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EM Marketing is a San Francisco-based Consulting Firm and Agency, founded by a Marketer for other Marketers. Why our people?

  • Experts – most with 15+ years of experience inside top-tier cos.
  • High Quality – we only work w/consultants referred to us by our own
  • Effective – our marketers are strategic, but skilled at GSD (getting stuff done)

Ada Law

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Ada Law
  • E-commerce
  • Merchandising
  • Analytics
  • Team Leadership
  • Competitive Analysis

Audrey Lee

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Audrey Lee
  • Financial Services Marketing
  • Acquisition Marketing
  • Customer Marketing
  • Multi-Channel and Cross-Sell Marketing
  • Project Management

Brenda Snaith

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Brenda Snaith
  • Direct Marketing
  • Product Marketing
  • eCommerce
  • Lead Generation

Charlie Mock

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Charlie Mock
  • User Acquisition
  • Lead Generation
  • Product Manager
  • eCommerce
  • Digital Marketing

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Daniel Gehant

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Daniel Gehant

Core Skills

Performance Marketing
Search Engine Optimization
Marketing Campaign Integration
Lead Generation
WordPress Optimization

Eric Morley

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Eric Morley
  • Lead Generation
  • Strategy
  • Team Leadership
  • Analytics
  • Direct Marketing

Gretchen Harding

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Gretchen Harding

What our clients have to say about Gretchen Harding

"Gretchen is the ultimate go-to person on the marketing team for any major project, product or brand. She focuses deeply on the customer, and she uses that knowledge to build fabulous brand marketing campaigns, acquisition efforts, social media projects and high-impact events. Gretchen possesses a strong combination of analytical thinking and creative problem solving; she is a lifesaver!"
—Kira Wampler | Trulia

Core Skills

Product Marketing
Social Media Marketing
Integrated, Online, & Email Marketing
Product & Brand Management
Customer Insights

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2013-now
Lytro, Inc: 2011-2013
Intuit: 2006-2011
BabyCenter: 2004-2006
Cardonet, Inc: 2000-2003

Credentials

MBA, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University; BS, Journalism, Northwestern University

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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

Gretchen Harding is confident she has found the ideal state, and she should know; born in Indiana, her home states have also included Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Florida, and New York. After an unfulfilling job in New York, in 1998 she moved all of her stuff to California and confidently proclaimed, “This is it.” Since then she’s never left.

FROM NAPA TO CONSULTING

With an extensive consumer products background she landed work in the wine industry, first for Mondavi and then Kendall Jackson. Eventually, a former manager from her college internship with Siemens in Germany recruited her to the then startup Cardonet, where she acquired a great deal of tech experience that she’s been expanding ever since. Wanting more control over both her schedule and choice of projects, she began consulting, which she loves. The flexibility and fresh challenges it offers appeals to her.

CREATIVELY INQUISITIVE

Of her many strengths, versatility and a high level of comfort with the unknown stand out; she has a great confidence that things will work out, even if they currently are in flux. This also stems from her depth of experience with various startups and often being on the ground floor of strategy development and product launches. Her expertise is varied, including brand and product marketing, customer insights, and social media. She excels at learning about and communicating with customers, and this intimate knowledge of them influences every aspect of her marketing work. This inquisitive nature also draws her towards new work, where she can utilize her creativity in devising fresh solutions. She has a hunger for doing things that have never been done before, harnessing customer insights to inform her work, and then executing. She enjoys brainstorming, but only insofar as it leads to actionable outcomes.

NATURE, NURTURE, AND CUPCAKES

When she’s not working, she likes to fill her down time with active pursuits. At the top of the list is taking care of her children or volunteering with their schools, but when she does get time to herself she fancies herself a nature lover who enjoys hikes with her dog and cycling around Silicon Valley. But her favorite hobby is more leisurely: baking. She enjoys the challenge, sharing it with others, and has so much fun that she makes time for it far more frequently than she even realizes. Care for a cupcake?


Howard Rosenfield

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Howard Rosenfield
  • Product Management & Marketing
  • Go-to-market Strategy
  • Research
  • Branding
  • Strategic Planning

Jana Jacobs

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Jana Jacobs
  • Customer Activation & Engagement
  • Customer Retention
  • Content Marketing
  • Creative Development

Jane Markell

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Jane Markell

What our clients have to say about Jane Markell

"I love when I get to say the word ‘WOW.’ In every project where I have engaged Jane, ‘wow’ was constantly coming out of my mouth. Apart from the quality of work, attention to detail, speed of execution, and pride in the finished product, working with Jane was fun! Tight timelines? Check. Complex Op Mechs? Check. Changes in scope of work? Check. Completed work on time and within budget? You guessed it…check! Jane’s communication and project management skills are world-class. If you have marketing needs, big or small, give Jane a call and be ready to say…‘WOW!’"
—Treg Tyler | Intuit

Core Skills

Creative Project Leader & Manager
Strategic Planner/Marketer
International Marketing & Localization Specialist
Creative Content Writer/Editor
Online Marketing & Direct Response
Brand/Marketing Communications
Content Development and Aggregation
New Business Startup Advisor & Launch Manager
Producer/Writer of Video & Multimedia Presentations

Work HIstory

Consultant: 1998-now
GCI: 1996-1997
Leeds and Northrup: 1993-1996
NYC Ad Agencies: Lowe Marschalk, Ketchum, & Grey

Credentials

MBA/MIM, Thunderbird School of Global Management; BA, History/French, Wellesley College; Fluent in French / Some Spanish

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EXPANDING THE BOUNDARIES OF MARKETING

Jane Markell views marketing as the command center for your company’s or product’s communications. Everything stems from there, and, depending on your objectives, target audience, and resources, you choose the tools and the means of delivery to reach your prospects and tell your story. Copywriting. Event scouting. Project management. Whatever it takes. Jane has what it takes to size up a challenge, find a workable solution and get the job done. If it involves working with stakeholders, influencers, and decision makers, she can do that, too. It certainly helps that Jane has worn a lot of hats over the course of her successful career. It helps even more that she’s somebody who knows how to get results.

EMPATHIC, FLEXIBLE, CULTURALLY SENSITIVE: THAT’S JUST JANE

Jane came to the Bay Area by way of New York, where she worked in the advertising industry for various B2B and consumer product companies. She earned an MBA with an emphasis on international studies and held the Director of Corporate Communications and Product Marketing position at Honeywell before landing at Intuit, where she specialized in product launches for international markets. Figuring out how to integrate Intuit’s corporate brand into new cultures became a special subset of Jane’s marketing expertise.

TARGETING THE AUDIENCE. TAILORING THE MESSAGE.

As a result of her international experience, is it any wonder Jane places a premium on understanding the audience? Communication tools may vary, but the message itself has to be effective for the company’s target demographic. The key to any project’s success is to pinpoint the right audience, customize a message for that audience, and deliver it in a memorable way. As for the toolbox itself, Jane is an excellent writer/editor, a direct response specialist, a product launch guru, and a detail-oriented project manager. She solves problems the same way she learned to speak fluent French, by immersing herself fully in the medium and figuring things out.

