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 strong customer service, personalized SEO expertise and low costs as a boutique SEO firm.

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

VP of Marketing

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

Senior SEO Manager

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.

Madison Pollack

Small Business Account Director

Madison Pollack graduated with a major in Communications and a minor in Marketing from San Diego State University. She began her professional experience as a marketing intern for an e-commerce website in San Diego, CA, where she was in charge of planning and executing marketing events to promote the company’s growing brand.

 

After graduating college, she interned abroad in Tel Aviv for a video e-commerce site called Spree. While at Spree her responsibilities consisted of managing several social media campaigns and accounts, developing content for the website, and creating optimization strategies. Madison is able to continue her passion working in branding, social media, and SEO as the small business account manager for LA SEO Service.

Kevin Skaggs

Senior SEM & SEO Analyst

Kevin Skaggs has a background in web development 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.

 

Skaggs has been with LA SEO for over 3 years and specializes in link building, Google penalty removal, Google Algorithm, web development, title tags and website content. He has earned both Google AdWords and Google Analytic Certifications. Skaggs previously worked for a digital solution agency in Beverly Hill and worked for NBCUniversal in their new media department. Skaggs received a degree in multi-media journalism from Lynn University, graduating at the top of his class.

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.

Sami Manin

Content Manager

Samantha Manin graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Psychology. She recently moved to Santa Monica and has settled in at LA SEO Service. Samantha has a background as a social media coordinator. She has interned at a high-end fashion brand where she learned the ins and outs of social media and moved on to coordinating the social media for a large boutique.

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.

Andy Varas

Content Analyst

Andy brings a wealth of online know-how and experience to LA SEO with 4 years of project management experience specializing in the digital space. While attending CSULA for a business marketing degree, Andy enjoys taking in the scenic view of Santa Monica or enjoying the nightlife with friends and family. With a background in web development/marketing and project management, Andy is a valued member of the LA SEO family.

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 c0llege she started working in the fashion industry doing marketing. Lizzy found her way over to SEO LA where she is now a part of the growing company as a link builder.

Drew Cortez

Jr. Project Manager

Drew is currently one of the newest members at LA SEO and 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.

Aliya Lahijani

Jr. Project Manager

Aliya was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She currently attends Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) and is studying Marketing and Brand Development. Aliya has had a lot of experience in marketing and social media working for several marketing companies previously to LA SEO. With her verse background, she has been a great asset to the team. Now she specializes in link building for her clients ranging from fashion to automotive.

Ryan Yamashita

Jr. 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.

Dani Gilbert

Jr. Project 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 a jr. project manager for LA SEO.

Fraja

Office Dog

Fraja was recently adopted and has found a home at the LA SEO Office. She is a border collie mini poodle mix and is a hypoallergenic dog. Her day to day responsibilities involves sleeping, playing and getting belly rubs.

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