Meet The Team at Direction

Friend of the Algorithm. Enemy of Average.

SEO isn’t a thing we do—it’s what we do. Our focus on true SEO expertise means we’re the first to know when an algorithm changes and when your approach needs to.

We love our work. We love helping clients to solve the ROI puzzle to meet growth goals and surpass strategic milestones on their path to success.

We believe in dominating your market, operating with transparency, and an approach to client relationships that puts collaboration and customization first.

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Chris Kirksey


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Ian Dawson


Connor Wilkins, Direction Marketing Director

Connor Wilkins


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Nick Stafford


Michael Nobiletti - VP of Business Growth

Michael Nobiletti

VP of Business Growth

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Jarod Wilkins

SEO Project Manager

Sara Spatenka

Customer Success Director

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Jason Barger

Sales Director

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Leona Sheppard

Technical SEO Manager

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Danielle Gifford

Account Success Manager

Our Backstory

Chris Kirksey, a former US Army Linguist and Signals Intelligence Lead, founded Direction Inc. in 2016. Sure, it was a pipe dream starring a couple of guys, their MacBooks, and a closet full of nerf guns, but by grit and grind, we grew into an award-winning SEO Firm. Today, we help business owners realize their goals and figure out the next milestone to tackle.

We believe in being serious about service and results, but not taking ourselves too seriously. We’re not here to lock you into a long contract where nothing happens until the end. We want you to have the flexibility to address your business’s specific needs and create measurable ROI in short order.

We love helping you get to do what you love and build something that can grow with time and smart work—not just hard work. (But there’s plenty of that, too.)

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EO is the world’s most influential community of elite entrepreneurs, made up of over 14,000+ members in over 60+ countries worldwide committed to supporting and developing industry leaders in every corner of the world. It’s the perfect network of think-tank decision makers that keeps our marketing tactics ahead of the curve. More info at:
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The Google Partner badge is awarded to companies with demonstrated Google Ads skills and expertise by passing assessments and earning accredited certifications. The badge also indicates that we have met the Google Ads spend requirements, delivered company and client revenue growth, and sustained and grown our client base.

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We continually build customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards, are masters of their craft based on years of practical experience and education, is consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored and provides service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Direction Inc. is owned and operated by a US Army veteran and is one of three million veteran-owned business in the United States.

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Forbes Agency Council Certification

Direction Inc. is one of the leading, respected leaders of PR, media, creative, and ad agencies who are selected for the Forbes council based on the depth and diversity of experience in their industry.

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Direction Inc. has been selected by Upcity as one of the top agencies, earning placement through incredible client focus and outstanding work on the clients’ behalves.

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Top SEO Companies 2020

Direction Inc. has been ranked using the Clutch methodology including, detailed client interviews, ratings, and in-depth industry research.

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The Best in Search award celebrates and rewards the expertise, talent and achievements of the top search optimization agencies in the United States.

Dedicated To Growth.

Life seems to be happening on the Internet more and more, right? We’re here to help your business show up on the digital landscape.

Algorithms rule our lives and our economy, which is why we make it our business to know them inside and out—so you can use them to your advantage.

Let’s be honest. These rules change every few months, if not more often. Google updates. Best practices evolve.

If you don’t have someone managing those changes and making sure your digital footprint aligns with the moment, sales opportunities are passing you by. We dig into the details, analyze the data, and create impactful marketing campaigns that can help you reach your strategic growth goals efficiently and pivot when it makes sense.

We partner with hard-working business owners who give their all every single day toward missions that matter. Our job is to help you do your job better by increasing your visibility online, driving more inbound leads, and boosting your sales with digital marketing.

They Said it Best.

Client Testimonials

Do we sound like the right Direction for you?

We’re always looking for the smart, purposeful, crazy people we need to help keep Direction going in well, the right direction! Click the button below to check out our career & internship opportunities.