2017 Thought Leaders

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These industry leaders will present the latest in SEO and digital marketing at SearchCon 2017:

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

Founder, Ometrics14c6a45

Greg is a fanatic about conversion rate optimization and lead generation. He is the founder of Ometrics which provides conversion optimization tools and CRO consulting services. Greg has been a successful Internet entrepreneur since 1994 creating businesses from start-up to successful acquisition. He is also a chapter leader of the Denver Digital Analytics Association. Before the internet Greg was an Electrical Engineer and has a BSEE from Northeastern University. When unplugged he can be found climbing and biking in the mountains.

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.

Richard Allen

CEO, Airways360

Richard has been creating and delivering smart marketing for over 25 years as founder of his digital agency Airways360.com. Smart marketing today means making money by moving minds. Launched in 1989, Airways has delivered countless integrated campaigns for national B2B clients like Peoplesoft, MetLife, IBM, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and others. Acting as a strategist and creative director, Richard has generated outstanding ROI conversion performance for noteworthy consumer clients in recent years too. A specialist in content marketing, marketing automation and social marketing for 14 years, Richard has led the challenge of adoption for smarter, more sophisticated 1:1 marketing that rewards the intelligence of your customer.

Todd Barrs

VP of Ecommerce and Marketing, Photobucket
SearchCon 2015 Todd Barrs

Todd draws from a diverse set of engineering and marketing experience to create exceptional end-to-end customer experiences. As the Vice President of Ecommerce and Marketing at Photobucket, he leads teams focused on customer acquisition, retention and loyalty marketing. He is highly experienced with connecting product and marketing operations in order to develop profitable B2C and B2B Ecommerce programs. As a former consultant, he specialized developing data-driven strategies and leveraging product management methodologies rooted in agile development in order to create highly disciplined Ecommerce testing and optimization programs. Todd is a frequent speaker on the topics of Ecommerce, web analytics, 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.

Sean Bucher

Director of Search Experience, Internet Honey

Sean is a former hockey bum that stumbled into the world of search after realizing he would not be an NHL star, and that no one reads anything without links and promotion. Since then, Sean has found a multitude of ways for his clients to invade the screens of searchers the world over. Sean is now Director of Search Experience for Internet Honey, where he specializes in digital marketing strategy and direction for some of the top destinations and attractions in the US. While Sean enjoys all aspects of digital, Organic Search continues to be his favorite of the disciplines, including local, ecommerce and travel. While awards and recognition are great, Sean holds true that a happy, educated client is the key to any successful campaign.

BJ Enoch

Vice President, SocialSEO

BJ Enoch, Vice President at SocialSEO, a full service digital marketing firm headquartered in Colorado Springs, with offices in Denver and Boulder. BJ has a decade of front line Digital Marketing experience, with the last five years at SocialSEO (the state’s largest Digital Marketing Agency). In his current role as Vice President, BJ provides integrated digital marketing strategy for enterprise level clients and national brands, leveraging technical SEO, PPC and Social Media to drive leads, sales and increased profit. BJ believes in proving a transparent data driven approach to SocialSEO client campaigns with an emphasis on clear lead attribution and ROI clarity for every channel. When not glued to his computer, BJ enjoys traveling with his wife, fishing and playing golf poorly.

Christina Griggs

CFO, Inflow

Christina Griggs has spent her entire life in and around the business world. Her family owned and operated the oldest family-owned business in Canada, which was sold in March 2012. The family shoe business went through many changes, challenges and triumphs with the development of discount stores and a rapidly changing business environment. During her professional career, Griggs has worked as a short-interest trader in London, England, been an investment advisor with Dean Witter (now JP Morgan), held the role as Chief Financial Officer for a successful corporate housing firm and has successfully worked with more than 200 different organizations in developing and maintaining fiscal and operational structures as a business consultant.

Keith Hagen

Director of Conversion Services, Inflow

Keith advises eCommerce companies on how to increase online sales through strategy, technology and techniques. Keith and his team at Inflow have obtained the insights necessary to run over 3000 successful tests across more than 100 eCommerce sites. When not working, Hagen can be found hauling his kids to music or skating lessons, or spending quality time with his family in Denver and Copper Mountain, Colorado.

Jack Jostes

President + CEO, Ramblin Jackson

Jack Jostes is the President + CEO of Ramblin Jackson, a digital marketing agency based in Boulder, CO that has helped over 200 brick-and-mortar and service area businesses grow their sales with local SEO, website design, and digital marketing since 2009. The author of the upcoming book, Found: How To Build A Thriving Local Business With Digital Marketing, Jack regularly contributes articles to the Local Search Association’s MarketingBitz blog and loves presenting at national and local business conferences. Jack was recently named one of BizWest’s Boulder Valley 40 Under Forty. He enjoys living in Colorado with his wife and two boys, walking a great big hairy dog named Ralph, playing bluegrass mandolin, fly fishing, practicing yoga, and working.

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 programming since he was 10, and creating websites since 1997. That’s why he started optimizing in 1998. 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.

