Our people know your people.

We are credit union industry experts focused on branding, websites, and marketing.

At The Pod, we LOVE credit unions, and we KNOW credit unions. We understand that you’re not just selling checking accounts, credit cards, and auto loans. You’re in the business of people helping people. And we’re in the business of providing industry expertise to empower your success!

It all started in 2011 when our founder Samantha Strickland established The Pod after serving for 12 years in executive management at First Commerce Credit Union. It didn’t take long before The Pod was known as the go-to agency for CUNA Diamond award-winning branding, websites, marketing strategy, and video production (not to mention Emmy-award-winning!).

Ready for our people to talk to your people? Let’s bloom creative together!

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credit unions

You’re all about people helping people.

You do things like open doors to new homes, get people moving in new cars, bring security to retirement, and save members money on fees. You’re bloomin’ awesome...


We know your work is a calling, so we want to get people calling you.

Whether it’s to learn about the services you offer or to make a donation to your cause, we know you’ll impact their lives the moment they interact with you.

Small businesses

You’re the backbone
of America.

You fight every day to survive against big budgets and even bigger egos. We can serve as an extension of your team, so you can keep your focus on your business, continue to employ our friends and family, support our economy, and serve your community with a smile.

Meet the Peas

Our team is made up of marketing professionals with years of experience directly in credit unions and the creative industries, so you get a range of perspectives.
Kaley Gross
Client Experience Specialist
Nick Chiamardas
Samantha Strickland
Sergio Pinon
Creative Director
Kristin Bass-Petersen
VP of Media Production
Melissa Lidsky
Art Director
Casey Friel
Senior Graphic Designer
Rebeca Suarez
Graphic Design Intern
Lauri Hunter
CoLab Assistant Manager
Abigail Hunter
CoLab Assistant Manager
Shaakira White
Video Production Intern
Chief Barketing Officer
Wes Strickland
Co-Owner / General Counsel
Mandi Broadfoot
Senior Copywriter - Emeritus
Sam Strickland
Samantha Strickland
Founder & CEO
cxo nick chiamardas
Nick Chiamardas
Chief Experience Officer
Melissa Lidsky
Chief of Design & Web
vice president of studio production kristin bass-petersen
Kristin Bass-Petersen
VP of Media Production
Senior graphic designer, Casey Friel.
Casey Friel
Art Director
Rebeca Suarez
Rebeca Suarez
Graphic Designer

Interested in an internship with The Pod?