Meet the Gurus who power the Ninja Dojo.
We may have started with just one man, but we've grown quite a bit since 1999. Meet a few of the people you may speak with when working with Internet Marketing Ninjas. These individuals serve as the backbone of our company and ensure that you, our customer, are happy and pleased with the Internet marketing solutions you buy.
Jim Boykin is the founder and CEO of Internet Marketing Ninjas (formerly We Build Pages). Jim was born and raised in Upstate NY, where he has built a reputation as a leader in the SEO industry.
Jim originally launched We Build Pages in 1999 as a one-man web design company. However, Jim's inherent knowledge of search engines led to IMN developing into one of the world's most well-known and trusted link building agencies. When Jim isn't in his office to 2:00AM, he loves spending time with his two sons and thoroughly enjoys going to concerts. Jim also proudly supports many local causes and gives back to the community through philanthropic endeavors.
As Chairman of Internet Marketing Ninjas, Kris advises the company regarding overall business strategy, including M&A opportunities, growth into new markets and products, and executive recruitment and retainment. Jones, Founder, Former President, and CEO of Pepperjam; which received notoriety three consecutive years by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing, privately owned companies in the US, and which was later sold and then acquired by eBay, has been involved in the growth and development of several companies. He is well respected in the search engine and affiliate marketing community as an innovative leader and pioneer of effective Internet marketing strategies. Speaking at industry conferences and events, including SES and PubCon, Jones frequently shares his business and Internet marketing expertise and is also the best-selling author of Search Engine Optimization: Your Visual Blueprint for Effective Internet Marketing (Wiley Publishing).
Chris is a proven commodity in the search space with over 13 years’ experience in online marketing across major industries, working as a consultant and as a leader within large digital agencies. His advanced internet marketing qualifications are steeped in Search Engine Optimization. Since 2005 he has written numerous educational articles and spoken regularly at major marketing conferences, which have enabled him to network and brainstorm with many experts across digital marketing. This has led Chris over the past 3 years to focus on the integration of marketing efforts with desirable user experience and conversion goals, across both online and offline channels.
Chris shares his passion of digital marketing in a number of capacities, and is on the Search Engine Strategies Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of SEMPO (current Chair), and a founding member of the Internet Marketers of New York. In his early years he participated extensively at Search Engine Watch Forums, and enjoys sharing ideas and disagreements with other marketers through as many mediums as possible.
Thom is a seasoned techincal SEO and digital analytics veteran. His current role as VP of Development and IT at Internet Marketing Ninjas includes the improvement of internal processes, leading the creation and refinement of industry-leading tools across multiple brands.
Previously he was a premier independent consultant, held a a senior search position at nationally renown TopRank Online Marketing and led all digital web-related technology's at Rochester Institute of Technology's Saunders College of Business. He also led analytics strategy efforts for the university's mobile initiative.
Part of the ClickZ Academy faculty, Thom has also taught for several well-respected colleges and universities. He is a regular speaker at ClickZ Live events and is a veteran of TEDx as well.
As Community and Brand manager, Ann Smarty’s work is focused on both regularly contributing to the Internet Marketing Ninjas blog and serving as an internal SEO resource for the team. Ann Smarty has been involved in various high-profile roles in the SEO industry for more than seven years. Her background includes working as Editor-in-Chief at Search Engine Journal and being a regular columnist at some of best-known Internet Marketing online publications including SEOmoz, Mashable, Social Media Examiner and more. Ann's search and social experience ranges from content creation and social media marketing to SEO reporting and consulting. Ann's expertise in Internet Marketing tools also helps in internal tool development and testing process.
Bonnie is the Director of Consulting at Internet Marketing Ninjas, leading a multi-talented team that does it all: SEO analysis, conversion analysis, as well as analytics and PPC auditing. Bonnie and her team create search strategies for Internet Marketing Ninjas clients to help improve traffic, and visibility, in search engines as well as create strategies to maximize conversions from existing traffic. She also leads the site auditing process, identifying problems and areas of opportunity both on page and off page and across various traffic sources. Bonnie blogs on the topics of industry news, SEO strategy, information retrieval, SEO tools, and conversion.
