We help quality organizations find their unique voice.
Founded in 1999, Encompass is a group of innovative strategists, creatives, programmers and relationship builders, who enjoy helping quality organizations get noticed for what they do.
We take a holistic, collaborative approach to meeting our client’s communication needs. First we step back to find out our clients’ goals, who they are trying to reach and what they are trying to communicate. Then we can work in an informed and strategic way to meet their needs efficiently, on budget and on time.
Candace Sanborn, Managing Partner Bio
With over 25 years of experience in marketing, Candace develops strategic marketing plans for businesses and non-profits, as well as manages the business side of Encompass. A transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, Candace received her B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of Maine at Orono and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Southern New Hampshire in Manchester, NH.
Candace is a frequent presenter on marketing related subjects as well as an editorial contributor to professional trade publications. She is active in the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the following organizations:
- Central Maine Medical Center
- College for ME – Androscoggin
- The Maine Community Foundation (MCF); chair of the County Fund for Androscoggin County
- United Way of Androscoggin County; Vice-Chair
Candace is a Qualified Administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), an assessment tool used to help individuals communicate more effectively. She is a graduate of Leadership Maine (Lambda class) and is a member of the Maine Public Relations Council and the Maine Association of Non-Profits. In her spare time, Candace teaches Group Groove dance and water aerobics at her local YMCA and is AFAA certified to teach group exercise internationally.
Jeff Soifer, Partner, Creative Director Bio
Jeff has over 20 years of experience in graphic design and illustration and now directs the creative side of Encompass’ projects. His ability to find workable creative solutions to the communication needs of businesses and organizations stems in part from his unconventional path to a career in design. Jeff holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin with majors in marketing, international business and German literature, as well as a law degree from The American University Washington College of Law. This, bolstered by experience in both large corporate design environments as well as small creative agencies has aided his ability to work well with a wide range of clients and create award-winning designs.
Jeff moved to Maine from Washington, DC in 1998, helped establish Encompass Marketing, and then in 2011, due to a job opportunity for his wife, moved to the Pacific Northwest. Jeff now lives on the banks of beautiful Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington with his wife and three children and, because of the magic of modern technology, is able to continue his work with Encompass remotely. In his spare time, Jeff likes to create his own artwork and offer his talents to help local arts and non-profit organizations. Jeff is a founding member of Out of the Box Theater in Lewiston and a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
Will Fessenden, PR Specialist Bio
Will is a public relations and marketing professional known for melding traditional media strategies while utilizing the latest in social media technology. Putting to use his background in television news and radio, clients have seen success with story advancement and coverage on TV, radio, print and web.
Client services include traditional and WEB 2.0 marketing plans and implementation, story advancement & press release management, advertising placement/buying and media market research.
Will holds a B.S. degree in Telecommunications Production from Lyndon State College in Vermont. In his spare time he is active with many community organizations, including ArtVan, an outreach group designed to introduce youth to the arts and he serves on the board of Volunteers of America Northern New England.
Randy Runnels, Senior Progammer Bio
Randy is a strong advocate of open source programming and of the Web Standards Project, pushing for lightweight, semantic web documents and a high level of browser compliance. Randy’s programming talent, combined with his philosophy that websites should compliment an organization’s brand, while working in unison with social and traditional marketing, makes him an invaluable member of the Encompass team.
Alice Ruvane, Copywriter Bio
Alice has been writing promotional copy for more than 15 years. Her work has helped products, causes and companies across the US achieve awareness and convey concise, compelling and persuasive messages.
A refugee from the concrete jungle of NYC, Alice served as a creative force at several major pharmaceutical advertising agencies. After having been honored as a Rising Star by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association in 2004, Alice rose to the ranks of Creative Director and subsequently started her own promotional writing business. A few years later she took to the woods of Maine and hasn’t looked back.
Alice received a BA in English literature from Mount Holyoke College, and an MA in teaching English from Columbia University. She is a published poet, a singer, voice-over artist, actor and yoga teacher. In addition, Alice is a mentor with Sweetser, and a partner in Chill Yoga.
Agnes Butterfrump, Mascot Bio
Agnes has been with us since the beginning. She is our mentor, our compass, our inspiration and our sometimes phone answerer. Agnes, a citizen (and student) of the world, first came to us after a long illness from which she still hasn’t completely recovered, but the attributes of which she will gladly relate over her daily tumbler of Perrier (anything stronger gives her gas). She has years of experience in what she does, and it shows. She is a firm believer in all that is good and tirelessly fights, when her health allows, for the rights of the downtrodden and oppressed. Although we don’t see much of Agnes in the office these days, she is always happy to help with anything we need, from strategy ideas, to copy writing, to design, to programming, to contributing to our blog. She is a true Jack-of-all-trades and we’re lucky to have her with us.