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Kristopher B. Jones is considered one of the top Internet marketing experts in the world. Kris is a frequent keynote speaker, presenter, and moderator at major national and international marketing conferences, including Search Engine Strategies (SES), PubCon, and Radio Ink Convergence. Since 2008 Kris' book, Search-Engine Optimization: Your visual blueprint for effective Internet marketing, has sold nearly 50,000 copies and was ranked on Amazon.com as the best-selling book within the search-engine marketing category more times than any other SEO book. Kris is a sought-after motivational speaker and frequently speaks to corporations and non-profit organizations, we well as colleges and universities around the world. Kris has delivered inspirational lectures to thousands of college and graduate students at schools such as Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Villanova University.
Kristopher was the former President and CEO of Pepperjam, a full-service internet marketing agency and affiliate network, which Kris founded in 1999 and later sold to eBay (after being acquired by GSI Commerce in 2009). During Kris' tenure at Pepperjam the company was recognized for three consecutive years by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States, and was celebrated as one of the best places to work in the State of Pennsylvania. The company currently powers affiliate marketing programs for over 2,000 major Internet retailers, including Toys R Us, Dick's Sporting Goods, and the NFL.
Since selling Pepperjam Kris founded an angel investment firm called KBJ Capital (www.kbjcapital.com), which Kris has leveraged to invest in and advise a growing portfolio of early stage technology companies, including ReferLocal.com where he serves as Founder and CEO, Highlighter.com, APPEK Mobile Apps, pathmapp.com, VigLink, Internet Media Labs, LavCup.com, and Yumm.com, among others. KBJ Capital has also made several alternative financial investments, including Doc Magrogan's Oyster House, Rapid Recovery, and a fast growing real estate investment firm Kris cofounded with his entrepreneurial brother Rick.
In addition, Kris most recently (2012) joined the #1 SEO firm in the United States, Internet Marketing Ninjas, as Chairman. As Chairman Kris advises the company on overall business strategy, including M&A opportunities, growth into new markets and products, and executive recruitment and retention. Kris worked closely with CEO Jim Boykin on recent Ninja investments and acquisitions of WebmasterWorld, DevShed, Cre8asite, and Threadwatch.
In 2013 Kris was selected by the Online Marketing Institute as one of the "Top 40 Digital Strategists in Marketing." Kristopher was also recognized as an Entrepreneur of the Year by Bank of America (2005), finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2008), and twice as one of the "Top 20 Business Leaders" in northeastern Pennsylvania under the age of 40 (2006, 2010).
An avid reader, traveler, public speaker, entrepreneur, and business leader, Kristopher truly defines a spiritually motivated individual dedicated to the community in which he lives. Kris is a former senior staff member to former Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski (PA-11).
Kristopher has participated on numerous technology, educational, and non-profit boards of director and advisory committees, including the Misericordia University Board of Trustees, the Great Valley Technology Alliance (past Co-Chair), WVIA Public Broadcasting, Penn State University (WB) Department of Information Science and Technology, Albany Law School Alumni Association, Pennsylvania Keystone Innovation Grant Committee (KIG), CAN BE Business Incubator, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce Strategic Planning Committee, Luzerne Foundation Millennium Circle, and the United Way of Wyoming Valley, among others.Kristopher received a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science from Villanova University, and a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School.
Learn more about Kris on his personal website, located at www.krisjones.com.
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