HighRock Group is a privately-held holding company headquartered in Maryland.
What makes us unique from other holding companies is our foundation in marketing, through an agency we started in 2005 called HighRock Studios. Technology was also always part of the mix. After achieving success with two movie theaters and creating our own unique cinema concept, we realized our strengths lie in the fusion of marketing, technology, and entertaining. We also realized efficiencies by using one team for human resources, accounting, legal, and operations across all companies. The result of these realizations was the formation of HighRock Group, a support mechanism for all our companies, no matter their size or stage of growth. We offer efficiency, cost savings, and infrastructure that allows our companies to thrive.
In addition to supporting our existing companies, we aggressively look for opportunities to diversify our brands within the marketing, technology, and entertainment industries. Our goal is to launch a brand or strengthen a brand while thinking creatively, strategically, and analytically.
Our success comes from assembling a group of people who are passionate about what they do. Combine top talent with collaboration, transparency, authenticity, creativity, and innovation causes a disruption in the status quo. When we come together as a group, it doesn't matter what company you work for ... we're all part of the HighRock family.
Meet the Team
President & CEO
Rich graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a degree in Business and Economics. After college, he played professional outdoor soccer in Virginia Beach, VA and Charlotte, NC. In the offseason, he coached soccer at Washington and Lee University. Rich returned to Washington County in 2000 and played professional indoor soccer for the Baltimore Blast for five years, winning three national championships with the team.
After soccer, Rich focused his competitive energy on business. After two years running his own web design firm, he became Director of Marketing and Web Development for Mid Atlantic System Integrators in Hagerstown, Maryland. In 2005, Rich teamed with Dave Schleigh to launch HighRock Studios, which grew rapidly into one of the region's top marketing and web design firms. Rich also co-founded the new Leitersburg Cinemas in 2010, a 10-screen first-run movie theater in Hagerstown and also started What’s NXT, a local event guide serving the region. Rich lives in Hagerstown with his wife Susan and three children.
Greg graduated from NC State University in 2002 with a degree in structural engineering. He went on to work in the defense industry, helping to design the newly-commissioned aircraft carrier, CVN78, the Gerald Ford. Greg returned to school for his MBA, graduating in 2007 from UVA’s Darden School of Business.
Post-MBA, Greg gained experience in manufacturing, operations, finance, accounting, marketing, real estate, and construction, culminating in his addition to the HighRock Group team in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer.
As COO, Greg’s primary responsibility is the operations of HighRock’s entertainment holdings and the launch of Warehouse Cinemas. Additionally, he remains involved in venture opportunities, analysis, finance, and project management for the company.
Dave graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) with a degree in Geography and Writing. He then brought his creative talents to the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), where as art director he developed a wide range of print and online media for the city. In 2005, Dave joined forces with Rich Daughtridge to launch HighRock Studios, where he oversees creative and design strategies for clients. Dave lives outside of Baltimore with his wife Jaci, and their daughter Evelyn.
As a former banker and suit-wearing commercial lender for more than 8 years, Ryan Lampton wore his first pair of jeans to work in early 2012 when he became COO and Partner at HighRock Studios. He is known for not being able to grow a mustache during Movember and being the first person to use the word “phablet” in Washington County. As he will explain to you (if you have time), a phablet is the combination of the words ‘phone’ and ‘tablet’ which he further explains in the context of responsive design as phreakin’ phabulous.
Jeremy is a 2004 graduate of Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design with a focus in Graphic Design and a Minor in Art History. Before joining the HighRock team, Jeremy worked as a Graphic Designer and then Creative Director for a firm in the region and pursued personal business ventures. Jeremy brings an abundance of creative talent to HighRock Studios in the form of award winning logo design, print design and web design. Jeremy currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife Jess, daughter Sutton and sons Tegan & Kellan.
Director of Operations
With a background in fine art, and a knack for efficiency, Kristen brought this unique blend of skills to the creative culture at HighRock in 2011. Today she applies her analytical strengths as our Director of Operations, overseeing daily business activity, recruitment, and company strategy at HighRock Studios, and supporting these functions at our HighRock Group companies. Kristen works with our leadership teams to push forward goals, and promote synergy between HighRock Group teams.
In her spare time, Kristen enjoys reading, hanging around in her hammock chair, and spending time with her husband Chris and their son Madden.
Director of Marketing
Client turned co-worker, Melody brings a unique mix of skills and experience to the HighRock team. With degrees in Communications, Marketing, Performance Arts and Theology, she worked 10 years in the non-profit sector as Director of Marketing & Communications for the Lifehouse Church Network. There, she discovered her talent and passion for strategic marketing, and welcomed the opportunity to join the Marketing Executive team at HighRock Studios in 2014 and apply those skills to an even wider variety of clients.
In her current role as Director of Marketing for HighRock Group, Melody sets the marketing vision of all HighRock Group companies. While each company has their own unique focus, she enjoys developing new and unexpected ways to connect with audiences across the landscape of marketing, technology and entertainment. Melody believes creativity shouldn't stop at the office though; on the weekends - whether by foot, by motorcycle, or by kayak - you can always find her family of 3 exploring new ways to have fun without WIFI.
Director of Finance
Mary’s education and experience have focused on numbers. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in accounting, she went on to work in all sectors of the accounting field – public, private, government, and manufacture. As our Director of Finance, she is involved with all things finance for the companies under the HighRock Group umbrella. Outside the office, Mary and her husband raise Angus cattle at Cool Pines Farm. She is mom to two sons – three if you count their bubbly Jack Russell named Dingo. Her human sons are Shane, a junior at Loyola University and Patrick, who lives in LA and works for the UCLA Cardiology Lab. Mary enjoys biking, reading, gardening, cooking on her Big Green Egg, and volunteering for several nonprofits in the community.
Administrative & Accounting Coordinator
Melissa (aka Neicy) is a hard worker with an infectious smile. At HighRock, she works closely with our office manager to keep our administrative and accounting projects running smoothly. With experience in front end office support, office management, scheduling, case management, and accounting (not to mention five years as a Correctional Officer), Neicy was the perfect person to jump into this important position. Most recently, she worked Verstandig Broadcasting and The Law Office of Charles E. Ganley. When she’s not keeping things in line at HighRock, Neicy enjoys reading, watching reality TV, and spending time with her friends and family – which includes three children and her two amazingly athletic grandsons.
Accounts Payable Analyst
Majoring in Art with a minor in Math was the pathway for Allie to work in the accounts payable department of HighRock by day, in her painting studio Amaryllis Truth by night (and weekend). She says the contrast of these two worlds - the black and white of accounting and the creativity of painting - brings balance to her life.
A Hagerstown native, Allie attended North Hagerstown High and went on to play soccer at Washington College and St. Mary's College of Maryland. Her background includes working in art galleries and more recently in the accounting field. These days, her main mediums are oil, gold leaf, and spreadsheets. In their spare time, Allie and her husband enjoy playing with their two rescue pups Lena and Roam, working to expand their vegetable garden, and remodeling their fixer upper.
With an diverse background in construction, Tim brings over 20 years of experience in commercial and residential remodeling to the HighRock Group team. From working with electrical systems, to power tools and general contracting, Tim is our resident expert to tackle building maintenance needs at all HighRock Group properties, and oversee new renovation projects.