InterCoastal Net Designs (ICND) is a solid yet continually adapting website development and online marketing agency located in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. ICND started in 1999, serving local resort tourism, vacation rental, and small businesses in the area. Our leader and president, Brandon Sauls, has grown the company to serve a nation-wide client base allowing us to develop into industry leaders in the web development and internet marketing world. We specialize in working one-on-one with our clients, using our experienced skill set to achieve your online marketing goals.
Brandon SaulsOwner / President
Vanessa HumesDirector of Sales and Marketing
April BurnsAccount Executive
Lindsay DeFrancesSupport Manager
Bobby MorganProject Manager
Gabriela LeggettProject Facilitator
Dan SeverSEO & Social Media Specialist
Chris CampbellGraphic Designer
Conrad O'Connell Digital Marketing Director
Matt MorinDigital Marketing Specialist
Andy JohnsonSEO Specialist
Nancy HankeySEO Specialist
Kris Gerner SEO Specialist
Jonathan RicheyDirector of Design & Development
Chris JohnsonFront End Developer
Jeremiah R EarneyFront End Developer
Jim ScottFront End Developer
Randy JohnsonLead Developer
Patrick Spisak Email Support
Brandon Sauls started InterCoastal Net Designs (ICND) in 1999 with a bold vision, robust determination, and a passion for technology. ICND has grown from modest beginnings to become a preeminent voice in new media. Sauls, a University of South Carolina graduate, began the company as a sole entrepreneur in Charleston, South Carolina.
He was given his first break in 2000 when he was contracted to develop the membership /e-commerce console for the H.L. Hunley project in Charleston, South Carolina. The advanced management system created by Sauls, was a critical component of the success of the H.L. Hunley website serving over 950,000 visitors sessions per month and more than $250k of gross sales in three months. This project gave Sauls the opportunity to lay a strong foundation on which ICND was born.
Sauls then turned his attention to the local market of what is known as the Grand Strand, helping small businesses and other marketing agencies understand web development and online marketing. He was a pioneer in his industry and in the local area, offering smart solutions for an affordable price. This allowed many companies to both propel their business online and market to their customers online.
Today, Sauls serves as President and Chief of a staff of 22 and a host of technological offerings. In addition, Sauls served as the marketing Chairman for the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce in 2009 and on the Program Advisory Committee for ITT Technical Institute of Myrtle Beach in 2012.
When Brandon isn't running the show at ICND, he's spending time with his loving wife, Whitney, and his darling twin girls, Sloane and Sydney. He is a former certified Pilot with an instrument rating, has his US Coast Guard Captain's license, and served on the Cape Fear Regional Jet Port Board of Commissioners. His wife and kids have made Brandon more grounded, literally, and now he enjoys hanging with the kids and going fishing.
As a Marketing and Management graduate of Coastal Carolina University and native of Pittsburgh, PA, Vanessa brings her northern spitfire and creative marketing skills to team ICND. As a Jill of All Trades, Vanessa's creative marketing mind is ready to propel your business to the next level. If there's anyone who is going to push the limits, it's this northern gal!
With wealth of marketing, advertising, and sales experience, her practice in both online and traditional marketing serves her clients as a dynamic approach to online marketing solutions. She's always up for a challenge and thrives on the ever changing evolution that is interactive marketing.
When she's not creating marketing campaigns and pushing projects through to meet deadlines, Vanessa is spending time with her husband, Tony, and two children, AJ and Taylor. When she's not chasing children, Vanessa enjoys spending time in the sun, shopping, and having some girl time at the spa.Linked In
April Burns joined ICND in 2014 as an Account Executive, and has over 20 years experience in the tourism/hospitality industry. Prior to her time at ICND she was the Vice President of Operations at the American Hospitality Academy. She worked with hotels and resorts across the nation. In her previous position working with universities all over the world, she brings a global perspective of sales, marketing and hospitality to ICND. She was responsible for the development and management of the leadership, supervisory teams, as well as over 500 international and domestic annual student interns. She is experienced with working with some of the largest hospitality companies in the country and was acknowledged with numerous awards and recognition.
April's background and passion for marketing and sales makes her an asset to ICND. Her history in tourism and hospitality is also a plus as a high percentage of our clientele is in the vacation rental and tourism industry. She brings new ideas for our internal marketing, as well as marketing ideas for her clients every day!
April has been married to her husband, Bob, for over 18 years. They were married on New Years Eve in 1995 and love to say that everyone celebrates with us on our anniversary. April and Bob have twin 8 year old boys, she's got her hands full! Originally from Hendersonville, NC, she relocated to Myrtle Beach in 1996. Her boys have grown up at the beach, and love to surf! When she's not working hard to help you increase your revenue, April can be found on the beach jumping waves or hanging out with her husband and kids!
I love to laugh, so a good comedy any day!Favorite TV Show?
RedFavorite Sports Team?
UNC TarheelsAny pets?
Rescued Australian Shepard Sheltie mix â€“ GingerWhat's your taste in music?
