I manage day-to-day operations of the company, including the SEO and content teams, HR, and our own marketing strategy. I work to keep our people happy, and to make sure our clients get value out of our services. I want our work to be consistently smart, professional and up-to-date with ongoing changes in the industry.
I was born in Russia and I moved to NYC when I was three years old. I grew up in NYC and moved to Chicago in 2004.
I worked at CBGB (the famous underground rock club) all throughout college.
I once appeared on the Oprah show with Caesar Milan because my dog was ruining my sex life.
I had a short stint driving famous rappers such as Ludacris, R. Kelly, DMX, Ja Rule and Redman in NYC. I feel like I have lived many different lives.
I love keeping up with new tactics, strategies and developing as a marketer. Things never get stale because they're always changing.
I have a wife and two kids that I love to spend time with when I'm not at work. To stay active, I like to play basketball and workout every now and then. With any spare time I have left, I like to play guitar, listen to music, cook, and travel the world. Believe it or not, I also like to read about digital marketing when I'm not at work... I know, bad habit.
As one of the co-founders of DTC, I have a widespread role across all departments. On a typical day, I'll find myself working on finance, forecasting, utilization & capacity planning, business development, IT, and marketing. The largest part of my role focuses on the numbers behind how our processes and services evolve over time to keep us running as a happy and healthy agency!
I've been on two episodes of Food Paradise on The Travel Channel - Sandwich Paradise 2 and Sausage Paradise.
I was the 2016 Illinois state disc golf champion and have played tournaments in 13 states and 2 countries.
My favorite place to be is my cabin in Michigan that has no running water or electricity.
I love being able to work in new markets and being exposed to how businesses run in industries I am unfamiliar with. Most of all, I love having a talented team of savvy marketers that are able to make great impacts on the organizations we work with.
My biggest passion is disc golf. I've been playing for almost 20 years and have been playing professionally since 2010. This mixes well with my love for travel as tournaments have brought me throughout the US and even to Japan. Most of my time out of work you'll find me with my wife, Jen, and our two kids, Eloise and Henry.
As Director of Business Development, I manage new client and partner relationships, initial strategy recommendations, and help with overall client communication and management.
I have worked in sales for 15+ years, and love search marketing because it allows your customers to find you when they need you. Having grown our own business through SEO and paid media, we are living proof that it works, and are fanatical about making a measurable difference for our clients.
When I'm not at DTC, I’m playing with my sons, at Wrigley Field (hopefully celebrating a Cubs win), or traveling (my favorite place so far is Moorea).
I also love pub trivia, politics, and vinyl records.
My favorite thing about DTC is our amazingly talented team and how well each of their unique skills complement one another. They make my job easy by consistently producing remarkable results for our clients.
Chicago has everything - food, music, art, theatre, sports, festivals, architecture, four seasons, and the best people in the world. I can't imagine growing a business or a family anywhere else.
"And each time I roam, Chicago is
Calling me home, Chicago is
Why I just grin like a clown
It's my kind of town!"
At root, I’m a creative problem solver. I critically think about marketing challenges in digital channels to help businesses reach their goals. While focused in digital, I like to think broadly about the impact we produce; our customers don't think about their buyers journeys in terms of channels, so we shouldn't confine ourselves this way in our thinking and analysis.
I had the opportunity to study in Oxford, England for my undergrad. I studied linguistics, Derrida, and a survey of western cannon philosophy.
While there, I worked at a burger shop, Peppers, on Walton street. The experience made the cultural experience come full circle. While there, I abandoned my 9 years of vegetarianism, though I've been flirting with going back.
Do more of what works and less of what doesn't.
I love the ease of access to major cultural events and exquisite cuisine. I love the multicultural aspects of Chicago, the Midwestern hospitality I'm such a bi-product of, the proximity to the majority of my family (both parents born and raised in Chicago), and the ability to drive a couple short hours and be transplanted to a completely different world.
As Digital PR Team Lead, I oversee both the content and outreach sides of our digital PR services. Our team does really wonderful and insightful research that explores in-depth topics for a variety of clients and industries. At DTC, the digital PR engine is firing on all cylinders -- my role is to make sure the engine stays fueled, the team stays motivated and inspired, and our content makes it to it's final destination (online with some fantastic linking media coverage).