TIME OFF: ONE LIFE, ENDLESSLY ACTIVE

At Intuit, Jane’s marketing role was as a facilitator. From strategic planning to content aggregation and everything in between, Jane made it her responsibility to find somebody to do the job, or to do it herself. No less active in her personal life, Jane loves to hike, bike, swim, and play tennis. She enjoys these activities when she and her husband aren’t jetting off to their next international destination. If that sounds like a full plate, it is. Jane specializes in full plates, even as she lightens the load for others. It’s all about finding the right mix and getting the job one.


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Jennifer Roop

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What our clients have to say about Jennifer Roop

"Jennifer is able to handle a myriad of duties with the calmness and professionalism that is appreciated by those working with her. She has a strong ability to manage multiple, large projects with the grace and humor to make tough jobs easier."
— Kevin Segedi | SAW Communications

Core Skills

Customer Lifecycle Marketing
New Program Development
Online Marketing Strategy
Community Development & Engagement
Demand Generation

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2001-now
Kana Communications: 1999-2001
Zanza: 1996-1999

Credentials

BA, Political Science, Wellesley College

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A CHILDLIKE CURIOSITY

As a young child in Southern California, Jennifer Roop’s father encouraged her to investigate her own solutions to any questions she had; at 10 she was even put in charge of sourcing paint colors and painters’ bids to redo her bedroom walls. Realizing the power of her skills at a young age, she carried forward the joy of creative-problem solving into her adult life. After Wellesley College and a brief stint in Washington D.C., she headed west for Silicon Valley where she cut her marketing teeth during the first dot-com boom of the 1990s. She quickly learned the importance of understanding and engaging with customers, building bridges between marketing and technical teams, and being scrappy when necessary to get stuff done.

A COMBINATION CONSULTANT AND RECRUITER

After serving as marketing manager for two different start-ups, Zanza and Kana, and helping the latter grow into a medium sized business, Jen started a family and — on a friend’s suggestion — started consulting; she fell in love with it. It enables her to be present for her family while simultaneously doing what she loves professionally. Within that professional persona she wears two hats — one as a marketing consultant, and one as a recruiter for consultants. Being the former improves her work as the latter since she understands the needs and working styles of consultants while also knowing the needs and expectations of managers. Her ability to solve problems by helping both sides of the equation and build working relationships through placements keeps her hungry and tenacious.

AN INQUISTIVIE, CUSTOMER-CENTRIC MARKETING PHILOSOPHY

Jen’s naturally inquisitive, problem solving nature underscores her marketing philosophy. She sees each project as a puzzle and passionately works to determine what the customer wants and needs, devise the optimal solution, and then deliver the product or service to the end user. She loves this practical side of marketing and the ability to provide lasting value to both the customer and the client. To achieve this she is always picturing herself as the customer and enjoys connecting with them directly to fully understand their requirements. She is a firm believer in results; developing the right metrics to assess a campaign’s effectiveness are essential to her work. This philosophy also extends to her work as a recruiter; she enjoys delivering value to both consultants and managers by connecting the right pieces of the puzzle together, and measuring the relationship over time to ensure it truly is the right fit.

A FAST-MOVING MOM

When away from the office she is grateful that consulting affords her the opportunity to be extremely involved in her kid’s lives; she has three children and loves sharing in their activities be they school, sports, or field trips. She’s an ardent bibliophile (attending talks at local bookstores is a favorite activity), world traveler, pet lover, and aspiring race car driver; she recently enjoyed a day taking an Audi race car driving course at the nearby Sonoma Raceway.


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Jennifer Stansbury

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Jennifer Stansbury

What our clients have to say about Jennifer Stansbury

"It's a great pleasure to work with Jennifer. She is results-driven and quickly comes up to speed on new projects and makes immediate and lasting contributions. She regularly showed great adaptability and flexibility while managing several different business channels."
—Steve Komlos | Adobe

Core Skills

Online Marketing
Product Marketing & Management
Project Management
Market Research
Customer Acquisition & Retention
Messaging and Communications

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2007-now
American-Pacific Enterprises: 2004-2007
The Clorox Company: 2001-2004
Oppenheimer Capital: 1995-1999

Credentials

MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern UniversityBA, Political Science & French, Cornell University

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EASTERN EDUCATION

As a kid Jennifer Stansbury enjoyed the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, but went to college at Cornell, where she double majored in Political Science and French. She spent her junior year studying abroad in France and after graduation continued moving east, working in the economics research department of a large French bank in Paris.

MARKETING WITH AN M.B.A.

Her first marketing job was in New York City in the financial services industry. Finding the prospect of marketing complex financial products to institutional investors a bit dull, she decided to attended Kellogg’s reputed MBA program to get some classical marketing training before committing herself to her great jobs in consumer marketing and a west coast return; there she secured brand management positions at Clorox in Oakland, and later American Pacific — a leading home textiles company. Later she became a mother and entered the world of consulting after the birth of her second child.

A CROSS-FUNCTIONAL CONSULTANT

Jennifer’s expertise spans across online marketing, product marketing, project management, market research, customer retention, and marketing communications. Her messaging work has included email, web, direct response, PR, sales and support, retailer, packaging, and in-product messaging, among others. Colleagues consistently identify her as being ardently results oriented, highly organized, a clear communicator, and exceptional at identifying and prioritizing key tasks. In sum: a very positive person to work with who likes to make the work lives of her clients easier. Jennifer is a self described doer who loves to take a strategy, devise a plan for execution, and get it done.

A GLOBE-TROTTING EXPLORER

When not in the office, she loves to explore; an avid hiker, skier, and reader, her greatest joy is seeing remote corners of the world. Rwanda and Burma currently top her wish list, a visit to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is in the works, and recent trips include stops in Fiji, Peru, and Tanzania. Not long ago was one journey she’ll never forget; she finally got to take her two children to Europe to visit family on a brand new Oakland to Stockholm route. The aircraft? Fittingly: The Dreamliner.


