Who We Are

The Sumner Group is an independent marketing, advertising, and branding agency.

We produce quality work across a range of specialties: brand creation, identity development, print production, marketing, web solutions, public relations, audio/visual services, sports (NIL) marketing, and custom imprinted promotional products.

From our modest home in Gastonia, NC, we’ve worked with companies of all types and sizes across many industries for the past 35+ years.


Cutting-edge websites, apps, and more to make your business easily accessible to everyone, everywhere.


Award-winning creative that’s smart, with an eye on results.


NIL Marketing, PR & Branding for college athletes.

Public Relations

Good PR, innovative community outreach, and creative philanthropy are in our DNA.

Promotional Items

A range of custom imprinted promotional products and corporate giveaway items to get your brand noticed, courtesy of our specialties division Main Ave Promo.


A customized approach to get you and your business in front of as many people as possible.

Audio + Video

State-of-the-art solutions for your business to be seen and heard.
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Born in 1884, E.D. “Pet” Sumner grew up on a farm outside of Hartsville, S.C. He traveled on the White Star Line to Europe in 1925 and 1927 to sell southern textiles to buyers in France and Scotland.

Pet moved to North Carolina in 1929 and established Sumner Cotton Company. In 1934, he journeyed to Egypt and was among the first Americans to openly trade in the Middle East.

E.D. “Pet” Sumner is great grandfather and namesake to the Sumner Group’s own Pet Sumner.

  • The best-kept secret in our industry, in our region.

    Rachel Bagley
    Former Director of Communications and Marketing, City of Gastonia
  • Sumner Group's ability to get out in the community and help us market is second-to-none.

    Jesse Cole
    Owner, Fans First Entertainment
  • Excellent creative concepts have been the hallmark of our partnership.

    G. Raymond Leggett, III
    Former CEO, CarolinaEast Health System