A note from all of us

We are incredibly passionate about the Mission at Acadia to be an elite digital growth platform for the mid-market disrupter to create opportunity, meaning, & connection for the communities we serve. We do this for a living because we are passionate about our employees, their growth and learning, our client’s growth, and because we believe we are creating a new type of growth platform. We can’t wait to get to know you better.
— The Acadia Team

Supporting Cast

Jared Belsky

CEO, AND CO-FOUNDER

Jared Belsky is CEO and Co-Founder of Acadia.

Before starting Acadia with Sean Belnick, Jared Belsky was CEO of 360i, one of the top advertising & marketing agencies in the U.S. Under Jared’s leadership, 360i was named Adweek’s Breakthrough Media Agency of the year, repeatedly ranked among the best Performance Marketing Agencies by Forrester Research, and featured in AdAge’s coveted A-List issue for eight consecutive years. Jared is also the author of The Great Client Partner, a book written to help educate and inspire around the topic of soft skills, and is a frequent contributor to AdAge, Adweek, and AdExchanger. Jared was named to AdAge’s “40 Under 40” in 2017, honored as “Executive of the Year” at the 2016 Bing Awards, on Adweek’s Media All-Star list in 2014, and has served as a trusted advisor to world-class brands.

Jared is an active member of the Atlanta investment and entrepreneurial community. Jared serves as an Operating Partner for Overline, a top seed-stage venture capital firm operated by Michael Cohn and Sean O’Brien. Jared serves on the board of directors for DTC laundry start-up 2ULaundry and serves as an advisor to Off Beat Media Group, On-Site Dental, and Grubbly Farms.

Before joining 360i, Jared had over a decade of digital marketing experience, including launching a new CPG brand, managing the integrated media budget for Coca-Cola’s Fanta brand, and working in media buying and account roles as one of the first employees at Avenue A (now Sapient Razorfish).

Jared received an M.B.A. from Emory University in Marketing & Management and a B.A. with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania.

When not working, Jared is with family. He enjoys time in nature—ideally, Acadia National Park. If not that, he can be seen rooting for the Mets (which creates a lot of resilience) or figuring out his life-long dream of being a college professor one day, 20 years from now.

Sean Belnick

CO-FOUNDER

As one of the co-founders of Acadia, Sean brings insights from more than two decades of e-commerce and digital marketing experience as a business operator. Originally founding BizChair in 2001, Sean guided the company as CEO through rapid and transformative growth, ultimately completing a successful exit in early 2017 to a private equity firm. Sean remains a full-time board member for BizChair, helping guide the company’s strategic vision.

Sean founded BizChair in the summer of 2001 at the age of 14 to distribute office chairs online after some initial success on eBay selling Pokemon cards. Within months, the bootstrapped company quickly grew, added employees, and expanded into a diverse array of office products filling a much-needed niche in the budding online retail space. Today, the company distributes products online directly to consumers and wholesalers, including Amazon, Wayfair, and Staples as a trusted partner. BizChair remains one of the largest furniture distributors to internet-enabled retailers and consumers and services hundreds of thousands of customers nationwide through the Flash Furniture brand. Through an intense focus on customer satisfaction, digital growth marketing, and supply chain excellence, Sean led the company to sales of over $300 million per year.

In his spare time, Sean enjoys spending time with his wife Sabrina and their three young boys, exploring outdoors, cooking, and traveling. Sean is also a prominent early-stage seed investor in the southeast with investments spanning logistics, direct-to-consumer retail, and technology.

Chad Crowe

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Chad Crowe is Head of Operations at Acadia.

Chad brings his experience as CEO and partner of Techwood Consulting. There Chad earned the reputation as a savvy contemporary marketing strategist and leader in a fast-growing company.

Chad’s extensive background includes establishing multiple successful digital marketing agencies, developing a team of passionate leaders, and exemplified an unwavering commitment to core company values and culture.

In 2014, Chad received a Masters in Strategic Communications from Troy University and a B.A. in Visual Communication from Reinhardt University in 2007.

Natasha Murphy

HEAD OF ECOMMERCE

Natasha Murphy is Head of Ecommerce at Acadia.

Before Acadia, Natasha was the Founder and Principal of Nicely Built, an Atlanta-based agency offering full-suite services to online retailers, including brand identity design, web development, email marketing, and paid digital advertising. In 2012, Natasha was the Lead Web Developer at The Smith, where she helped strengthen her team’s performance and efficiency, developing customized CMS sites and other web-based projects.

Natasha has served as a board member for Girls in Tech Atlanta, which inspires women to join the tech industry through diverse programs and community building.

In 2009, Natasha received a Master in Nonprofit Organization Management and studied at the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Science.

Jack Ogilvie

HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Jack Ogilvie is the Head of Business Development at Acadia.

Before Acadia, Jack Ogilvie founded Techwood Consulting in 2008, an Atlanta-based SEO and paid media agency. Jack has helped grow the company to serve 140 clients and employ 35 employees. Techwood Consulting was a recipient of both Inc 5000 awards for Fastest Growing Companies Best Workplaces.

Previously Jack joined Radiant Systems (now NCR) to develop a suite of digital marketing services across a base of 800+ retailers. In 2008, Jack received a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Shantel Kriss

Co-Head of Social

Shantel Kriss is the Co-Head of Social at Acadia.

Before joining Acadia, Shantal co-founded Imagine Media, an agency built to connect brands with purpose and authenticity to their audiences.

The agency successfully cultivated and nurtured relationships first, profiles second. Imagine Media was named Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Over the last five years, the agency doubled to reach $1 million in revenue in 2017, an achievement celebrated by only 4% of businesses on average (only 2% of Women-owned companies).

Before founding Imagine Media, Shantel founded a Chicago-based wedding planning company and co-founded a non-profit Operation Celebration to assist students and families in need. She is a true entrepreneur with a deep love and respect for small businesses.

Shantel is a board member for the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Atlanta chapter and a previous member of the EO Accelerator Program. She also serves on the incoming boards of Atlanta Children’s Shelter (YPAC), Plywood People, Break Into Business, and has helped launch a non-profit named Ripples of Hope with Jeff Hilimire. In 2018, Shantel originated a weekly podcast, Imagine More, featuring successful entrepreneurs inspiring and building community.

In her free time, she loves spending time walking the BeltLine with her big, lovable (and very hairy) Golden Retrievers, Gunnar and Odin, and bike riding with her husband, Joseph.

Margot Eddy

Co-Head of Social

Margot Dukes is the Co-Head of Social at Acadia.

Before joining Acadia, Margot co-founded Imagine Media, an agency built to connect brands with purpose and authenticity to their audiences.

The agency successfully cultivated and nurtured relationships first, profiles second. Imagine Media was named Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Over the last five years, the agency doubled to reach $1 million in revenue in 2017, an achievement celebrated by only 4% of businesses on average (only 2% of Women-owned companies).

Margot is an Atlanta local who lives in the Buckhead neighborhood with her husband and young daughter. Out of the office, she is an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization Atlanta chapter and is passionate about the arts, having served as a board member for ArtsATL, Atlanta’s premier Arts Publication.

In 2013, Margot graduated from the College of Charleston, earning degrees in Arts Management and Business Administration.