Jim Herbold

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What our clients have to say about Jim Herbold

"I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with and learned from Jim. Jim has it all. He knows how to build a startup. At the same time, he knows how to scale up a startup into a multi-billion dollar company. He can solve highly complex problems through rigorous analyses. At the same time, he can apply keen business intuition to navigate through opaque situations with clarity. He's humble and confident at the same time - always authentic in how he advises his clients and makes a strong impact. More importantly, Jim is a natural leader, mentor and advisor who you want to go for a long walk with, and talk about everything from business to family to life. There are very few like him out there."
— Yong Kim | Wonolo

Core Skills

Sales Leadership
Go-To-Market Strategy
Inside Telesales
Enterprise Sales
Sales Operations
SaaS/Cloud Computing
Scaling Across Growth Stages

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2015-present
Infer: 2014-2015
Box: 2007-2014
Lyris/EmailLabs: 2003-2007
AboveNet: 2000-2001
NCB Singapore: 1997-1999
Centennial Communications: 1995-1996
MCI: 1993-1994

Credentials

BA, Geography and Anthropology, Dartmouth College; Named Top 5 SaaS Professor of Sales, SaaScribe 2015

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Sales Leader, Team Player, Enterprise Expert

Jim Herbold is not your typical Silicon Valley sales leader. He considers himself not just a team builder – and he’s built his share of successful teams – but also a team player. Jim’s 15-year career in Silicon Valley included playing a pivotal role in helping Box build a robust 400-person sales force, helping to pave the way for the company’s successful 2015 IPO. Not every company can go public, but every company can benefit from Jim’s considerable expertise in sales strategy, market diversification, and execution.

From the Queen City to Silicon Valley

Jim was born to work in Silicon Valley. Actually born in Cincinnati, Ohio, his early interest in math and science, combined with his early interest in anything electronic that had dials, buttons and gauges, made him ideally suited for a career in technology. After stints in the telecom industry in New York and the Atlanta Olympics, and then with a Singaporean investment venture, he moved to the Bay Area in the late 1990’s and found his way quickly into sales. His aptitude for helping companies go from Point A to Point B by closing deals, making strong sales hires, maximizing their productivity, all the while learning the art of leadership, made him a perfect fit for the sales side of the tech industry.

A Passion for Start-Ups, A Sixth Sense for Success

Jim has been drawn to start-ups his entire career. As a consultant, he’s looking forward to using the experience he developed across his career to help a broad range of companies in the B2B software space “get it right early on.” Jim refers to his knack for sales leadership as a “sixth sense,” and it includes building the right team, identifying the value being served by a particular product, and pinpointing a market for that product. That’s not all. Action plans. Data analysis. Scaling teams across growth stages. Jim has done it all, and he’s had great success doing it.

Time Off: Work Hard. Play Harder. No Exceptions.

Jim’s appreciation of creativity and reinvention isn’t limited to his work in the start-up culture. They also apply to his professional life. The father of two boys, ages six and ten, he’s worked hard to perfect the art of work/life balance. He’s put together a museum-grade mineral and fossil collection, is a self-proclaimed backyard grill master, and would probably be a scuba dive master if his career in sales didn’t pan out. Jim’s bucket list is no skimpy list, and he’s always been a doer. When he isn’t busy helping companies achieve their sales goals, he’s planning for the day when he’s going to take his boys to Nepal for some Himalayan trekking. He works as hard as he plays, and takes nothing in life for granted.


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Kara Jariwala

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What our clients have to say about Kara Jariwala

"If you are looking for a great marketer look no further - Kara is the one for you. She is superb at what she does - super creative with timely delivery and always a smile on her face. She is sharp, openminded, approachable. I loved having her on a team and hope to get a chance to work together with her again."
— Yelena Gartsman | Intuit

Core Skills

Marketing Strategy and Execution
Search Engine Optimization
Content Marketing
Website Strategy and Content
Partner Marketing
Creative Ideation
Field Marketing
Channel Marketing

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2014-now
HP: 2010-2014
Cisco: 2001-2010
Start-ups: Entera (2000) & Echarge (1998-2000)

Credentials

MA, Political Science, Western Michigan University; BA, French, Saint Mary’s College; Authentic Leadership in Action: Nova Scotia, June 2012; Google Search Tech Council: Mountain View, CA, 2006-2012

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THE THOUGHT LEADER YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU’D FIND

Like many successful marketers, Kara Jariwala’s expertise includes both strategy and execution. She approaches each project holistically and has a special aptitude for connecting the dots, between social and search, or content marketing and direct mail, to name just two examples. If marketing can be described as the science of “what’s possible,” Kara takes the time to examine all of the possibilities. Clients ranging from enterprising start-ups to tech juggernauts like Intuit, Cisco, and HP have benefited from Kara’s thorough approach, as well her ability to think “big picture” and her willingness to roll up her sleeves and get the job done.

FROM SEATTLE TO SILICON VALLEY, ALWAYS THE CENTER OF THE ACTION

A native of Michigan, Kara grew up in the Midwest and studied political science in college. After graduation, she moved to Seattle with three suitcases and a list of names. She was drawn by the proliferation of tech and quickly found herself in the middle of it. The desire to be in the center of the action has stayed with her ever since, whether she’s launching Cisco’s first search program or managing the Marketing Innovation Fund at HP.

ENTREPRENEURIAL-MINDED, JUST LIKE HER CLIENTS

There are many facets to Kara’s “360-degree” approach to marketing. She can go broad (i.e. B2B, B2C, Industry/Category Marketing). She can go deep (i.e. SEO Strategy, Demand Generation). She’s no less adept at the meeting the needs of a nimble, 5-person start-up than a publicly-owned tech behemoth. Her strategies are marked by her in-depth knowledge, hands-on approach and can-do, entrepreneurial spirit. It may be a testament to her inner-entrepreneur, but Kara likes to do things that have never been done before, or that people say can’t be done at all. They pose a challenge, and Kara has made a career out of overcoming challenges.

TIME OFF: ALL IN, ALL OUT, ALL THE TIME

Kara’s desire to “go deep” extends beyond the marketing world into her personal life. Whether it’s remodeling her home from the inside out, leading a family camping trip, practicing mindfulness, or playing tennis 3-4 times a week to fine-tune her game, Kara doesn’t do things halfway. She doesn’t just think about what can be done, either. She jumps in and does it.


Karen Howard

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Karen Howard

What our clients have to say about Karen Howard

"Karen Howard has been an incredible partner on our business over the years. She is incredibly strategic and continually demonstrates leadership in driving execution and results. She's my go to expert on marketing strategy, product launches and execution, pricing - you name it. And such a pleasure to work with. I'd hire her in a second again - she's fantastic!"
— Karen Barson | Intuit

Core Skills

Marketing Strategy
Go-To-Market Development/Strategy
Product Launches
Product Marketing
Market Program Execution
Program/Project Management
Industry Marketing (e.g. Financial Services, Telecom, and Retail)
Sales Tool Development & Delivery

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2002-now
E.piphany: 1999-2002 Siemens I&CN: 1998-1999
Sprint PCS: 1995-1998

Credentials

MBA, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University ; BA, Business & Economics, University of Puget Sound

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A Product Marketer Par Excellence

Nobody makes an introduction quite like Karen Howard. If there’s a product the consumer, small business, or enterprise market needs to know about, she’s the person to introduce it. From market strategy to pricing, competitive landscaping to designing a go-to-market plan, there’s no facet of the product launch space that Karen hasn’t mastered. Karen’s industry background is wide-ranging, but high-tech is a particular sweet spot. Karen takes satisfaction in bringing a new product to market that can help people improve their lives and their businesses. Clients like Intuit, Yahoo!, Adobe, and Wells Fargo have been more than happy to benefit from her strategic thinking and can-do attitude.

