Advisory Board

Anne Kennedy – Outlines Venture Group

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SES Advisory Board; International Search Strategist, Author – A search marketing industry thought leader, Anne co-authored the first book on international SEO and PPC, Global Search Engine Marketing (Pearson Que February 2012). After providing search engine consulting to hundreds of companies—including Hearst Newspapers, Philips Lifeline, and Dunkin Donuts—and launching dotcoms Zillow and Avvo online, she formed an international online marketing consortium with Nordic eMarketing in Reykjavik, London, Stockholm, Rome and Beijing. Anne was a founding member of the board of directors for, acquired by publishing giant R.R. Donnelly in 2011.


David Mihm – Moz

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David Mihm

David Mihm is first and foremost an advocate for sustainable digital marketing techniques for small businesses. He serves on the Advisory Board of SEMpdx, Portland’s search marketing trade organization, and was former Chair of the SearchFest Conference. He’s a co-founder of the Local University conference series. David writes frequently about Local Search on the Moz Blog and at his own blog, Mihmorandum. His Local Search Ranking Factors survey is among the most important studies of Local Search Engine Optimization. David also speaks regularly about Local Search Marketing at the Search Marketing Expo and Search Engine Strategies conference series, and he is a former contributor to Search Engine Land.


Heather Lloyd-Martin – SuccessWorks SEO Copywriting

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Heather Lloyd Martin

Described as a fast-talking, fiery redhead, Heather Lloyd-Martin is a 20-year marketing veteran, a recognized author and considered the pioneer of SEO copywriting. Recognized worldwide as a first-generation search marketing expert, her life is split between watching the search engines dance and pinpointing the exact direct response copywriting strategies that make people buy.

Career highlights include:

  • Profiled in the book Online Marketing Heroes as the pioneer of SEO copywriting.
  • Immediate past-chair of the Direct Marketing Association’s Search Engine Marketing Council.
  • Developer of the SEO Copywriting Certification program, the only industry-endorsed training program teaching SEO Copywriting best practices.
  • Voted one of 2012?s Top Women in SEO.
  • Advisory board member of SEMpdx, and serves on the board of American Writers and Artists, Inc.
  • Quoted and cited in many publications, including The Huffington Post, Target Marketing Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine and others.

Presenting at industry events is one of Heather’s passions, and she’s frequently crossing time zones en-route to her next speaking gig. You can see her speaking at Darden School of Business,Search Engine StrategiesSMXSmall Business Marketing Unleashed, PubCon and a host of other events. In her spare time, she enjoys crazy-making travel, grueling workouts, Starbucks extra-hot soy lattes and hanging out with her husband, two dogs and one cat in West Linn, OR.


Kent Lewis – Anvil Media, Inc.

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Kent Lewis

With a background in integrated marketing, Lewis left a public relations agency in 1996 to start his search engine marketing career. Since then, he has focused on helping clients solve business problems via the Internet. Lewis founded digital marketing agency Anvil Media, Inc. in 2000, to help clients grow their businesses via search engine and social media marketing.  In 2008, he created Formic Media, a sister agency to Anvil, specializing in digital marketing and website development for small business. Lewis has worked at a variety of full-service agencies and was also Director of Marketing and Business Development at He is Co-founder and Past President of emarketing agency, eROI, as well as SEMpdx, an SEM professional trade association. Lewis sits on advisory boards for emerging companies like ABCInvesting, NeutralSpace, Nozzle Media and Public Marketspace. He also speaks regularly at industry events and has been published in books and publications including DMNews, iMedia Connection, Online Marketing Connect and Portland Business Journal. Lewis is an adjunct professor at Portland State University, where he teaches an SEM Workshop, and also tours nationwide with OMS, teaching the Digital Marketing Essentials Workshop. He sits on the board, marketing and executive committees for SMART, a statewide early literacy program.  In 1999, Lewis found pdxMindShare, a networking group and online career community, designed to help connect Portland-area employees and employers. He is the recipient of Portland Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2004. Lewis enriches his personal and professional life by co-hosting a weekly Internet radio show, DadsUnplugged, and honing his business acumen via The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).


Lisa Williams – Oregon Health & Science University

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Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams is the Associate Director of Digital Engagement for Oregon Health & Science University and author of When Everybody Clicks: Sustainable Digital Marketing. She is a 19-year veteran of online marketing and has been featured in Kiplinger Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Boston Globe and The Oregonian. Lisa is on the SEMpdx (Search Engine Marketing Professionals of Portland Oregon) Advisory Board and member of SEMPO. She speaks at regional, national and international conferences including SMX, SMX Advanced, SES/ClickZ, SearchFest, Online Marketing Summit, SEMPO and BrightEdge Share. 


Matthew Brown – Moz

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Matthew J. Brown - Director of special projects at SEOmoz

Matthew Brown is the head of special projects at Moz, and is focused on ensuring that their products help customers stay on top of marketing analytics. The search world evolves at lightning speed, and Matthew knows that listening to customer challenges and iterating quickly is the key to staying ahead of the online marketing curve.

