The Sumner Group was formed in 1987 by Michael Sumner with the idea of serving as Gaston County, North Carolina’s first full-service marketing firm. Over the ensuing years, our work has continued to evolve, innovate and expand, helping the firm become a leader in smart and effective advertising, marketing, design and public relations.

We offer more areas of expertise now than at any other time in the nearly 30 years of our existence. We know how to cut through the jungle in a crowded marketplace. Our success lies in knowing you, your business, and the marketing industry. Once we determine what it is that places you above your competition, we have the knowledge and skill to develop a plan for your success using every available avenue.

Our client list is, by design, diverse and evolving.


  • Consulting
  • Market research
  • Public relations strategies
  • Event planning
  • Marketing & communication plans
  • Logos
  • Branding & corporate identity packages
  • Print, broadcast & outdoor advertising
  • Direct mail
  • Promotional products
  • Trade show & sales center displays
  • Location & studio photography & videography
  • Website design & development
  • Search engine optimization & marketing (SEO/SEM)
  • Interactive marketing
  • E-commerce
  • Email administration
  • Website hosting
  • Mobile site & application development
  • Front- and back-end solutions
  • Print, broadcast, outdoor, internet & non-traditional media placement
  • Strategic media plans
  • Market analysis
  • Pre- and post-media placement analysis
  • Competitive analysis


  • Gaston County Chamber of Commerce
  • Montcross Chamber of Commerce
  • Lincolnton Chamber of Commerce
  • Craven County Chamber of Commerce
  • Better Business Bureau of Charlotte

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