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Meet The Team

We are Step Up Social – a social media agency truly run by experts. Our team brings a wealth of industry knowledge combined with a disruptor mindset to help deliver best-in-class results on social media. We couldn’t have done any of this without the people featured below. Take a look!

Our Leadership Team

Emil B.

Founder & CEO

Emil Barr oversees growth and sales at Step Up Social.

Emil founded Step Up Social out of his dorm-room and has grown the business into a multi-million dollar agency.

He is also the Co-Founder of Flashpass, an online education platform and has experience working with startups in the staffing, FinTech, and AI industries.

Celine Q.

Senior Account Manager

Celine Quadra leads client service at Step Up Social.

Prior to Step Up Social, Celine was an Account Manager at StackAdapt, a programmatic advertising platform and an Account Project Manager at Structured Media, a top media buying agency.

Celine has experience managing millions of dollars in ad spend for her clients.

Kari K.

Social Media Director

Kari Karanikos leads operations and social media strategy at Step Up Social.

She has experience leading marketing and buidling systems for multiple startups, include SwayPay and My Pocket CFO.

Kari is also a personal finance content creator with a large Gen-Z following on Instagram and TikTok.

Our Advisory Board

Tim W.

CEO - Helium SEO
Board Member

Tim Warren is the Founder & CEO of Helium SEO, an eight figure marketing agency.

Helium SEO has been named one of the country's fastest growing marketing agencies for five years in a row and is at the forefront of AI marketing.

Bryan A.

Dean of Business- NMSU
Board Member

Bryan Ashenbaum is the Dean of Business of the New Mexico State University College of Business.

Prior to his current role, he served as a Management Professor and Associate Dean at the Miami University Farmer School of Business.

Steve A.

CEO - Upshift
Board Member

Steve Anevski is the CEO of Upshift, a nine-figure mobile staffing platform, Co-Founder at King City Gardens, and a private real estate developer.

Steve is a seasoned investor who has experience brokering nine figure deals.

Pete B.

CEO - Cintrifuse
Board Member

Pete Blackshaw is a marketing author and the CEO of Cintrifuse, a $180M investment fund.

Prior to Cintrifuse, Pete led Digital Marketing at Nestle, Digital Strategy at Nielsen, Social Media at P&G, and exited his own startup, Planet Feedback.

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