Before and after work you'll most likely find me teaching a spin class or going for a walk or hike outside. I’m an early riser and incredibly competitive, so exercise is my jam. I am also a BIG true crime fan (really big). In my free time, I'm usually watching Dateline, the news, documentaries about murder, or listening to some type of criminally-focused podcast. Just ask my coworkers – it’s all I talk about!
Being able to connect my love of storytelling and my day-to-day work is incredible. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing our content appear in major publications and news outlets.
I have jumped into not one, but two, frozen bodies of water on live television.
I can sing all the countries of the world (thank you Animaniacs).
My husband and I are working on cataloging all the recipes we devised during quarantine to make our own family cookbook!
I work with paid media clients across our portfolio to dive deep into data to derive actionable changes that get the best ROI available and help meet our goals. I look beyond day-to-day account adjustments to make a lasting difference in each account.
I'm a professional disc golfer, and I've traveled all over the country playing in tournaments. I started playing in 2006 and it's been a great way to get out and enjoy nature while honing your mind as golf does throughout a round.
I really love strategy board games. I've been playing for the last few years and ridden the wave of success and popularity they have enjoyed. Some of my favorites are Feast for Odin, Gaia Project, & Concordia.
I've always enjoyed being clever, and having a good idea to do that is great. But when you can point at layers of data that back up your strategy, that's when the light bulb comes on for me.
In my free time I love spending time with my wife and young son. While raising him there's never a dull moment and we're always learning something new together. We love the outdoors and try to spend as much time as we can outside, whether it's running in the backyard or enjoying a weekend away camping in the wilderness of the Midwest.
I strive to help my clients identify and execute on SEO opportunities that help them accomplish their unique business goals. I act as an extension of their marketing team and a trusted partner to help steer their vision towards success.
I enjoy the hustle and bustle of this city. I love that there are so many unique people that contribute all types of different things. Chicago is a melting pot filled with interesting characters. Also, you have to admit that we have some of the best food on planet Earth.
In essence, I love helping people and I enjoy the strategy and tactics involved in the world of search engine optimization. There’s not a better feeling than seeing your hard work pay off and brightening someone else’s day.
Mostly any nerdy hobby that involves strategy, storytelling, and teamwork. Examples include professional wrestling, video games, board games like Dungeons and Dragons, and of course football! Oh and let's not forget, hanging out with my adopted pup named General Beauregard Henri Helwich-Vail, The Terror of West Avondale. Beau for short.
I develop data-driven strategies to pinpoint the best opportunities to increase my client's website’s online visibility. By leveraging content strategy, keyword research, and technical analysis, I aim to achieve measurable results that surpass my clients' goals.
My father was a DJ when I was growing up. I first learned to read from memorizing album covers in his record collection.
I was held back in kindergarten for being left-handed thanks to my teacher’s outdated belief that lefties had a learning disability. I’m still left-handed.
I am a big fan of the theater, especially improv comedy and show tunes.
I love the relationships I build with my clients as we collaborate to improve their site's SEO. Professionally speaking, there is nothing more thrilling than watching a client’s traffic, rankings, and business grow with each project. Plus I love my brilliant, unique coworkers...
I love traveling to see one of my favorite bands: Phish, Ween and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead or hanging out in my backyard by the fire pit and pool with my friends and German Shepherd, Ivan.
As SEO Analyst, I assist our SEO account managers in identifying and implementing strategies to increase our clients' success via organic traffic. Whether it's looking at ways to enhance existing websites or helping develop completely new strategies, I'm always looking to put our clients in the best position to achieve their goals.
I was born in Germany. It was technically on US soil, so I can still be president. Don't worry!
I like broccoli, but not in pasta.
My right middle finger is one-half-inch shorter than my left due to a fracture when I was a kid.
I once won the "Hustle Award" at a youth basketball camp. Looking back, that seems like a bit of a participation trophy.
I get to combine analytical processes with creative thinking. The best of both worlds!
