Our Crew

Your Journey Starts Here

Paul Staten

CEO / Managing Director

Paul Staten is an Inc. 500 CEO and a serial entrepreneur. He has been in the trenches of business creation and cultivation. He has a wonderful wife and four kids at home including his adorable identical twin girls. You might be able to hear the story of how his twins came so quickly he was able to deliver them at home before any paramedics showed up. While he doesn't pass well for an OBGYN, that venture was a complete success!

He spends as much time as possible with his family after work but when he is not found at home, he is often out serving. It's not uncommon to find this CEO shoveling snow from driveways, helping neighbors move or serving with his local scout troop as a scoutmaster - and finding joy in the service. He is a religious person and believes his talents and successes come from blessings from a loving God. Religion gives him a moral compass that translates into all of his businesses and helps direct them for good. SEO Werkz was featured in the Inc 500 list of 2016 at #246. The first business he created is a computer repair service that still serves clients today, 10 years after it's inception.

He knows absolutely nothing about any sports teams, loves EDM and can sing pretty well - although American Idol rejected him. At least it didn't hurt his ego too much and he was able to get back to running his businesses.

Nick Dutson

CTO / Creative Director

At SEO Werkz, I offer a wide-array of services to our clients. I want to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ place for businesses wanting to market their company online. If you are marketing online, or need to be, I can help you. Whether it is custom website design, or wanting to develop an online marketing strategy, I will show you exactly the right path to take, utilizing the newest strategies, and always making cost conscious decisions.

Tired of that old rusty website of yours, as it snails along the internet freeway? You never want to send anyone to it because it’s simply embarrassing? Or has your business just evolved and you need something Incredible!? Start with a blank canvas, and lets get it done…I will work with you to lay out your thoughts and goals, and I’ll bring it to life in an interactive design!

Ironic as it may sound, we’ve had to spend relatively little to no time and effort in marketing our own business. Our enduring success is largely the result of client referrals. That’s extremely validating.

Paolo Durias

Operations Manager

What lead me to decide that my calling was going to be digital marketing was the day that I had ranked my first Search Engine Optimization (SEO) campaign, I had heard that I was able to help this business gain traffic and help them grow their business made me feel really good about the work that I put in.

Even if there's a 7400-mile gap between the business and my desk in the Philippines, as long as I can help them, I feel like I'm making a big difference.

Angie Tolman

Executive Assistant

Being a business owner myself in the past, I know what it takes to get the job done and have fun doing it. I have a passion for everything I do or I don't do it at all!

When I'm not at work, you will find me taking in new sights, and enjoying the California beaches with my wonderful husband, 2 precious bonus kiddos and beautiful daughter.

I love to serve and make others smile. I chose the digital marketing world because I love the fast pace of it. I also love being a part of helping businesses take off and do the "impossible."

SEO Werkz has (by far) been the most incredible company to work for. Not only do they know what they are doing, they have a strong foundation built on integrity! (It is hard to find all of that in one place)

Our customers don't just feel like they are just another number. They feel like a friend.

Chris Siebeneck

VP of Strategic Partners

As the VP of Strategic Partners, I manage the strategy for multiple advertising campaigns working to determine with each business their goals and needs to develop a strategic plan, executing the best pieces of the digital advertising and marketing products to hit their goals.

I am a native Utahn and was raised on computers by my programmer mother. I have been an advertising professional for 20 years with a wealth of know-how in the online marketing field. While working at KSL, I saw firsthand SEO Werkz's abilities to optimize sites without contracts, while showing their work and getting real results.

I am helping business owners who have been burned by SEO companies in the past, they are frustrated by SEO promising results and not getting them, and concerned that they are signing a contract without any reporting on the work being done.

Dave Kimball

Sr. Account Executive

I am a highly-skilled sales professional and a consistent top performer. I pride myself in being attentive, prompt, and thorough when working with my clients and this has enabled me to continually surpass sales objectives and quotas. This has also helped me have great ongoing relationships and retention with the businesses I partner with.

