Team

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

President

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

Location: Charleston

Thomas Donaldson

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

Location: Charleston

Bryan Chappell

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

Location: Charleston

Conor Keenan

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

Favorite Cause: The Tiverton Foundation, Camp Kesem, Denver Mission

Location: Denver

Travis Nesland

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

Location: Charleston

Anna Fulton

Software Developer

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

Location: Charleston

Alex Boquist

Software Developer

Location: Charleston

Sam Waller

Software Developer

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

Favorite Cause: Ronald McDonald House Charleston, Charleston Animal Society

Location: Charleston

Sabrina Ford

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

Favorite Cause: Detroit Phoenix Center, American Red Cross

Location: Denver

Griffin Barkley

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

Favorite Cause: SPCA, The National Parks Foundation, Colorado Trail Foundation

Location: Denver

John Chanthana

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

Location: Chicago