This is Whitespark
President & Founder
Darren has been tinkering with websites and SEO for over sixteen years. He loves local SEO and the local search community, and has had the good fortune to speak at many great conferences such as MozCon, Searchlove, Local U, and SearchFest. His primary job is sending email and talking on the phone, but he also directs software development, client work, and customer service.
Vice President, Operations
Jill has been working behind the scenes at Whitespark since the beginning, working in many roles across the various departments. With a Psychology major and English minor from the University of Alberta, a background in banking and pharmaceutical sales, and a knack for event planning, Jill brings a range of expertise to the Whitespark team from strategy planning, to sales processes, to finance and HR support. When she isn’t multi-tasking to keep it all going, Jill can be found catching up on her book club read, doing pilates, cooking feasts for friends and family from her vast cookbook collection, obsessing over art, listening to Prince, and spending time with her two favourites, her husband and their little spitfire ginger daughter.
Jeff wrote his first piece of HTML in 1996. Since those humble beginnings, he has become a graduate of NAIT’s Digital and Interactive Media Design program and has accumulated six years of profession web development experience. Jeff contributes not only the necessary technical skills to the team, but also a strong sense of aesthetics and user experience design.
Jessie has been with Whitespark since 2011. She wears many hats in the company; from client work to marketing initiatives, she dabbles in it all.
When she’s not doing the local search thing, she’s trying to keep up with her daughter, knitting dish cloths (it’s a serious problem), and reading books like nobody’s business.
Lora has been a freelance contractor since 2011 and has worked with a number of companies, leaders in their respective business niches. She has a background in health care and IT, and most recently has been happily involved in Local SEO. When the laptop lid is closed, she enjoys nature while trekking, biking and camping in the wild.
Troy is a long-time web developer who has been putting out pages on the internet since he first made a home for his zafara on Neopets. He loves experimenting with new design and architectural patterns to make his code as readable and succinct as it can be. In his spare time, he hosts an award-winning podcast about municipal politics in Edmonton and sometimes posts memes on his website. You may have seen him hosting Starcraft Jeopardy on the internet.
Senior Citations Manager
Martin has been helping companies in various fields with data entry and web research since 2010. His devotion and experience in a number of projects has brought him longstanding relationships with people from different bodies of a company’s organization. He loves football and watching his favorite team Real Madrid with friends is his most preferred hobby.
Director of Custom Projects
Nick’s been helping his clients win at digital marketing since 2008. He’s always intent on getting more conversions from organic/local search and Adwords. He also loves to build and improve websites, and is a big fan of WordPress. When he’s not SEOing the internets, Nick is probably hanging out with his wife/family/cat, playing video games, listening to audio-books, or working on his project car.
Hristo has worked a number of different jobs in a myriad of fields before he realized his interest in SEO. He has helped in the development of small businesses in Bulgaria, and has working experience in the United States.
Currently he studies part-time in Plovdiv University (Bulgaria), majoring in primary education. In his spare time, he likes playing the piano and traveling around the world.
GMB Services Specialist
Hava has a degree in Literary Studies and held a variety of positions in various locations until she found her place in the marketing field.
In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, and wandering about aimlessly.
Director of GMB Services
Allie joined Whitespark in 2018. She’s been helping small business owners get the most bang for their marketing bucks for the past four years. Allie loves the opportunities and challenges of local search marketing and Google Ads. She has a knack for helping busy entrepreneurs, owners and marketing managers understand the value of local search efforts, without all the jargon.
When she’s not working, Allie is planning somebody’s wedding or watching The Office with her husband.
Client Services Associate
Jessica has been in the customer service industry for over 10 years and is passionate about problem solving. She enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, and taking on different crafty projects. When she is not chasing her two kids around, or planning adventures, she is busy watching and re-watching Friends.
Dimitri wrote his first line of code at the young age of 8. Ever since then web design and development has been one of his passions. He is currently in the Computing Science program at the University of Alberta. On the side, he is known for his love of all things aviation.
