Every two weeks, Search Influence’s Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. (Plus: See below for jobs on offer now.)
Jaime Romero — LocalVox
When you hear about a business owner calling their son-in-law for marketing help… well, Jaime Romero was that son-in-law. An experienced marketing professional, he lent advice and support on customer acquisition strategies to the family ice cream shop (adorable proof of this exists). Now, he’s just joined local marketing platform as VP of marketing. He was recently VP of marketing at Axial Market, among several marketing leadership roles building marketing organizations from the ground up. “LocalVox presents an exciting opportunity to help local businesses be more successful through more than just advertising. We’re helping them understand and execute a marketing strategy,” he says.
Neeraj Sharma, Chris Steib, Mike Davis — Delivery.com
Hankering for some luscious sushi or a big juicy burger as you read this? Delivery.com makes your life easier in delivering restaurant-prepared delicacies to your doorstep as a leading local online ordering site that connects its nearly 750,000 users with over 10,000 restaurants and stores in their neighborhoods for same day delivery. They recently added some impressive new members to their management team. Can you say, “special delivery?” Joining the team are Neeraj Sharma as VP of marketing, who formerly was director of loyalty marketing at ideeli, Mike Davis as VP of sales, who previously spent 10 years in various roles building Dotmenu, Inc., and Chris Steib as VP of product, who previously was head of product for Thrillist and JackThreads. Look for changes to come with the new heavies on board CEO Jed Kleckner’s company, including expansion into new cities and a focus on business-type verticals (grocers, pharmacies, etc.).
Brian Stevens — Groupon
Groupon recently brought on Brian Stevens as its chief accounting officer just as Groupon may be turning a corner. Brian, who comes from KPMG LLC was awarded a hefty amount of shares for signing on, 281,030 according to the Chicago Tribune.
Bob McKay, Michelle Baker, Michael Dumont — Venga
Venga, a business intelligence and CRM platform for restaurants, announced several new appointments: Bob McKay as its new vice president of sales, Michelle Baker as account executive, and Michael Dumont as lead software engineer. Bob has years of extensive sales experience, Michelle has a history of restaurant management experience and Michael has a portfolio of building tech solutions to notable firms. Each new member has a unique set of skills that they are bringing to the Venga table to make an impact on the restaurant CRM space. Curious to see what new efforts, directions & motivations this new team have set their sites on. Go team Venga!
Nick Dellis — Ziplist
Nick Dellis just came over from Ziplist, a company dedicated to making your grocery shopping a breeze, to Weebly, a company that makes your website development a swift task as well. As VP of business development for Weebly he admits he was fond of the company since 2007. This Aussie-born now-New York City-slicker seems to have found his niche at Weebly and wants the world to know he is available to chat about how he can help SMB’s over a nice cold Foster’s.
Kimberly Kidney — PayPal
Kimberly Kidney was just promoted to senior product manager for PayPal, moving over from Where after it was acquired by PayPal last year. Kim said that “demand generation is becoming a crucial piece of the PayPal experience, and will help us to engage and reward our current consumers. We are building the tools to help our merchants increase their revenue and customer base, focusing on multi channel to include our online/offline and PayPal Here merchants.”
Other movers and shakers around the hyperlocal scene….
Founder of NOLOH Asher Snyder was enlisted as director of AppNexus recently. With “paradigm shifter” as a quill in his sheath of experience, it seems he is the peanut butter to AppNexus’ jelly.
Alex MacFarland is not only one of the most friendly people in local, but he just made the changeover from Kenshoo Local to Experian Hitwise. Experian focuses on search and competitive intelligence and Alex is the maraschino cherry on top of their sundae.
Where to look for jobs now….
* LocalVox is rapidly expanding in all areas. Apply here
* DataXu is hiring for 60 jobs now. Apply here
* Datalogix, a Denver-based company, has an opening for a senior marketer. Email Bill Brazell for details.
* Local.com is looking to hire a partner manager. Apply here
* Foursquare seeks a public relations director. Apply here
* Factual is looking for a director mobile ad sales. Apply here
* Apple needs a business sales director. Apply here
* Patch is hiring a director of national sales. Apply here
Kelly Benish is VP of sales and marketing at Search Influence, a national online marketing firm focused on small- and medium-sized businesses and white label online marketing for publishers and media partners who serve them. Search Influence is the largest online marketing company on the Gulf Coast and New Orleans’ only Inc. 500 honoree in 2011.