Dema Zlotin / CEO
Dema Zlotin is the CEO of Rio, a leading search engine optimization technology platform. Over the past 20 years, Dema has started and operated several technology and services companies serving Fortune 500 customers. In 2006 Dema founded Covario, one of the largest search marketing agencies that was sold in 2014 to the Dentsu Aegis Network. In 1996, he co-founded Silicon Space, a web development and software services firm that grew to $10M annually, then sold to Dataskill, Inc. Dema began his career at Andersen Consulting and Price Waterhouse. He earned his computer science degree from UC San Diego and was a researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center.
James Wu / COO
James Wu is the COO of Rio, a leading search engine optimization technology platform. Prior to joining Rio, Mr. Wu was Managing Partner of Lab Econometrics, a Harvard University based hedge fund. Mr. Wu was the President of Clairvergent Technology Group, which provided Internet based technology solutions to the insurance industry. Mr. Wu also worked for private equity fund, McCown De Leeuw, Morgan Stanley and L.E.K. Consulting.
Mr. Wu is currently on the Board of Directors of ODC Nimbus, Covario, LAB Econometrics, AquaNexus and OOSKA News.
Mr. Wu is a Guest Lecturer at the Harvard Department of Economics where he received the Danforth Prize for Excellence in Teaching. He received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Wu earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Bill Connard / VP Local Search Solutions
Previously, he was the founder and CEO of Top Local Search, Inc., of San Diego, which was acquired by Rio SEO in May 2012. Bill is a serial entrepreneur and successful business executive with expertise in database management, search engine optimization and web site programming. He has many years of experience building and developing multi-location distribution channels and partnerships.
Prior to forming Top Local Search, Bill was a co-founder and systems architect for Hero Industries, another San Diego-based firm that provided location-based services leveraging SEO and SaaS technologies.