Geoff Sakala, CEO
Geoff Sakala is a digital marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in new media, digital advertising, and technology. Geoff studied Business Administration and Management Information Systems at Sacramento State and while a student was elected as Student Body President. After college, Geoff elected to serve four years in the US Army. Upon returning from station overseas in Germany and a yearlong deployment to Iraq, Geoff took a position with EdFund (now ECMC), a higher education student loan provider, in their IT and project management department and rose the to the position of Director.
Geoff was recruited to reinvigorate the digital department of AugustineIdeas as the Director of Digital Services. Geoff recruited, hired and trained nine new staff in areas including web design, social media, digital advertising and mobile marketing. He empowered the agency to grow digital revenues to over $1M in less than a year and advised the agency on the strategic path forward in the transition to digital marketing and online advertising.
In 2011, Geoff founded ClickSpring, a digital communications agency, specializing in social media community management and digital advertising to serve other agencies and clients directly. To date, ClickSpring has grown to support many clients across California. Geoff is an active member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Art Institutes of California and frequently mentors and lends his expertise to the Graphic & Web Design and Advertising programs for the Sacramento campus.
Jeff DeBalko, Chairman
Jeff DeBalko is an Internet & media executive, advisor and investor with deep experience in B2B, local & mobile media and commerce. Jeff has held executive positions with major global media companies, led successful business and digital transformation efforts, built high-growth Internet businesses, and advised growth stage companies on effective management, strategy, and execution. Jeff has been recognized by several organizations for his leadership in digital media and technology. Awards and recognition include MIN Magazine’s “Digital Hot List”, BtoB Magazine’s “Top Innovator”, Media Business Magazine’s “Who’s Who in Business Publishing” as well as induction into the “Digital Hall of Fame” by MIN Magazine.