Other than the weather? I like the great food, the architecture, the parks and conservatories, and the entertainment and cultural opportunities - museums, amazing concerts, etc. There's always something to do here, and there's also a lot of great places to do nothing...if that's what you're in the mood for.
With an SEO and Paid Media background, I take a holistic approach to digital marketing. My goal is to connect the dots between data and relationships. I love analyzing data and communicating the story behind it in a way that is easy to understand.
Before moving back to the Midwest, I lived in Los Angeles for 15 years.
I played banked track roller derby with the LA Derby Dolls for six years. Before you ask: No, there’s no ball, elbow throwing, or alligator pits.
After my retirement from derby, I took up yoga and taught classes for five years.
I genuinely like working with my clients. I’m curious about people, so working with clients and developing those human relationships is gratifying to me. I enjoy learning what makes my clients tick on a personal level and making real connections.
You can usually find me hidden behind a good novel, and the occasional bad one. When I’m not reading, I am spending time with my wonderful wife Erin, my sweet AmStaff Hershel, and my annoying blind Bengal cat Carmine.
I have a love affair with Great Britain and travel there as often as life allows, which is not nearly as much as I’d like. I also love all things Harry Potter and enjoy playing LEGO. I will never pass up an opportunity to wear themed outfit or costume when the occasion arises.
I make your website look pretty for other computers. As your SEO Account Manager our futures are intertwined. Data driven decisions, defined expectations, and clear communication will be our foundation as we watch your online presence grow, together. I’m a stickler for website speed and security.
Reading is fun. Video games are pretty fun. Traveling is definitely fun; so is music. I like to do fun things in my free time. I like meeting new people, experiencing new things, and exploring new ideas. These things are the catalysts for my best work and for my favorite memories. The best part is my lovely wife, Briann, goes exploring with me! We love to travel, go to concerts, and share the latest crazy idea we’ve run into.
Even if it’s about computers, it’s still about people. It’s always about people. Connecting people with the right answers to their questions is what SEO is all about, and I like helping people.
I was Vice President of the Dance Club at my University. We taught salsa, ballroom, and shuffling. I still love to shuffle.
I can make a splendid origami flower.
Earlier in life I won a national championship with the Chicago Magic and won the Gatorade Player of the Year in Nebraska for soccer in the same year.
I bring a blend of knowledge and experience in SEO and broadcast journalism to create newsworthy content for brands. My passion is creating relevant content that ties a brand to the current news cycle.
I’m an avid hiker and rock climber, and try to spend as much time exploring the outdoors and national parks as I can. Other than that, I love to explore big cities, visit museums, and try to find the best local coffee shops.
I love staying up to date with the latest news, trends, and events—then using this to create fun, viral, relevant campaigns for different brands and topics.
I’m originally from Australia! I grew up there but have spent the past few years of my life in different cities in the US, including San Francisco and Salt Lake City.
My family are immigrants from Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Germany. I also have family from Greece, Croatia, Russia, and Spain. I haven’t visited most of these countries but plan to do a trip to Europe one day to explore them.
Finally… I didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I was 25 years old!
As a content strategist, I get to combine my love for creating content with my passion for creative storytelling. I have the pleasure of working with clients (and our team) to deliver data-driven stories that are unique and newsworthy.
As a former local news reporter & anchor, I’m driven by facts. Discovering new angles or ideas for stories that use those facts to connect readers of all backgrounds is at my core.
I’m a huge fan of walking the lakefront and eating or getting drinks anywhere that has a patio so I can bring my dog, Dolly. I’m an avid reader and TV-watcher, and a huge nerd when it comes to things like Star Wars, Harry Potter (I’m a Ravenclaw), Marvel, etc. I also love to travel. I’ve been to 24 countries (so far), and the list of places I want to visit continually grows. I am a loyal Detroit sports fan, and look forward to the Lions winning the Super Bowl…which I have faith will happen once in my lifetime.
I love using my background in journalism to help clients create original data-driven stories with unique angles that ultimately engage and inform readers.
I’ve studied multiple languages, but my strongest fluency skills are in Italian and Japanese. My grandma is from Italy, and I have dozens of cousins overseas.
