About 19 Oaks 

19 Oaks is a strategic sales and marketing agency. 

We provide a full range of strategic, creative, and digital media services. For us, it's impossible to separate marketing and sales, so we bring you the best of both. Our goal is to help companies of all sizes find new customers and build relationships that endure. Based in Portland, Maine, we take special joy in helping local businesses delight and elevate the community. 

Our Core Values

We value being genuine, being relevant and enhancing every communication your organization has with your customers. 

19 Oaks is...
  • Engaged and Responsive. We are available with our ideas and our time – with clients, and with our community.
  • Curious. We want to know the why and how of what works (and what doesn't). We’re hungry to learn more about your customers, your sales cycles, your goals and your story. 
  • Creative. We're idea people who aren't clever merely for the sake of cleverness. We believe that great creative delivers value. 
  • Process Driven. We believe that that a clearly defined, thoughtful, and inclusive process drives quality, repeatable outcomes.
  • Results Driven. All strategies, campaigns, content and actions we recommend or execute have a specific purpose that informs our next move.

Meet the Team


Shay Bellas, President 

Shay is an accomplished marketing and sales strategist with over 14 years of industry experience. Her consensus building expertise, networking skills, and big picture focus are critical to building community alliances that ensure the ongoing success of initiatives and campaigns. Shay loves helping business grow through the integrations of inbound and outbound strategies. She proudly serves on the Board of Junior Achievement of Maine.

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Jeff Ryan, Writer 

Jeff has more than 25 years of strategic communications experience and has produced winning results for hundreds of clients including L.L. Bean, Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, and Tractor Supply Company. Jeff has written extensively for the financial industry (TD Bank, Maine Credit Union League, JP Morgan among others). Jeff contributes to campaign creation, content creation, and advertising. Jeff is an avid hiker and published author of an excellent book, Appalachian Odyssey.

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Liz Woodbury, Writer

Liz's writing experience is wildly varied and includes website and social media copy for small businesses, technical editing, blog posts, book and music reviews, and quizzes and word blurbs for an educational website. She also moonlights as a screen printer for Milo in Maine, the company she co-owns with her husband. In her spare time, Liz curates the blog Overheard in Portland.

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Marlys Furze, Marketing Director

Marlys is an experienced and proven leader within national and multinational environments with both large and small companies. Her extensive marketing and digital media experience developing creative strategies and assets across print, video production, website and online streaming programs creates her widely varied background. A highly analytical thinker, with the ability to anticipate, she recognizes and solves sales, marketing, service and technical problems through research and analysis. Marlys thoroughly enjoys the state of Maine and can be spotted at many of the Greater Portland events.

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Rebecca Doman, Business Discovery & Development Manager

Rebecca has enjoyed a long and successful career as a sales manager and trainer. She understands business development, the dynamics of sales teams, and how to create and execute a sales strategy that gets results. Rebecca loves analyzing and implementing processes, training, and mentoring sales professionals.



Company Profile

  • Established in 2008. We've been developing strategy, creating content, and helping companies grow for over 8 years. 
  • Woman-owned and operated. 19 Oaks is a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) entity.
  • Wonderful, energetic employees. We love what we do and can't wait to show you our skills. 
  • HubSpot Partner Agency. We know how to achieve the full inbound marketing potential of this powerful platform. 
  • Based in Portland, Maine. Living life the way it should be in this charming coastal city—and working with clients both local and "from away." 

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