Gary Illyes

Webmaster Trends Analyst, Google

Gary Illyes is a webmaster trends analyst dedicated to creating a better search experience for users by helping webmasters create amazing websites. When not crunching data to find ways to improve web search, Gary is contributing to the Webmaster Central Blog and helps users debug their websites in the Google Webmaster Forums.
Prior joining Google in 2011, Gary was teaching online journalism in Romania and abroad. He was a technical consultant for several high profile media outlets, and he spent his free time on online forums helping webmasters troubleshoot web- and news-search related issues. He has studied IT at the University of Phoenix and holds an associate's degree in journalism from the Ady Endre College of Journalism in Romania.

Erin Everhart

Lead Manager, Digital Marketing, The Home Depot

Erin Everhart is the Lead Manager, Digital Marketing at The Home Depot where she focuses on content marketing, digital strategy and SEO. Prior to Home Depot, she was the Director of Digital Marketing at the 352 Inc. where she built a 9-person digital marketing team and oversaw the agency’s website strategy, digital marketing and CRM. She’s a regular columnist at Search Engine Land and Search Engine Watch and speaks at conferences nationwide.

Carolyn Shelby

Director of SEO, Tronc

Carolyn has been professionally designing/building websites and helping businesses of all sizes integrate their offline and online marketing efforts since 1994. She specializes in organic and technical SEO, content marketing, and helping businesses rebuild under-performing websites while preserving existing inbound links and search engine rankings. She is the Director of SEO for Tribune Publishing, and her team works on the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, and Tribune newspapers and digital properties around the US.

Ryan Jones

Manager of Search Strategy & Analytics, SapientNitro

Ryan Jones manages an international SEO and Analytics team at SapientNitro, where he helps large brands tell their stories. Ryan is also the CEO of WTFSEO and 2006 Time magazine person of the year. When he's not creating actionable marketing strategies or satirical blog posts he is usually playing hockey or attempting to take over the world - which he would have already succeeded in doing had it not been for those meddling kids and their dog.

Akin Tosyali

Director, Digital Marketing, Grainger

I have over 17 years of digital strategy and media buying experience. I currently lead Grainger's Digital Marketing team. Grainger is #13th largest ecommerce retailer in the US with $3.6B in online sales. I manage Paid Search (PPC), Display (OLA, RTB, programmatic DSP), Paid Social, SEO, and Email teams.

In previous work, I led strategy teams for Office Depot, PNC, Comcast, Sanofi Aventis, DigiKey, DSW, Amex, and Penske. I launched one of the first RLSA programs in the country where we connected paid search to a CRM database and allowed a company to personalize the search ads based on individual behavior of the customer. I helped Kimberly Clark with implementing DMP. I managed over $100M in digital media.

I love innovation and I am very excited about the state of digital media where we are able to create so much more timely and relevant experiences for consumers.

Brent Csutoras

Chief Social Media Strategist, Search Engine Journal

Brent Csutoras is a social media marketing strategist and entrepreneur, who specializes in social media marketing, content marketing, and viral content creation.He has also been mentioned in Forbes.com, Wired, Health, and interviewed for Entrepreneur.com.Brent speaks regularly at some of the largest and well known conferences, such as SMX, Pubcon, SES, and Affiliate Summit.

Amy Vernon

Director of Audience Engagement, Daily Dot

Amy Vernon is Director of Audience Engagement for the Daily Dot, known as "The hometown paper of the Internet." She spent 20 years working for daily newspapers around the country and was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning staff of the Miami Herald for coverage of Hurricane Andrew. An inaugural inductee of the New Jersey Social Media Hall of Fame, Amy was named the 15th-most influential woman in tech on Twitter by Business Insider and Peer Index.

Known in some circles as the Bacon Queen, Amy rose to prominence on the Internet initially through her community activities on the old Digg.com, where she was the top female submitter of all time (and #15 among all submitters). Champion of what she calls #SMEtiquette (social media etiquette), Amy is known for her ability to keep online conversations civil.

She has consulted on social media and content for a variety of companies and organizations, including the American Museum of Natural History, Verizon and VentureBeat, and has driven millions of pageviews through her work. Amy has been a mentor for Women 2.0, Women Innovate Mobile and Bella Minds, among other organizations, and has spoken at dozens of conferences, including SXSWi, SMX and Mediabistro.

Amy is currently a mentor for Legacy Out Loud, a member of the advisory board for Awesome Co., and an adjunct professor at New York University in the graduate Digital Marketing program.

A graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., she lives with her family in New Jersey and shares ownership of a very photogenic Siberian husky named Lumi with her mother-in-law.

Jordan Koene

Chief Evangelist, Searchmetrics

Jordan Koene is Chief Evangelist for Searchmetrics, a SEO, social and content intelligent platform. He leads the growth of the Professional Services group which provides customers ongoing and custom solutions for using Searchmetrics data.

Previously, Jordan was the Head of SEO and Content Development at eBay. During his time at eBay, Jordan focused on utilizing eBay content to improve user experience and natural search traffic. In this role, he lead development of millions of content improvements for the organization. Along with advancing eBay's content, Jordan produced numerous well-covered viral stories using eBay data.

Prior to eBay, he worked at various e-commerce and tech start-ups. Jordan has grown and managed different Internet marketing teams and has a strong background in SEO and social media.

John Curtis

SEO Manager, Walgreens

John Curtis is the SEO Manager for Walgreens. He develops and implements enterprise search optimization strategy across Walgreens' Daily Living, Photo and Pharmacy business units for ecommerce, local and omnichannel interests. Prior to joining Walgreens, John worked to develop and lead SEO, social and reputation service products for L2TMedia.

Allison Fabella

Senior Manager, Media Strategy, CareerBuilder

Allison Fabella has been practicing search engine optimization for over a decade and is currently Global Director of SEO at CareerBuilder. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Allison managed SEO and Social Media for the largest newspaper in the South East, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and was SEO Director at Primedia.

A national speaker on the topics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Social Media, Allison is a founding member of the Atlanta chapter of SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing Professionals), serves on the faculty of the eLearning site ClickZ Academy, and has been nationally named "one of the most influential women in Search."

Allison resides in Atlanta with her husband and son. She enjoys playing cello, gardening, and trying to tire out the family pup, which is apparently impossible.

Jori Ford

SEO Expert & Digital Marketing Consultant

Digital marketer with a specialty in SEO (natural search) having developed in-house team(s) and assisted in development of customized proprietary SEO software. Technical & Global SEO specialist with experience in complex e-commerce and technical implementation. Devised and implemented strategies to improve rank positioning, online visibility, increase traffic, and improve keyword targeting.


Kelsey Jones

Executive Editor, Search Engine Journal

Kelsey Jones is the managing editor of Search Engine Journal and also works as a marketing consultant and writer under MoxieDot, her marketing agency. She has been working in digital marketing since 2007 and journalism since 2004, gaining proficiency in social media, SEO, content marketing, PR, and web design. Kelsey has worked with and written for Yelp, Contour Living, Social Media Examiner, FitFluential, Bounty, Gazelle, and many more. Based in Kansas City, a fast-growing metro of the "Silicon Prairie," she enjoys writing and consuming all kinds of content, both in digital and tattered paperback form.