Employee Spotlight: Meet Jeff Simonds – Our New Digital Marketing Specialist
The Burlington Bytes team just keeps on growing!
We are thrilled to share with you that we’ve recently hired Jeff Simonds, as our new Digital Marketing Specialist. Formerly a Senior Web Analytics Specialist at Terakeet out of Syracuse, NY, Simonds’ experience and skill set will bring a new, complementary perspective to the team.
Simonds has been noted for his success in SEO optimization and analysis, and more broadly in digital marketing branding and strategy. Simonds holds a Bachelor’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he studied Electronic Media, Arts & Communications. “Burlington Bytes is an awesome opportunity and fit for me on both professional and cultural levels”, remarked Simonds, “while the role is a part of a growing and increasingly important team and initiative for Burlington Bytes, I ultimately decided to join the company after experiencing the culture and cohesiveness of the team”.
“We couldn’t be more excited to add Jeff Simonds to our team ” added Burlington Bytes founder Peter Jewett, “our digital marketing team has been growing primarily due to the outcomes we’ve generated for clients, and Jeff will be an asset as we continue to grow the team”.
Here at Burlington Bytes, we like to get to know our new hires on a deeper level and want you to as well, so that’s why we do an “Employee Spotlight” interview, where we ask professional work questions and sprinkle in some silly & fun questions to mix it up!
So let’s get started…
Q: Where did you grow up?
Jeff: Syracuse, NY
Q: Where do you currently reside?
Jeff: Winooski, VT
Q: How did you first learn about Burlington Bytes?
Jeff: I traveled to Vermont a lot over the last two years, and really liked the Burlington area, so I decided to look for some potential jobs. After searching for SEO companies in Vermont, I found Burlington Bytes at the top of the SERPs, which is always a good sign for a company that does SEO!
Q: What part of your job are you most excited about doing?
Jeff: My previous role was focused solely on organic search, so I’m really looking forward to broadening my skills and gaining more experience with paid search and other digital marketing channels.
Q: How would you describe the work environment?
Jeff: The office strikes a perfect balance between work and play. It’s clear that everyone knows when it’s time to get work done, but every day you can count on someone saying (or chatting) something that gives us all chance to laugh and relax for a few minutes.
Q: What are your interests & hobbies?
Jeff: I love golfing and try to get out fishing as much as I can. I’ve also been a homebrewer for about 6 years, and have been known to make a pretty solid batch of beer or cider from time to time.
Q: Have you ever sang karaoke? What’s your “go-to” song?
Jeff: Nope, but if I was ever forced into doing it the only song I would sing is Here I Go Again, by Whitesnake.
Q: What would a perfect day look like for you?
Jeff: An 8am tee time to play a round of golf with my dad (and friends if they manage to wake up on time), followed by a late afternoon BBQ featuring Liehs & Steigerwald brats on the grill, and some craft beer in the cooler.
Q: If you could close your eyes and be anywhere on earth when they opened, where would you be?
Jeff: Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon, in Anderlecht, Brussels.
Q: If you won $20 million dollars in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Jeff: Pay off those pesky student loans, travel the world for a while, attend brewing school and finally open my own brewery.
Q: Being the newest hire, what are you contributing to your department?
Jeff: I definitely have a lot to learn from Mitch (our digital marketing manager), but early on I’ve been able to leverage my past experience with analysis and reporting for large e-commerce websites to bring a new perspective to the team.
Q: Last question, what was your all-time best Halloween costume?
Jeff: That’s tough, because my mom made some amazing costumes for me and my brother when we we younger (imagine a 6th grader dressed as Uncle Fester from the Addams Family), but I’m partial to that Halloween a few years ago, when I let the dogs out as Alan from The Hangover.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching the Hangover, do yourself a favor and check it out. Jeff could literally be a stunt double for Alan, he nailed it!
We are glad Jeff has joined the Burlington Bytes team, and we look forward to have him involved with all things digital marketing! Welcome Jeff!