Elizabeth (“Ellie”) graduated law school with a master’s degree in law and had been working as a paralegal for several years before joining our team in 2018. When she decided that it was time her life changed course, she instantly fell in love with the stress-free, youthful and fun work atmosphere at Whitespark.
In her spare time she likes to read comic books and sci-fi novels, listen to true crime and comedy podcasts, sing classic rock, jazz and blues and explore the secrets of the human face through portrait photography.
Simona has a Master’s degree in Law. Before she discovered her keen interest in Local SEO and joined the Whitespark team, she worked as a legal counselor.
Her interests are many and vary from website development to studying dead languages such as Latin.
When there are no computers or books around, she likes to stare at the night sky and think about the mysteries of the universe.
Nikolay has 11 years of experience in retail banking and mortgage underwriting. He earned his Master degree in Finance from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia.
When he’s not working, he enjoys walking in the woods and loves to watch football games every weekend. Traveling to visit new places and meeting new people is one of his passions. He is also a big fan of Greek mythology and ancient things.
GMB Services Account Manager
Sydney lives in a social media world. She graduated from NAIT with a diploma in Marketing and Advertising in 2017 but has been working in the industry since 2015. When she isn’t staying up-to-date with the latest social trends, you can find her scrolling through Twitter or checking out the most recent dystopian sci-fi series to hit Netflix.
Zlatina has a Master’s degree in Public Finance. Before she started working for Whitespark she had been working in the e-commerce industry. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, reading and watching movies.
Client Services Associate
Bojana has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Philology. It is her pride and joy to be working in the Customer Support sphere ever since she embarked on the profession back in 2013. She fuels up her day with rock music and singing to it is her mood-booster. In her free time, she loves meeting up with friends and family, is busy being a Mother to two dragons, trying to catch up on her favorite TV series, reading a book or even better, successfully reaching a Yoga class.
GMB Services Account Manager
Back in 2015, Tomas was studying communications before taking some time to see the world. After traveling to multiple countries and working odd jobs to fund his travels, Tomas decided digital marketing would be a great career fit, and joined the Whitespark team.
In his off-hours, Tomas is usually searching out and listening to new music, bouldering at his favourite rock climbing gym, or enjoying craft beer/cocktails with friends.
Deni has a background in Communications and Online Marketing, holding a Master’s degree in Advertising and Media Communication from the University of Economics Bulgaria, Varna. If she had to describe herself in 3 words, they would be optimistic, emotional, and friendly. She’s hardworking, ambitious, and positive in every aspect. In her leisure time the three things she loves the most are: 1. Traveling – travel as an escape from daily routine. Having future trips already planned brings her joy and gives her something to look forward to; 2. Dancing – Bulgarian folk dances are her passion and she’s a dance in one of the biggest clubs for folk dances in Varna; 3. Driving my car – I really love driving and listening to music in my car. It gives me a feeling of happiness and if I have to be honest, I often take the long way to my destination 🙂 My life motto is – You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough!
Danny has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences from the Technical University of Varna. In her free time you can find her reading, taking walks in nature, and exploring the world through travelling.
GMB Services Account Manager
Tessa has a background as a freelance graphic designer and has also worked in e-commerce and marketing. Having owned several small businesses herself, she is passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses and take it to the next level. In her spare time, you can find her obsessing over design details with her husband and slowly fixing up their mid-century dream home.
Client Services Associate
Jody has a passion for working hard and has dedicated much of her professional life to customer service. She stays busy outside of work with her three boys, who keep her on her toes. Whenever the opportunity arises Jody loves getting outside, whether it be hiking, biking or kayaking.
GMB Services Account Manager
After completing a degree in Applied Linguistics at the University of Victoria in 2018, Delon decided to live in Japan to do some soul searching. While reflecting on his next course of action, he discovered a deep desire to engage in the synthesis of technology and humanity. Upon returning to Canada in 2020, he decided to use his ability to help others succeed in digital marketing; where he can assist businesses in reaching their goals.
Off the clock, Delon is all about getting outside and immersing himself in nature, enjoying a glass of wine, and/or getting lost in Spotify’s algorithm to find new music to listen to.
