Chris Reid / General Manager
Chris Reid serves as the GM for Rio SEO where he oversees the entire operation including sales, product development, support and ultimately division profitability.
For the last 25 years, Chris has held executive management positions in the areas of Sales Management, Marketing and Business Development for both large and small technology companies. Over the course of his career, Chris has served in leadership roles at a number of fast-growing software firms, including such companies as Bussiness.com Media, SDL Language Weaver, Iovation and TorchQuest,. He also had a very successful, five-year stint as senior vice president at the merged Visual Sciences and WebSideStory real-time analytics provider. During his term with the company, Chris and his team grew annual revenues 10-fold to $100 million before it was acquired by Omniture. Prior to Visual Sciences, Chris spent 8 years at MERANT, a leading global e-business software solutions company where he built and lead the company’s #1 sales team to over 30%, year in, year out, growth in total revenues.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University.
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.
Ben Straley / VP of Social Technologies
Ben Straley is VP of Social Technologies at Covario’s Rio SEO product and technology division. Prior to this position, Ben was CEO and Co-Founder of Meteor Solutions, a leading sharing and social ad tech company acquired by Covario in November 2012. Before launching Meteor Solutions, Ben co-founded Spring Creek Group, a global social media marketing agency acquired by IPG in 2011. Ben has over 17 years of online marketing, digital advertising, and social media experience with startups and global media brands including Real Networks, Disney, and ESPN.
In addition to his leadership of Rio SEO’s Social technologies and strategy, he is the lead instructor of Advanced Interactive Marketing at the University of Washington’s Continuing Education program. He has a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA with Distinction from the Colorado College.
Pat Hall / VP, Engineering
Pat Hall is the VP, Engineering of Rio SEO where he leads the product development, professional services and production operations teams. Since joining the company over 6 years ago he has held multiple positions throughout the technical ranks. With over 25 years experience working for small and large companies (including Oracle), he brings a deep understanding of both cutting edge technologies and the architectural principles required to use these technologies in a way to improve business effectiveness. In addition to his technical background he has extensive experience in building software application for sale – in the MRP and CRM space.
Pat earned a bachelors degree in Business from San Diego State University.