Headquartered in Charleston, SC, Sovereign is a technology and marketing company with capabilities deployed across a portfolio of businesses.
Sovereign is a team of strategic thinkers, software engineers, digital advertisers and proven performance marketers on a mission to uncover marketing ROI. We are driven by top of mind engagement of heavy tech and heavy marketing.
Christopher J. Mettler
Chris Mettler is Founder and President of Sovereign where he leads strategy and business development. Previously, he founded two marketing and financial technology businesses, CompareCards and SnapCap, both of which were acquired in separate transactions by LendingTree (Nasdaq: TREE). Prior to his work in marketing technology, Mettler held a senior business unit management position at Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW), a Fortune Global 200 manufacturing company.
Mettler is also a minority owner of the Miami Marlins professional baseball club and serves on the board of directors of ServisFirst Bank (Nasdaq: SFBS). He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds an MBA in Business Strategy from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Mettler resides in Charleston with his wife, Kate, and their four children.
Interests: Family, Landscaping, the SC Outdoors and Baseball.
Favorite Cause: MUSC Children's Hospital
Senior Director of Partnerships
As Senior Director of Partnerships, Thomas is responsible for building and maintaining strategic partnerships for the Sovereign brand, focusing primarily on financial verticals. Thomas came to Sovereign from LendingTree where he worked in business development and strategic partnerships for the credit cards business. Prior to that, he managed operations and site-wide compliance for CompareCards.com, which was acquired by LendingTree in 2016. Thomas is a graduate of Clemson University and resides in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.
Interests: Playing music, and enjoying the SC outdoors with his wife and golden retriever.
Favorite Cause: Water Mission
VP of Technology & Operations
Bryan Chappell started his first company shortly after college and has spent the last decade building software solutions in Charleston, South Carolina. He started Lincs Software after being a part of the first cohort through the Accelerator program at the Harbor Entrepreneur Center.
In addition to building and mentoring local software companies, Bryan has been involved in several community efforts such as the Charleston Code for America Brigade, Nodebots Charleston, and Local Hackathons.
Bryan is also a co-founding partner at Citibot, a startup that evolved from Lincs Software. He later joined Tabula Rasa Healthcare building an API layer and applications for the healthcare industry. He now leverages his expertise in building scalable software and high velocity teams as VP of Technology and Operations for Sovereign.
Interests: Muay Thai and Soccer
Favorite Cause: Lowcountry Food Bank
VP, Marketing & Product
Conor is responsible for overseeing the marketing & product functions for Sovereign. Prior to his career in digital marketing, Conor wanted to be a video game designer / engineer for Nintendo. He now designs digital marketing campaigns and experiences to help people get out of debt and to make more informed financial decisions. Conor holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Michigan State University and has been working on an MBA from the University of Michigan. When he is not behind a computer, you can find Conor on an adventure exploring the Rockies, spending quality time with his family, reading a stack of books or camping in one of America's National Parks.
Interests: Philosophy, Philanthropy, Psychology, Finance, Travel
VP of eCommerce & Operations
Gray has been working with eCommerce brands of all shapes and sizes for more than 10 years. Through his work as a founder and partner with Gild Group he has been a part of a team that has launched and managed the growth strategies of more than 30 online businesses as well as launched multiple eCommerce brands of his own. Gray's background in eCommerce operations led him and his partners to acquire what is now known as Nice Commerce - an eCommerce third party logistics company headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.
Interests: Dive bars, making up portmanteaus, dad jokes and exploring the world with his wife and dog.
Favorite Cause: One World Health
Director of Brand Management, eCommerce
Xavier Meier is an entrepreneur, promoter and connector at his core. A veteran of the culinary and hospitality industries as well as a leader in the creative field, he co-founded two creative agencies focused on supporting small businesses and startups before joining Sovereign.
Xavier’s experiences in the digital marketing, branding and audience engagement spheres drive his work at Sovereign, where he develops new eCommerce brands, shepherds them through the creative process and launches them into the marketplace.
Xavier is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and lives in Charleston with his wife and two young children.
Interests: Cooking for friends and family, live music, family beach trips, cheering on Bayern Munich.
Favorite Cause: Bread and Butter
Senior Software Developer
Travis Nesland likes to make things. He decided to trade the West Coast for the East and landed in Charleston, SC some years ago. Since then he as been playing with data and writing software for the likes of research institutions and startups sized both large and small. Travis spent time working in neuro-imaging research before switching his focus to web and application development.
He is excited about the process of building software for everyday users, but retains his desire to glean insights from data.
Interests: Sports, music, and hanging with family
Favorite Cause: We Love Long Beach
Anna Fulton spent the first part of her career as a public health researcher, where her focus was in data management, statistical analysis, and using geographic information systems (GIS) for data visualization. During that time, she managed malaria elimination studies while living in Thailand and Cambodia, and worked on the Zika Virus Outbreak Emergency Response in the US and Colombia.
Anna attended JRS Coding School after moving from Atlanta to Charleston, and she now applies her background and expertise to build innovative software and data-driven solutions as a software developer at Sovereign.
Interests: Hiking, gardening, and traveling
Favorite Cause: Charleston Waterkeeper
Alex is a software developer that has worked in a variety of fields ranging from music to healthcare. He enjoys staying up to date with the latest tech trends and in his free time enjoys spending time with his two french bulldogs, Bessy and Wilbur.
Interests: Gardening, learning Tibetan language, and reading
Favorite Cause: Habit for Humanity
Sam Waller attended The Iron Yard Charleston and has since worked in an array of companies from start ups to corporations utilizing different programming languages such as Ruby on Rails, Node, React, and Golang. Outside of programming languages, Sam also applied his love for learning new things and learned Korean and Digital Art.
Interests: Games, Sports, Music, and hanging with his wife and cat
Jessica Greulich is creative at heart. She studied Art History at the University of South Carolina, has run a food blog, designs cross-stitch patterns, and now builds software at Sovereign. Jessica has a passion for design and creating beautiful, as well as functional, user interfaces.
Interests: Puzzles, Organizing, Cozy Mysteries, and building things with her husband
Favorite Cause: Humane Society
Senior Manager Paid Search
Sabrina is a proud Michigan native and graduate of Eastern Michigan University. She is currently happily nestled in Colorado. From the age of 15, Sabrina knew that she had a passion for Marketing and loves how she is able to marry all of her marketing passions into her position at Sovereign. Her main focus is working towards the paid search success of Sovereign’s brands as their Senior Manager of Paid Search.
Interests: Longboarding, traveling, and road trips
Manager Paid Social
Jake is a Wisconsin native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has always been interested in traveling and learning about different cultures, which is what drove him to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a focus in marketing and international business. Based in Denver, Jake’s close proximity to the mountain lifestyle has allowed him the opportunity to manage and grow premium outdoor brands through carefully planned and executed omni-channel strategies. When not working, Jake enjoys staying active and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Interests: Soccer, snowboarding, traveling and marketing
Manager Paid Search
Griffin obtained his bachelor's degree in Communications from Xavier University and an MBA from the University of Colorado. When not working Griffin enjoys hiking with his Fiancée and dogs, watching college basketball and football, enjoying movies, or going camping in the mountains.
Interests: Travel, Backpacking, Marketing
Director of UX
John received his Film/Video degree from Columbia College of Chicago and has worked as a video game artist prior to becoming a designer and front end developer. He is an illustrator and fine artist at heart and uses those skills to help him create engaging and informative user interfaces and designs.
Interests: Fine arts, sports, and spending time with his family
Favorite Cause: Jai Lao Foundation