Meet the Experts at Surefire Local
Our team of experienced digital marketing pros know local marketing and what it takes to run a small business. When you work with us, your business gets the ongoing support and personal attention it needs to attract your dream customers in droves.
We get to know you and then formulate a custom marketing solution that tackles all of your marketing needs and delivers the crème de la crème of results.
Founder and CEO
Chris Marentis is the founder and CEO of Surefire Local, whose notable career spans the evolution of the Web. As Senior Vice President of America Online’s Interactive Marketing group, Marentis was a key force in creating the foundational blueprints for online marketing, e-commerce and content branding. While CEO of Clearspring Technologies, he developed one of the most widely adopted venture-backed Web 2.0 technology platforms. Marentis was featured as one of the region’s finest business leaders on Executive Leaders Radio.
Chief Operations Officer
Ron Peele comes to Surefire Local with 25 years’ experience in building companies, both as an investor and as an operating executive. Most recently, Peele was a founding investor and CFO at Revolution Health, the health company created by AOL co-founder Steve Case. Prior to that, Peele helped launch and build the AOL/Time Warner venture capital group, investing $250 million in a portfolio of 70 companies, including some of the industry’s most successful startups.
Chief Technology Officer
As CTO of Surefire Local, Kidder is responsible for the technology vision and delivery. Prior to Surefire Local, Kidder has served as CTO of Geopay and CTO of Mobile Posse, where he oversaw systems development and operations for mobile advertising systems. As VP in AOL’s Technologies division he developed and operated AOL’s customer billing system, which processed approximately $5 billion in credit card transactions annually, and AOL’s advertising systems, which managed and tracked over a billion ad impressions per day. Sean established the first overseas systems development center in Dublin, Ireland, focusing on the business system needs of AOL Europe.
Senior Vice President, Client Services
Bob Sheehan is our lead Surefire Local Certified Coach and has been with our team since November 2009. Bob has extensive experience in local marketing, recently as VP Marketing for NewPro Windows, and having run Coastline Advertising, his own local marketing agency.
Chief Marketing Officer
Shashi Bellamkonda is Surefire Local’s Chief Marketing Officer(CMO). He also serves as an Adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University teaching Marketing Analytics & Digital, Social Media and Mobile Marketing. Bellamkonda is passionate about helping small business and speaks at conferences on multi-location digital marketing and online lead generation. In 2012, Bellamkonda was honored with the Washington Business Journal’s Washington Minority Business Leader award. He was previously featured in Washingtonian’s Top 100 Tech Titans list and called the Social Listener by the Washington Business Journal.
Vice President – Sales
Ken Greene, former Vice President of Sales for BringMeMyLeads, has had 35 years of experience in the home improvement industry. After graduating from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, he started his career working on roofs. His career took off after he added additional home improvement products to a company that was only selling roofing and became President. As President, he grew the company to a 22-million dollar per year home improvement company with multiple branches. Ken had the honor of receiving the prestigious “Legend in Home Improvement” Award.
VP, Digital Marketing
Brian is a senior media & marketing executive with 15 years in digital and an extensive background in traditional direct marketing channels. Prior to joining Surefire Local, he was VP of Digital Marketing for iVillage Networks at NBCUniveral where he headed up paid media, SEO, CRM, and customer acquisition programs. Brian brings an in-depth knowledge of the strategic, technical and creative aspects of internet marketing.
General Manager – Client Services
Christine comes to Surefire Local with 12 years of experience in Operations, Finance, Sales and Marketing Management. Her background includes a substantial foundation in the digital marketing industry managing revenue and efficiency-driven processes at the senior level. Prior to her entry into web-based marketing, she was the youngest General Manager for two of the country’s largest automotive groups and spearheaded operations and sales for brands including Nissan Motors, Kia Motors and BMW.
Vice President – National Brands
Jeremy LaDuque’s experience with franchises including The UPS Store, Sport Clips, Dwyer Group and Snap Fitness, as well as distributed networks such as Luxottica and West Corporation, puts Surefire Local in a strong position as it moves further into the franchise and dealer network arenas. LaDuque has been involved at the executive level of five companies that focus on digital marketing software and solutions, including SaaS platforms. His 20+ years of expertise in digital marketing and new business development for enterprise and mid-market businesses make him an ideal addition to the Surefire executive team.
SVP of Sales
James Bruno was previously SVP, International Sales and Marketing at Vocus responsible for managing Sales, Marketing and Services. Bruno managed a 100+ person sales organization consisting of new sales, lead generation and account management to drive optimal efficiency. Prior to joining Vocus, Bruno spent 24 years in the life sciences industry with his most recent role being Vice President of Sales at Remedi SeniorCare. During his career, Bruno has held several senior international roles where he was responsible for sales and marketing with companies such as GSK, Pfizer, and MedImmune. Bruno earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from St. Joseph’s University, and his MBA from Drexel University. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
EVP, Customer Success
Johan Gedde is a globally experienced Business Leader with a track record in leading multicultural Professional Services, Customer Success and Customer Support teams optimizing the customer experience for small business and enterprise solutions in the Software as a Service (SaaS) arena. Spent over 10 years as a leader at Vocus where he served as VP of Client Services for EMEA envisioning new concepts and trends, developing and executing customer-focused strategies, and improving core processes to drive sustainable top-/bottom-line growth. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Decision and Information Systems from University of Maryland College Park.
Vice President – Finance
Dan Moser comes to Surefire Social with over 17 years’ experience in the areas of Finance, M&A, Sales and Operations. Dan has a strong track record of helping hyper growth companies raise capital and scale operations for growth. Prior to joining Surefire, Dan was the Director of Finance at Socrata, a SaaS company based in Seattle, WA where Dan was instrumental in helping the company raise over $40 million in capital and grow revenue 4x during his 2.5 year tenure. Dan gained significant expertise in the local digital marketing space during his tenure at Targusinfo (purchased by Neustar), where he closed some of their first national brands that wanted to improve their local digital footprint. Dan has also held leadership positions with Pritzker family backed New World Opportunity Partners, PIXIA Corp and MCI.