Meet the Team

OUR ARTISTIC & SCIENTIFIC CREW

Based in Los Angeles, California, LA SEO services both local and national clients, with sites targeting small city regions to worldwide consumers. LA SEO is unique among the industry for having leading eCommerce SEO strategy, personalized SEO technical expertise, well-established web analytics and analysis processes, and full service “soup to nuts” to execute on all SEO needs.

Blake Pollack

President

A leader in online marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Blake has more than a decade managing online branding and marketing campaigns for a variety of local and national clients across a range of industries. From web development, app development, and SEO management to business consulting and brand coaching, Blake has served thousands of brand managers, business owners, and marketers as a strategic marketing leader. He has been featured as an SEO and marketing expert in several publications including: The Huffington Post, LA Times, Chief Marketer, BrandWeek, and Los Angeles Business Journal.

Andrew Bernhardt

Chief Marketing Officer

Over 11 years’ experience managing eCommerce acquisition and optimization programs. Extensive background in hiring and mentoring leading roles ranging in SEO, Web Analytics, UX/UI & Graphic Design, Conversion Optimization, Video Production, Copywriting and Content Marketing at high performance levels – an all around eCommerce expert.

Andrew has passionately developed enterprise SEO strategies and team management processes for AutoZone and AutoAnything yielding consistent year over year double digit traffic growth for both mobile and desktop users. As a key business development leader, Andrew evaluated and integrated all critical types of software solutions to maximize eCommerce ROI, including video player & management solutions, A/B testing, product recommendations, comparison shopping feeds, personalized email, segmented promotions and dynamic content based on big data.

Andrew leads developing strategies for Enterprise SEO clients and brings world class SEO Management to the forefront at LA SEO.

Kelly Croteau

VP of Business Development

Kelly Croteau has years of experience in the marketing and public relations industry with an emphasis on social media. She earned an Associates degree at Dean College outside of Boston before transferring to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles to study communications.

Starting out as a marketing consultant for French fashion house Catherine Malandrino, Kelly was in charge of celebrity placement and building brand awareness in Los Angeles, this included creating and maintaining relationships with editors, stylists, costume designers and production companies. As Show Coordinator at LAZR Tradeshow, Croteau used her expertise in the fashion industry to execute a 3-day trade event held at L.A. LIVE. This included a massive social media campaign and marketing plan. Kelly has written for publications including Malibu Magazine, e-magazine Ask Miss A and numerous fashion blogs including Project Lena and Fashion Tribes. Her passion lies in social media where she is able to thrive and be creative, while initiating new ways to drive sales, communicate with the general public and build brand awareness for a variety of clients including small businesses, fashion brands and personalities.

Jason Iseman

Director of SEO Operations

Jason hails from Ohio but earned his degree at Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. He has been in the digital marketing arena for the past 9 years and has worked with all types of clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

After graduating, Jason moved to Los Angeles where he started a diverse, yet relevant path, to where he is today. Having worked at advertising agencies, major television networks, and marketing companies, Jason learned a wide range of skills that help successfully navigate today’s ever changing digital marketing landscape. Areas of expertise include ability to develop and execute high level strategies, technical website audits, performance monitoring, conversion optimization, lead generation, Google analytics, content strategies, competitive analyses, video production, website design, paid search, team management, and more.

Above everything Jason holds a high value for client communication and service, with a genuine interest, and personal investment, on all projects.

Kevin Skaggs

Senior SEM & SEO Analyst

Kevin Skaggs has a background in Google AdWords and project managing that has helped to expand LA SEO Services. As the Sr. SEM & SEO Analyst at LA SEO, he has been involved in many digital projects both large and small.

Kevin has been with LA SEO for over 5 years and specializes in link building, Google penalty removal, Google Algorithm, web development, title tags, website content and Google Adwords management. He has earned both Google AdWords and Google Analytic Certifications and has helped the team achieve Google Partner status. Kevin previously worked for a digital solution agency in Beverly Hill and worked for NBCUniversal in their new media department. Kevin received a degree in multi-media journalism from Lynn University.

Andrew Burgess

Link Building Manager

Andrew Burgess’ multifaceted background in project management and social media development has fittingly provided LA SEO Services with another contributor in link building. Andrew graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in multidisciplinary studies: a major comprised of advertising, communications, and sports communications.

As the link building manager at LA SEO Service, Andrew focuses on link building, website testing, content management, product placement, and client services.

Becky DeNies

Content Marketing Account Manager

Originally from Connecticut, Becky earned a Bachelor of Fine Art’s Degree in Dance and Administration from The University of Hartford.  While pursuing a professional ballet career throughout the NorthEast and abroad, Becky began administrative work for her alma mater.  Through the performing arts, she helped establish training programs for underserved youth in Connecticut and, upon moving to Southern California in the last year, San Diego.  She is thrilled to apply her skillset in account management and client success to her position with LA SEO.

Dani Gilbert

Content Manager

Dani Gilbert was born in Westlake Village, California and graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Following her graduation, she recently moved to Santa Monica and joined the LA SEO Service team. Gilbert has always had a passion for marketing and is excited to further her interest as the content manager for LA SEO.

Eva Pineda

Office Manager

As office manager at LA SEO, Eva supports the entire internal team as well as helping out with any client needs. She does a fantastic job at keeping the office culture fun, comfortable and functional. Eva also helps to coordinate any internal company and client meetings.

Lizzy Siag

Small Business Account Manager

Lizzy, a Los Angeles native, graduated from the Art Institute of Fashion. She received a bachelor degree in fashion management and marketing. After college she started working in the fashion industry doing marketing. Lizzy found her way over to LA SEO where she is now a part of the growing company as the Small Business Account Manager.

Jackie Melichar

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Born and raised in Sherman Oaks, California, Jackie Melichar graduated from Indiana University with a double degree in Journalism and Sociology. Jackie has always been passionate about marketing and is excited to utilize her skills in the SEO world.

Drew Cortez

Project Manager

Drew is learning the ropes of white hat SEO practices. His current clients range from men’s grooming products to cell phone apps and is learning more and more about SEO every day.  He is also currently studying criminology at Santa Monica College and hopes to obtain a degree while he works.   His hobbies include photography, watching movie, baseball, basketball, and hiking.

Paige Kaufman

Project Manager

Paige Kaufman was born and raised in Westlake Village, CA and graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Culture. She currently resides in the westside of Los Angeles, where she plans to pursue a career in digital marketing. As a recent addition to LA SEO, she is excited to apply her marketing and media skills to her SEO clients and help expand their business.

Isaac Argueta

Project Manager

Born and raised in a small town in Fresno County, CA, Isaac always had a high interest in marketing. While studying in this field he discovered digital marketing and realized its value in regard to the internet. He instantly knew this is where the most important type of marketing would be as we spend so much of our time searching on the internet for products or services. He now joins LASEO to expand his skills and help clients achieve success with their goals through link building.

Alexis Gerdts

Project Manager

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Alexis graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Following graduation, Alexis lived in London for the summer to study at the London School of Economics and Political Science. For the past several years, she pursued a passion for marketing through several internships and freelance projects. She is excited to be a part of the LA SEO team to gain more experience in SEO practices and develop a more well-rounded skill set in digital marketing. In her free time, she enjoys surfing, hiking, photography, and traveling.

Ryan Yamashita

Project Manager

Ryan Yamashita was born and raised in Westlake Village, California. Ryan was recruited out of high school to played Division 1 volleyball at Rutgers University. He recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. His hobbies include powerlifting, golfing and watching the Dodgers.

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