2015 Thought Leaders

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These industry leaders presented amazing content at SearchCon 2015:

Garret Acott

CEO, Tempered LLCSearchCon Garret Acott

Garret is quickly becoming one of the foremost authorities in “Business Hacking”, methods utilizing negative SEO, SEO and reputation management to push on-line SEO results down rather than up. While not condoning the use of these methods, Garret feels than many SEOs and businesses have their heads in the sand as to the current and future impact of these methods. Garret has been involved in Internet Marketing and SEO since 1998 and has held numerous top level company positions as CEO, COO, President and CTO in a number of technology and Internet Marketing based companies.

Chuck Aikens

Founder & CEO, Volume NineSearchCon Digital Marketing SEO Chuck Aikens

Chuck Aikens is a search marketing veteran with over 15 years doing some form of SEO or Internet marketing.   He is the CEO of Volume Nine, a Denver-based SEO company that he founded over 9 years ago and today works with over 125 clients including BreastCancer.org, Teleflora, Vail Resorts, Fiji Water, Little Tikes, and Davita.   As an SEO Specialist, V9 SEO provides traditional SEO as well as Content Marketing, Social Media Services, and Influencer Outreach Marketing.  Also happily married for over 18 years, a father of 2 and pretend scratch golfer.

Todd Barrs

Dir. Product Development, ConversionIQConversionIQSearchCon 2015 Todd Barrs

Todd draws from a diverse set of engineering and marketing experience to help businesses improve their website conversion rates & usability. As a consultant and former in-house web team manager, he is highly experienced with integrated product and online marketing tactics, and specializes in orchestrating efforts to build highly engaging and profitable websites.Todd is a frequent speaker on the topics of conversion optimization & website usability, and has worked with a wide variety of clients throughout his career including: National Geographic, Costco, OfficeDepot, Berklee College of Music, HD Radio, Webroot Software, the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Navy and members of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Mike Belasco

President and CEO, Inflow and ConversionIQSearchCon 2015 Mike Belasco

Honing his skills in the early 90s during the dot com boom, Mike Belasco worked for online industry giants Sun Microsystems and Level 3 Communications. He jumped ship from corporate America and decided to captain his own boat, establishing relationships with web designers and other online marketing professionals. Mike found a niche assisting web designers and other marketing professionals expand their offerings to include SEO services without having to specialize in the ever-changing space. Mike’s vision for the future of Internet marketing is based on moving away from interruption marketing and to inbound marketing for a more holistic answer for all Internet Marketing needs. Mike regularly speaks at national and international industry events and conferences and is also an instructor for the Online Marketing Institute. Mike is an avid fly fisherman and digs the band Phish, hence the above boat analogy.

Jim Kreinbrink

President, Hyper Dog MediaJim Kreinbrink SearchCon 2015 SEO

Jim Kreinbrink is the founder and resident SEO expert at Hyper Dog Media. Jim has been in technology since 1996. He loves computer programming and figuring out ways to get his clients’ websites to outrank their competitors. Before launching his own Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Agency, Jim created web and multimedia projects for a variety of clients and industries. His past and current client list includes companies in the education, technology and human resources industries. Having spent his entire career on the web, Jim understands that delicate balance between SEO strategies that appeal to search engine robots and those that will appeal to human website visitors. Jim founded the Denver SEO Meetup in 2007, a community dedicated to sharing knowledge between the area’s many talented SEOs and digital marketers. Jim is a Yahoo Search Marketing Ambassador and a certified Google AdWords Professional. He is also one of the founding members of the Colorado chapter of SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization). Jim earned his BS degree from the University of Wyoming.

Matt Lacuesta

SEO Strategist, Burns MarketingMatt Lacuesta SEO Speaker

In the ever changing world of SEO, Matt keeps up with best practices and current trends to ensure that all aspects of a client’s digital marketing efforts are dialed in through research, testing, analysis and monitoring performance. He currently drives the SEO strategy at Burns Marketing and is focused on partnering with cross-functional teams to drive SEO initiatives in all digital campaigns and site development. His SEO experience spans work with local businesses with single locations to multi-unit locations for national brands at the enterprise level.

Cade Lee

President, SEO HogSearchCon 2015 Cade Lee

Cade Lee is the President and founder at SEOhog. Cade has been involved with sales and marketing since 1996 when he started his career at Dean Witter and excelled to become an Associate Broker at the firm. Since his time with Dean Witter, Cade has always focused on how to best grow business. In early 2002 Cade started a local mortgage company in Denver and he quickly learned to not only build his own website, but how to market that site and get into the top of the search engines for relevant search terms. Cade has over 20 years of real life business experience. His philosophy takes into account the “big picture”. When so many internet marketing professionals are focused on increasing rankings or traffic, Cade believes the focus should only be on the client’s end goal or desired result.