Mile-High Raised, High-Tech Centered

Raised in Denver, Colorado, Karen earned her MBA at Duke University, where she became passionate about high-tech marketing. After graduation, she spent three years in Sprint’s Executive Leadership Program, before joining the Bay Area’s burgeoning dot-com boom. She started her own consulting business in 2002 and hasn’t looked back since. Her firm specializes in consumer technology, enterprise software, and solutions development, but there’s no sector that can’t benefit from Karen’s peerless expertise in strategic planning, product launches, marketing program management, and sales tool development and delivery.

An Intrepid Marketer, An Inspired Group Leader, A Consummate Pro

Karen believes you should be passionate about what you do and give 110 percent when you do it. She recognizes that marketing is an extremely fluid field and works hard to keep on top of the latest trends, and to put them to work on behalf of her clients. She particularly enjoys projects that allow her to capitalize on both her marketing and leadership skills. A recent relaunch of the QuickBooks Online product lineup for Intuit is one example of a project where Karen was able to come in on the ground floor, collaborate cross-functionally with a number of different teams and exceed the company’s expectations.

Time Off: An Active Lifestyle, with a Great American Novel on Her Mind

Karen’s Colorado upbringing all but ensured she would adopt an active lifestyle. As a Bay Area resident, with one of the most famous wine regions in the world just up the road, Karen enjoys tennis and golf as much as she enjoys a big, jammy zinfandel. A talented writer, there may even be a Great American Novel in Karen’s future. She just needs to find the time write it!


Karen Paluska

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Karen Paluska

What our clients have to say about Karen Paluska

"Karen was a quick study and asked many insightful questions that helped us push our thinking. She was great at partnering with a variety of functions and getting buy-in on her ideas, which made their implementation much faster and smoother. She displayed a strong combination of strategic thinking and execution skills, which was the reason that after her first project with our team, she was asked to work on another one. It was clear that she had a strong sense of ownership and would jump through hoops to help us out. I know the team was very happy with her work and that we would gladly hire her again."
— Firouzeh Murray | Intuit

Core Skills

Marketing Strategy
Brand Development
Project Management
Art Direction
Email Marketing
Social Media
Graphic Design

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2008-now
Intuit: 2006-2008
Moxi Digital: 2000-2004
WebTV Networks: 1996-1999

Credentials

MA, Communication, Culture, & Technology, Georgetown University; BA, Communication, Stanford University

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Artful Insights, Proven Impact

Karen Paluska prides herself on thinking about “the big picture” of marketing strategy without sacrificing the critical attention to detail that can make or break a project. Brand strategy and messaging are two of Karen’s particular areas of expertise, but she has a wide range of marketing skills and can always pull out the right tool for the job. With her extensive art background, combined with strong writing skills and an aptitude for project management, she is a one-stop-shop when it comes to executing large projects. Whether it’s a product launch or a website rebrand, if Karen is involved, the strategy will be on point, the deadline will be met, and the deliverable will be a work of art.

A Bay Area Native with a Wealth of High-Tech Experience

Karen grew up in San Mateo and earned a degree in Communication from Stanford before heading off to Budapest, Hungary, to teach English and travel. Once she moved back to the Bay Area, she worked for WebTV Networks where she fell in love with the adrenaline-rush of the startup world. She went on to complete a Master’s degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown, but after two years of living on the East Coast, she was ready to make her way back to the tech world. At the consumer electronics startup Moxi, she helped launch the company at CES and win Best of Show for the product. At Intuit, she created a welcome guide and worked on positioning and messaging of the QuickBooks Payroll family of products. Karen recently spent three years living in Paris before returning to the Bay Area where she’s now consulting for a variety of tech-focused companies.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Karen looks at every job through the lens of a designer. What is the personality of the brand in question? How should that personality look and feel, and how can it stand out from the competition? She prides herself on being able to identify the heart of a company’s mission and creating deliverables that establish a strong, consistent brand.

Time Off: Next Stop the Prado

Karen enjoys painting and creative writing in her free time. When visiting museums, she loves modern art but can also spend hours admiring the incredible detail of medieval illuminated manuscripts. These days, Karen’s biggest marketing challenge is convincing her two school-aged children that museums can be fun places to visit – but watch out, kids, Karen is nothing if not persistent.


Kelsey Phillips

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Kelsey Phillips
  • Integrated Marketing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Demand Generation
  • Product Marketing
  • Go-to-market Strategy

Kim Lopez-Walters

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Kim Lopez-Walters
  • Brand Strategy
  • Product Innovation
  • Trend Identification and Strategy
  • Customer Insight
  • Consumer Products

Le Tran

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Le Tran
  • Product Marketing
  • Integrated Campaigns
  • Category Development
  • Marketing & Sales Strategy
  • Brand Management

Lea Korito

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Lea Korito
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Product Marketing
  • Product Management
  • Web Marketing
  • Channel Marketing

Leslie Fisher

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Leslie Fisher
  • Product Management
  • Program Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Social Marketing

Lynette Liu

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Lynette Liu
  • Product Management
  • Customer Acquisition
  • Product Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Online Marketing

Lynn Bruno

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Lynn Bruno
  • Content Strategy
  • Writing and Developmental Editing
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Email Marketing
  • Google Analytics

Mark Harnett

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Mark Harnett

Core Skills

Search & Acquisition
Growth Strategies
Optimizing Paid Channels
Lead Generation
Analytics

Molly Tapias

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Molly Tapias
  • Strategy
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Data & Analytics
  • Management Consulting

Nancy Keith Kelly

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Nancy Keith Kelly

What our clients have to say about Nancy Keith Kelly

"If you’re looking for a self-starter, quick learner and strategic thinker, Nancy Keith Kelly is your gal. Nancy excels at teamwork and collaborating across borders. She brings a global perspective to her roles which allows strategies and plans to travel globally. Her communications skills – both internally and externally – are unequaled. Nancy was a highly valued creator and contributor to the Marketing Strategy & Effectiveness team at a critical juncture of our marketing transformation, and she always brought sunshine and a sense of humor to the team."
— Engelina Jaspers | Hewlett-Packard

Core Skills

Marketing & Communications Strategy
Global Marketing (especially Asia)
Marketing Campaigns & Programs
Stakeholder Engagement
Environmental Sustainability
Customer Programs & Event Marketing
Executive & Employee Communications
Agency Management

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2014-now
Hewlett-Packard: 2008-2014
Agencies (FH, H+K, etc.): 1997-2008
Apple: Late 1980s-1997

Credentials

Guest Lecturer, History, California Polytechnic State University, 2011-present ; BA, History, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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A Marketing Generalist with a Global Perspective

Nancy is a creative thinker, adventurer, and team builder. She’s also an expert in both business development as well as marketing & communications strategy, making her an ideal fit for a wide variety of marketing programs. She is currently working with the Intuit Developer Group to bring apps developed with strategic partners to market. She explains what the apps do, describes the benefits to customers, and her work has produced exactly the results the company hoped it would. Intuit didn’t need an app for that. They had Nancy.