Tsenka has a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications form the Technical University of Varna and a Master’s degree in Public Finance from the University of Economics in Varna. She has been working in the field of Local SEO since 2012, specializing in citation building in particular. When she is not busy building and cleaning up citations, she can be found playing with her son, reading, or going for long walks and bike rides with her husband.
Hristo has an International Marketing degree and he has always been fascinated by technology. He started working in the SEO during my university and his passion for the field has continued to grow. He loves to learn about new technologies, hardware and software innovations, and developments in local SEO. When he’s not immersed in the world of search engine optimization, he can be found on the football field as a professional referee in the first league. In his free time, he loves running outdoors, playing squash, PlayStation or watching movies.
Diana has a Bachelor’s degree in Management and a Master’s degree in Sales Management and Merchandising from the University of Economics in Varna. In her spare time she likes listening to music, hanging out with friends, reading, watching movies and reality TV shows. She loves extreme adventures and travelling. To date, the most extreme she has tried is bungee jumping. Her favourite quote to ponder is: “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you do not try”.
Ana has a bachelor’s degree in Economics of Trade from the University of Economics in Varna. She has been working in the field of Citation Building since 2012. Ana is easy going, positive and empathetic. She loves spending time with friends outdoors, going for hikes in the mountains, riding her bicycle around town, or cozying up with a cup of coffee and good company in a local café. “A blessing in disguise” is the motto she lives by.
Stoyan graduated from the Academy of Economics in Svishtov with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a Master’s degree in Financial Management. He finds citation building engaging and stimulating, and loves growing his local SEO knowledge. In his free time he prefer spending my free time with my friends and I love playing sports.
Elmira has a bachelor’s degree in International Economic Relations from University of Economics in Varna. She is currently studying remotely at SoftUni Creative for a professional diploma as a Creative Specialist. In her free time she enjoys reading books, taking long walks with her dog in nature, and spending time with friends.
Xiaohui joined Whitespark as a student software developer. He is passionate about web development and is always learning new technologies. He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science at the University of Alberta (2021 grad). In his spare time, he loves watching moves, hiking, and playing video games.
It’s a toque not a beanie, eh?
179 Cups this week
Darren is playing: Beirut
Jessie is playing: Molly Burch
Jeff is playing: Parquet Courts
Lora is playing: Françoise Hardy
Troy is playing: T-Swift ALL DAY EVERY DAY
Nick is playing: Portugal. The Man
Martin is playing: Purple Disco Machine
Hristo is playing: Moby
Dimitar is playing: The Barr Brothers
Krisi is playing: Sleeping at last
Hava is playing: Andre Bird
Allie is playing: Lauren Daigle
Dimitri is playing: Ed Sheeran - Divide
Jessica is playing: LANCO - Hallelujah Nights
Elizabeth is playing: Jeff Buckley - Grace
Zlatina is playing: Infinity Ink - Infinity
Tomas is playing: Eighty One by Yppah
Deni is playing: Late Night Vibes Playlist
Tessa is playing: 90's Hits on Spotify
Delon is playing: CHROMATICS - You're No Good
Ana is playing: Jessie Ware - Spotlight
Xiaohui is playing: Ed Sheeran - Perfect
Darren is Loving:
The Today Clock
Jessie is Loving:
On Being Podcast
Lora is Loving:
Troy is Loving:
Koo Koo Kanga Roo: The Triangle of Success
Nick is Loving:
Jeff is Loving:
Hydraulic Press Channel
Martin is Loving:
Hristo is Loving:
Dimitar is Loving:
The School of Life
Krisi is Loving:
Historical Reenactments and Folklore Festivals
Nyagoslav is Loving:
Leon the Professional
Hava is Loving:
Oh the Places you Won't Go
Allie is Loving:
PC White Mac & Cheese
Dimitri is Loving:
Peyto Lake in Lake Louise
Jessica is Loving:
Elizabeth is Loving:
Zlatina is Loving:
How I Met Your Mother
Tomas is Loving:
Planet Earth II
Tessa is Loving:
Restored by the Fords
Delon is Loving:
Darknet Diaries Podcast
Ana is Loving:
Emily in Paris