Our Crew

  • Paul Staten
    Paul Staten
    CEO / Managing Director
  • Nicholas Dutson
    Nicholas Dutson
    CTO / Creative Director
  • Paolo Durias
    Paolo Durias
    Operations Manager
  • Brian Julkunen
    Brian Julkunen
    Director of Strategy
  • Chris Siebeneck
    Chris Siebeneck
    Sr. Account Executive
  • Daphne DeJesus
    Daphne DeJesus
    Director of Client Relations
  • Angie Tolman
    Angie Tolman
    Executive Assistant
  • Jordan Coon
    Jordan Coon
    Director of Paid Search
  • Mark Singleton
    Mark Singleton
    Website Ninja
  • Kristy Ennis
    Kristy Ennis
    Account Executive
  • Michelle Smith-Schmidt
    Michelle Smith-Schmidt
    Account Manager
  • Haelee Wood
    Haelee Wood
    Social Media Manager
  • Jana Gonzales
    Jana Gonzales
    Sr. PPC Manager
  • Jaline Gonzales
    Jaline Gonzales
    PPC Manager
  • Axell Joseph
    Axell Joseph
    Graphic Designer
  • Ben Dowsett
    Ben Dowsett
    Content Writer
  • Jess Beach
    Jess Beach
    Content Proofreader
  • Jan Mvula
    Jan Mvula
    Link Strategist
  • Mark Mehler
    Mark Mehler
    Account Executive
  • Dave Kimball
    Dave Kimball
    Account Executive

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.

GIVE US A CALL
(801) 930-0119
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.

Nicholas 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.

Brian Julkunen
Director of Strategy

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.

Chris Siebeneck
Sr. Account Executive

I am an Account Executive for SEO Werkz. I am a native Utahn and was raised on computers by my programmer mother. I have been an advertising professional for 15 years with a wealth of know-how in the online marketing field. While working at KSL, SEO Werkz showed that they are able 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.

Daphne DeJesus
Director of Client Relations

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 co-workers to customers and everyone in between. So it was a no-brainer when she was invited to come to SEO Werkz to oversee all aspects of account management and client relations, that she’d jump at the opportunity! Her passion and care for people are what drive her desire to help our clients succeed in their digital marketing quests from point A to point Z!

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 Salt Lake City 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 and her dog Walter, training to run another Ragnar, traveling, and exploring all the great things Utah has to offer… often with popcorn in one hand and a Coke 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 at 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 be part of a progressive, inspired and successful team of individuals!

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.

Jordan Coon
Director of Paid Search

I specialize in PPC management and have a passion for digital marketing strategies.  With a BS in Marketing Management from Brigham Young University, I am able to effectively understand not only the day-to-day operations that must be performed on a paid search campaign, but I also understand and craft marketing strategy that ensures a positive ROI on a PPC campaign. Given my musical background as a professional trumpet player and my analytical background with schooling and other endeavors, I consider myself a mix of creativity and analytics; this is exactly what is needed for digital marketing.

When I am not working, you can find me at the gym, playing my trumpet, traveling, eating meat and drinking protein shakes, hiking, snowboarding, or cooking.  I am also an avid foodie and enjoy all types of food (and food challenges of all types) from all over the world.

Mark Singleton
Website Ninja
Kristy Ennis
Account Executive

Kristy Ennis grew up in Utah and has worked both here and Alaska as a Marketing Professional in television, radio, and digital marketing. Specifically Television and Digital Marketing for the last four years including YouTube and Social Media. She has worked with a variety of clients including attorneys, one of the largest banks in Alaska, car dealerships, non-profits, to smaller privately owned businesses including restaurant owners, insurance companies, medical practices, etc. Kristy loves getting results for her clients and prides herself on her work ethic, honest and real communication and finding the best return on investment for her clients.

Michelle Smith-Schmidt
Account Manager

Having started her career during college working as an Executive Assistant at Freddie Mac, Michelle learned early that hard work pays off.  She was taught the importance of working with integrity, creative thinking and diligence by her former mentor at Freddie Mac.  She continually strives to find the best solutions to complex issues.  Michelle’s goal is to create an overly positive experience for her client’s.  She follows and exhibits the T.E.A.M. Philosophy of “Together Everyone Achieves More!”.   She knows mediocracy does not create success.

She has lived in 11 states, as well as internationally which has allowed her the opportunity of working with diverse cultures. She comes to us with over 20 years’ experience within Client Care and Customer Service. She has worked in varied industries including:  Social Media, PPC, Technology, Real Estate, Hotel, and Fitness.  She has obtained certifications in Google AdWords and Digital Media as well as 8 certifications in training and fitness.  She obtained her AA while working full-time at Richland College.

She comes from a professional sports family and has been a golfer since the age of six.  She is the author of two books – “The Human Condition” and “Biomechanics – Training for Optimal Performance”.  She is the proud mom of two sons who are currently in college and working within the music industry.  In her spare time, Michelle loves music and never misses seeing a concert when time allows.  She is a certified kickboxing instructor and enjoys giving back by teaching women self-defense techniques.

Haelee Wood
Social Media Manager

I’m Haelee, and I’m the local social media guru! I’ve been in social media for 7 years now at various different businesses and agencies. I’m well versed in getting your money’s worth out of ads, and content!

In my personal life, I love to play my ukulele, watch classic Disney movies, and snuggle with my 2 cats. Positivity is my goal in all things, and I consider myself a happy person. I hope we get to work together soon!

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.

Axell Joseph
Graphic Designer

AJ is a developer by trade yet with his curiosity in design he has found a passion for design. His new found love has helped him in creating compelling design experiences in print and web.

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.

Jess Beach
Content Proofreader

I have loved proofreading and editing since I was in third grade and was always sure I would go into it professionally. I attended Snow College and worked as a writing tutor for two years. I later attended and graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing. I have been working as a proofreader for SEO Werkz for the last two years and it’s truly my passion–aside from my husband and our three goofy girls.

Jan Mvula
Link Strategist

Jan likes how big ideas and expansive experiences can emerge from humble beginnings. An avid internet user with a fanatical passion for emerging technology and quirky sense of humor, she lives the vivacious lifestyle of a person who loves to create relationships. With the charming and bubbly outlook on life, Jan considers Search Engine Optimization to be the toast of champagne which guides her through her life’s journey in creating the best links possible for her clients. She has experience with SEO research and analysis tools like Google Webmaster, Google Analytics, Moz, Ahrefs, SEMRush, and Majestic SEO, and considers her focus to be on execution. With an extensive network of relationships within the industry, Jan strives to ensure that all outreach efforts add value for the client and are implemented with perfect professionalism. When she’s not working, Jan is a passionate traveler, having already reached destinations all over Africa and Europe.

Mark Mehler
Account Executive

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.

Dave Kimball
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.