Scorpion is the result of Rustin's vision. Its continued success is the result of his passion. From the beginning, Rustin's dedication and leadership have provided the driving force behind Scorpion and the foundation for its unprecedented growth.
The company's most recent accomplishment: making it on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in the United States for the seventh year in a row, which makes Scorpion a rare company. On the 2016 list, Scorpion ranked at #1402 for achieving 272% growth in annual revenue over a three-year period.
Never satisfied with the status quo, Rustin constantly pushes Scorpion to excel while venturing into new arenas that will extend its impact on the marketplace. He has created a team-oriented environment where the employees are passionate about what they do, work cohesively with one another, and thrive under the challenges of building and maintaining a successful business in today's economic climate. Under Rustin's guidance, Scorpion continues to grow and broaden the number of services it offers each year.
Over the years, Rustin has worked closely with some of the brightest and most creative minds in the internet technology sector. He has consulted for multi-million dollar corporations in the healthcare, legal, and other professional industries. In the late 90s, 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. Upon leaving this company, Rustin founded Scorpion, forwarding his goal of creating aesthetic designs and effective online marketing solutions.
Rustin's Other Passion: Kretz Racing, LLC
Rustin's adventurous and optimistic spirit is well-matched to the sport of horse racing. After a trip to the Kentucky Derby in May of 2010, Rustin began contemplating the idea of owning a Thoroughbred. By the end of the month, he had begun researching local trainers online, at which point he came across Kristin Mulhall. Mulhall's philosophy and attitude matched Rustin's, and she soon found a promising filly in Florida named Westwood Pride. Westwood Pride's success opened the door to an entirely new field and the establishment of Kretz Racing. Rustin tackled this new and challenging arena with the same passion that has made Scorpion thrive.
You can read more about Westwood Pride and Kretz Racing by clicking on the links provided below:
Community Involvement and Charity Work
Rustin has strong ties to the community and is involved in various charitable activities. He makes regular contributions to charitable organizations that work to keep kids off drugs, helps public school classrooms with supplies, helps underprivileged children go to school, donates to wildlife relief, and is an active supporter of CARMA (California Retirement Management Account). CARMA is an organization that raises money to support retired California racehorses. Rustin has also acted as a mentor for young adults, using his own experience to help them in the pursuit of their goals.
Rustin is married to his wonderful wife Samantha, has a 5 year old son who is a future PGA champion and is a lifelong Lakers, 49ers & USC Trojans fan.
As a senior sales and marketing executive, Jamie brings a wealth of experience to the Scorpion team. Throughout his career, Jamie has used his innovative nature, strong leadership skills, and commitment to perfection to execute smart Internet marketing strategies that help businesses further develop and grow.
Jamie started his career in the Enterprise Risk Services group at Deloitte & Touche, LLC. From there, he joined the team at ReachLocal, where he started and managed an automotive sales team to serve original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and franchise automotive dealerships. Through his efforts, he was able to drive ReachLocal to become the market share leader of local PPC media products in North America in 2008 and 2009.
Jamie also managed ReachLocal's reseller sales channel and account management teams, and he was later involved in developing ClubLocal.com, which raised a series A round of financing led by Groupon. He then became involved in running ReachLocal's home services vertical, which was their largest client vertical in North America.In 2014, Jamie joined the team at Scorpion, which was a natural pairing.
Jamie attended The University of Memphis (where he played D-1 college tennis) and later graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Computer Information Systems.
When he is not working with clients or researching new Internet technologies, Jamie enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is still an avid tennis player, and he enjoys cheering on LSU and New Orleans Saints football. He also enjoys reading (always with the hopes of learning something new) and playing the drums.
Dan Bedell has a passion for operations and execution, developed over many years of working with companies from startups through Fortune 500 corporations. Trained as a project manager and later working as a consultant and an entrepreneur, Dan learned that good ideas poorly executed are even less valuable than average ideas well-executed. After several years in technology implementation and project management, Dan took over the operation of a construction company, which led to the founding of a solar company. After selling the solar company, Dan was an independent operations and execution consultant before joining ReachLocal to oversee international expansion and to build a global project management office.
Dan joined Scorpion because of the company’s audacious vision for the future of internet marketing, its focus on technology and design, and its overwhelming culture of exceeding clients’ expectations.
Dan holds a BBA in Economics from the University of North Texas, where he also spent a semester studying international comparative finance at Sheffield Hallam in England. He loves to help companies grow and volunteers as a mentor for Tech Wildcatters in Dallas, Texas.
