MEET THE ROCKETEERS
Online Cocktail Party Coordinator
Angela began her marketing career in the video production business doing fun stuff like setting up lights and wrangling cables. She soon outgrew all that glitz and glam and went on to hold “creative and chaotic” (her words) positions in event marketing and marketing coordination before joining forces to create SEO Rocket. In her pre-Rocket years, Angela worked with area companies in many areas of advertising ranging from print, radio and television to Email Marketing. It was all a groovy blast and prepared her for the wide range of roles she next played managing Social Media Marketing campaigns for our clients. Now, she’s our face and voice in the outside world! If you need it, she’ll also name your newest cupcake flavor, rearrange your furniture or blurt out a really funny tagline – sarcasm optional, sassiness required.
Angela’s goal is to connect every business with which she comes in contact with the digital or search marketing strategy that best fits their needs. Her clients love her… and it’s pretty much required of the rest of us.
SEO Rocket Scientist
Darren launched his Rocketeer career in search marketing by starting one of the first Search Engine Optimization (SEO) departments in North Carolina waaay back in the 1990’s. In 2003, he branched out to co-found our internet marketing agency, SEO Rocket. (After all, what boy doesn’t want to grow up and become a Rocket Scientist?) Over the years he has worked with clients, agencies and developers alike to develop and implement search strategies for companies who realize how crucial internet marketing is to the success of their businesses. His client list includes those who were once “kept secrets” to large, multi-national companies that require excellence in E-commerce, brand recognition or support for multiple retail locations throughout the U.S. Darren’s attention to detail, amazing analytical skills and dedication to service has made him one of the most knowledgable Search Engine Optimization experts in the NC Triad area. He’s a quiet force. But, once you have a chance to work with Darren, you will quickly see his genius! He’s been called a “SEO Guru” by many who know him, but around the office we just call him “D Man”.
Darren is Google AdWords Certified and has a certificate in Advanced Search Engine Marketing Skills from the Search Engine Academy.
Tom Veltri started working in the SEO field long, long ago in 1999. SEO was still in its infancy and Tom loved it so much that he never looked back. From there, he added an extensive knowledge of Pay-Per-Click marketing and a Google Analytics certification to his list of attributes. Tom’s optimization skills have been used to promote local and national clients of all niches. E-commerce, Business to Business SEO, Business to Consumer SEO and Local Optimization – name a vertical, and yeah, he’s been there! Tom often draws upon his time spent in the retail business, applying knowledge gleaned from years of being the VP of a photo and electronics store chain. This insight helps him to quickly pinpoint his clients’ goals and the best online strategies to achieve them. This, combined with his extensive SEO skill set, affords Tom a unique perspective that isn’t normally found in the internet marketing arena. Before you go away thinking he’s a total web geek, we’ll let you know that Tom is quite the Renaissance Man. When not cruising the stratosphere searching and documenting the latest in algorithm shifts, you can often find him playing guitar in his blues band; a nice cigar waiting in the wings.
Tom holds certifications in Google Analytics, Google Mobile Sites, Advanced Search Engine Marketing Skills from the Search Engine Academy and Yoast Multilingual SEO.
Some People Call Him The Space Cowboy…
Zane joined SEO Rocket in 2014 after working in internet marketing in the private industry for 3 years. During that time Zane created a web presence for his employer’s company and integrated it with other marketing efforts to build their corporate image. Through his efforts he was able to have the company rank well for strategic keywords in the markets where they did business. Even when the company expanded he was able to position them for great ranking, awareness and growth. Zane’s advice to businesses planning their web strategy is two-fold. First, ask qualified experts for advice because it can be confusing and it is an environment that is always changing. Secondly, be patient. You don’t become number one at anything over night and your website and marketing are the same way. Slow, steady progress with a great product and a strong strategy is the way to go.
