Movers and Shakers: Openings and New Hires at MatchCraft, Verve and McClatchy

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Every two weeks, Kelly Benish — who knows practically everyone in hyperlocal — covers some of the latest job changes taking place in this dynamic industry. (Plus, scroll down for jobs on offer now.)

Chris Trares – McClatchy
I first met Chris Trares when he was director of sales at Stephens Media Digital, and at the time he resided in Las Vegas. Since then we’ve kept in touch and I’ve tracked his career as he took roles at Boost Media and The Daily Progress to transform their digital approach in advertising and sales. This brought Chris and his wife to Virginia and later Charlotte, North Carolina where they currently reside. Chris was just brought on by McClatchy Interactive as their digital sales development manager and they couldn’t have chosen a better candidate. Congratulations Chris!

Geoff Michener – MatchCraft
Geoff Michener was most recently the co-founder and CEO of ProspectWise, a crowdsourced platform for local business surveying. He recently left to join MatchCraft, a leading paid search self-managing platform in the space. The great part for Geoff is that he gets to work with some of the most talented people in our industry; Sean Greene, Brad Petersen and Ced Simpson. MatchCraft has been in serious expansion mode since Advance Internet acquired them in 2014, and have hired key talent in training and sales.

David Wade – Verve
Verve has announced that David Wade (entrepreneur and ad-sales veteran) will be the company’s first senior VP of market development in the US western region. David is responsible for growing Verve’s west coast sales team as well as strengthening the expanding customer base He most recently founded Marvelous Advisors and advises several startups; he has over 15 years of national advertising sales and marketing strategy at Conde Nast (Vanity Fair, Jane) and Dennis Publishing (Maxim, Stuff, Blender, The Week). David has also served as co-founder and president of Popdust, a digital destination that allowed pop music devotees direct access to their pop idols, like Katy Perry, One Direction, and Justin Bieber.

John Paton – Cxense
Cxense recently brought Digital First Media CEO John Paton onto their advisory board where he joins the ranks of former Schibsted CEO Kjell Aamot. Their responsibilities include providing strategic advice on their existing products and relationships. As the CEO of the second largest newspaper company in the US, Paton is charged with managing hundreds of products around 76 publications with an overall audience of 75 million customers. Paton’s background includes serving on the boards of The Guardian, PRISA and El Pais. He is also involved as an advisor to The Columbia Journalism Review and the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

Also on the move: RealMatch just brought on Chris Cordery as VP of sales; Chris was formerly VP of sales at IBM… Nicole Bogas was recently brought on by North Carolina-based newspaper Our State Magazine as their retail products specialist. She comes over from Blogads, where she was their director of sales and client services. Best of luck to you Nicole!… Rick Courville just became the CEO of Digital Moxie Marketing; he recently left his role as director of sales and market expansion and I had the good fortune of meeting him years prior when he was at Ballentine Digital Media. Wishing Rick the best!

Plus where to look for jobs now…

Street Fight is advertising THREE open positions. Ask us.

BrainWorks is looking for a VP of marketing communications. Apply here.

Prosper is on the prowl for a VP of intelligence. Apply here.

Amazon is hiring a marketing specialist. Apply here.

PocketMath is looking for an Account Manager in Washington D.C. Apply here.

Where2getit is hiring for almost a dozen roles, check it out and apply here.

Location3 is hiring all kinds of roles, check it out and apply here.

RAIN is looking for a salesperson for sponsorships and display. Inquire here.

Gannett is on the hunt for a VP of sales. Apply here.

Marriott seeks a VP of digital acquisition. Apply here.

Soleo is hiring software developers, a web developer, and digital media account manager, among other roles. Apply here.

Moz seeks business development talent based  in Seattle. Apply here.

LocalVox is looking for a director of business development as well as a director of marketing. Apply here.

Plus new talent looking now….

New Orleans-based sales and digital transformational talent, has trained hundreds of sales reps and transformed two major media companies into highly profitable digital sales organizations.

Texas-based local search guru and key executive. Incredibly talented, motivated and seeking a new opportunity.

Ohio-based revenue driver, interested in a new challenge. He has over 15 years of experience in local, sales, consulting and strategy.

Los Angeles big whig marketing talent, formerly a VP at a national marketing organization.

CEO for hire based in Dallas, TX – with 20+ years of history in startups, revenue growth, funding and management.

Business Development leader in Seattle – with more than 15 years of growing major national accounts and leading one of the top marketing platforms in the U.S.

L.A. based talent with a history in sales growth seeking a strategic advisory role, currently VP of Business Development at a national firm.

Washington D.C. based talent looking for an executive or senior sales leadership position in a progressive, growth-oriented environment, preferably with equity potential. Well versed in consulting with over 16 years of experience at a powerful market research firm.

Business Development talent in the Los Angeles area, showing excellence in the online marketing space with over 10 years of experience.

I have a CMO in the Bay Area looking for a C-Level role in the location-specific business, he’s looking for a similar role at an up and coming / somewhat established startup.

Veteran in the digital media and paid advertising space. He’s located in Seattle and looking to move yesterday. He has the know-how and experience to bring the next company very far.

Detroit-based product and marketing leader with 15 years of experience.

If you are interested in any of these candidates or you would like to be featured as such, please e-mail me at [email protected] for more information.

Kelly Benish is VP of publisher development at CivicScience. You can follow her on Twitter @Lokellsearch.

Kelly is Global VP of Strategic Partnerships at Uberall