2016 Thought Leaders

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These industry leaders will present the latest in SEO and digital marketing at SearchCon 2016:

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. Garret is CEO of Tempered, LLC.

Greg Ahern

14c6a45Founder, Ometrics

Greg is a fanatic about conversion rate optimization and lead generation and founder of Ometrics. Greg has been a successful Internet entrepreneur since 1994. As co-founder and former CEO of Colorado Innovations LLC he launched a number of companies including a web development an marketing company PromoteWare and a business to business leads company QuoteCatcher which were successfully acquired. Before the internet Greg was an Electrical Engineer and has a BSEE from Northeastern University.

Todd Barrs

Digital Product and Marketing Director, PhotobucketSearchCon 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.

Natalie Henley

President, Volume NineNatalie Henley

Natalie Henley has developed, staffed and managed marketing departments, social media and SEO teams. Natalie has been a speaker at Media Bistro, ClickZ (SES), SEMPO, CAPS, Vistage International, etc. She has written for Speaker Magazine, ENX Magazine and Home Business Magazine. At Volume Nine, Natalie brings direction, strategic insight and support to her team of experts and consultants builds value for their clients.

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. The Boulder SEO Meetup followed. 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.

Brandon Larocque

Partner, Access Marketing CompanySearchCon Brandon Larocque

Brandon has over 20 years of leadership in marketing, engineering, production, and operations for organizations ranging from startup R&D firms to 30 billion dollar global product companies across varied industries. Currently a partner at Access Marketing Company, he manages their teams in delivering world-class marketing services, both online and offline, including marketing automation, content marketing, demand/lead gen and nurturing, search engine marketing (SEM) and search engine optimization (SEO), sales enablement, visual design, web presence, messaging/branding, and more. Brandon’s specialties include Marketing strategy and execution including, branding, messaging, online presence development, lead generation, lead nurturing, marketing automation, and sales enablement. Organization-wide management of product development, service delivery, production and marketing. Talent acquisition, development, and training. Budgeting and resource management. Strategic, IP, and operational partnership development.

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.

Tracy Malone

Owner, CoWebOp MarketingSearchCon Tracy Malone

With 19 years experience primarily on the East coast Tracy relocated to Colorado eight years ago and launched Schloss Web Services and renamed the company to CoWebOp Marketing in 2012. Experience of eight years at Priceline.com, then consulting for companies like TheLadders.com, Delta Airlines Tech ops, Carrier Air Conditioning, United Technologies, and Baseball Manager as well as hundreds of smaller businesses including online retailers. A unique blend of website design, social media integration, PPC and SEO practices Tracy takes a company’s online presence to the limit. Call for your free consultation 303-459-2686. Tracy and her team have built thousands of websites for small business’s from Alaska to Florida. The key to a website is to drive traffic to it, with social media and general marketing you can generate traffic and get leads from your website.

Todd McMurtrey

Global Marketing Manager, MedtronicSearchCon Todd McMurtrey

Todd McMurtrey is the lead digital marketing manager for Medtronic’s Patient Care and Strategic Channels divisions, which encompasses roughly $2 Billion in business annually. Within this role, Todd focuses on integrating marketing methods to create a consistent customer experience throughout the sales funnel. Todd works with a variety of ad, automation, and content tools, but his marketing love is in data, which he uses to design and drive effective strategy. He has worked in a variety of agency, consulting and in-house roles and helped clients use SEO effectively across a variety of industries including government, hospitality, tech, medical and even mobile apps. Follow him on Twitter @yoTodd.

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.

Britney Muller

Founder, Pryde MarketingSearchCon Britney Muller

Britney Muller, a proud MN native, graduated from the University Of Minnesota – Twin Cities and now resides in Denver, CO. Britney began her work in multi-platform marketing in 2007 and founded Pryde Marketing in 2012. Britney will be leading us through the big data world and it’s impact on SEO. She will also apply data science to the conference tweets and other social media.

Nick Neels

neelsHead of Local Search, Location3 Media

Nick Neels is the Head of Local Search at Location3 Media, a national digital agency, where he leads local digital strategies for multi-unit and franchise brands. Nick has more than 11 years of marketing and 7 years of digital marketing experience focused specifically on enterprise and local business solutions including local listing management, local SEO, local PPC, local social and lead generation. Nick is also Adjunct Professor of Digital Marketing at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver. Follow him on Twitter @nickneels.

Steve Riegel

Director, Digital Marketing Solutions, MerkleSearchCon 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 Merkle, 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.

Everett Sizemore

Director of Marketing, InflowEverett Sizemore

Everett Sizemore has been involved in the SEO and eCommerce industries since the 1990s. As Inflow‘s Marketing Director, he develops and implements the overall internal marketing strategy. A graduate of Bond University in Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Sizemore had hoped to land a job as a reporter, but instead learned the ins-and-outs of SEO as a copywriter for Associated Content – now the Yahoo! Publisher Network. Everett has been a speaker at Search Marketing Expo (SMX Advanced, SMX East and SMX Milan), The Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability conference (LOHAS), Rocky Mountain Direct Marketing Association (RMDMA), Confluence — and was a guest lecturer for the Internet marketing class at University of Denver in 2008 and 2009. He has written for Search Engine Journal, Moz.com, SEO ROI and many other industry publications, and has been interviewed by Full Sail University, Business Consulting Buzz, and several other marketing industry websites.

David Yarian

Vice President of Strategy & Product Development, Volume NineSearchCon David Yarian

David is an SEO by trade, a marketer by personality, and someone who has always loved teaching. David is the VP of Strategy & Product Development at Volume Nine. He is primarily tasked with helping to develop our programs, products, and strategic offerings for our clients & teams. But like the rest of us, he wears many, many hats every day. His digital experience (and daily task list) includes almost everything related to making V9 work. As a former account manager, team lead, and director of SEO at V9, David’s experience is suited to help cover the gamut of all things related to driving organic traffic to a website.