Founder / 16 Years in the Biz
In 2007, Ben met Adam Audette and Meg Thompson, who brought him on as the first employee of AudetteMedia (which went on to be acquired by RKG, then Merkle, and now Dentsu). During his time with these companies, Ben helped build in-house and vet 3rd party technologies, and he managed PM tools and process creation for the team. Ben also served as a leader for top client engagements, working with companies including Google, Anthropologie, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Express, 1-800-Flowers, Drugstore.com, and Walgreens.
Ben brings to Tight Ship 13 years of experience generating huge gains for the biggest brands in the world, and a passion for enabling clients through reporting automation and endless implementation-blocking work-arounds.
Director of SEO 11 Years in the Biz
Chandra is a Results-driven, dynamic professional who has a strong background in search engine optimization, print and web design, merchandising, and marketing. After earning a Bachelors Degree in Art/Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin – Madison she has gained have over 10 years combined experience in the B2C and B2B industries.
A strong decision maker, strategist and problem solver who is successful in utilizing an array of resources to exceed objectives. Believes in an analytical and creative approach that allows sound decisions when it comes to design, performance, and user experience.
Jake Haskins – Partner
Director of SEO / 12 Years in the Biz
Jake has developed technical, content, and multi-year SEO strategies for national and international companies with a focus on utilizing analytics-informed decisions to create sustained non-branded growth. He has worked in SEO verticals including e-commerce, lead generation, financial, social, news, and editorial.
In his career before joining Tight Ship, Jake has worked with clients such as Ralph Lauren, Symantec, Philip Morris International, Wisdom Tree, and Sanofi.
Mike Tekula – Partner
Principal SEO Consultant / 17 Years in the Biz
Starting as a front-end web developer in 2007, Mike became interested in SEO after learning why building websites with Flash was a bad idea. He then led sales and operations for two Long Island marketing agencies, driving over 300% growth in SEO service revenues between the two.
Joining Distilled in 2012, Mike was excited to work with larger websites and well-known brands such as Shutterstock, Staples, ADP, and Bloomingdale’s.
Mike then ran the Distilled New York office as VP, responsible for client services, sales, talent recruiting and management, doubling the size of the team in his tenure and contributing to agency strategy as a member of the Leadership team. Since joining the Tight Ship team in June of 2019 as a Principal Consultant, Mike enjoys a balance between hands-on SEO analysis, R&D, and growth initiatives.