Meet The Social Ape Team

APRIL SMITH / Founder

APRIL SMITH / Founder

April has been working in the marketing space for 6 years and before creating Social Ape she was employed at ESPNU as the Social Media Manager, where she created content and interacted with avid sports fans via social media on a daily basis.

Originally from Richmond, VA, April graduated from Radford University and has lived in Charlotte since 2007. April has also actively been involved in giving back to the community, as well as serving as a connector to those around her. She has served on the Social Media Charlotte board and is extremely passionate about marketing, public relations and Charlotte. When April isn't glued to her computer or phone, she's most likely doing hot yoga, hanging with her dog Frank, traveling or checking out the newest restaurants in Charlotte.


JEROME SIMEON / Social Media Specialist

JEROME SIMEON / Social Media Specialist

Jerome Simeon is a North Carolina native and graduate from UNC-Charlotte. Growing up, he was never away from a computer. Jerome praises technology for his keen eye for detail and energetic approach to social media. He loves the versatility of social media platforms and the dynamic industry of online marketing. 

For Social Ape Marketing, Jerome specializes in social media marketing and graphic design, providing clients with unique content to reach target audiences and boost business success. He strives for his work to be in whole-part a reflection of what Social Ape Marketing encompasses: helping businesses grow in an ever-changing market by creating loyal fans and customers for the lifetime of your business

When he's not out feasting at new Charlotte restaurants, Jerome enjoys being outdoors with his silver lab Luna, photography, sports, craft beer and video games. 


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MELISSA NEMEC / Communications Specialist

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Elon University and had every intention of being a news reporter after graduation. Yes, she’s proud of her “anchor voice” and she’ll do it on command.

Post-grad, she stumbled (willingly, of course) into the marketing world and never looked back. She’s bopped around between both Savannah and Atlanta, GA, and even Hilton Head Island, SC before making her way back to Charlotte, NC. After roughly two and half years in marketing for a tech-education startup, Melissa joined the Social Ape crew specializing in social media marketing, social strategy, and public relations.

If you happen to catch Melissa without her phone in her hand, she’s more than likely feasting on macaroni and cheese, taking a stroll in Freedom Park, binge-watching Parks and Recreation, or spending time with her three boys (husband, rescue mutt Remy and brand new baby boy).