Mark Roweton

Account Executive

Daphne DeJesus-Farr

Director of Client Services

For many years and most of her career, Daphne’s main focuses have always centered around establishing and maintaining relationships with those around her… from colleagues to customers and everyone in between. It was a no-brainer when asked to join the SEO Werkz team and oversee client services, that she'd jump at the opportunity. Her passion and care for people are what drive her desire to lead a team whose main goal is to help our clients succeed in their digital marketing quests.

A self-proclaimed “city girl”… Daphne was born and raised in Philadelphia and loves all things associated with being from a big city. From the skyline to the fast-paced nightlife and the fanatic sports team loyalties (Fly Eagles Fly!). She’s recently made Daybreak, Utah her home and is enjoying becoming part of the community by serving several local charities and getting involved in community events. When she’s not helping SEO Werkz conquer the internet marketing world, she’s spending time with friends and family, trying to convince her husband to get a new puppy, training to run another Ragnar, traveling, and exploring all the great things Utah has to offer… often with popcorn in one hand and a Coca-Cola in the other! She has not only found a great place to utilize her talents, but at SEO Werkz she has found a work family and a company that has built a strong foundation on integrity and transparency. If you ask her, she won’t hesitate to tell you she’s a “lifer” and proud to lead a progressive, inspired and successful team of individuals!

Mark Mehler

Account Manager of Partnerships

I'm a highly successful sales and marketing professional. I have a passion for marketing and helping SMB's grow their business. I've spent the last 3+ yrs focused on helping SMB's navigate the digital marketing space and implement those types of strategies into their marketing mix. I find it very rewarding to see and hear from business owners that the marketing strategies that I have helped implement have actually worked and made a difference to their bottom line.

Specialties: SaaS, Marketing Software, Lead Management, Online Marketing, Marketing Analytics, Online Advertising, Online Marketing Strategy, SEO, SEM, Retargeting, & Remarketing.

Blake Moulder

Senior Account Manager

Braeden Ashby

Account Manager

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Braeden grew up with a passion of being everyone's friend. This desire to be everyone's friend would lead him to live in different places such as Kansas City or Mexico City. This passion would lead him down the path of marketing and eventually finding a home in SEO Werkz. He believes everyone deserves a friend. Even if this friend is made through a business to business interaction.

Braeden's life revolves around his family. He and his wife have a cute red headed baby girl and a friendly puppy. He is a soccer fan through and through and will forever be a Real Salt Lake fan. Braeden believes that "Everyone has something in common. You just have to ask enough questions to find out what that thing is."

He would love to help you with your marketing efforts! Learn more about SEO Werkz by getting in contact with us

Colby Chatwin

Account Manager

Jamie Guedj

Onboarding Specialist

Jason Branin

Account Manager

Destiny Pidgeon

Director of SEO

Brian Julkunen

SEO Mastermind

Brian has been working in the digital marketing space for over 15 years. In his experience, his online marketing expertise has helped companies grow organically from startup to multi-millions in revenue. Brian has led successful online marketing campaigns in the most competitive industries online for many household name brands.

Brian’s focus in online marketing has proven to deliver an incredible return on investment while employing his strategies in search engine optimization, conversion rate optimization, user experience, and capitalizing on the latest in online marketing verticals. With a special focus on search engine optimization, Brian has proven time and time again to be able to achieve top search result positioning for client website’s in the most competitive verticals online.

While he spends most of his time staying up-to-date on the latest trends and changes in the online market-space he enjoys skiing, tennis, scuba diving, and spending time with his family.

Kyle Copier

On-site SEO Specialist

Braden Bird

On-site SEO Specialist

Nicole Wright

Website Project Manager

Dan Farr

Programmatic Director

Dan is a digital marketer with several years experience and is certified in over a dozen marketing platforms. He spent almost a decade in operations management before crossing into the world of advertising. His expertise in logistics management, strategic planning, and customer service operations has made him one of the most effective account strategists in the industry.