Cindy Krum

Chief Executive Officer, MobileMoxie, LLC

Cindy Krum is the CEO and Founder of MobileMoxie, LLC, a mobile marketing consultancy and host of the most cutting-edge online mobile marketing tool set available today. Cindy is the author of Mobile Marketing: Finding Your Customers No Matter Where They Are, published by Que Publishing and now also available in German, Italian, Korean and Chinese. She brings fresh and creative ideas to her clients, providing on-site training and workshops, as well as speaking at national and international trade events on a regular basis. Cindy is an active member of the search community and has been published in Website Magazine, Advertising & Marketing Review, Search Engine Land, Search Engine Watch, Marketing Land, SEOmoz, Search Engine Strategies Magazine, and quoted by many respected publications including PC World, Internet Retailer, TechWorld, Direct Magazine and Search Marketing Standard. She is passionate about bringing creative online marketing solutions to clients.

Matt Lacuesta

Sr. SEO Manager at The Integer Group

Digital Marketer specializing in all aspects of digital marketing with a passion for organic search. Focused on partnering with cross-functional teams to drive digital marketing initiatives, develop key strategic deliverables including presentations, best practices and technical specs, determine prioritization of projects and define success metrics. I have a passion for using data to provide thought leadership, innovation, and tactical optimizations while pairing the data with creative to deliver campaigns that convert while resonating with customers.

Cade Lee

President, SEO HogSearchCon 2015 Cade Lee

Cade Lee is the President and founder at SEO Hog. 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.

Heather Lutze

Heather Lutze, Search Engine Marketing Speaker

Breaking free of corporate “cubicle” jobs well over ten years ago with nothing more than a dream of entrepreneurship and a basement computer, Heather has built and sold her multimillion dollar Denver SEM company – the Findability Group. These days, you will usually find Heather either preparing to leave for a speaking engagement or just getting back from one. Heather spent three years training advertisers in Paid Search techniques for Yahoo! Search Marketing. She is a sought after Vistage International Speaker & has shared the stage with Tony Robbins at his Business Mastery Events in Fiji, London, Las Vegas & Melbourne.

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!

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. 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.

Nick Neels

neelsHead of Local Search, Location3 Media

Nick Neels is the Head of Local Search at Location3, a nationally recognized full-service digital agency, where he leads local digital strategies for multi-unit and franchise Fortune 500 brands across North America. Neels specializes in scaling enterprise business solutions including local listing management, store locator management, local SEO for brands ranging from 50 to over 15,000 locations. Over the years, Neels has served as a direct liaison to Google for their digital marketing products, has been a yearly contributor to Moz’s Local Search Ranking Factors and Adjunct Professor of Digital Marketing at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver. Follow him on Twitter @nickneels.

David Oppenheim

Director of E-Commerce & SEO Specialist, Doculynx

David is a digital marketing professional with more than 12 years of online marketing experience in the B2C and B2B spaces. He is always on the lookout for all things marketing and is skilled in SEO, brand strategy, paid search, social media, and content marketing. Prior to joining DocuLynx David served as a Marketing Manager/Director in the finance, sports apparel, and consumer good industries. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in marketing from the University of Southern Maine, and is currently based out of DocuLynx’s Denver Technology Office. When not there, this Denver native can be found working out in the gym or on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

Rick Ramos

SEO Manager, DHI Group, Inc.

Rick is a holistic internet marketing professional with over sixteen years of web publishing experience. He has ten years of hands-on digital marketing experience, using both paid and organic methods; such as SEO, social media, content strategy, marketing automation and paid digital advertising. Rick has eight years of strategic SEO experience, with a focus on technical SEO. He also has seven years of website management experience, with a focus on eCommerce, two years of content marketing experience and a genuine passion for inbound marketing.

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.

Jonathan Sackheim

Founder, Grounds for Promotion

After 14 years of marketing at digital agencies and client-side, in 2012 Jonathan launched Grounds for Promotion, a digital marketing agency out of Boulder, Colorado. Grounds for Promotion specializes in online advertising including SEM/PPC, Facebook, LinkedIn, display, and SEO. Clients include Life Time Events, USA Swimming, and Hero DVO, and great local agencies. Jonathan and his team love helping clients do as much as possible with their budget.

Vladimir Shlyahovoy

Web Developer, SurveyGizmo

Vlad is a SEO analyst with 8 years of experience over 350 websites. Vlad loves Search Engine Optimization & Marketing. His goal is to be the best in the profession, and he is looking for an opportunity to work with people who share his passion to achieve results and grow. Vlad thrives in the constantly changing evolving challenging industry, and is always eager to learn new technology.

Monica Valdez

Senior Director of Ecommerce, Gray Line Worldwide

Monica Valdez is an experienced, passionate, and results-driven digital marketing leader. As Senior Director of Ecommerce at Gray Line Worldwide, Ms.Valdez is responsible for the strategic direction and daily execution for GrayLine.com, ensuring continued revenue growth and success through all online channels. As part of her commitment to professional development and community involvement, Ms. Valdez participates in a variety of professional and educational opportunities. She 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 also an adviser 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.