When not working, Dan can be found watching his kids participate in high school sports, playing a little guitar or bass, maybe traveling, and always searching out local craft beer.
Corey joined Scorpion due in part to the company's culture of exceeding clients' expectations, high standards of performance, and strong work ethic. Scorpion's mission to help redefine and transform clients' businesses aligns perfectly with Corey's professional and personal goals of directly contributing to making the world a better place.Prior to Scorpion, Corey held numerous business development and marketing leadership roles at emerging businesses, including launching and running his own company, CastPro.com, Inc. a live streaming media business.
Corey holds an MBA in entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, where he graduated on the Dean’s list for academic achievement.
During non-working hours, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, spending time at the beach, reading, and traveling.
Pam first met Scorpion while leading the enterprise marketing for The Dwyer Group®, where she served on the executive team as the SVP of Marketing. She led a team of 60+ marketing professionals responsible for marketing 11 brands and supporting nearly 2400 franchisees. After extensive vetting, Pam selected Scorpion to transform the overall digital success for well-known Dwyer brands.
Pam’s extensive knowledge and experience, specifically within franchising as well as the service industry positioned her well to join Scorpion as the EVP of Strategic Marketing. She provides thought leadership and strategic oversight across the franchise and home service verticals, assisting the sales and marketing support teams in understanding the challenges and obstacles faced by franchisors and franchisees. In addition, she leads and oversees the collaborative efforts between the Scorpion and partner brand marketing teams to insure the overall digital marketing efforts fully align and support the brand strategy across all marketing verticals.
Pam attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, majoring in Interpersonal Communications. Following her Sophomore year she left the Midwest to seek adventure in sunny Southern California! Her year-long adventure ended with her return to Wisconsin where she completed her Communications degree at University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.
As a founding board member of Mended Women’s Ministry, Pam’s passion for mentoring young woman came to life. She is energized by being a positive influence particularly for young woman. Outside of her family at Scorpion, Pam enjoys adventure and the hunt for great restaurants and wine! In addition to keeping up with their entrepreneurial son currently launching a business in Boston, she and her husband are planning their European ‘bucket list’ river cruise and are looking for passionate wine and food fellow travelers to join them!
As the Chief Financial Officer at Scorpion, Matthew is responsible for the accounting procedures, systems, policies, and overall financial health of the company. The accounting team he supervises operates with an emphasis on accuracy, efficiency, and always a “client first” attitude. Because the growth of Scorpion is a direct result of the combined efforts of every employee, he works closely with all of the department heads to see that our accounting activities and financial strategies are calculated to support them and our clients as we continue to expand.
Prior to joining Scorpion, Matthew spent 11 years at the financial helm of a multi-million dollar Inc. 500/5000 business in the landscaping industry. In addition to front-to-back accounting, his roles there commanded first-hand experience with HR management, commercial insurance, corporate compliance, risk analysis and loss control, corporate tax, financial data analysis, and commercial lending.
In his free time, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, including his rescue dog, Cody.
With more than 20 years of experience in an administrative executive role at cutting-edge technology companies, Sarah has learned the intricacies of how to help companies achieve greatness. In 1994, she joined EarthLink Network when it was a start-up of only 4 people and 12 modems in a closet in Los Feliz. Through her efforts there, she was able to contribute to the company's rapid growth with responsibilities rooted in organization, establishment, training, and human resources. During EarthLink Network’s 1997 IPO, Sarah served as part of the company’s core team.
Sarah brings this passion for organization to her role at Scorpion, where she works tirelessly to ensure that we achieve maximum efficiency with our workflow. She is also responsible for ensuring that each team member is given the support he or she needs to set and achieve clear career development goals.
Though Sarah is a closeted adrenal junky (she dreams of racing cars, class 5 white-water rafting and generally being silly) what she actually does is spend time in the relative innocuous outdoors with her two daughters Ava and Emma.
She also has a love for trying anything new whether it be an activity, food or drink!
Michael brings his skills he developed from The Johns Hopkins University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering with an emphasis in Computer Programming as well as his law degree from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in Intellectual Property. Michael is currently admitted to practice law in at least California, Texas, and New York in addition to being a registered patent attorney (Reg. No. 58,801).
As Scorpion's Chief Legal Officer, Michael heads up Scorpion's legal team and personally and diligently protects the intellectual property rights of both Scorpion and Scorpion's clients from patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.
Additionally, Michael also holds the role as Senior VP of Sales over Scorpion's home services division. In this role, Michael is constantly working on developing business relationships while also frequently speaking at conferences where he enjoys educating professional contractors on Google best practices so they can hold their current providers accountable in today's every changing landscape.