I started playing the drums when I was 10 and was section leader of the drumline in high school.
I’m a Loyola University Chicago graduate, and I’ve been blessed to have interacted with Sister Jean numerous times. In fact, she and I lived on the same dorm floor my freshman year. #GoBlers
I help people find your business when they’re actively searching for the goods or services you provide. My goal is to provide those potential customers relevant information and enticing ad copy just when they need it most, leading them straight to your website for a conversion and return on your investment.
When I’m not creating and optimizing digital campaigns, I can be found camping, tying knots, and eating s’mores with Cub Scout Pack 158 where I serve as Assistant Cub Master and Webelo Den Leader for my youngest son, Ivan; and doling out sunflower seeds, batting orders, and enthusiastic instruction on the little league field as my oldest son, Liam’s, Assistant Coach. My favorite titles are “Wife” and “Mama,” and weekend road trip adventures with my husband, Brian, and our boys are my favorite!
I’m passionate about serving others. Seeing a business thrive and grow in part because of my skills and expertise makes my heart happy.
I am a big goofball. I love pranks, tomfoolery and shenanigans, and I appreciate wicked sarcasm. I will try nearly everything (at least) once, and I’ve never met a stranger. I’m fueled by coffee, chaos, and 80’s hair metal. I once kissed Bret Michaels. I was born and raised in Iowa. Go, Hawks!
I help create newsworthy data-driven content for our clients to reach news and media outlets across the country. As a former TV news reporter, it's a privilege to use skills and insight from the industry to produce engaging information.
I love traveling, baking and watching TV. I'm always looking for new places to go, new recipes to try and more reality TV to watch! You can also find me spending time with my husband, Peter, family and friends.
Whether it's grabbing a bite to eat at a new restaurant or getting last-minute tickets to a Cubs game, I'm in!
"It is so rewarding to use my passion for storytelling and analyzing information to create educational and entertaining content online."
I have a twin sister! We're fraternal, so no fun "Parent Trap" stories.
Being happily infected with the travel bug, I'm always planning a trip and looking at flights. If you have any tips or tricks using points, send them my way.
I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie -- skydiving, paragliding, ziplining and parasailing are all checked off the bucket list!
I aim to help clients meet their business goals and objectives by using data to create strategies to help improve their online search visibility. My objective is to generate tangible results that positively impact clients' bottom line.
My wife and I love taking day trips and going for hikes with our dog. We have also started taking Salsa and Bachata lessons and try to spend as much time as we can with friends and family. I have a background in music so I try to see bands live when I can, and I play guitar in a local band in Philadelphia.
Each client has different goals and challenges that present an opportunity to learn something new. SEO is a field that's always changing and it's fun to help others navigate through it and better understand it.
I took classical piano lessons for years as a kid. Since pianos aren't portable (and because I was too young to appreciate classical music), I stopped taking lessons and taught myself how to play guitar instead so I could play anywhere.
I love to cook. Family members always want to know when they are getting invited over for dinner.
My wife and I plan on retiring abroad, though we are not yet sure of the location.
As part of the Digital Third Coast team, I focus on media relations and outreach. I'll be connecting journalists with content and helping them tell informative and entertaining stories while supporting our clients in their media placement and link-building initiatives.
In my free time you can usually find me with friends, family and my dog, Kip. I enjoy baking, biking to breweries, live music, reading and watching true crime documentaries.
I am also passionate about health and wellness. I am a fitness instructor on the side and teach group classes at Pure Barre studios.
As a former journalist myself, I love using data to inform and inspire the community. I have a decade of experience working as a news reporter and anchor for ABC, CBS and FOX affiliates across the Midwest. I look forward to leveraging my industry knowledge for our outreach initiatives at DTC!
I grew up spending a lot of time in ice rinks. I was a figure skater up until I went to college. I still try to get back out on the ice when I can and luckily haven’t broken any bones trying old tricks!
I love trying new things, one of my favorite adventures has been skydiving.
