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About Us

AdMax Local is the first fully automated platform that enables the creation and management of high quality, hyper-local search marketing campaigns and responsive websites for thousands of local businesses at scale. Launched in the US and APAC markets in 2013, and available in the European market since 2009, AdMax Local has been deployed with tens of thousands of international clients, driving returns that far exceed the industry average for large-scale local search campaigns.

Designed for traditional media companies, marketing agencies, media resellers, franchisers and other businesses looking to add search engine marketing and websites to their service portfolio or improve the performance and profitability of their existing SEM business, AdMax Local frees businesses from being forced to choose quality search campaigns over profitable campaigns. For the first time businesses have an alternative to the traditional Agency model of SEM management, and are now able to automate all aspects of an SEM campaign--from sales, deployment and account creation, to bidding and management—while still running high-quality, hyper-local campaigns.

AdMax Local was initially incubated within The Search Agency: a global online marketing firm that combines high-tech and high-touch strategies to help clients engage their customers online and measure ROI beyond a reasonable doubt. With a deep-rooted history in paid search and SEO, The Search Agency understands how activity on the web intersects at search, and executes smart digital marketing strategies and technologies that drive measurable results across multiple platforms.

AdMax Local is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, with additional offices in Rhode Island, Toronto, London, Tokyo and Bangalore.


OUR TEAM


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Ben GIbson - Global Manager Director

Ben Gibson has worked in digital marketing for over 15 years, pioneering new strategies from the client, agency and technology provider sides of the business. Ben has helped leading international brands with their digital marketing strategies during positions at The Search Agency, lastminute.com, LookSmart, The Technology Works and The Search Works. In 2009, Ben joined The Search Agency to launch its European arm. During his tenure, the organization has grown to be one of Europe's leading digital agencies and technology providers for both national and local campaigns, working with such brands as Yellow Pages, the BBC and SLH. In February 2013, Ben moved to The Search Agency's headquarters in Los Angeles to lead the global development of AdMax Local, the world's first fully automated local digital marketing platform that enables businesses to run high quality and profitable local search campaigns driven to responsive websites with SEO, tracking and conversion optimization built-in. Ben has launched businesses and led teams across the globe in Europe, Japan and the Asia Pacific region.


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Annette Tonti – SVP Business Development

Annette joined AdMax Local in 2014 when her mobile web company MoFuse was acquired by The Search Agency. As Senior Vice President, SaaS Platforms, Annette is responsible for North American Business Development. Previously she was Co-Founder and CEO of Bluestreak, Inc. where she built a company that was an early entrant in rich media advertising. She served as Executive Producer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Laboratory. Prior to MIT, Ms. Tonti was Vice President, Executive Director Vanguard, a global innovation strategy advisory service for senior executives. She served on the board of the Harvard Business School’s Cyberposium for 2 years. Annette was named 2011 “Mobile Women to Watch” by Mobile Marketer. Annette is currently an Advisor for Brown University’s Program In Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.


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Jeff Brown – VP, Engineering

Jeff joined AdMax Local in 2012 as the Quality Assurance Manager and has since been promoted to Vice President of Engineering.  Jeff is responsible for managing AdMax Local's worldwide development, quality assurance, technical support and IT teams as they create, deliver and support best-in-class local, digital, marketing solutions.  Jeff has over 20 years of experience in software development with various roles in quality assurance, engineering and project management.  Prior to joining AdMax Local, Jeff worked at APC/Schneider Electric for 20 years delivering world-class data center management and monitoring software. Jeff holds a BA in English from The University of Rhode Island.


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Jon Baker – Client Services Director

Jon has been with AdMax Local since 2015 as the Client Services Director of North America.  Jon’s experience is primarily account management, sales and business development in the digital media space.  He worked previously for A.H. Belo and The New York Times Company, where he was responsible for selling and managing digital advertising initiatives for major accounts.  Jon also has experience with SaaS platforms, when he was a Client Success Manager for Astonish, a sales and marketing platform specific to the insurance industry.  Jon earned his Bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in 1993 and his MBA from Johnson & Wales University in 2011.


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