A Successful Launch of Her Own

It’s a great big world out there, and Nancy is working hard to discover every square inch of it. A California native with a liberal arts background, Nancy was considering a career in law but landed instead at Apple, where she was part of the team that helped to launch the company’s operations in Japan and China. As a result of her experiences living in Hong Kong and Singapore, Nancy has set a goal for herself to visit 100+ countries. She crosses destinations off the same way she crosses off projects, one unforgettable adventure at a time.

A Global Leader, A Can-Do Attitude

Nancy prides herself on being a citizen of the world. She knows from firsthand experience that what works in the U.S. market may not work abroad. Her expertise has benefited more than a few companies that understand that as great as the U.S. market is, overseas markets are where the real action is. She’s also a people person who believes in the importance of getting to know your teammates, letting them know what you do, and that you’re eager to help them. Happy to set strategy or carry it out, she wears the title “working director” with pride.

Time Off: Meaningful Friendships, Epic Adventures

Nancy’s spirit of adventure simply knows no bounds. She’s photographed polar bears in Northern Canada, just under the arctic circle. She’s scaled Mt. Rainier and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Living and working in Asia gave her chance to explore parts of China, Thailand, and Cambodia most people don’t see. She’s an outdoors enthusiast who loves spending time with friends and hanging out with horses. Nancy isn’t somebody that likes to sit still. The world is waiting, and Nancy is on her way.


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  • Product Marketing
  • Marketing Management
  • Advertising

Rachel Plasse

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Rachel Plasse

What our clients have to say about Rachel Plasse

"I highly recommend Rachel. She is intelligent, motivated, and a good collaborator. She is great at both directing projects and doing them. She has a positive can-do attitude, and it is backed up by her considerable knowledge and expertise in all things related to customer database marketing and the CRM strategies that come out of such analytic insight."
— Charles Noland | Harte Hanks

Core Skills

Multi-Channel Marketing
Demand Generation
Program Management
Product Launches
Marketing Communications
Website Development
Marketing Analytics

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2011-now
Harte Hanks: 2002-2007
Glaxo-Smith-Kline: 2001-2002
MCI Worldcom Australia: 1999-2000
Bell Atlantic: 1996-1999

Credentials

MA, Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University; BS, Television-Radio & Business, Ithaca College

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Your Marketing Mission’s Missing Link

Rachel Plasse has worn many marketing hats in her career, from product manager to communications specialist to marketing analytics team leader. Some people might say this makes her a true integrated marketing professional. Her clients would say it makes her truly indispensable. You never really know what the challenge will be: Whether it’s targeting strategy, demand generation, message or content development, Rachel enjoys rolling up her sleeves, figuring out exactly what needs to be done, and doing it.

Building Her Skill Set, Finding Her Way West

Rachel grew up in Maryland and attended Ithaca College in Upstate New York, where she studied media management and business. After moving back to the DC Area, she studied for her Masters while working in Consumer Marketing for Bell Atlantic (Verizon). Following a two-year stint abroad to help develop MCI Worldcom’s Asia-Pacific business, she returned to the East Coast and joined Harte-Hanks to assist automotive, pharmaceutical and high-tech clients in leveraging and learning from their marketing data. She came to the San Francisco area eight years ago, where she put on her consulting hat. Rachel’s passion for marketing grew out of her twin interests in design and analytics. Compelling, strategically smart ideas specifically targeted to generate results: That’s what drives Rachel.

A Full-Spectrum Marketer Passionate about Getting Results

Rachel is very exacting about what it takes to achieve a client’s marketing objectives. She begins with two questions: What are the client’s goals? What marketing components will enable these goals to be achieved? Defining answers to these two critical queries is the best way to ensure the client maximizes their marketing investment. Rachel prides herself on being able to work with people, collaborating with designers, developers, and the client’s sales force. Above all, she strongly believes in taking the time to find the right target audience, getting to know that audience’s needs, and reaching it in a meaningful, memorable way. Accomplish that, and everything else falls into place. Rachel will see to it that it does.

Off Time: Getting Outdoors Is Always In Season

Rachel and her husband fell in love with the Bay Area’s active lifestyle, and they try to take full advantage of it when they’re not working. Hiking. Camping. Skiing. Scuba Diving. Bungee Jumping. (Okay, she only went bungee jumping once and swears she’ll never do that again.) The mother of two girls, ages 10 and 8, who she insists are “quickly becoming tougher than their mom,” Rachel is no stranger to the outdoors. From lengthy treks to hidden swimming holes to black diamond skiing at Lake Tahoe, Rachel and her family like to take full advantage of everything the region has to offer. Rachel and her family have recently moved to Portland, OR, where they’re looking forward to tackling a whole new set of adventures.


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Ryan Rigoli
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Product Marketing
  • Brand Strategy
  • Personal Branding
  • Marketing Strategy

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Sam Fintz
  • Big Data Exploration
  • Customer Segmentation, Profiling, Modeling
  • Insight/Trend/Campaign/Cohort Analysis
  • Web Tracking & Analytics
  • Acquisition, Engagement, & Retention
  • Metrics Visualization / Dashboards
  • Business Intelligence
  • End-to-End Marketing Campaign Management

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Samantha Conoley
  • Product Management
  • Agile Development
  • User Experience
  • Team Leadership
  • Customer Research

Sharon Leong

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Sharon Leong
  • Program Management
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Analytics
  • Financial Services
  • Project Management

Stacy Ruth

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Stacy Ruth
  • Direct Marketing
  • Branding
  • Customer Acquisition
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Financial Services Marketing

Suzy DeLine

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Suzy DeLine
  • Inbound Marketing and Content Strategy
  • Product Marketing
  • Community Management
  • Product Launch
  • Partner Marketing

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What our clients have to say about Tara Verner

“I found Tara to be an excellent leader who provided clear direction and support for her team, and earned their respect and loyalty in return. The team's related results speak for themselves. Tara is an excellent collaborator, and has the ability to think/plan strategically while also paying attention to details -- a necessary set of skills as head of a large team in a fast-moving organization.”
— Howard Rosenfield | Symantec

Core Skills

Marketing Planning & Strategy
Product Launches
Lead Generation
Customer Relationship Management
Digital/Online Marketing
Email & Direct Marketing
Web Optimization
Marketing Communications/Integrated Marketing
Content & Social Media Marketing

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2013-now
Verisign: 2006-2013
Intuit: 2001-2006
Webvan: 1999-2001
BankBoston: 1997-1999
Sutro & Company: 1993-1995

Credentials

MBA, School of Management, Boston University ; BA, Journalism & Spanish, Southern Methodist University

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MEET TARA, MARKETING MAVEN, PUZZLE MASTER

As a wide-ranging marketing generalist, Tara Verner truly loves synthesizing information and determining how each piece of the puzzle fits together. She’s a firm believer in examining issues through a variety of lenses, and knows that even small tweaks can yield big results. Tara leaves no stone unturned, and her love of data gives her an added edge in helping to stretch the client’s dollars. A proficient problem solver, she’s constantly looking for ways to optimize every situation and enjoys the challenge of overcoming creative constraints.

