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5442 Points
Posts: 44
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Joined: 4 years ago

Hey everyone, let's get some introductions started! What brought you here and what you are looking to get out of this community?

My name is Sanjay Sthankiya. I am a Product Manager at Vendasta. I've always been fascinated by the intersection of the humanities and technology. During the past 10 years, I have worked in various product roles and am passionate about democratizing technology to small businesses.

My hobbies include biking, anything creative, and attempting to teach my dog new tricks (ask me for pics of my corgi Tugboat).

I am looking to learn from others in this fantastic community some best practices for growing agencies!

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Alex Cao
2 Points
Posts: 1
Joined: 4 years ago

Thanks Sanjay for the intro.

My name is Alex Cao. I'm a new partner with Vendasta (starting this week).

My background is Finance and I'm currently working full-time for a start up in Silicon Valley as a Financial Planner and trying to build my agency on the side.

I got into Digital Marketing world 3 years ago when I worked at my previous company and witnessed them making an epic turn around with Facebook and Google ads.

I am looking to learn how to build an agency in the right way from Dennis and you all.

My biggest hobby is soccer.

Happy to connect with you all.

Eric Niewinski
3 Points
Posts: 1
Joined: 4 years ago

Hey all! Wave I'm Eric Niewinski.

A little background on myself - my LIGHTHOUSE is real estate agents and I've been working in-house/freelancing in digital marketing for 3 years.

I love to mountain bike, Golf, and generally be outdoors.

I'm looking forward to learning, doing, and teaching as much as I can in this community - while starting/growing my agency to 10k/mo.

2 Points
Posts: 1
Joined: 4 years ago

Hi everyone Wave

I'm Kristina Frost and I'm a Senior Product Designer with Vendasta and I also run a coaching and marketing agency for women entrepreneurs in the health and wellness industries.

I'm excited to be here to help make Conquer Local a great user experience for our partners and also to utilize Vendasta in my boutique agency.

85 Points
Posts: 42
Joined: 4 years ago

Hey everyone!

I'm Ankur and I'm the content marketing specialist dedicated to the Conquer Local Think Tanks.

I work closely with other marketers to repurpose material from the sessions into articles, social posts, videos, emails, and landing pages. I'll be responsible for helping grow the audience and leverage the stellar content across all marketing channels.

I've been a part of the think tank sessions since its inception and look forward to all the magic that Dennis has in store for us in the coming weeks.


59 Points
Posts: 1
Joined: 4 years ago

Hi everyone, I am Rich Mahre. I have a marketing agency and my Lighthouse client is Real Estate Agents. I have been a partner with Vendasta for about 3 months and have one Agency brokerage as a client currently.

I am looking forward to this continuous journey of learning and deployment while growing my agency to 10k and beyond!

46 Points
Posts: 5
Joined: 4 years ago

Hi Everyone,

My name is Renee. I have a background in marketing. I worked for a retailer in the hardware business for 20 years. About 2 years ago, I lost my job and started consulting with my local hardware stores. I’m now trying to scale my consulting business to become a “true” agency. I grew up in the business so I know quite a few people in my vertical (Hardware store owners) just trying to set up the backend so I can scale.

I’m a wife and a mom of 3 wonderful kiddos. We have a 7 year old daughter and twin toddler boys who will turn 3 on Labor Day. We affectionately call them our "Twinados". We love spending time outdoors, hiking, biking, skiing and swimming in the mountains of Arizona where we live.

I look forward to connecting and getting to know you!



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Hi Renee,  I am a new to this site. We are a IT/Telecom company based out in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. I am looking for inside sales person. What was your father's business. Do you have any experience in IT? My profile is not set-up yet. You can reply to my e-mail address at 



Kaitlyn Darrigan
1 Point
Posts: 1
Joined: 4 years ago

Hi everyone!

