Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Rustin Kretz is the Founder, Chief Product Officer, and Chairman of the Board at Scorpion.
Scorpion is the product of Rustin's vision. His dedication and leadership have been the driving force behind Scorpion and the foundation for its unprecedented growth and innovative approach to digital marketing for local businesses since 2001.
Over the years, he has consulted for multi-million dollar corporations in the healthcare, legal, and other professional industries. Before founding Scorpion, Rustin was intimately involved in an SBC-funded venture (now part of AT&T) to build online scheduling software for small to medium-sized businesses.
Rustin is married to his wonderful wife Samantha, has two sons, and is a lifelong Lakers, 49ers & USC Trojans fan.
Chief Sales Officer
Chris Adams brings to his role a passion for sales and a proven track record of developing high-performing teams, optimizing sales processes, and boosting revenue.
Previously Chris worked for Gannett, where his sales strategy achieved $310K+ in new monthly digital revenue in its first quarter. He spent nearly ten years at ReachLocal, where he served concurrently as VP of Sales and VP of National and Franchise Brands. And before that, he was at Talk America, where he built the company's highest producing sales team.
When he's not crushing it in the sales world, Chris is an Advisory Board Member for the University of South Florida Muma College of Business.
Chief Growth Officer
Jamie Adams and his team are responsible for strategic accounts and channel partnerships. For 15 years, Jamie has been helping companies leverage technology and digital marketing to grow their revenue.
Jamie is passionate about small businesses, something he attributes to having grown up in a town of 2,500 people where most of the economy was driven by local entrepreneurs. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from Louisiana Tech University.
His hobbies include tennis, watching football, running, playing the drums, and spending quality time with family and friends. He loves to read about leadership and religion. He also loves rock n' roll. If it rocks, you can pretty much assume he's into it.
Chief Experience Officer
Julia Cook leads the charge to provide a stellar experience to every customer in every interaction, every time. Her team creates and sets the Scorpion Standard, ensuring that every Scorpion team member knows how to create a magical experience that our clients have come to know and love.
She works to ensure Scorpion’s clients receive the cutting-edge digital marketing solutions and second-to-none customer service they need to win new business and gain a competitive advantage in their local markets.
While not working with her colleagues at Scorpion, Julia enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She loves the beach, reading science fiction novels, and stargazing with her amateur stargazer society.
Chief Strategy Officer
Azim's passion is making great companies part of the Scorpion family.
For the past 15 years, Azim has held executive roles in various SaaS startups - helping them grow, scale, and ultimately exit. He has also worked at blue-chip companies like Dell and Bain & Co.
Azim holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, with dual undergraduate degrees in Law and Economics from Bond University in Australia. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports with his three young children and performing “quality control” for his wife’s French pastry shops.
Chief Operating Officer
Raj Ramanan helps to grow revenue, onboard new customers, and continue to provide world-class service. Raj’s leadership and operational experience come from his time spent at McKinsey, Disney, and KKR. He also previously worked for Hearst Media, where he earned acclaim for revitalizing a fledgling local agency and led it to double-digit growth. Inspired by his passion for local communities, Raj also founded a search company that connects users to small businesses.
Raj graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan with a degree in Business Administration. His hobbies include rooting for the Wolverines, Browns, and Cavs. He also enjoys playing tennis and reading contemporary American fiction. But most of all, Raj loves spending time with his wife Mandy and son Austin.
Chief Financial Officer
Since joining the team in 2013, Matthew Shepherd has led the accounting department while working closely with company leaders to grow the business to where it is today.
Matthew operates with the philosophy that finance can satisfy essential business requirements, and at the same time, contribute to customer experience, create value within the business, and help provide lifetime opportunities for Scorpion employees.
When he's not crunching numbers, Matthew is a big classic/modern rock buff. He enjoys live music events and cooking for friends and family.
Chief Data Scientist
Matt Bentley leads a team of data scientists and engineers developing the machine learning technology powering Scorpion’s growth marketing platform.
Inspired by the belief that machine learning can tame marketing data overload so SMEs can compete on a level playing field with large corporations, Matt launched three SaaS products: AI-enabled SEO software CanIRank, intelligent growth engine Growth AI, and lead scoring software Pretarget.
Previously, Matt was CEO of Sedo.com, an early leader in contextual advertising that he helped grow to a nine-figure revenue and lead to a successful exit via reverse IPO. He is a contributor at Entrepreneur.com, regularly speaks at martech conferences such as InternetWorld, Predictive Analytics World, and Search Engine Strategies, and has been featured in the WSJ, NY Times, Forbes, and elsewhere.
Matt holds an engineering degree from Stanford, studied product development at MIT, and obtained a Master of International Business degree from a French grande école. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with his family.
President of SMB
Saurabh Goyal leads the growth of Scorpion’s SMB business that includes the Legal, Home Services, and Medical verticals, with an aim to continuously drive revenue and unlock future growth.
Saurabh spent 17 years at Google, most recently leading a large global product and service operations team as the Global Head of Product Strategy and Sales Enablement for SMBs. Saurabh has worked across multiple countries and in multiple functions such as GTM, Product Strategy, Sales and Services. He brings not only a wealth of knowledge and experience to Scorpion but also a “dream-big” attitude. He is passionate about building high performing teams and developing the next generation of leaders.
Saurabh studied Information Technology Project Management at Stanford University and received his MBA from IBS Hyderabad. In his free time, Saurabh enjoys good wine, fine dining (he’ll tell you he can live on sushi and tandoori chicken!), his passion project early stage VC fund for India, and of course, spending time with his wife Purva and daughters Aria and Gia.