I love 80's music!One thing none of us know about you?
My husband and I got engaged after dating for 2 1/2 months and have been married for 18 years!
Liz Inman joined ICND mid 2013 and has quickly moved up in the rankings. She was originally our support manager, but after showing creative thinking skills and dedication to the team, she was soon moved into the position of Project Manager. As Project Manager, Liz will be by your side from start to finish while developing your website. She will work with you, designers, programmers and your account executive to assure your new website not only meets your needs, but exceeds your expectations! Liz attended North Carolina State University College of Textiles to study Brand Management and Marketing with a concentration in fashion. During her time at NCSU she did an internship with Peter Millar, helping style for the spring 2012 look book and website. She assisted the merchandising team in getting for the buying season and really learned how the whole merchandising process works. She spent a little bit of time in retail management and also worked in Real Estate for some time. Her creative background and designer's eye are put to good use in helping our clients figure out what direction to take their website.
Liz was born and raised in Lumberton, North Carolina which is a little over an hour west of our office in Ocean Isle Beach. Liz and her high school sweetheart moved to Ocean Isle together in April of 2013. She grew up visiting the area in the summer, and her boyfriend's family owns a house on the island. She is happy to have her parents close enough by to be able to visit most weekends. She has 2 older sisters who she is very close to, and a niece who she loves to spoil. She's excited to say she has another niece on the way in 2014! She loves to spend her time on the beach and with friends. She's also an avid crossfitter, which is where she first met our company CEO. We're happy to have her on board!
Born in Florida and raised in eastern North Carolina, Jerilyn joined ICND in June 2015. As a former high school English teacher, a customer relations manager, and a Chief Financial Officer for an automotive dealer in Wilmington, NC, Jerilyn brings an abundance of experience to our team. Earning two degrees; one in Communication Studies, and one in English, with a concentration in Professional Writing, from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Jerilyn's organization and creativity make her a perfect addition within our project management division at ICND.
When she is not planning the development of custom websites, you can find her spending time with her family and two furbabies; Hendrix and Lola.
Kathy Fortuna has been with Brandon and ICND since almost day 1! ICND open it's doors in 1999 in Charleston, and moved to Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina in 2003. Brandon was the only employee of ICND when the company moved to NC and he was lucky enough to find Kathy to help him get his books started. Over the past 10 years she has seen the company grow from 1 to almost 30 employees! As the company has grown, so has her role in ICND. She handles all aspects of book keeping for ICND: payroll, collections, billing, payables, financial statements, and more. She has 25 years total accounting experience!
Kathy grew up in Richmond, VA and spent the majority of her married life in Michigan. Eventually she found her way to the beach, and has been here long enough to be deemed a local. She has been married for 40 years and has 4 beautiful children and 4 precious grandchildren. She has prided herself on raising her family to be loving Christians and cherishes every moment she can spend with them. She dreams to one day travel to the Holy Lands in Israel. In her down time she likes to sit back and read the bible to further educate herself on His word.
Kathy is a big part of ICND and is here to help you with any invoice questions you may have!
@DavidHutnik (on Twitter), Indiana born and raised, grew up with a passion for business. After graduating a nationally ranked business program in 2008, he moved to North Carolina where a career in Social Media was born. He managed a social media department with a large company for 4 years before breaking out into a role that allowed him to work personally with small companies developing their social media presence.
Working with top 50 home builders, restaurants, realtors, photographers, hotels, vacation rental companies and exciting small businesses; this set a stronger foundation for learning an adaptive role to capture different audiences and target markets. The challenges, the successes and maneuvering the ever changing landscape of social media quickly became a clear route for David to find his way into a perfect position with @InterCoastal Net Designs.
Launching a new social marketing division gave David a chance to work closely with the vacation rental industry and clients down the east coast. In a short time period he's grown hundreds of thousands of Facebook Likes and Twitter Followers for our Social Media clients and converted these fans to thousands of dollars of revenue. When he's not busy working on social media campaigns, he manages a series of road races with Coastal Race Productions and mud runs at TrueMudd.
David is also a husband, father, triathlon enthusiast & Indianapolis Colts Fanatic!Linked In
Entering his eighth month as marketing assistant at InterCoastal Net Designs, Daniel Sever continues to make strides throughout the marketing world. With an SEO and Social Media Marketing history, Daniel accommodates a niche between the front of the house and the back of the house. Working in various real estate and vacation rental firms, Daniel's deep knowledge of local current events as well as national trends helps enhance each brand he has developed.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Daniel was raised in upstate New York. He went on to study at San Diego State University where he earned his degree in linguistics. After six fantastic years, Mr. Sever moved back east to be closer with his family.
Daniel enjoys living close to the beach and his family and spends a lot of his free time playing a variety of sports. When he is not on a field or a court, you can find Dan reading or hanging out with his family.
Chris Campbell has been on board with ICND since early 2011, and is an asset to our team. We first outsourced some designs to him, and were so pleased with his work, that we decided to hire him as our full time in house graphic designer. He has really helped take ICND to a new level with clean, modern, creative, custom designs!