BAY AREA BORN, DRIVEN FROM THE START

A San Francisco native, Tara studied journalism and Spanish at Southern Methodist University before working in corporate communications at a small brokerage firm. Wanting to be closer to the front end of product creation, she received her MBA from Boston University and then became a brand and product manager. Drawn in by the first dot-com boom, she returned home to the Bay Area with her husband and has been excelling ever since. After starting out in direct mail, Tara has gained a wealth of experience in the highly measurable fields of email, online, lead generation marketing, website optimization and loves utilizing metrics to improve a project’s performance.

NO CHALLENGE TOO BIG, NO COMPANY TOO SMALL

Professionally, Tara believes a career should be “like a jungle gym and not a ladder.” Not limited by a company’s size, her depth and breadth of skills can help any organization be a better, more efficient marketer, especially in an industry like technology that features such rapidly changing mediums. In addition to the ability to merge various skillsets, connecting talented people keeps Tara engaged and invigorated by her work. This is true internally, working across teams, but also externally, making discoveries about customers’ desires and helping them achieve their goals. Getting to know her customers and building products for their needs is at the heart of Tara’s work.

TIME OFF: DEVOTED MOM, WITH A KILLER FIRST SERVE

Outside of consulting, Tara adores her three young girls, and enjoys cheering them on at plays, basketball games, swim meets and more. They surely get athletic inspiration from their mom, who stays active herself with both a weekly tennis and weightlifting group. Tara is a doer by nature, and takes pride in doing things efficiently. She finds particular joy in discovering new tools to help her better manage projects and initiatives, even household ones, and is consistently reading and staying up to date on the latest marketing ideas, philosophies, and platforms. She’s always striving to learn and to be a better marketer.


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Tina Hou
  • Product Marketing
  • Go-to-market Strategy
  • Messaging & Positioning
  • Marketing Communications
  • Product Management

Tony Woo

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Tony Woo
  • Brand Management
  • Product Marketing
  • Direct Marketing
  • Positioning
  • Market Research

Tricia McKinney

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What our clients have to say about Tricia McKinney

"Tricia is strategic, organized, detail oriented and driven - an outstanding combination. Tricia has been an invaluable partner through multiple projects including brand creation/execution, marcom coordination, sales tool development, customer event management, tradeshow coordination and website development. Tricia always keeps the big picture in mind, ensuring that marketing programs are uniquely professional and consistently executed across touch points. Above all, Tricia is a joy to work with and she always delivers. I highly recommend her."
— Christopher Pfaff | Ceterix Orthopaedics

Core Skills

Program Management
Channel & Partner Marketing
Product Launches
Website Development
Advertising Campaigns
Branding & Marketing Communications

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2006-now
Outside the Lines: 2000-2006
AT&T: 1998-2000
Valin Corporation: 1995-1998
Valley Credit Union: 1994-1995
Target Therapeutics: 1993-1994

Credentials

BA, Journalism, California State University

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A HARDWORKING YOUTH

Growing up as the youngest of eight children in Los Gatos, CA, Tricia McKinney learned the value of hard work at a young age. She’s been working since she was 15 and put herself through college by working 30 hours/week, while taking classes full-time at CalState. This fierce work ethic, combined with her marketing internships along the way, led her towards the professional marketing consulting life she now leads.

DESIGN STUDIO MANAGING PARTNER TO CONSULTANT

Tricia has been self-employed for 15 years, the first six of which were spent as a managing partner at Outside the Lines, a boutique design studio that focused on corporate identity, websites, and marketing communications. Along the way she accepted a product marketing consulting role; a position that was supposed to last a few months became a few years and Tricia discovered that she preferred consulting vs. owning her design studio. The variety of challenges that come with consulting appeal to her “get it done” attitude, she’s an excellent multi-tasker with great attention to detail, and she’s appreciative of the flexibility and balance that consulting affords her with her professional and family life.

A STRATEGIC MARKETING COMMUNICATOR

Tricia possesses a variety of skills and experience, and never loses sight of a project’s overarching strategic goals. She loves the creative process of marketing communications; developing a concept from scratch, making something tangible, and conveying it in a way that’s not like everything else out there is a challenge that she savors. She’s worked with all sizes of companies and her sweet spot is with financial services and medical device companies. She’s most enjoyed her work on websites, though she’s also adept at event planning, advertising, collateral development, and almost everything in between in the world of marketing. She is an outside of the box thinker who is constantly devising solutions to problems and offering to help rather than saying no.

AN ACTIVE, MEMORY-MAKING FAMILY

When she’s not working, Tricia spends most of her time supporting her children’s activities, especially sports and school. Hers is a family that loves to ski together, and when able she and her husband love to instill a sense of adventure in their children by traveling to as many different parts of the U.S. and world as they can; her daughter was only two months old when she got her first passport. Tricia has used her own to visit the likes of Edinburgh, Tokyo, Florence, London, Montreal, Kyoto, Paris, Monte Carlo, and the Caribbean. She knows that making memories as a family will be the moments she’ll be able to treasure for a lifetime. Watching her kids have the greatest time of their lives makes those moments the greatest times of hers.


Wens Gerdyman

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What our clients have to say about Wens Gerdyman

"At a time when we needed it most, Wens helped us get into shape quickly and efficiently to launch our new internet product. He independently performed customer visits on our behalf and represented us very professionally. His insightful analysis allowed our team to learn valuable lessons and come up with innovative solutions. His disciplined product management approach helped our team effectively prioritize features into a clear product roadmap. With his patient help, we implemented a solid operating rhythm for launching our product. I wholeheartedly recommend Wens as a consultant to any company who needs help with new product strategy, development and rollout to market."
— Bernardine Wu | FitForCommerce

Core Skills

Product Management
Design Thinking
eCommerce Strategy & Implementation
Product Development Management
Business Development

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2008-now
eBay (Shopping.com): 2006-2008
Yahoo: 2004-2006
Escalate: 2002-2004
Optum Software: 1997-2001
Procter & Gamble: 1992-1995

Credentials

MBA, Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley; BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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SILICON VALLEY SURPRISE

Wens Gerdyman still can’t believe he’s working in Silicon Valley. A native of Java, Indonesia, he thought he would return home after receiving his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. But, after three years as an operations engineer at Procter & Gamble he went back to school for his MBA at UC Berkeley. A firm believer that one should follow the unknown paths down which life leads, he decided to remain in the Mecca of the technology industry which he liked so much.

A PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT

After his MBA, Wens wasn’t sure if he wanted to be more technical or more business oriented, so he decided to straddle the middle ground with product development; the variety of new challenges excites him and he enjoys bridging both worlds. After product management positions at the likes of Optum Software, Escalate, and Yahoo, Wens turned to consulting. He loves devising solutions for different customers and appreciates the diversity of people and aspects of a project that he works with. Nothing brings him more satisfaction than a happy client.

DEVISING DESIGN THINKING SOLUTIONS

One of Wens’s greatest strengths is his ability to think conceptually. He approaches building a product as if creating a play; a solid requirements document (the script) is necessary to outline site maps and workflows, use cases (scenes) define the concept, and users (actors) bring it to life. All three must work well in concert to create a great product. To achieve this, Wens’s work is guided by a commitment to Design Thinking, a framework for devising solutions to real problems that is rooted in empathy for the end user. It’s imperative for a designer to put themselves in the shoes of the customer. He’s also a firm believer that ideas need time and space to germinate, and a full process of prototyping and testing is necessary to deliver the best possible product. His ability to simultaneously understand the business problems in need of solving, and deliver clear requirements that engineers can understand and act upon, make him a valuable asset to any client.

AN ATHLETIC AND MUSICAL FATHER

When he’s not working, Wens likes to stay active as much as possible. He’s an avid tennis player (~4 rating) and an enthusiastic skier, and he enjoys taking vacations that provide opportunities for one or the other. Additionally he enjoys honing his guitar skills with his band, Free Beer, and he has a taste for well scripted TV such as Breaking Bad. He’s also a family man who cherishes his down time with his children.


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What our clients have to say about Ali Ward

"I had the pleasure of working with Ali when she was selected for a prestigious opportunity to develop the Direct Marketing strategy for the Intuit UK office. Her capacity to manage multiple complex projects concurrently is impressive. Ali is an action-oriented, engaging, customer-focused leader who always goes above and beyond what is asked. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone and I hope to have the opportunity to work with her again."
— Amber Hayward | Intuit

Core Skills

Marketing Strategy and Execution
Email & Direct Marketing
Project/Program Management
Print Production
Software Marketing (SaaS, Desktop)

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2014-now
Intuit: 2003-2014
HD Supply: 1997-2003
Stratagene: 1997
Academic Press: 1992-1997

Credentials

BA, Organizational Communication, Pepperdine University

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Your Catalyst for Marketing Success

Ali Ward has years of experience as a direct marketing professional, with expertise in both digital and print mediums. Ali’s greatest strength as a Senior Marketing Manager may be her capacity to see the big picture while simultaneously developing the necessary task lists, assignments and schedules for her team so that high-level goals can be met. She thrives on moving between strategy and execution, a skill she honed during her years in print production. Ali is extremely adept at communicating with colleagues of varying skillsets and styles, adapting her approach as necessary to achieve the best end result.

A Rewarding Career in Tech, By Way of the Rockies

A Colorado native, Ali initially gravitated towards journalism after serving as the editor of her high school paper. She majored in Organizational Communications at Pepperdine University but saw her interest in newsgathering wane after an internship with a local news station. After college she moved to San Diego where she served as the Advertising Coordinator at Academic Press, and later as the Print Production Supervisor at HD Supply. Her journey into the world of marketing was officially underway, and it eventually brought her into the tech industry at Intuit. Through it all she has enjoyed the opportunity to utilize her natural social skills and instincts, flex her creative muscles, and work with a wide variety of colleagues.

Data Driven, Detail Driven, Customer Centric

Ali’s meticulous attention to detail, combined with her unique understanding of consumer preferences, reflects her core marketing philosophy: A project must be data driven to be effective, and it must be customer-centric to have traction. Those two points have always been true, but the rapidly advancing digital landscape makes them even more relevant today. Ali’s favorite projects are those where customer insights drive every part of the process, from setting the strategy and conceiving the messaging to executing the campaign and conducting follow-up testing. She respects the value of every client’s investment, and prides herself on tracking results to ensure every dollar that’s spent generates the best possible return.

Time Off: Traveling the World, Raising the Bar

Ali loves the varied environments and experiences that routinely arise from her work as a consultant, but she is equally passionate about her personal time. Outside of work, she scratches her travel itch as often as she can; she’s visited 16 countries (and counting), with trips to Paris and Ireland topping her list of personal favorites. On the homefront, Ali is an avid moviegoer who also loves to read. She and her husband are amateur mixologists, and enjoy entertaining guests with one of the inventive libations they’ve blended, shaken and stirred behind the bar they built themselves.


Anu Sanghvi

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Anu Sanghvi
  • Product Marketing
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Pricing
  • Go-to-market Strategy

Christiane Hile

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Christiane Hile
  • Product Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Product Management
  • Online Marketing

Colan Pursell

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What our clients have to say about Colan Pursell

“I worked with Colan on several major web projects for Seagate. If I could create a “dream team” for a web project, Colan would be on it. Skills, experience, can-do attitude, team approach – what more could one ask for?”
—Pete Steege | Director of Marketing Communications

Core Skills

Search Engine Marketing
Email & Direct Marketing
Product Marketing
Display Advertising
Project Management
Software Marketing (SaaS, Internet App, Desktop)
Marketing Process Improvement

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2010-now
Intuit: 2000-2010
Omix: 1999-2000
Family Business: 1994-1999

Credentials

MBA, San Jose State University; BA, Art History, Stanford University

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AN IDEALIST & CREATIVE MIND

Born in Southern California and raised in nearby Menlo Park, Colan graduated with a degree in Art History from Stanford University. Colan’s professional career began with teaching and museum work, including a stint at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. He then worked as a teacher’s assistant and participated in the Visa Volunteer Program.

SMALL BUSINESS & MARKETING IN HIS BLOOD

In 1995, Colan went to work with his dad to run a small promotional products and recognition awards business. Previously, business had seemed anathema to Colan, but he found the experience to be rewarding and educational; he especially gravitated towards marketing, which he finds to be an ideal fusion of creative arts, analytics, and psychology. He spent 5 years working with his father and has a unique, intimate understanding of small business owners.

THE INTUIT YEARS

He joined Intuit in 2000 and has worked as both an employee and a consultant for over a decade in Brand Marketing, Process Excellence, Search Marketing, and Direct Marketing roles. He’s a trained Six Sigma Black Belt in marketing process improvement and along the way, he received an MBA from San Jose State University.

ONLINE MARKETING CONSULTANT BY DAY, OUTDOOR ADVENTURER BY NIGHT

Colan has been consulting for 5 years, working for companies like Invisalign, Autodesk, Seagate, Credit Sesame, and Intuit. He loves building campaigns from scratch and delivering something a client has never had before, which gives him an affinity for startups. When he’s not busy helping his clients, Colan loves to be hiking outdoors. His favorite local trails are found at Almaden Quicksilver County Park, but he’s explored much of the Southwestern United States, including Zion National Park and the Sonoran Desert.