Laurie Macomber

Owner, Blue Skies MarketingSearchCon 2015 Laurie Macomber

Laurie Macomber is the owner of Blue Skies Marketing, a stand-out SEO and Content Marketing firm based in Fort Collins, CO and from NY, NY. That boutique firm has been making businesses ‘found and profound’ for the last 11 years. If you need help with SEO Copywriting, exacting Keyword Research and intelligent Content Planning and Publishing, these are the pros to make every day sunny and 72 degrees, no matter what Al Roker says!

Casey Meraz

Owner, Ethical SEOSearchCon 2015 Speaker Casey Meraz

Casey Meraz has been in the internet marketing industry since 2004 when he first started building customer websites for his business clients. As someone who has always had a passion for helping people he quickly latched on to specializing in Local and Organic SEO. His background is unique. Casey started his first computer repair business in 2000 and has since launched over 5 successful companies in the technology and retail fields. In 2008 he joined Intuit where he played a crucial role in developing Intuit’s Small Business SEO offering from the ground up. In 2010 he started Ethical SEO Consulting and has since helped hundreds of clients reach their online marketing goals. Casey is a frequent writer on the most popular internet marketing websites and recognized authority on sites including Moz.com. As a contributor to the 2013 + 2014 Local Search Ranking factors survey he has helped influence the local SEO efforts of clients worldwide.

Rick Ramos

Sr. Specialist, InflowRick-Ramos-inflow-150

Rick is a dynamic Internet marketing professional with fifteen years of web publishing expertise. Using a balance of technology and marketing strategy, Rick specializes in combining audience research, content strategy and social media, together with constantly-changing SEO best practice standards. As a member of the Inflow Inbound Marketing team he works together with companies to help their teams develop and manage goal-based strategies resolving technical website issues, improving content, SEO and creating successful marketing automation initiatives. Mr. Ramos has built and executed a wide number of digital strategies for Fortune 500 companies and large eCommerce brands, all the way to small-business services like your attorney or local plumber. Regardless of which inbound channel visitors use to find your business, Rick’s goal is to build lifetime relationships for himself and his clients..

Steve Riegel

Director of Strategy, SiteworxSearchCon 2015 Steve Riegel

Steve has over 20 years of expertise to establish his belief that marketing is simple; it’s just the tactics that make it seem complex. Steve restores simplicity and clarity to his clients’ digital marketing strategies by tying vision to action. His purpose-driven consultative approach helps clients plan, execute and optimize the right digital marketing efforts to transform their business. Prior to joining Siteworx, Steve co-founded Denver’s B2B digital marketing agency Faction Media and proceeded to fill three critical roles: as director of search marketing, director of insights and analytics and as partner. Steve ultimately helped Faction Media grow from startup to $10 million in revenue in just five years. Beyond participating at SearchCon 2015, Steve can be found via Steve Riegel in Linkedin via Siteworx or via ConcisePath.

Dave Taylor

Founder, AskDaveTaylor.comtaylor-6424-square

Dave Taylor is a long-time veteran of the search and online business and is founder of AskDaveTaylor.com, where he fields tech question and reviews gadgets for the online community. Founder of four companies, author of dozens of books including the best-seller “Twitter Power 3.0” and an award-winning speaker, Dave also creates video content for Intel, Dell, Dyson, Kingston Technology and many other companies. You can find him on Twitter @DaveTaylor or through AskDaveTaylor.com

Monica Valdez

Director of Paid Search, InflowSearchCon 2015 Monica Valdez

Monica Valdez is an experienced, passionate, and results-driven digital marketing leader. As Director of Paid Search at Inflow, she leads the paid search team in driving successful inbound marketing solutions that attract and convert the right customers to help client’s businesses grow – whether their primary goals are to increase in-store or ecommerce sales, drive B2B or B2C sales leads, or increase brand awareness and engagement. As part of her commitment to professional development and community involvement, Ms. Valdez participates in a variety of professional and educational opportunities. Valdez is an active member of the Business Marketing Association and is a co-organizer of both the Denver and Boulder SEO Meetup groups. She is an advisor and mentor to students at CU’s Leeds Business School. Her passions outside of marketing include travel, cooking, art and finding forever homes for rescued golden retrievers.