Chris attended Clemson University and studied Graphic Commutations and Marketing. He also played around with photography while in school. After college he gained experience as the art director and web designer at different companies, while also perfecting his photography. He has been a professional photographer for 5 years now, and also runs his on photo and video companies www.campbellphotostudio.com and www.heliosaerial.com. His photography skills and graphic background make him the perfect fit for ICND. Every day he surprises us with new innovative designs!
Chris grew up in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is a low country boy at heart. He now resides in Ocean Isle with his wife Robin, and his baby boy Harrison. When not on location shooting projects for clients, or on his computer coming up with innovative designs, he spends most of his time off the coastal waters of the Carolinas - often with rod & reel in hand!
Conrad O'Connell, originally from Massachusetts, now lives just outside Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Moving to South Carolina in 2006, he now calls it home. After graduating from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Marketing, he joined the ICND team in early 2014 as a Search Engine Marketing Manager.
At ICND, he's constantly tweaking pay-per-click advertising campaigns, creating search engine optimization strategies and working on conversion rate optimization.
He's also a golf fanatic, dedicated New England Patriots Fan and husband. When he's not at ICND, he's probably hanging out with his wife, playing golf or writing.LinkedIn - Personal Site
Kristopher joined the ICND team in March of 2014 as a SEO specialist. Obsessed with all things related to search, he spends most days creating actionable link building tactics and SEO friendly web pages.
Originally from Burlington, NC, Kristopher studied computer science & music theory. After relocating to Wilmington, NC in 1999, he started a small photography business, which he still runs today. www.photosbykristopher.com
ICND asked me to come back and I am very happy I did. They are a great company with some great people! I am again a Front End Developer for them, working remotely from Indiana. HTML/CSS/Jquery, Cut Ups, Responsive Design, Mobile edits, support tickets, I do all of it to help them out.
Jeremiah is a born and raised North Carolinian, growing up in Brunswick County. Falling in love with developing HTML, he left for the city of Charlotte to pursue an education to put him where he wanted to go in life. He graduated from The Art Institute of Charlotte with a Bachelors degree in Web Design and Interactive Media in December of 2011. Eager to get into the field, it wasn't long before he joined the ICND crew mid March of 2012.
He has been with the company for over 3+ years, where he took his basic college education and improved and developed his skills of expertise currently. He helps to develop and maintain front end layout, perform updates/changes, and graphic design work and email marketing campaigns for most of ICND clients.
Outside of work he enjoys his free time being outside, riding his dirt bike, fishing and goofing off with his brothers.
Jim is originally from the Baltimore, MD area and has been working in the vacation rental industry for over 3+ years. After spending most of his life up north, he decided to move closer to the beach and is currently living in Wilmington.
Interests of his include playing sports, including ultimate frisbee, using his graphic design skills to work on personal projects and hanging out with his wife April and border collie Max.
Jonathan Richey a.k.a 'Pit Boss' is the Lead Programmer for ICND's programming and development department, affectionately known as 'the Pit'. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from UNCW and has been coding websites since 2003. He grew up in Wilmington NC, made a quick detour to Alabama and then was lucky enough to find a job at ICND back near the coast.
He is currently in charge of all new website development and also continues to provide assistance to the programming support department. He overseas a savvy group of programmers, designers and CSS gurus.
When he's not programming for ICND, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife Diane and his two daughters, Natalie and Avery.
In 1996, while studying Sociology at Southern Connecticut State University, Matt found himself spending a lot of hours in the computer lab building web pages. In 2000, he began working professionally as a website and ColdFusion web application developer. Since then Matt has spent many years focusing on different concentrations within Internet Marketing including search engine optimization and video production.
Matt joined the ICND team in 2011. As part of the production team, he concentrates on the development of our MLS real estate websites, as well as, assisting the support staff in maintaining client websites.
In 2013, Matt moved to the Raleigh area with his wife and two step-children. While no longer in the office, he still holds true to the spirit of the pit - sans the headphones. In his free time, Matt enjoys film, playing and recording music, writing, nerding out with an occasional video game, cheap wine, spending way too much time in social media and his favorite past time, just relaxing.
Drew was born in the midwest and has lived all over the United States - from Connecticut to California, but has always considered North Carolina his home.
He fell in love with computers when he was 5 years old (on a Mac Plus!) and has never been far from one since. Specializing in programming for the web, his languages of choice are ColdFusion and PHP.
He's self-taught in programming, but has a formal degree in Photography. When he's not writing code - you can find him in his custom darkroom at home. Yep, he loves photography - especially traditional film which he develops and prints by hand. He's got quite a collection of cameras as well, but especially loves his old trusty Leica.
Drew lives in Ocean Isle Beach with his wife and son. They love the beach and, as a family, always find themselves drawn towards the ocean. There is nothing better!
Drew and his wife are huge travel enthusiasts who have travelled to almost every corner of the globe.