About Us

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A proud history
of creativity
& innovation.


Housed in the historic Love Building in Gastonia, North Carolina, the Sumner Group was formed in 1987 by Michael Sumner with the idea of serving as Gaston County'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.

An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.

Bill Bernbach


We offer more areas of expertise now than at any other time in the more than 35 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.



years and counting

We've been Gaston County's only full service marketing firm since 1987. And we ain't done yet!



Almost 1,000 companies have trusted their marketing and branding to the Sumner Group.



From education and healthcare, to legal and defense/government, to finance and non-profits, the Sumner Group is adaptable enough to provide quality work across a range of specialties.


team members

No bloated staff here. Just a team of talented individuals who are dedicated to helping your business succeed.