Watching that slow steady progress is a key part of Zane’s role at SEO Rocket. He keeps his eyes on the skies to make sure the web planets are aligned in an optimal way. He watches our clients presence on the web and makes sure they are in a position so be seen in the best light possible. More importantly, he keeps an eye out to make sure that no asteroids fly through and crash into anything! If you want to be sure your business stays aligned in the heavens and keeps its shine then give us a call at SEO Rocket and we’ll ask Zane to put you on our radar.
Zane holds an Advanced Google Analytics Certificate.
He often appears to be quiet and unassuming, but don’t let that fool you! Our dear Sean may just be plotting his next role in a video game, some theatre production or the character voice coming to a drive thru near you. (Look twice if you catch Scooby Doo ordering a cheeseburger.) You see, he’s quite the shapeshifter! Sean started his theatrical career as a child playing out improvisational skits with his grandmother after school. He then grew up and decided to go formal with it by earning a degree in Performance Theatre. Something he pursued because it allowed him to “step into another’s shoes and become 100 different people, while still being yourself”. How clever is that? He then indulged his tech side with a second degree in Web Technologies.
Being the creative type that he is, Sean brings his theatrical experience to SEO Rocket by diving into the art form of problem solving and on-site audits. As with acting, he likes to step outside of himself, look for overlooked subtleties, take note of them, analyze one direction over another and then apply with vigor to increase a site’s performance. He’s truly a right brain/left brain kinda guy!
To keep from being overwhelmed with all the problem solving and optimizing he does all day, Sean spends his off hours hanging out with his girlfriend plus his two dogs and two cats. You can also catch him indulging his inner actor while playing video and role playing games or reading lots of high fantasy fiction books. Haruki Murakami, anyone?
Sean is our steadfast Jr. Local SEO and Pay per Click Specialist guy and a star in our eyes! Look for him on your laptop screen soon. He’s promising to debut a YouTube channel about his adventures in gaming. Stay tuned!
Sean holds a certification in Google AdWords.
Meet Rocket! Look at this face! Our little Rocketman came to us with a mysterious past. All we know for sure is that he suffered an unfortunate incarceration at the Grand Strand Humane Society. Something about being locked in a house… He proclaims that he was totally innocent and we believe. Rocket spent 2 months in the shelter under a pseudonym before he was found by Darren and Angela. He quickly charmed them into complete submission and was whisked away into a life of total spoilage. Is three beds too many? Rocket emphatically says “No!”. He now spends his days as our SEO Rocket office mascot.
Rocket’s many duties include, but are not limited to; sitting, watching the door, taking multiple naps, alerting us to UPS deliveries and foot warming. On behalf of all his friends who were left behind in the shelter, Rocket urges you to “Adopt, don’t shop.” as there are many, many wonderful pups just like him waiting to trade lots of love for equal amounts of spoilage. If you’re ever in need of some puppy love, stop by our office and give Rocket a rub. He’ll happily meet you at the door!
Are you looking to join our team of Rocketeers? Find out more on our employment page.
Vision and Mission
Our vision is to be the best provider of innovative and effective Internet Marketing solutions for businesses and to have fun doing it. (YEAH!)
SEO Rocket is a team of committed, positive and successful people who are always striving to be balanced, integral and honest. We will work within our corporate culture to make sure that everyone who comes in contact with our SEO Rocket team members will see our commitment to helping our Clients achieve their internet marketing goals.
SEO Rocket is in the business of providing the most effective and innovative Internet Marketing solutions so that we will be highly regarded as experts in our field. We choose to actively participate in the ongoing education of ourselves, our Clients and our peers using the latest technologies and methodologies for industry publications, workshops and seminars.
Our services will be of the highest quality and value. We will inspire loyalty in our Clients who see us as a trusted, integral partner in the success of their business. Our Clients will enjoy working with us. They will want us to help them succeed, will respect our expertise, and cooperate with us in facilitating our recommendations.
We will take the time to understand our Clients’ businesses so that we can recommend the best internet marketing methods for their goals. Then, take the time to educate them about our recommended strategies so they will know what to expect. In all of the strategies we implement, we will provide measurable results. And, if we get a chance to ride a rocket into space, we’ll do that too!