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Core Skills

Product Marketing
Marketing Strategy
Customer Acquisition & Retention
Online Marketing
Product Management

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Geene Rees

Core Skills

Integrated Marketing
Analytics
Retention Marketing
Project Planning & Management
Lead Generation

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Jennifer McClenahan
  • Project Management
  • Integrated Marketing
  • Packaging Specialist
  • Brand Management

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Krystal Grossmith
  • Brand Management
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Leadership Development
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Market Research

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Lisa Ramirez

What our clients have to say about Lisa Ramirez

"With each project Lisa has successfully embedded herself within the core team, built trust among peers & stakeholders, developed deep subject matter expertise, and ultimately delivered what was asked. She's an adept project manager and strong communicator who works well with all types of folks (be it marketers, designers, engineers, analysts – domestic and global), which makes her incredibly versatile in the type of projects she can take on. Lisa operates with a high degree of integrity and is conscientious about how the work she's doing will impact our customers, shareholders and other employees."
— Ryan Glover | Intuit

Core Skills

Project Manager
Product Marketing Manager
Web Marketing
Partner Marketing
Product Launches
Direct Mail
Joint Marketing Campaigns
Consumer Marketing
Small Business Marketing

Work HIstory

Consultant: 2011-now
Intuit: 19992008-2011 Hewlett-Packard: 2003-2008
Intel: 1997-2002

Credentials

MBA, Consumer Marketing, University of Notre Dame; BS, Information Systems, San Jose State University; ICAgile Certified Professional

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Turning Complex Projects Into Compelling Success Stories

Learning on the fly, juggling multiple needs simultaneously, making sense from ambiguity: These aren’t just tricks of the project management trade. They’re the reasons companies ranging from Intel to Intuit to Hewlett-Packard have turned to Lisa Ramirez to implement large projects on their behalves. “Know what you don’t know” is how Lisa Ramirez describes the key to implementing projects both large and small. Clients describe Lisa as their own personal secret weapon.

Mastering the Art of Problem Solving

Born in beautiful Pacific Grove, CA, raised just outside of San Jose, Lisa studied information systems at San Jose State but was attracted to marketing early on in her career. After earning her MBA at Notre Dame, Lisa’s own marketing career was off and running. Hardware. Software. There was no product or service Lisa couldn’t master, and the tech world embraced her with open arms. It didn’t take long for her to realize that too many companies underestimate the value of an effective marketing strategy. When they eventually realized their mistake, Lisa was there to help save the day.

The Bigger the Project, The Greater the Satisfaction

You know that big, messy project with all of those complex moving parts that nobody else wants to tackle? That’s Lisa’s specialty. A quick study with a knack for working well with a variety of people, Lisa’s ability to stay on top of evolving, unpredictable jobs has rescued more than a few projects from the brink. It might be a product launch. It might be a price change, it could be rolling out a new website. Lisa makes sure the job gets done. Being a consultant has enabled her to steer clear of many of the challenges that can slow a project down. Lisa’s sole focus is solving her client’s problems, and that’s exactly what she does.

Time Off: A Pet Cause with a Giant Heart

Lisa isn’t just a dog person. For countless Bay Area dogs searching for a home, she’s a hero. Lisa spends much of her free time fostering dogs for the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, providing a caring home for animals that have struggled with the shelter environment. They may have medical needs. They may have anxiety issues. Luckily for them, they also have Lisa. She nurtures their needs and provides them with a temporary place to live while helping them find to a permanent home. It’s one more project to manage, but it’s one that’s especially close to her heart.


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Liz Tobiason
  • Product Development
  • Product Management
  • Go-to-market Strategy

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Monika Lecas
  • Branding
  • Customer Acquisition
  • Online Marketing
  • Social Marketing
  • Project Management

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Rachel Rath
  • Product Marketing
  • Direct Marketing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Search Engine Marketing
  • Marketing Communications

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Ronnie Genotti
  • Direct Marketing
  • Product Marketing
  • Lead Generation & Acquisition
  • E-commerce & SEO
  • CRM & Retention

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Tina Gray
  • Program Management
  • Cross-functional Team Leadership
  • Software Project Management
  • Software Development

What clients say about our people:

"... just get it done painlessly. What more could you ask for?" ~ Veronica Buxton, Buxton Consulting
"They work quickly under tight deadlines and pressures and achieve results!" ~ Elina Vilk, PayPal
"Well organized, diligent, and best of all, [people] of great integrity." ~ Sudha Jamthe, eBay
"... responsive, engaging, and easy to work with..." ~ Kira Wampler, Lyft

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Customer Satisfaction*

*The percentage of current EM Marketing consultants that completed a project and were asked to do a subsequent project.

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The Future of Work Is Now

EM Marketing is the marketing partner for the future because we don’t focus on Retainers and Awards, just your goals.

We believe in the Lean Start-Up principles and apply a simple 3-step process to our projects.

Our goal is to maximize your learning in a cost-efficient manner, so you get better results, faster.

Test: First set up a testing strategy for high leverage variables — target audience, messaging, creative, images, landing pages, offer, etc.

Learn: Next, set up, collect and analyze the metrics – direct feedback, CPC, engagement, etc. — that make the most sense for your business.

Optimize: Last, make quick modifications to baseline marketing based on results. Develop new hypotheses to test and start again.

High Quality Talent

  • Experienced, smart, strategic, and skilled at the art of Getting Stuff Done (GSD)
  • On average over 15 years of experience inside top-tier companies
  • 93% satisfaction/retention rate

Modern Marketers

  • Adaptable, flexible, versatile, grounded people
  • Use natural empathy to simplify the complex
  • Creative storytellers

Easy for Managers

  • Saves you time by doing the search for you
  • Personal, friendly customer service
  • Founded by a marketer for marketers

Plug & Play + More

  • Deep, diverse, and vetted bench — can flex up & down depending on needs
  • Work with small & big companies
  • Solutions for transitions, short-term, & maternity leave

What clients say about our services:

"Ken and his team are stellar…I highly recommend them with no reservations." ~ Kian Raiszadeh, CEO at RXMatch
"The EM team is incredibly capable, and bring a phenomenal range of experience. Their work was tremendous, directly improving the bottom line." ~ Gerard Cunningham, CEO at Koolbit
"They parachuted in to help us with what needed to be done and got it done as promised on time and under budget." ~ Amitabh Singh, CEO at Workspot
"I can’t say enough about the EM team. They consistently deliver a quality output…under tight timelines." ~ Laura Uribarri, Marketing Director at GoDaddy
"The EM team has a unique blend of talents and they work hard and efficient to product results." ~ Mike Demele, Co-Founder at LifeApps

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