His previous venture was AudienceWise, acquired by SEOmoz in 2012. AudienceWise specialized in search engine optimization for publishers and news sites, data-driven marketing, and semantic web strategy. He has worked with some of the most complex sites on the web, including,, American City Business Journals, Sports Illustrated,, United Press International, Oregon Public Broadcasting,, University of Phoenix, and

Prior to launching AudienceWise, Matthew was Director of Search Strategy for the New York Times Company from 2005-2010. His area of focus was driving the research and technology side of the search marketing effort for and The Boston Globe ( After joining the New York Times Co, his team helped exponentially grow search traffic to the newspaper’s websites.


Kent Schnepp – Odysys

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Kent Schnepp is CEO and Founder of Odysys, a digital marketing platform designed to help boutique hotels drive more direct bookings. Prior to Odysys, Kent was Vice President of Sales at ethology, a full service digital marketing agency. In 2006 Kent co-founded EngineWorks, a data-driven search marketing agency located in Portland, Oregon. As Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at EngineWorks, Inc., a Portland-based professional search marketing company specializing in Search Engine Optimization, Paid Search Marketing, and Social Media Marketing. EngineWorks was acquired by Ethology in February 2011.
Kent has over 14 years of internet marketing experience working with top-tier clients such as U.S. Bank, Lifelock, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, RockResorts, BBC, Home Depot and EJ Gallo.
Kent was also recognized as one of the top Forty Under 40 executives by the Portland Business Journal.


Tom Hale – PPC Specialist Thomas Creek Concepts

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Tom Hale

Moderator and Rabble Rouser for SEMpdx Forums
ex-Top Contributor in AdWords Help Forum
Owner – Thomas Creek Concepts – A Google AdWords Certified Partner

Portland State University Scholars Program – English Major (Wordsmith)
Food & Beverage Management (Bottom Line Business Savvy)
Retail Sales (Sales Skills)
Financial Services (Hardcore Sales Skills)
Online Music Promotion, for the love of it (That is How I Discovered AdWords)
Professional AdWords Manager (Unique Skill Set = Success)


Mark Knowles – Pixelsilk

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Mark Knowles

With decades of experience and hundreds of software and Web development projects under his belt, Mark Knowles has an in-depth understanding of Web design, development, marketing and search engine optimization (SEO).
His professional background includes developing technology solutions for companies such as JELD-WEN, Intel, adidas Golf, PacifiCorp and many others. And as an entrepreneur, Mark has built several technology companies into multimillion-dollar organizations.
During the past several years, Mark’s focus has been founding and developing the first-ever SEO-friendly content management system (CMS), Pixelsilk. At Pixelsilk, Mark leads a team that combines the Web CMS with SEO best practices for client websites across the globe.
In addition, Mark is also a speaker at leading search marketing conferences including Search Engine Strategies™ (SES), Search Marketing Expo™ (SMX), PubCon™ and others. He also serves as an advisory board member at SEMpdx in Portland, Ore., and is co-chair of the annual Bend WebCAM (Web + Creative Marketing) Conference.
On a personal note, Mark Knowles is known for having a relentless energy and a passion for craft beer.


Dan Sundgren – Merkle

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Dan Sundgren

Dan Sundgren is the Senior Director at Merkle. He is a 15+ year veteran of interactive marketing having held positions at Winstar Interactive, AOL, Intelius and Google where he managed some of the world’s largest paid search advertisers. Dan has been active in interactive marketing since the early days of 468 banners and 88×31 buttons. He also founded SeattleNetwork a thousand member group in 1998 which grew into the largest Internet Trade Association north of San Francisco for 3 years and pioneered such events as “VC/Startup Speed Dating”, “The Demo Lounge” and a “Stock Option Burning Contest/Pink Slip Party” on the heels of our last great bubble. Dan is religious about networking, learning and helping others and holds board positions on both NWIAG and the Seattle Interactive Conference.


Aliza Earnshaw – Puppet Labs

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Aliza has been working as a content marketer since 2009, when she left the Portland Business Journal after 10 years of reporting on technology, higher education and finance. She is managing editor at Puppet Labs, where she works with IT operations pros, software engineers and executives to craft the narratives that tell the Puppet Labs story.

When she’s not standing in front of her computer monitor or interviewing someone, Aliza is usually outdoors – hiking, gardening or riding her bike.


Ian Lurie – Portent, Inc.

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Ian Lurie is the CEO and founder of Portent Inc., an internet marketing and technology company that he started in 1995 in Seattle, Wash. Lurie comes to the advisory board as one of the world’s top experts on internet, search and social media marketing. This internet marketing specialist recently co-published the second edition of Web Marketing All-In-One for Dummies and has written Conversation Marketing: Internet Marketing Strategies. Lurie regularly shares his knowledge at various marketing conferences around the world, such as ad:Tech, Search Engine Strategies (SES), Search Marketing Expo (SMX), SearchLove, MozCon, Blogworld and Pubcon.

This Seattle resident embodies SEMpdx’s drive to enhance the digital marketing community while continuously striving to deliver the newest advancements in the ever-changing industry. Lurie’s biggest ambition would be to set up a sister organization in Seattle to continue SEMpdx’s prestige and expertise.


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