While not at work, Michael is ALWAYS working on a new certification. Michael is currently working on attaining his personal pilot's license as well as many other certifications that will be beneficial during the zombie apocalypse - like becoming a certified Handgun Combat Master and 4 Weapons Combat Master.
Michael and his wife, Christina Sauer, enjoy cooking during their limited free time together - and they enjoy real camping and all things outdoors but especially sitting by the fire and eating s'mores.
Michael is also the President of Scorpion's Toastmaster Chapter where he is coaching other Scorpions to become more comfortable with public speaking and presenting.
Eric is the Client Experience Officer at Scorpion, responsible for overseeing the production and servicing of the thousands of online campaigns that the company actively maintains. Since he joined Scorpion, his leadership and work ethic resulted in a direct increase not only in the number of websites the company was able to produce, but also the overall quality and effectiveness of these sites. This is evidenced through Scorpion’s inclusion for five years in a row in the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. For the year of 2015, Scorpion made the list at #1652 with an amazing three-year growth of 247%.
As he manages the majority of employees at Scorpion, Eric recognizes the importance of creating a strong work ethic without taking the fun out of the job. He has created closely managed teams to carry out the various functions of the company, whether it is design, launching websites, or managing marketing campaigns for clients. Under his direction, these teams have been able to increase their production while also placing even more of an emphasis on personal client service and unprecedented turnaround times for marketing projects and individual client requests.
Along with his leadership skills, Eric brought to Scorpion an impressive resume of creativity. He worked in the entertainment industry for more than a decade, where he garnered many abilities and accolades along the way. In addition to working on more than 150 films and television shows, Eric was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck. He won the Emmy for Sound Editing and was one of the youngest people to win a technical Emmy at the time.
Eric is also an accomplished musician, classically trained in piano and proficient in percussion and guitar. In over 20 years of playing music, he has performed over a hundred times at various venues across the greater Los Angeles area.
Eric has a great fondness for sports, a passion that one could say has contributed to his ability to lead his teams at Scorpion with continued success. He lettered in football, baseball and basketball while in high school and attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he worked with the football program during the 1996-1998 seasons. Now applying his creativity and passion to the field of internet marketing, Eric continually finds new ways to improve the products and expand upon the services that Scorpion provides.
Christina serves as Chief of Staff at Scorpion and plays an integral role in all aspects of client development, product development and operations. She is known for the passion she has for the company and her constant desire to provide clients with VIP service. She is constantly striving to push boundaries and is a leading force in creating an atmosphere at Scorpion where nothing is impossible.
"No matter how small or how big, every client should be treated the same," said Christina. "They should get the best. The goal is to make every client feel confident they made the right choice by partnering with Scorpion. I want them to feel the wow factor in everything that we do – from the product we deliver, to the relationship they have with their team here, all the way to the end result. I take pride in delivering the absolute best and am proud to be a part of something that impacts our clients in big ways.”
Scorpion CEO, Rustin Kretz, had this to say about Christina, "I know I speak for everyone when I say Christina is the embodiment of Scorpion. Her incredible commitment, passion and care are second to none. She fights to constantly achieve what we call a Perfect Product, and ensures that she'll do anything it takes to make sure our clients love working with us."
When not working, Christina's greatest passion in life is her Glock 35. She is an avid gun enthusiast and loves to spend her weekends at the gun range. She one day hopes to become the world's first female Handgun Combat Master.
Christine has spent more than 15 years working in the marketing and advertising industry. During this time, she has primarily focused on the health and medical sectors. A few of her past positions include Senior Marketing Communications Manager for Zimmer Biomet, Corporate Director of Marketing Communications for Citrus Valley Health Partners, and Marketing Manager for St. Joseph Hospital.
Using her wealth of experience in healthcare marketing, advertising, and brand development, Christine provides leadership and support for Scorpion’s healthcare team. She works to provide hospitals and other healthcare providers with strategic digital marketing plans that can help them boost their online presence, attract more patients, and raise their service line revenue. Christine is a creative and collaborative leader who knows how to drive initiatives forward in a fast-paced environment and achieve success through measurable outcomes.
Christine graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a B.A. in interpersonal communications. In her free time, she enjoys painting, traveling, trying new experiences, and doing anything that has to do with animals. Christine is passionate about animal rescue, and she is also a die-hard Peyton Manning fan.
Also, he has enjoyed computer games since Zork, and is still having fun with them to this day.