I am from the Detroit area and try to make my way back there as often as I can. I’ll always root for Detroit teams no matter how hard it can be sometimes…
Social media is an ever-evolving beast, and it’s my job to stay 2 steps ahead of it. As the paid media account manager, I specialize in creating high-quality, forward-thinking ads for my clients. I’m a problem-solving, creative thinker, and with that I can confidently say that you’re in good hands.
I like to say that I’m a Jack of all trades when it comes to interests. What I’m into one month may be drastically different the next, but hey, that just means we probably have something in common! My main hobby includes competitive gaming with my fiancé and friends, while my ever-so-often hobbies include hiking and traveling to National Parks. I like to have Yin and Yang in my life. A balance of outdoor and indoor fun. Ask me what I’ve been up to sometime, and it’ll probably be something new. 😉
My whole life has been built on adapting, and from this I have learned one thing. There is no giving up. There is only succeeding or failing, then trying again and again. This mindset has seamlessly carried over to my career of paid social, it's a world full of constant problems to solve.
I love this work because I am constantly having to adapt, learn, and eventually succeed. Fortunately for me, adapting comes easy.
As Shrek once said, “Ogre’s are like onions. Onions have layers.” Whelp, I’m pretty similar! I’m an open book, and I’ve lived through a lot of experiences already. Here are a few facts to name:
• I’ve moved 20 times so far, and I’m somewhat known as a Nomad at this point.
• I’m a huge Star Wars nerd and could talk forever about it.
• I have a wonderful fiancé with 1 dog and 2 cats.
• I’ve been to nearly every state in the U.S. and a life goal of mine is to visit every National Park.
As a Content Strategist I get to turn all my creative ideas into reality to help drum up recognition for our clients. In a way it’s like creating news, which is nice since I came from the TV news world! I previously worked in TV markets across the Midwest, most recently in Chicago.
I am part of an ultimate frisbee group that plays year-round (Chicago winters have nothing on us!). I also sing and would love to someday write songs like Taylor Swift. Most importantly, I am a self-proclaimed cat lady. A good day = tea, my cat, and a book.
Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” I am so grateful that I am getting the opportunity to do just that.
The best class I ever took was surfing. It was for my PE credit at Pepperdine University, and I loved every moment of it. In 2017 I decided to run a half marathon and said I’d never do it again. A few years later I ran another one (lesson learned: never say never). I also recently attempted ice climbing because why not?
My brother and I are no longer allowed to quote Pirates of the Caribbean when it’s playing because we know too many of the lines.
After working in broadcast news for more than a decade, I know what stories news outlets pursue and what consumers want to see.
As a content strategist and outreach manager, I bring a storytelling background to create and promote unique, noteworthy content that puts our clients in front of thousands across the country.
I live in Maine with my husband, two sons and black lab Lux. I love every season here. During my free time I take advantage of everything this gorgeous state has to offer: snowshoeing in the winter, apple picking and hiking in the fall and gardening in the spring. Summer is by far my favorite season. Summer in Maine is everything you might imagine: long days along a rocky roast, lobster bakes and boat rides… It's really special. If you’ve ever been to Maine or plan to visit I’d love to chat about my home state!
Storytelling is in my blood. When I first connect with a client my brain starts cranking, ‘how can we best tell this brand’s story?’ I love brainstorming unique and creative ways to get media attention for our clients and ultimately build brand awareness and visibility.
I love interior design. When I was in high school I wanted to become an interior designer but chose to pursue a career in communications instead. Design has become a fun hobby and I love making spaces feel comfortable and personal.
My husband and I are currently working on our second fixer upper and do most of the work ourselves. From ripping up flooring, to hanging drywall I’m not afraid to do the grunt work. There’s something so satisfying about seeing a space transform into something functional and beautiful and knowing YOU created it.
I create content that is newsworthy, engaging, and informative. As an award-winning TV news reporter working in New York City, I know what piques a reporter’s interest to get clients’ coverage.
As a New Yorker, most of my time is spent eating my way through the city with my friends and family. Grilled cheese and sushi are my two favorite foods, go figure! I grew up on a lake in New Jersey, so some of my happiest memories are on a boat. I also have two cats named Leo and Mojito and they are my world.
