The specialists at Virante have been actively involved in Internet marketing since the inception of the world wide web in the early 1990's. Virante's methods suit all levels of industry - from small retail outfits to Fortune 500 companies - and our track record at both of these levels prove it. Our clients' success is guaranteed by our insistence on using legitimate, sustained technologies and practices that are completely organic. In layman's terms, we don't use shortcuts. We bring both stability and growth to web marketing.
Ryan Allis is the Chairman of Virante. Ryan is a technology entrepreneur and social entrepreneur from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is the co-founder and CEO of iContact, a leading email marketing company. iContact has grown from its start in 2003 to more than 65,000 customers, 250 employees, and $45M in annual sales. Ryan is the author of the book Zero to One Million from McGraw-Hill. Ryan is the founder of the Humanity Fund which invests in high-growth socially responsible companies in the USA, Africa, and Latin America and is the Board Chairman of the non-profit Nourish International.
Malcolm Young joined the Virante team in April, 2004. He currently serves as CEO at Virante and has helped the company grow in staff, sales, and offerings during his tenure with the company. Malcolm’s background includes a BBA from Roanoke College as well as multiple business classes while attending Syracuse University on a soccer scholarship. Malcolm accepted a position with Commonwealth Tool Specialty upon graduating from college. While at CTS Malcolm earned his way from Client Services to Supervisor to Office Manager of the Raleigh based branch. In his ten years with CTS, Malcolm was focused primarily on customer service, building sales, and management duties. Malcolm’s interests include sports and online reputation building.
Jeffrey Staub has a B.A. from Elon University and a B.S. from Colorado State University with a focus on the biological sciences and analysis. Jeffrey joined Virante in the summer of 2005 and has been promoted through the ranks to Chief Operating Officer. With over a decade of experience in the online marketing arena prior to Virante Jeffrey worked as an independent consultant for various online marketing firms working on projects for large movie companies, music industry leaders, major oil companies, and sports apparel producers. Jeffrey is a member of several online marketing associations and is a certified Google AdWords Individual, Google Analytics Qualified Individual, certified adCenter Excellence Individual and Yahoo! Sponsored Search Ambassador. His experience spans the full gamut of online marketing tactics from search engine optimization, cost-per-click (CPC) strategies, affiliate marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, client retention strategies and web site analytics and surveys.
Russ Jones has a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill. He has been in the web design / development industry since 1997. Russ was formerly CTO of demCampaigns, LLC and Computing Consultant for UNC's Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise. An expert in LAMP technologies (Linux, Apache, mySQL, PHP), web development, and all-things search marketing, Russ has assisted in the creation of new search marketing technologies. This includes the venerable LinkSleeve Spam Link Verification system, which currently blocks thousands of links spam messages across the web. Russ has also authored numerous in-house search marketing tools covering the gamut of search engine optimization from keyword discovery to advanced theming analysis. He, along with Chief Operating Officer Jeff Staub, maintains TheGoogleCache.com search marketing blog. See his interview with Sootle at their website.