Meet Our Team
The 828 digital marketing team has been offering digital marketing and Lead Generation services since 1998. We have a passion for what we do and love using online marketing strategies that help companies grow.
Stephen R. Horton Jr.
Our Founder/President is a man who is bound together by faith and family. Steve has been helping companies use the Internet to build and grow since 1995 and has worked with businesses of all sizes, often consulting as a Fractional CMO. In that role, he has worked with a variety of companies like The Statue of Liberty, the American Red Cross, Jenkins Restorations, and local businesses in Lynchburg like Harris Tire.
Administration & Finance
She may also be the most important person at 828 because she makes sure everyone gets paid!
As a Program Manager, 'D' is responsible for running our internal operations. This involves overseeing delivery across multiple clients while also serving as the primary point of contact for our Account and Project Managers. Derek played baseball and graduated from Charleston Southern University with a degree in Business before joining 828 in 2018 and recently got married in 2022.
Marketing Manager & PPC Advertising Coordinator
Chelsea serves as our PPC Advertising Manager. She and her team are responsible for measuring traffic, conversions and the success of different advertising channels to optimize ROI. They build sales funnels and work with the SEO team to impelement search marketing campaigns focused on lead generation.
Chelsea is a certified Digital Marketing Strategist, Paid Traffic Strategist, and is Inbound Certified by Hubspot. She also has a degree in English Literature from University of Virginia (UVA). Her first daughter, Maisie, was born in late 2022.
Justin is responsible for business development, planning, developing and managing clients' digital strategies to improve lead generation, increase conversion rates and overall client revenue. Justin also specializes in performing customer experience discoveries that help businesses understand and connect with their customers in ways that match what customers really care about.
Justin is an award winning fine art landscape photographer who is well known in the art show circuit. Check out his website: JustinKelefas.com
As our SEO Manager, Kyle is responsible for planning, implementing and managing client SEO strategies. His team performs a wide variety of duties such as Keyword Research, Content Marketing, Technical SEO, on-page SEO, Off-page SEO and Link Building, and Content Marketing.
Kyle was a nationally-ranked baseball player who went on to play college ball in South Carolina. He’s brought that same intensity into his role as an SEO Specialist where he helps client website pages show up in more online searches to expand their digital footprint and generate more quality leads.
Development Team Manager
Amitesh is an expert in the design, development, and the ongoing management of client websites. His team of project managers, designers, developers, and support staff help keep 828 client websites optimized and on point 24/7. With a strong focus on WordPress websites, Amitesh and team know how to customize them to suit all kinds of situations while being optimized for user experience and performance.
Business Development Manager
Titus is a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in Sales and Marketing. He oversees business development for 828 Marketing as well as our home services practice. Titus also manages many of our key accounts.
Titus is a pickleball addict who also enjoys playing pickup basketball.
Social Media Marketing Manager
John is an SEO Specialist and uses research and analysis to improve client website rankings on search engines. Specifically, he oversees our Local SEO Services, helping our clients appear in search results for location-related searches that bring in quality traffic and leads. He also happens to stand 6’5 250 lbs. and loves Basketball and Mixed Martial Arts!
Director Of Growth Marketing
Chris is a published author with more than 25 years of consulting experience. He offers a broad range of expertise in data-driven analysis and digital marketing, helping architect strategies to help businesses grow.
Chris also owns the Rockpit brewery in Orlando, FL where he puts his digital marketing skills to use with thousands of local followers!
Digital Marketing Manager
Ben helps to ensure that our client marketing campaigns and activities run on schedule and on budget. He manages timelines and works alongside the Account Managers and Program Manager to keep things running smoothly and ensure success!
Ben graduated with a Digital Marketing degree from Liberty University before joining us at 828 in 2017. He and his wife have a son Evren and a second child on the way!
Web Development Manager
Holden oversees website design, development, and maintenance efforts for 828 clients as well as our in-house operations. This includes testing, quality assurance, and optimizing for performance. He has overseen many high-performance lead generation websites.
Website Hosting & Support
With more than 30 years of experience as an IT Director and CIO Steve Sr. oversees our Website Hosting and Managed Services, and ensures that all of our solutions are optimized for performance and usability.