Enter Dawn Wentzell, Senior Account Manager

Today, we are very proud (and excited!) to let you in on a little secret.  To be honest, it’s one that our clients have been privy to for a while. Her name is Dawn Wentzell (@saffyre9) and she’s the new new Senior Account Manager for Outspoken Media.

Everyone please welcome Dawn. Dawn kicks ass.

Though her title says Senior Account Manager, we’re a shop of four. That means titles don’t get you out of what needs to be done. So, just like the rest of us, Dawn will be doing a little bit of everything as we continue to grow and take over the world. Dawn’s our first official hire, so we wanted someone who could quickly help us out with client work and assist with a wide variety of SEO and project management duties. Lucky for us, Dawn was both qualified and crazy enough to accept a position working with Outspoken (yey!). Unlucky for me, Dawn resides in Canada so I still don’t have someone to bring me coffee (drat!). We’re working on that for the next employee.

A bit of background on Dawn: She’s Canadian (eh!) and began building Web sites in 1997. She got her official start answering phones and doing customer service for a Web agency in Guelph. Within a few years, she worked her way up to Senior Designer and found herself with a strong and morbid interest in technical SEO, getting hands on experience working with small businesses and local search. She sometimes blogs at dawnwentzell.com and I’m thinking of asking her to blog for lisabarone.com, too. Blogging on vanity domains is the all the rage, after all.

More background on Dawn:  Neither Rae, Rhea nor myself could love her any more.  We think she’s the perfect complement to our working styles – she’s smart, capable and isn’t afraid to get loud when she doesn’t agree with something.  She’s a great fit for us and I’m so glad she’s here and that we can finally announce it.

To Dawn, we’d like to officially welcome you on board.  We’re psyched to have you and so thrilled about the value that you’ve already started bringing to our clients.  On a personal note, I very much look forward to dragging your sorry ass to The Ranch for some good Country music the next time I come to visit. So get your boots ready. ;)

There you have it. Outspoken Media is now a team of four. And together, we’re even more Outspoken than ever. Huzzah!  Lets give the girl a good welcome!

About the Author
Lisa Barone
Lisa Barone co-founded Outspoken Media in 2009 and served as Chief Branding Officer until April 2012.

Your Comments

  • http://www.amateurblogger.net David Zemens

    Terrific news. It’s great to see a business expanding even in our sour economic times. Hats off to you for growing your business and for recognizing that sometimes you need to spend money to make money.

    Dawn seems like a great fit, but there is indeed something to be said for having a Coffee Lackey in the office.

    Best wishes to Dawn and to Outspoken Media!

  • http://knowem.com Streko

    Congrats ladies, welcome aboard dawn! I look forward to sharing many crazy conference stories with ya in the future.

  • http://www.bruceclay.com Susan Esparza

    Congrats to Dawn and Team Outspoken!

  • http://blog.hudsonhorizons.com Lauren

    Welcome, Dawn!

  • http://www.lyndseo.com Lyndsay Walker

    Dawn IS awesome!!!! I’m so happy for Dawn for such a great opportunity and for Lisa, Rae and Rhea for getting to work with someone so kick-ass.

    And major kudos to Dawn, I have been harassing her relentlessly about her new job for over a month and she never once spilled the beans.

    Congratulations girl! Can’t wait to see you next week.

  • http://www.jackleblond.com/why-frames-bad-seo/ Jack Leblond

    That is great news! That means Dawn buys the drinks next time, right?

    I’m happy to see Outspoken is growing and thriving.

    Congrats to you all.

  • http://www.davidmihm.com David Mihm

    Welcome, Dawn!

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/rae-hoffman/ Rae Hoffman

    To echo Lisa, I love Dawn. She rocks, is smart as hell, was up to speed quickly and she gets better at merging seamlessly with us every single day.

    However, I feel no guilt about incorporating her having to go to the Ranch with Lisa and myself into her employment contract. ;-)

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/rhea-drysdale/ Rhea Drysdale

    Welcome to the team!!! You complete me. :D

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/dawn-wentzell/ Dawn Wentzell

    Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! Its been tough keeping it a secret for so long, but it’s been great working with these ladies so far.