I am a storyteller at heart. It is so rewarding helping clients create meaningful and thoughtful story ideas and then seeing that work pay off in strong story placements.
I am a massive punk rock fan, especially bands hailing from my home state of New Jersey. My all-time favorite band is My Chemical Romance. I have seen them live 26 times and counting!
My first childhood crush was George Washington. The love affair came to a grinding halt when my older sisters told me he had wooden teeth.
I’m a travel junkie. I’ve been to India, Australia, Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Mexico, and all over the Caribbean. My next bucket list trip is Japan.
As a part of the Digital PR Team, I focus on media relations and outreach!
I get to take the valuable information our team produces and connect with journalists, writers, and producers to turn into informative stories and inbound media coverage for our clients.
I love to read about history. I love all time periods, but my favorite to read and learn about will always be World War II! So far, I have been able to see the USS Alabama and the National WWII Museum! Aside from history, staying active, traveling, and being with family! I also love to be outside. I’ve lived in the land of 10,000 lakes, in the great planes of South Dakota and now on the beach! I have a huge appreciation for nature and hope to eventually live in the mountains!
I love this work because it allows me to utilize my love or writing while also exercising my create bone by taking information and translating that into catchy, newsworthy pitches. I’ve worked in just about every position in a newsroom starting when I was 18. I love incorporating my experience as a local journalist and applying it to the outreach I now get to do for Digital Third Coast! I enjoy the feeling of writing an attention-grabbing pitch that takes off with success and gains tremendous coverage!
Something that people don’t know about me is that my family started a non-profit foundation in honor of my brother, Curtis. He died suddenly of an undiagnosed heart condition in 2018 when he was 18 years old. Now, the Curtis LeMair Legacy Foundation aims to promote awareness of sudden cardiac death in young athletes, change legislation, along with raising money for scholarships for high school students in the Midwest.
I’m extremely proud of my family and the work that’s been done for the foundation.
At my role as paid media account manager, I dig deep into new and developing digital marketing platforms. My forte is in translating marketing objectives into real-time campaign optimizations that drive our clients’ success.
Marketing never stops striving to improve, and that’s why I’m constantly re-evaluating our campaigns for better performance.
I love listening to stories, which is why I spend a lot of my free time enjoying movies and television. When I’m not home with my girlfriend and cat, Cheeto, you’d probably find me hopping around local restaurants.
I thoroughly enjoy watching a business grow and expand and knowing that our campaign success is helping them achieve that development.
I may not look like much of a farmer, but I actually spend my summers working on my family’s farm where we grow all sorts of vegetables. I was even awarded the honorary title of “Potato King” during a county fair for bringing in the best potatoes that year.
As a content strategist, I can bring my love of storytelling to the front and combine it with creative, newsworthy content. I live for finding fresh angles and new approaches to stories!
I’m an avid cook and longtime bartender, so I’m always tinkering in the kitchen. I’m also a music lover- you can find me at local concerts or rummaging for new sounds at the local record shop. I also love a good book, travel, beaches, and combinations thereof.
As a former academic, I’ve always loved the power and potential of storytelling to change how we look at things. Finding the right way to frame a story is a problem I always love solving.
I’m fluent in Italian and used to live in Siena, Italy.
I play banjo and have gone on several “pilgrimage” road trips to the Appalachian south to hear the music!
I enjoy making my own cocktail bitters!
I aim to help clients “own” as much real estate on search engines as possible. Through careful planning and accurate execution, together, we can achieve business goals and improve your online presence.
I am a huge Philly sports fan. I try to go to as many games as I can and love steeping in the city’s passion for its teams. You can also find me in the kitchen whipping up a new recipe or a favorite dish, playing video games, or researching my next travel destination.
I love SEO and digital marketing in general because no day is the same and I’m always on my toes. I live for the curveballs search engines throw our way and digging through marketing data.
Halloween is my favorite holiday and my fiancé and I always have a lot of fun coming up with new costumes every year.
I enjoy racing digital racehorses with cryptocurrency on the blockchain.
I was born with crooked feet and had to wear casts for the first few months of my life. My family claims I have the straightest feet in the world!
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