About Our Team
Marketing Operations Director
Michelle is Apogee’s internal marketing strategist. She is responsible for growing our website, blog, social marketing, industry thought leadership and advertising footprints. She is also a key consultant to the internal team and the clients.
Michelle has written about digital marketing for Search Engine Journal, Search Engine Watch, and Forbes. She is national industry conference speaker for SMX, Pubcon, Digital Summit. You can learn more about Michelle by reading her full bio, following her on twitter, and watching her speak at an upcoming conference or event.
Michelle is passionate about writing and storytelling and is working on a novel. She also loves social dancing – salsa, tango, cha-cha, and swing.
- Wine Snob 10% 10%
- Ballroom Nerd 20% 20%
- Caffeine-fueled Marketer 70% 70%
Sr. Director of Operations
Chris is our Director of Client Operations. He helps clients grow. His responsibilities include sales, managing and growing high-priority clients, and acting as an operational leader for the company. He strives to look at the whole picture of a business and use marketing to help companies achieve their goals.
Chris has an MBA in Digital Management and has been in the Digital Marketing industry since 2015.
He is a die-hard Red Sox fan and enjoys spending time with his wife, dog Willow, and two cats.
- Live Free or Die New Hampshirite 30% 30%
- Business-Minded Marketer 20% 20%
- Red Sox Junkie 50% 50%
Director of SEO
Alex is our Director of SEO, he’s new to the Austin area recently transplanting from Miami, Fl. He brings a specialized focus on SEO, CRO, UX/UI, graphic design and brand alignment. He has experience working with various types of business ranging from e-commerce, insurance, plastic surgery, travel, hospitality and fintechs, he brings several digital marketing disciplines and thought leadership skills to the team.
He’s also been involved in creating everything from content marketing strategies that tie in SEO, PPC, Social Media and website build-outs incorporating conversion optimization tactics that produce results.
Alex loves to cook and wanted to be a chef when he was younger, instead he opted for cookbooks and YouTube over traditional culinary school to master his skills. Aside from that he loves to travel and he’s also a photographer with a passion for videography and writing.
- Digital Marketing Nerd 40% 40%
- Scotch Enthusiast 30% 30%
- Photographer 30% 30%
Director of Digital Paid Media
Patrick leads Apogee’s Paid Search department. His team is responsible for the strategy, implementation, and growth of all Paid Marketing efforts. He has experience working both in-house and at agencies in both Houston and Austin. He has successfully managed campaigns across multiple industries including several multi-million dollar a month campaigns.
Patrick enjoys making music when he’s not busy lowering our client’s CPAs.
- PPC Geek 40% 40%
- Music Nerd 40% 40%
- Coffee 20% 20%
Senior Digital Media Manager
Brad started his career at Apogee Results as an intern. He is currently responsible for strategy development and implementation for our paid search clients, and consistently provides substantial revenue growth YoY for several clients.
Brad has been playing musical instruments from a very young age. Anything from the piano, marimba, and a plethora of percussion instruments. However, his true passion lies in competitive gaming.
- PPC Wiz 40% 40%
- Competitive Gamer 30% 30%
- Musician 30% 30%
Social Media and Content Associate
Lena is new to the digital marketing industry, having recently graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a degree in International Studies and Marketing. She is currently a Social Media and Paid Search Intern, focusing on providing clients with community social media management and content writing. Lena loves to cook and discover new foods, spend free time at any beach, river, or lake, and dabble in photography.
- Netflix Aficionado 40% 40%
- Graphic Artist 35% 35%
- World Traveler 25% 25%
Erika is part of Apogee’s SEO team. She recently graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Mass Communication and began working for Apogee Results in late 2018. New to the industry, Erika is a current SEO Associate that helps clients by providing effective SEO services and content writing.
Erika played soccer for 16 years, enjoys trying new food, going on hikes, dad jokes, attending music concerts, and playing with her pups.
- Obsessive Dog Lover 50% 50%
- Music Festival Goer 25% 25%
- Video Game Junkie 25% 25%
Content Marketing Associate
Bailey is a current SEO Intern at Apogee and mainly focuses on writing content for outreach projects. She graduated with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric from the University of Utah.
Bailey was a pre-professional ballet dancer and is an avid video gamer. She custom built her own computer for gaming.
- Video Games 50% 50%
- Sugar Powered 30% 30%
- Speed Typer 20% 20%
James’ responsibilities at Apogee include content writing, link building, and on-page content recommendations. In 2015, he graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. James is originally from the NYC area and moved to Austin from New York in February of 2019. Prior to the move, he worked in Manhattan for 2 years at a very large public relations firm.
When he is not working, James enjoys watching sports and listening to music.
- Animal Lover 34% 34%
- Music Enthusiast 33% 33%
- Sports Fanatic 33% 33%
Senior Account Manager
Chad has been one of Apogee’s Account Managers since 2006. He manages customized marketing strategies for key accounts, maintains a thorough understanding of clients’ end-use markets, their important customers, and their main competitors. He also helps grow client partnerships and cultivates and strengthens relationships with client decision makers and influencers.
Chad loves to spend his free time with his family and is an avid hunter and shooter.
- Dad 100% 100%
Chase is part of our Account Management team with previous experience in SEO, PPC, data reporting, email marketing, and project management. Chase finds his motivation in discovering how brands can implement broad marketing strategies while making real, human connections.
Chase (proudly) holds a degree from Texas A&M University where he majored in Communication and minored in Business.
Outside of Apogee, Chase enjoys the Houston Rockets, ancient history, fine beer, abstract art, reflecting on the nature of human consciousness, and being the dog father of a yellow Labrador named Millie.
- Basketball Geek 23% 23%
- Clean Freak 16% 16%
- Welsh/English 61% 61%
Bill Leake, CEO of Apogee Results, draws on a deep expertise in both business and marketing to help increase revenues for a wide range of clients. He has been involved in driving provable revenues through Internet marketing techniques since the early 1990s when, as part of the management team at Power Computing, he built the first company to sell $1 million of product over the Internet.
As founder of Apogee Results, he has guided the company from inception to its current position as the largest search engine marketing company in Texas, one of the 20 largest independents in North America and one of the fastest growing companies on the Inc. 500 / 5000 list. You can learn more about Bill by reading his full bio, following him on twitter, and watching him speak at an upcoming conference or event.
- Family Guy 50% 50%
- Goat Herder 20% 20%
- Internet Marketing Nut 30% 30%
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