My name is Kaitlyn Darrigan, I'm 31 years old, and live in North Carolina. I'm currently dual-enrolled in school pursuing two degrees, one in Business Administration/Marketing, the other in Advertising & Graphic Design. I became fascinated with digital marketing mid-2014 when I took it upon myself to help my father re-establish an online presence from scratch for his asphalt maintenance business after it was completely removed by a spiteful ex-wife. I had no prior knowledge of anything related to marketing or web design, but didn't want my father to be taken advantage of by the company that he initially contacted, who was trying to overcharge him for very low-quality work and even less effort. I began reading up on everything I could possibly find, learned as much as I could, and began working on getting him back to where he was, learning more as I went. I realized I had a passion for this stuff and continued learning and reading everything I could well after I finished helping him. A couple years ago, I decided that I wanted to start my own business in digital marketing to help local, small service-based businesses, like my father's, to make sure they have the opportunity to succeed despite setbacks like a lack of knowledge of marketing, lack of time to dedicate to their marketing, lack of money to afford the high rates that larger marketing firms charge, or lack of their own staff capable of handling the marketing.

As far as hobbies go, I love reading, especially about digital marketing, history, historical biographies, etc. and I also love to play video games--HUGE gamer!

I am hoping to learn some things that can help me start my business and ways to best serve my market niche 🙂

Abu Isa
2 Points
Posts: 1
Joined: 4 years ago

Hello everybody, my name is Abu Isa from Oxford, England.

After 15 years of teaching people how to drive, I am now super excited to start a new chapter in my life.

I love working with people and it gives me a great sense of joy seeing them succeed in their goals.

I'm really looking forward to learning and launching my digital marketing agency with the help of Dennis Yu and all the other talented people here.

I enjoy playing football and cycling.

Speak soon.

7 Points
Posts: 2
Joined: 4 years ago

Hello all! You know, even though I was part of Conquer Local and Vendasta for 2 months, I just found out about this group and also about the certification program - which I heard about in many workshops - but didn't know where to start!

Anyways it took me a long while to decide my lighthouse client, but very recently I chose to help London's aesthetic clinics with lead generation using Facebook advertising funnels.

I have been building websites for the last 15 years, so as you can understand I am pretty good with the technical stuff.

However my people and sales skill are not up to par, so hopefully, agency owners from this group can help out when I need it.

So I am looking forward to learning and sharing my experiences and knowledge with you all.

Dimitrios Inglezos

Bonnie David
9 Points
Posts: 5
Joined: 4 years ago

Hi Everyone.

My name is Bonnie and I live in Vancouver, Canada.

I am a new partner with Vendasta and I have the Starter Package.

My short-term objective is to leverage Vendasta and Dennis' teachings to secure my 1st lighthouse (Chiropractic) Client.

I am also DIYing my own website.

My long-term goal is to establish my digital chiropractic agency leveraging Dennis' Social Amplification Engine.

Thank You.

126 Points
Posts: 15
Joined: 4 years ago

Hi everyone!! My name is Isaac Ovid and I live in Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean.

I have been running a Caribbean based digital marketing agency for more than 5 years.

I have a passion for learning and an even greater passion to help businesses grow.

My educational background is Management with a focus on Marketing. I am also certified in Process Management and Six Sigma, as well as I hold various certifications from HubSpot, DigitalMarketer, Google etc.

We have been Vendasta partners for almost three years and we have had an incredible experience working with Vendasta. We are also DigitalMarketer partners and HubSpot partners and we consider our agency a growth agency. Vendasta has so much to offer and their drive for continuous improvement has become part of the DNA of our agency.

The Vendasta vision is the foundation of what we do and we are completely excited about Vendasta and the Conquer Local Academy and of course learning from the inspiring Dennis Yu.

My wife and I just had our first daughter so I have an even greater desire to scale our agency to beyond our initial vision

I am truly excited to be here and I look forward to learning and sharing.

Let's do this.

20 Points
Posts: 10
Joined: 4 years ago

Hey all! Just now getting a chance to breathe and dive into this new group. Looks great!

I'm Wes. I have been in digital marketing for over 10 years and have chosen Real Estate as my lighthouse client.

I look forward to meeting and interacting with everyone in the group just as we do in the FB group.

Connect with me on LinkedIn/Facebook:

Erik Gudowski
1 Point
Posts: 1
Joined: 4 years ago

Hello everyone!

I'm Erik-Hombre Gudowski, artist (, product and service designer, and life-long-learner.

I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with you and picking up some of your wisdom as well.

78 Points
Posts: 1
Joined: 4 years ago

Hi, folks! I’m Richard Osborne. I’m a fairly new partner with Vendasta (2020-02).

I am a certified graphic designer and run an agency based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

I’m an avid social dancer (Ballroom and Latin), enjoy most outdoor activities year round, and I am often seen carrying a camera.

Looking forward to connecting with all of you.

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