  • http://www.builddirect.com Rob Woods

    Nice to see another addition to an already awesome team, especially a fellow Canadian – even though you’re an Eastern Canadian. :o)

    Seriously though, I’ve been following Dawn on Twitter for a while and it’s great to see a great company having the ability to grow and add outstanding people in this economy.

    Congrats Dawn.

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/lisa-barone/ Lisa Barone

    Dawn: “So far”? What the hell does that mean? Tomorrow your whole computer will be dangling from the ceiling. :p

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/rae-hoffman/ Rae Hoffman

    Um, [cough] we own her computer, so we might not wanna do that. However, she better hope she isn’t the first to pass out after the Ranch [readies the sharpie] ;-)

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/lisa-barone/ Lisa Barone

    Rae: Touche. Hang Harry’s computer from the ceiling over her desk then. We don’t own that one, right?

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/dawn-wentzell/ Dawn Wentzell

    @Lisa I mean, I love you?

    *sigh* I so do NOT want to go to the Ranch!

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/rae-hoffman/ Rae Hoffman

    Lisa: hahahaha… good idea ;-)
    Dawn: too late – in the contract! :)

  • http://hyder.me Kenny


  • Greg

    OK, I’ll ask: Does she like to drink? (And pleases don’t tell me she drinks Coors Lite)

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/lisa-barone/ Lisa Barone

    Greg: She kind of drinks girly drinks…but (unlike Rhea) she can drink a lot of them. We’ve tested her a few times. She holds up pretty well. It was important.

  • http://knowem.com Streko

    @Greg HAHAHA! I am so buying you and Barbara both Coors at pubcon.

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/rae-hoffman/ Rae Hoffman

    Greg: She only drinks the girly drinks cause she has an actual allergy to beer (thank god it’s not us)… but, as Lisa said, she can pound em back and walk herself to pass out on my couch at 2 am :) … It absolutely was part of the interview process ;-)

  • http://www.lyndseo.com Lyndsay Walker

    She’s Canadian, she sure as hell better be able to drink! #proud

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/dawn-wentzell/ Dawn Wentzell

    @Kenny not tellin, female, Guelph :)

    @Greg, @Lisa: I have an excuse for the girly drinks! I can’t have wheat! (also, I just don’t like beer).

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/rae-hoffman/ Rae Hoffman

    Dawn: Lisa and I are going to pretend you didn’t just make that (last statement). That never happened and we will never speak of it again.

  • http://centuryhouse.net/ Robert Enriquez

    Another person to watch your back from the dreaded …..
    http://bit.ly/mPL5t :)

  • http://knowem.com Streko

    @Dawn do you at least do shots?

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/dawn-wentzell/ Dawn Wentzell

    @Rae pffft, whatever. My drinks have a higher alcohol content.

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/dawn-wentzell/ Dawn Wentzell

    @Streko Depends on the shot, but yes – they are the reason I feel so wonderful two days after Halloween.

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/rae-hoffman/ Rae Hoffman

    Dawn: But I can drink three times as many as you (or most people with normal livers) :P

  • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/lisa-barone/ Lisa Barone

    [cough] Can we not turn this into a drinking thread? kthx.

    • http://outspokenmedia.com/about/rae-hoffman/ Rae Hoffman

      [looks innocent]

  • http://www.usereffect.com Dr. Pete

    Great news – congratulations, Dawn! Why do I sometimes feel like there’s a Canadian invasion coming in SEO? So many awesome industry folks come from our neighbor to the north.

  • http://joehall.me/ Joe Hall

    @kenny – you should really learn how to stalk better……er um I mean, Nice to meet you Dawn!

  • http://www.dataplus-svc.com Data Entry Services

    Congratulations Dawn!

  • http://searchmarketingwisdom.com Alan Bleiweiss

    Dawn, I will pray for you and light a candle for you – you’re going to… oh – uh… CONGRATULATIONS DAWN! If you want cooperation from The Lisa, try a gift – knee-socks or cupcakes should do it…

  • http://www.kiwimarketinggroup.com Kae Kohl

    Congratulations to you, Dawn, and to Outspoken. It’s a very exciting time when you add that first team member. Now, the question is, what’s the next strongest adjective after “Outspoken”?

    Better start doing domain name research ;)