Before joining Internet Marketing Ninjas, Bonnie honed her public sector skills in the areas of legislative information services and planning. Bonnie holds a dual B.A, Magna Cum Laude, in Public Administration from Rockefeller School of Public Policy and Administration and in Philosophy from SUNY University at Albany. She has completed graduate work in the philosophy of artificial languages and is a member of the Digital Analytics Association.
At Internet Marketing Ninjas, Jennifer Van Iderstyne is the sales and marketing manager responsible for client retention, account management and overall customer satisfaction. In her free time, she also works on marketing and conference planning. Jen is a native upstate New Yorker. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Politics with minors in acting and communications at the State University of New York at Postsdam. She began her career working in public policy, but her affinity for the internet drew her to Internet Marketing Ninjas in 2006. Since then she has become an SEO specialist with a focus on link building and content development strategy. She writes a regular column on Search Engine Watch and has been a guest blogger on a number of other industry websites.
Chris Sullivan joined the Internet Marketing Ninjas team in 2007 and is responsible for sales, client development, and growth opportunities for the company. Chris works closely with the SEO and support staff to organize campaigns tailored towards each client's individual needs and to ensure goals and expectations are met on a continual basis. You'll be working with Chris or a member of his team in the early stages of developing or refining an Internet marketing strategy for your business and deciding how IMN can best assist you in the execution stages of the project. Before joining Internet Marketing Ninjas, Chris graduated from Siena College with a degree in Marketing and Management, and came to IMN with a background in affiliate marketing. Working under Jim Boykin for over 5 years in roles ranging from link ninja to SEO analyst and team lead has allowed Chris to gain & share extensive knowledge of developing an organic search campaign with a clear vision and results-driven focus. In his free time, Chris enjoys traveling and spending time with family & friends.
Suzy is involved in both the hands-on management and strategy creation of each social media campaign at Internet Marketing Ninjas. She assists clients in developing and executing social media campaigns that increase social authority in search engines, build a brand identity, and establish a consistent share of voice in the social landscape. You'll work with Suzy to develop a custom social media campaign that meets your needs, whether your goals are to create an outlet for streamlined customer service, increase your traffic and rankings, or build a community of brand ambassadors. Suzy has held many positions at Internet Marketing Ninjas since joining the company in 2007, and prior to joining IMN she worked in public relations at a Manhattan-based firm. She graduated from Marist College in 2006. In her spare time, Suzy can be found perfecting a new cupcake recipe or reading a good book.
As the Director of Content, Matthew is responsible for client-direct content creation and facilitates content orders from start to finish. He and the content creation team work diligently to ensure that each piece of content meets the highest quality and SEO standards. You may work or come into contact with Matthew when ordering one of our many content creation services, including SEO optimized content, cornerstone content, premium SEO content, or blog writing. Matthew has been a member of the Internet Marketing Ninjas’ team since 2011. When not in the office, Matthew can be found at his desk, writing fiction.
Sean arrived at Internet Marketing Ninjas (then We Build Pages) in May of 2008, fresh off of three separate careers which included television listings, restaurant ownership and an interesting stint in the antiques business. For each business he helped establish, maintain and grow online presence, without even a lick of SEO knowledge or expertise. And he's kicking himself today, but just a little, for it was his curiosity about how to market one's self online that led him to Jim Boykin's door as the first decade of the 21st century came to an end.
He began his career at IMN as a linkbuilder, progressing through the ranks to become a link team leader, reporter/analyst, trainer and eventually Vice President of Client Services, a position he's held since October 2013. He works with a staff of dedicated account managers whom he claims make his job the most enjoyable he has ever held.
Sean grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY, attended Columbia University and has always lived close to his roots since joining the ranks of the gainfully employed.
Sean has been married for 23 years and is the proud father of a 10-year-old son. He's also an avid golfer and musician, playing in a variety of local bands in the Albany-Saratoga region of upstate New York.