, the learning process is just as important as the result.
“whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right” — Henry Ford
Another New Hampshire local, Lindsay firmly believes that whatever you put into life is what you get out of it. A Trinity College graduate, Lindsay minored in Writing, Rhetoric, and Media Studies, and holds a Bachelor’s in Classical Studies. Throughout her professional career, she has been focused on achieving her goals both in and out of the workspace. No matter where she is, Lindsay is always showing compassion and kindness to every person and environment she encounters. She is most in her element when she is outside, skiing or paddleboarding, enjoying great food and drinks with great company, or relaxing by a warm beach.
“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” — Elon Musk
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” — John Muir
When Taylor is not hiking national parks or spending time at the beach, he is working hard to provide his clients with the best possible experience. He believes in the importance of using every opportunity to learn and grow. Before becoming a full-time employee, Taylor interned at Element for multiple years. Taylor is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and holds a degree in Environmental Science. He has contributed to a variety of conservation efforts, including the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Hampton Falls Conservation Commission. As a New Hampshire local and friend of nature, Taylor is most in his element when he is outdoors. He has hiked in many parts of the United States, including Mount Rainer and Olympic located in Washington. If Taylor isn’t hiking, he is likely skiing, whether that be in the east coast or west coast. Taylor is truly a mountain enthusiast, catch him if you can!
“Forever is composed of nows.” — Emily Dickinson
Katie has a passion for creation. Prior to joining Element, she spent time working towards receiving her UI and UX Design Certification through the University of New Hampshire. Because of this experience, she found herself drawn to creating human-centered technology and functional and aesthetically pleasing applications. She has experience in helping B2C clients design and transform ideas into user-friendly, elegant, and meaningful digital outcomes that people love. Katie believes in listening to other's stories, solving problems, and creating beautiful things that matter. She is most in her element when she is traveling, spending time with friends and family, taking a barre class, and relaxing on the beach.
"Nothing was terrible, everything was manageable, and
sometimes even better than that." — Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings
Whether Amber is at a thrift shop in search of all things vintage or brushing up on the latest movie or TV show, she is always ready to make new (and old) discoveries. She frequently adds to her record collection and enjoys music from many generations, genres, and artists. Amber attended Wentworth Institute of Technology where she earned her degree in Interior Design. With her prior experience in the Interior Design industry, appreciation for multitudes of style, and excitement for continuous learning, she thrives in her career. Amber is most in her element when she is spending time with her friends and family or curled up with a good book. She firmly believes that everything happens for a reason and always tries to make time in her life for the people and things that matter most to her.
“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”
— Abraham Lincoln
Molly is a travel enthusiast. She is eager to meet new people, try new food, and is always up for an adventure. Among the many places she has visited, her favorite has been hiking in the Italian Alps. She is most in her element when she is engaging in outdoor activities and exploring new destinations. She stays active, hiking, running, and skiing. Prior to joining Element, Molly worked as a Sales and Marketing associate at a boutique in Portsmouth, NH and took on a job as a Property Manager. In both personal and professional relationships, Molly is dedicated to building authentic, meaningful connections with others. She values creativity and analytical thinking. She embraces discomfort and welcomes new challenges as they offer valuable opportunities for growth and learning.
"Integrity means doing the right thing even when no one is watching." — C.S. Lewis
Bill has a passion for taking on challenging projects with non-traditional deigns. He has over 30 years of construction experience, his knowledge spanning all trades and scopes, and holds a Procore Superintendent and Project Manager certification. Over the course of his career, Bill has successfully executed and managed many unique projects. Of the projects he has worked on, he is most proud of his role as the Washington Area Manager and Senior Project Manager for Safeway Pharmacy remodels at 44 locations in Washington and Arkansas with up to 22 sites running simultaneously. When Bill is not hard at work you can find him enjoying the outdoors, riding his Harley Davidson, golfing, and hunting. His favorite vacation spots are the Redwood Forest National Park in California and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail — two beautiful and scenic destinations. Bill believes in the importance of integrity, he will always shoot straight and speak the truth, a motto which perfectly aligns with his favorite quote.
"A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory" —Louis Zamperini
A Maine local, Scott is most in his element when he’s outdoors. It’s difficult to think of an outdoor activity he has not tried but some of his favorites are, trail running, mountain biking, waterskiing, paddle boarding, skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, or anytime he is faced with a physical challenge. Scott’s passion for pursuing challenges holds true in his professional life and he approaches every project with resolute determination. He values continuous growth, venturing beyond his comfort zone, and patience. He has prior experience working in construction and carpentry with Jensen Construction and hold a Procore and Osha 10 certification. A project he worked on that was particularly memorable was building a large home on Lake Sebago. The project involved a timber frame inside and a regular stick-built frame around that— a challenging yet rewarding job for his four-person crew! He is most proud of this project as he was exposed to various building techniques, from crafting timber frame joints to traditional wooden frames, and even creating custom cabinets.
"Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated." —Paul Rand, Graphic Designer
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Sean made the move to Ohio where he attended college at Kent State University and resided in Cleveland post-graduation. While Sean enjoys the hustle and bustle of a city, New Hampshire’s charm has quickly grown on him. He lives in Portsmouth with his fiancé and their two cats, Milo and Lennie, and has plans to get married in his favorite place, North Conway, in 2024. In Sean’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, building Legos, cooking Italian food, or exploring National Forests and Parks. Wherever Sean may be, he is always sure to stay true to his values of open communication, organization, cleanliness, and attention to detail.