James La Barrie - Founder

Job Titles:
  • Founder
  • General Manager at Skydive Carolina
  • Our Founder
James believes that your corporate culture is the ticket every business owner should invest in. Happy employees deliver amazing service. Amazing service yields delighted customers. Delighted customers spread the word. Our founder, James La Barrie, is originally from Antigua, a small Caribbean island that has long relied on tourism to drive its economy. He was born into a family of hoteliers and entrepreneurs who instilled priceless gold standards within him: service, hospitality, excellence. An uncle introduced him to golf at age seven, and the discipline, introspection and grit - and, later, the scholarships and leadership opportunities - that came with the game served him well. James was head pro at a prestigious course and working toward his PGA Class A … and then he discovered skydiving.

Kevin Hamstra

Job Titles:
  • Web Developer
  • Is Not Your Typical Marketing Agency
With more than 20 years of experience in website design and development, Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the DropZone Marketing team. As a web developer, Kevin focuses on building beautiful, user-friendly websites that are both functional and innovative. Background Kevin graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Computer Graphics Technology and has been working in web design ever since. When he's not working, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and twin sons, playing volleyball, cheering on his beloved Chicago Bears, and grilling out.

Laura Jane Happick

Job Titles:
  • Director of Web Maintenance
As Director of Web Maintenance, Laura Jane (LJ) draws from her customer service acumen and penchant for creative problem solving to help our clients meet their goals. LJ also creates content that caters to various audiences (some niche, some general) in a format that is both informative and entertaining.

Marcella La Barrie

Job Titles:
  • General Manager
As the General Manager of DropZone Marketing, Marcella draws on her diverse background in the arts and education to help manage and support our creative and technical teams. Marcella holds certifications from Google in both Google Ads and Google Analytics. Background A former opera singer and English professor, Marcella is an avid traveler who has lived, worked, and studied in countries around the world. Originally from Michigan, she holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Music from Indiana University as well as a master's degree in Performance Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium. In her spare time, Marcella enjoys running, practicing yoga, cooking, and drinking good coffee.

Melissa Harper

Job Titles:
  • SEO Specialist
  • Web Project Manager
With a background in business development and project management, Melissa Harper enjoys working with business owners to understand the needs of their organization in order to create strategies to drive revenue results. In her role as Web Project Manager, Melissa works with clients to develop a clear design vision, site architecture, and timeline for their website project. She strives to help clients build websites that both showcase their brand and meet their business objectives. Background Prior to joining the DropZone Marketing team, Melissa was responsible for all education and professional development services provided through Mastering Business Development, Inc.'s training division. She also has a background in performing arts and received a Contemporary Music major from Bryan College. After completing her degree, Melissa spent five years touring and performing with the Boston-based band, Gretel. When not at work, Melissa can be found caring for her two adorable sons, enjoying her love of the outdoors or, if you're lucky, you can catch her on stage performing in the folk duo "Woodland" at a local venue in South Charlotte.