Let us help you become extraordinary. We are a full-service design agency dedicated to helping our clients establish impressive identities through various forms of visual media. What do you want to be? We don’t just hear you — we listen — and build for you an effective plan that works best for YOU.
Think. Create. Launch.
Russ Edwards | Founder & Creative Director
Born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Russ could only do one thing with his marketing and design expertise: share it with the community he loves. And he has by founding Active8 Communications, spending more than two decades building brands, designing compelling websites and creating strategic marketing campaigns with multimedia outputs to help the businesses around him grow.
He has a knack for artistic and effective design. He has a hardworking, relentless drive to deliver what customers want and especially what they need. It’s more than a transaction, more than business — it’s a relationship. And it’s one Russ truly enjoys building.
Russ is a proud alumnus of the University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. If you try to call and he doesn’t pick up, he may be out hunting. He’ll be in touch soon. In the meantime, connect with him on LinkedIn.
Bill Neiland | Managing Partner
Immersed in Huntsville’s entrepreneurial culture early in his career, Bill has over 25 years of executive management experience in a variety of environments and industries, including technology companies, start-ups, fashion & apparel, and nonprofits. He has always been comfortable in high-growth environments and has held leadership roles in Sales & Marketing, Product Management, Professional Services, and Operations.
At Active8, Bill’s diverse experience allows him to provide an important bridge that ensures creative work and marketing programs align with the customer’s goals and are fine tuned to have the maximum impact. In addition to managing day-to-day operations at Active8, Bill helps customers with Organizational Strategy, Marketing Strategy and Messaging.
Bill holds both an undergraduate degree and an MBA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. When he does have free time, he enjoys traveling with his family and playing golf…lots of golf.
Stacie Turner | Art Director
Stacie is a graphic and web designer with over 10 years of experience collaborating with marketing specialists and designers for international enthusiast brands. She is a dedicated, creative thinker seeking constant improvement of typography and design trends. Her excellent time management skills, attention to detail and organization make her a valuable team member. Stacie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Away from work, Stacie can be found planning her next travel adventure or enjoying time outside with her husband and German shepherd.
Amber Cornett | Senior Graphic Designer, Social Media Manager
Amber is a graphic designer and social media manager with over 6 years of design experience in print and digital media. Whether you need a social media strategy, enhanced packaging design, or a logo that will speak to your ideal target audience, she will craft the perfect solution for your brand. She is dedicated and driven, and will always strive to make sure the client’s vision becomes a thoughtfully designed reality. Amber holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from Troy University.
Morgan Vick | Marketing Coordinator
Morgan is our Marketing Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Marketing from Auburn University. With over 6 years of experience in customer engagement and client retention, she specializes in building relationships and delivering value through effective marketing strategies. On the weekends, you can find her trail running with her dog or volunteering with the Land Trust of North Alabama.
Carly Alcala | Content Coordinator
Carly is a writer with over 7 years of experience writing for various blogs, coordinating communications strategies, and building social media campaigns. She enjoys researching a wide range of topics and creating systems and templates for on-brand and impactful content. She graduated from Maryville College located in the foothills of East Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.
As an avid foodie, she loves trying new restaurants in Huntsville with her husband and also loves walking her Great Dane mix named Esther.
Jordan Williams | Marketing Specialist
Jordan is a Marketing Specialist who produces polished videos for our clients with extensive video editing and videography skills. Not only does he excel in capturing each client’s distinguishing features and delivering well-crafted videos, but he feels that nothing is more gratifying than exceeding expectations and seeing a client’s genuine reaction to a video he has produced.
His faith permeates all that he does, especially on his YouTube channel called Jordan From Dreamland where he produces Christian content. For fun, he geeks out on anime, films, and comics, and is a huge fan of sports (soccer, basketball, MMA).
Jennifer Edwards | AR & Contracts Manager
Jennifer is responsible for several functions at Active8. With 15 years of administrative, contract management and customer support experience, she is an integral part of the team. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Athens State University. When not in the office she spends her off-time raising four beautiful children.
Sio’Bhan Keeton | Marketing Strategy
SioBhan is a marketing and business development strategist with a passion for helping impact-driven businesses succeed. With 17 years in client relations, business development, sales and marketing management, she understands the challenges our clients face in today’s fiercely competitive and rapidly changing business climate. Armed with a whiteboard, laptop, and a strong cup of coffee (her three favorite tools!), SioBhan loves working with clients to create strategies and actionable plans that use creative ideas and measurable data to elevate their brand and grow their business.
SioBhan is a proud mom, foster mom, and coffee lover. When she’s not working with clients, she enjoys spending time with her family, serving with her husband in their church’s youth ministry, and working as an advocate for foster children.