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We are a full-service marketing and graphic design team based in Waynesboro, Virginia - serving clients nationwide. Standout Arts was founded in 2013 and provides services such as Marketing Consulting, Branding, Graphic Design, Website Design & Development, Social Media Management, Content Management, Image Editing & Commercial Photography including Aerial Photography and Aerial Videos.

Shannon Sankar, Owner & Creative Director

Shannon has over 20 years of professional experience in commercial copywriting, graphic design and marketing. An Art Major at Bridgewater College, Shannon developed an interest in commercial graphics and web design and began building websites in 1996. In 1999, Shannon worked as Creative Director for Verstandig Broadcasting, a five-radio station group in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she was responsible for all of the radio commercial copywriting for local advertisers. During her 5 years at Verstandig Broadcasting, Shannon continued to develop websites, design logos, and create broadcast commercial campaigns for small businesses and multi-media groups. In 2004, Shannon co-founded an advertising and marketing firm that specialized in graphic design and marketing consulting. After nearly 10 years in that partnership, Shannon branched out deeper into the field of digital marketing and formed Standout Arts. Shannon enjoys working with clients in a broad range of industry and continues to have a passion for web design and copywriting. Shannon is active in her church, Calvary United Methodist Church in Stuarts Draft, VA where she is a member of the choir. In her free time, Shannon enjoys watching classic commercials on YouTube and spending time with her husband, son, and her cat, Mango.

Kim, Graphic Designer & Photographer

Kim has provided graphic design for Standout Arts' clients since 2014. Prior to her time at Standout Arts, Kim worked as Assistant Studio Manager at Gentry Photography in Harrisonburg, Virginia for 10 years. Kim is a talented graphic designer who provides our clients with a variety of projects ranging from social media graphics to brochures, signs, logos, and lots more. Additionally, Kim provides on-site commercial photography services, image editing, as well as copy proofing and editing. Kim is active in her church, Central Point Christian Church in Waynesboro, and lives in Fishersville with her husband and beloved dogs, Jessie and Selah. In her free time, Kim enjoys painting, swimming, and spending time with family.

Michael, Account Executive

Mike provides a variety of client care and account management services for Standout Arts. With an interest in commercial storytelling and branding, Mike helps our clients to develop their marketing messages and build a brand that truly STANDS OUT! Mike manages our exclusive program, Valley Good Neighbor, and assists Standout Arts' clients with projects ranging from website content development to outreach and communication services. Mike got his start in direct sales in the business printing industry in 1985.  Since then, he has developed expertise in the design and direct sales of commercial full color printing, screen printed and embroidered apparel, promotional products, trade show display items, web site consulting and social media consulting.  Mike lives in Fishersville with his faithful dog, Bella.  He is active in his church, First Baptist Staunton, where he serves as a Deacon, sings in the choir, and teaches in the youth program.  Mike is also active as a volunteer with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Relay for Life and The Alzheimer’s Association.

Max, Website Developer

Max has over 20 years of professional experience in Information Technology and has been assisting Standout Arts since 2013. Max provides website development services, manual testing of websites, account setup services, research, copy editing and proofing, as well as a host of IT-related services for both Standout Arts internally as well as for Standout Arts' clients. Max is also a skilled photographer and assists with photo and video sessions. Max is an FAA-registered drone pilot and provides Standout Arts' clients with professional aerial photos and videos via drone. Max also has professional experience in graphic design and freehand artwork. Max is a Senior Network Engineer at Virginia Panel Corporation and lives in Waynesboro, Virginia. Max is active in his church, Calvary United Methodist Church in Stuarts Draft, VA and enjoys all-things related to futuristic technology, traveling, and spending time with family.

Elloa, Graphic Designer

Elloa is one of the graphic designers at Standout Arts. She creates graphics for our clients' social media and other marketing projects. Elloa joined the Standout Arts Team in 2021.

Brandon, Web Developer

Brandon has been assisting Standout Arts clients since 2018. A skilled Webflow staff member, Brandon brings advanced expertise to Standout Arts' website projects and assists with a variety of digital marketing services such as Google Ads optimization. Brandon holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and is an experienced photographer. Brandon lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and enjoys learning new technologies in web development, assisting Webflow clients, and spending time with family and friends.

Jarod, Graphic Designer

Jarod provides a variety of graphic design services ranging from social media graphics and banners to flyers and posters. Jarod has been a part of the Standout Arts team since 2016 and assists with research, copy proofing, account setup, videography, and photography. Jarod holds an Associate Degree from Blue Ridge Community College and is currently a junior at Liberty University, where he is seeking his Bachelor's Degree in Family & Consumer Sciences with a dedication in Interior Design/Drafting. Jarod is working to become an Architect and Realtor. In addition to his graphic design services, Jarod provides architectural renderings and advanced design models for Standout Arts' clients who are working to build or renovate their commercial properties. Jarod is active in his church, Calvary United Methodist Church in Stuarts Draft, VA and enjoys studying architecture and spending time with family and friends.

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