Sarah joined the Pear team in 2011, utilizing her background in management, customer service, and social media to take on a range of roles, including Link Building Team Manager, Social Media Expert, and most recently, WordPress Migrations Specialist. She loves combining the power of project management tools with individual creativity to develop unique processes. Always on the lookout for new tools and creative opportunities, Sarah provides the drive and direction that Pear’s clients have come to expect from a company that keeps them on the leading edge of SEO.
Megan is Pear’s Content Manager (but she also answers to Article Queen). She joined Pear in February 2010 after graduating from St. Mary’s University with a BBA in Marketing. Megan is responsible for overseeing the team of writers and editors, developing content strategies for clients, reviewing roadmaps, and anything construction-related around the office. Interests: organization, travel, big words, and shiny things.
Lisa, a graduate of Trinity University, joined the Pear team in early 2011 and immediately took on the role of monitoring, controlling, and reporting all things data. She has shaped the analytics department and has had a major hand in developing and designing several of the current report formats. Lisa is responsible for analyzing clients’ current online marketing campaigns and identifying opportunities to increase sales and web presence.
Ruth started her career serving clients around the world as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. While at McKinsey, she got bitten by the internet start-up bug. In 2001, she joined a little technology company in San Antonio, Texas called Rackspace Hosting. She spent 9 years at Rackspace, gaining experience in all aspects of the business from strategy to sales and marketing, from product management to operations and service. From this experience working with the small and medium business customers of Rackspace, Ruth saw firsthand that a lack of marketing was one of the most common reasons that new businesses failed. Often, companies had a great product or software, but were not able to find enough clients to keep the business going. This observation was the start of a growing interest in marketing services for small businesses. At the same time, demographic and technology trends make the internet the most attractive channel for marketing.
Ruth has a B.A. in Economics and Plan II, as well as an MBA from the University of Texas.
Ryan has been doing web marketing since 2003, when Google was only 5 years old and not a publicly traded company yet, and things like Twitter and Facebook didn’t even exist. He started Pear Analytics in 2008 to help businesses measure their marketing results using advanced analytics techniques, and help drive more traffic to their websites.
That evolved into software development and the creation of the website analyzer tool, which has been run over 1 million times since its launch in 2009.
Pivoting continued into 2010 and 2011 when the company released a unique services model, where customers could buy Internet marketing services a la carte from the website. The initial model was “$1 per fix”, but that quickly fizzled out when he learned the company couldn’t make any money that way.
Ryan is always looking for new and innovative ways to deliver the web marketing services small businesses need, and with a constantly evolving industry, the team at Pear keeps their customers up to speed.
Ryan graduated from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst in 1998 with a degree in mechanical engineering. After school, he spent nearly 5 years in the aerospace industry doing jet engine design and manufacturing, earning a U.S. Patent for his innovations in 2002. In 2004, he earned his MBA in Marketing from the University of Phoenix.
He has spoken at several conferences in New York, Chicago, Portland, Vancouver and other cities about search marketing. Ryan has consulted companies such as Sears, KMart, Career Builder, and PEER 1 Hosting on complex technical SEO issues ranging from duplicate content to international SEO.
Ryan currently teaches a digital marketing class at Trinity University, and is a founding member of the Vistage International group in San Antonio.
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Morris Miller is currently the CEO of Xenex Healthcare Systems. He is also the founder of Sequel and Cutstone Ventures, where he invests in and acts as an advisor to numerous startup and established technology companies such as Inventables, OptimizedNow and Golfballs.com.
Previously, Morris was co-founder and President/CEO of Rackspace Hosting, Inc. which now has more than 175,000 customers, over $1 billion in annual revenue, and a market cap in excess of $4 billion.
Prior to Rackspace, Morris started Curtis Hill Publishing, the first company to publish Texas case law on CD-ROM. Early in his career, Morris was an attorney at Matthews & Branscomb, now part of Cox Smith, San Antonio’s oldest and largest law firm. He is an alumnus of Phillips Exeter Academy, The University of Texas at Austin and The Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University.
Pat is a co-founder of Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX) and was instrumental in the growth of the company, including the WebMail acquisition in 2007. Pat is passionate about helping startups and growing the technology and startup community in San Antonio, especially for the younger generation.
According to the Rivard Report, “Pat is passionate about seeing entrepreneurs (and small businesses) succeed, and has served as a mentor for many different startups, including FreshBooks, Greenling, Jivetickets, Webmail,Zippykid and Pear Analytics. Recently, he has been helping Graham Weston and Nick Longo create Geekdom, a new type of collaborative workspace where entrepreneurs, technologists, developers, makers and creatives come together to build businesses. This workspace was instrumental in bringing Techstars, a startup incubator, here to the Alamo City.”
Over his career, Tom Cuthbert has grown multiple businesses in entertainment, restaurants and marketing. He has successfully raised over $68 million in capital from leading investors including JP Morgan, Austin Ventures, Lazard and Sierra Ventures. Tom is widely respected as an innovative business growth consultant, marketing expert and experienced CEO.
Tom has spoken on the topics of online advertising and business growth at top industry events, including ad:tech, AlwaysOn and the Search Engine Strategies conference. He has also appeared as an industry expert on CNBC and Bloomberg television. Tom is frequently tapped by leading newspapers and magazines for his views on advertising and business and has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Red Herring, Forbes and Associated Press. Cuthbert also founded and chairs the Click Quality Council, which represents more than 100 leading advertisers. Click Forensics has been honored by several organizations including a Web 2.0 Launchpad winning company.
Cuthbert stepped back as CEO and from day-to-day involvement in January of 2010 to pursue other business interests and spend time with his family. He remains a member of the board of directors and active participant in the advertising community.
Today Tom chairs a CEO group for Vistage International and serves on several boards. His focus is business growth and works to help people who run companies become much more effective while working fewer hours and improving their personal life. Tom enjoys time with his family, traveling, exploring wine and reading.
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