THE TEAM

It takes an exceptional staff to provide superior client service. At The Carter Malone Group, our staff is dedicated to helping our clients’ businesses and build brand awareness.

Behind our success is a solid team:

Deidre Malone

Deidre Malone

President and CEO

Experience: 30+ years

Education: MBA Christian Brothers University, BS Jackson State

Deidre Malone is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Carter Malone Group, LLC (CMG), a public relations, marketing and advertising firm headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to opening CMG in 2003, Malone served as Vice President of Marketing Development for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Director of Public Relations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Malone formerly served on the board of directors for the Economic Growth Development Engine Board and is the Immediate Past-President of the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus. She is a former Shelby County Commissioner, active community member and mother of two.

Debra Davis

Debra Davis

Vice President of Business Operations

Experience: 25+ years

Education: MBA Clark-Atlanta University, BS Rust College [Honors]

Debra Davis brings extensive business, sales, marketing, management and accounting experience to her broad role at CMG. She has more than a decade of experience in event planning and public relations and has a storied sales history rife with months of high performance. She is also a longtime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and a former officer in the Memphis branch of the NAACP.

Dawn Carter

Dawn Carter

Project Manager

Experience: 20+ years

Education: University of Memphis

Dawn works closely with the president to ensure projects move smoothly. She oversees all tracking, writes news release, monitors media operations, plans client events, and produces the weekly Dialogue with Deidre show. She is instrumental in new business development and has an amazing dog named Capone.

Brian Malone

Brian Malone

Account Executive

Experience: Lifelong

Education: University of Memphis

Brian Malone is an Account Executive as well as CMG’s Social Media Coordinator. A former intern at CMG and student at the University of Memphis, Malone is responsible for posting news stories, photos and other pertinent information to all of CMG’s social media sites on CMG’s clients that are generated from various news organizations. Brian is also involved in various aspects of community engagement and project management functions for the firm.

Dabney Weems

Dabney Weems

Associate Account Executive

Experience: 14 years

Education: MS Public Relations, University of Southern Mississippi, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Mississippi

Dabney Weems joined The Carter Malone Group in July 2016 as an assistant account executive. She previously worked as a public relations and information coordinator with the Georgia Department of Corrections and was the media contact and social media administrator for the department. Weems served as the pharmacy publications and information coordinator at the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy from 2000-12 and was responsible for all publications and public relations for the school. From 1999-2000, she was an instructor of public relations and communications at Arkansas State University.

Megan Oliver

Megan Oliver

Staff Associate

Experience: Summer Internship

Education: Austin Peay State

Oliver’s varied skills are complimented  by outstanding work ethic and attention to detail. She became a full member of the CMG team after impressing the staff during her summer internship. Oliver helps with internal communications and workflow.

Keshia Merritt

Keshia Merritt

Creative Director Consultant

Experience: 15+ years

Education: BFA American Intercontinental University, AA Southwest Tennessee Community College

Keshia Merritt keeps everything at CMG looking good. As Creative Director, she oversees the look and feel for most projects, while still creating much of the firm’s creative content. Keshia’s work has helped Fortune 500 companies, and been featured on retail shelves, seminars and trade shows.

Keshia’s artistry extends beyond corporate, as she is an accomplished painter, sketch artist and lends a steady hand to her church’s media production.

Doug Gillon

Doug Gillon

Copywriter / Designer

Experience: 10+ years

Education: MA, Journalism: University of Memphis, BJ, Advertising: University of Missouri – Columbia

Doug Gillon brings international creative experience to his role at CMG. In his ten years of writing and designing, he has worked on national campaigns in the United States and multi-national, region-wide campaigns in Southeast Asia. He also has experience as a performer and sports writer. He has an excellent wife and a really excitable dog.

James Traynor

Digital Channel Consultant

Experience: 8+ years

Education: University of Alabama

James Traynor specializes in online marketing, SEO and HTML-related development and support, web and search marketing management, analytics, analysis, and interactive client relations.

Regina Harris Jones

Media Buying Consultant

Experience: 30+ years

Education: BS Jackson State University

Regina Harris Jones assists with CMG’s larger media purchases. She has over 30 years’ experience spanning multiple media and business platforms in account management, marketing, sales, promotions, event planning, media buying and planning, and, media relations. Jones has also developed ad campaigns and promotions for national and regional accounts for one of the largest advertising firms in the Mid-South. She is a Phi Kappa Phi graduate of Jackson State.

Anne Carter Nelson

Office Manager

Experience: 30+ years

Education: Melrose High School

Anne Nelson brings extensive experience in the medical field as an office assistant responsible for billing and collections. Nelson serves as the office manager. Anne is also responsible for the firm’s fiscal management and serves as the collections arm of the organization. She also is the mother of the founder, which kind of makes her the original founder.