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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.

Courtney C.

Senior Account Manager

Courtney Carroll leads client service at Step Up Social.

Prior to Step Up Social, Courtney was an Account Manager at Ogilvy, a top marketing agency and an Account Project Manager at Structured Media.

Courtney has experience working with a wide range of clients, including household names F100 brands.

Kari K.

Social Media Director

Kari Karanikos leads social media strategy at Step Up Social.

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

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

Mark D.

Content Director

Mark Decile leads operations and content strategy at Step Up Social.

Mark has prior experience at Hollywood-level production studios, at Structured Media, and leading creative projects for companies like Red Bull.

His work has also reached millions of viewers on Buzzfeed, Unsplash, and other creative platforms.

Our Advisory Board

Tim W.

CEO - Helium SEO
Board Member

Tim Warren is the Founder of Helium SEO, an $10M digital marketing agency.

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

Rob M.

CEO - Miller Companies
Board Member

Rob Miller is a seasoned entrepreneur with four startups and three co-founded ventures under his belt.

His track record includes four exits, one at a $1B+ valuation, primarily in regulated industries and tech.

Mark S.

Founder - Stall Legal
Board Member

Mark Stall is a business attorney with over 30 years of experience as well as an active angel investor in numerous startups.

Prior to founding Stall Legal, Mark worked in M&A and was General Counsel for an $8B+ US company.

Nathan C.

COO - Edelen Renewables
Board Member

Nathan Cryder is the COO of Edelen Renewables and the Co-Founder of Breakout Games.

In addition to business, Nathan has a vast background in international non-profit management and government relations.

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

Jeff S.

Chairman - Relevate Health
Advisory Member

Jeff Spanbauer is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Relevate Group, an $70M marketing agency.

Jeff grew the agency from a start-up through 4 acquisitions and 200 employees, with double digit growth rates.

Steve A.

CEO - Upshift
Advisory Member

Steve Anevski is the CEO of Upshift, an $80M 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 - BrandRank.ai
Advisory Member

Pete Blackshaw is founder and CEO of BrandRank.ai. Before, Pete was the CEO of Cintrifuse, an $180M investment fund.

Pete has also led Digital Marketing at Nestle, Social Media at P&G, and exited his own startup, Planet Feedback.

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