A self-described renaissance man, Dan spends his time chasing any/every hobby that interests him. As such, he enjoys meeting new people and is very quick to find common ground with nearly everyone he meets. “There’s no such thing as strangers, only friends I haven’t met, yet” is his personal motto. At home he grows giant pumpkins competitively with a personal best of almost 600lbs! He lovingly describes this hobby as ‘competitive sciencing’ as it requires the development of many skills across several disciplines. In the fall he can be spotted sitting inside his pumpkin, racing across the lake with his pumpkin club.

Quinn Thurman

Marketing Manager

Erika Cline

Front Desk Manager

Monique Manalo

Creative Genius

Julian Banta

Asst. Operations Manager

Julian started in the digital marketing world 3 years ago and immediately fell in love with it. I found a career that has room for techs and business people. This is an area that's ever-changing and there is always something new to discover. I have developed my project management skills by communicating with the squad more often and ensure all members are on board with delegated tasks.

When I am not working, I like to hang out with my friends and eat. I think it's a social thing. Food makes everything more fun and it's an awesome way to get your buddies together and connect.

Jana Gonzales

Sr. PPC Manager

I have a degree in B.S. in Architecture but it seems the universe has a different plan for me. From making architectural plans, designing structures, supervising building constructions, you’ll wonder why I ended up as a full-time PPC manager.

I have been working as a PPC manager for more than six years now and I have been with SEO Werkz for most of those years. PPC management doesn’t start and end with just building the account and getting traffic. Every account is unique, every client has their own goal so you have to optimize and design strategies for each and every account.

I think this is the reason why I fell in love with the craft. Being able to give these businesses sales or new clients is like knowing that you have contributed not just to the growth of our own company but to the businesses of the clients as well.

During my days off I usually spend it with my family going to the mall, watching movies, playing bingo, eating and traveling.

Jaline Gonzales

PPC Manager

My career in Online Advertising can still be considered fresh since I’ve only started a couple of years ago. I know I have a long way to go and so many things to learn but knowing how dedicated I am and the amount of hard work I give each client per se can expect the job done more than what they expected me to deliver.

I’m a career-driven woman that just started making a mark at SEO Werkz, who’s very grateful to be part of the team ever since. I draw strength from my family and loved ones to be able to hit my goals and be who I am destined to be.

Michelle Berry

Content Manager

Ben Dowsett

Content Writer

Ben Dowsett is a content writer who has been writing professionally since 2011. He received a bachelors degree from the University of Utah. He has written in multiple spheres, including sports writing, news coverage and several content creation areas. He has been published at some of the largest online outlets based in Utah, plus several larger national outlets. He resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Why are we great for each other?

Have you worked with an internet marketing company whose customer service skills were lacking?  What has happened to the concept of servicing the customer?  Our industry seems to pride itself on providing unimaginative service.

Call us old-fashioned, but we believe in a balance between taking care of our team and taking care of the customer.  We believe in philosophies perpetuated in books like “Raving Fans” and “Good to Great”, for these books are the cornerstones of successful companies who believe in doing right by the customer.

We believe that we can provide a better experience for our clients.  Every business we work with has unique distinctions requiring a unique approach.  We realized that working hand in hand with our clients is more rewarding than turning a quick buck.  We learned that why we do something is more important than what we do, and we learned that lasting relationships ultimately drive our customer’s success.

All too often do people in our industry hide behind laptop screens and ignore the human interaction that is ultimately necessary to build lasting relationships.  It’s not surprising that customers jump from company to company trying to find one that actually cares and delivers. It’s not uncommon to hear new potential clients rejoice with surprise that we actually respond to their needs. Many have left reviews stating this, in which you can read here.

We have a sign in our office which states: “We don’t just build links, we build relationships.”  That is a philosophy we have internalized in our company.  We aren’t just a marketing company.  We believe in being the marketing department of your company.  You look to us for advice and we strive hard to deliver on your needs.

We believe that we serve a bigger purpose.  We believe we can make a difference in your company and we approach every client from that point of view.  That is what drives us every day, especially when we help businesses with their SEO.