SEMPO Announces the Results of its Board of Director Elections

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The New SEMPO Board of Directors is comprised of thirteen individuals that represent all segments of search engine marketing worldwide.

The Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO), a non-profit professional association working to increase awareness of and promote the value of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) worldwide, announced the results of its first member-wide elections for the SEMPO Board of Directors.

The elections for 13 Board seats resulted in representation from North America, Japan and Europe as well as from varying sizes of companies. SEMPO members provided nominations for board directors and all member companies and individuals were given the opportunity to vote earlier this month.

The newly elected SEMPO Board of Directors includes:

Ron Belanger, Carat Interactive;

Chris Churchill, Fathom Online;

Barbara Coll, CEO, Webmama.com;

Koichiro Fukasawa, Wasabi Communications;

Gordon Hotchkiss, Enquiro;

Kevin Lee, Did-it.com;

Mauro Lupi,Ad Maiora SpA;

Jeffrey Pruitt, iCrossing;

John Sanchez, Zunch Communications;

Jessie Stricchiola, Alchemist Media;

Julienne Thompson, Advertising.com;

Dana Todd, SiteLab;

David Williams, 360i

Five incumbent board members were reelected including Barbara Coll, Kevin Lee, Dana Todd, Mauro Lupi and Jessie Stricchiola along with eight first-time Board members. The 13 member Board will serve a one-year term. The new Board will take the reigns by March 31 and will elect officers at their first meeting.

“It is exciting to see the breadth and depth of the new Board. Their fresh ideas, experience in the search engine marketing industry, and their important connections to the membership and sponsorship will help SEMPO fulfill its mission and grow a stronger, more influential organization,” said Barbara Coll Chair and current President and Founder SEMPO.

“Our newly elected members have skills in marketing, accounting, business development, operations and nonprofit leadership. In addition they represent our membership mix from the largest SEO agencies down to individual consultants,” said current SEMPO Vice President Dana Todd.

About the Election Process

The election process began with nominations in November 2004 and voting concluded on February 18, 2005. All SEMPO members in good standing were notified by email and postal mail in January to designate a primary and alternate voting representative for their company. Ballots were sent on February 7 with reminder emails throughout the month. Every member company received one vote. Virtual Inc., the association management firm that SEMPO hired in December 2004 to manage operations and member services, served as the independent vote administrator for the board elections.

About the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization (SEMPO)

SEMPO is a non-profit professional association working to increase awareness and promote the value of search engine marketing worldwide. The organization represents the common interests of search marketing companies and consultants worldwide and provides them with a voice in the marketplace. For more information, or to join the organization, please visit http://www.SEMPO.org

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