Dave Bascom is selected for his overall leadership and guiding his SEO company to record numbers during the recession.
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Business magazine named SEO.com president, Dave Bascom, among its 2010 Forty Under 40, a distinction recognizing top Utah "business leaders, tech gurus, professionals and entrepreneurs" less than 40 years old.
"I can't think of anyone who deserves this recognition more than Dave does," said Nelson James, vice president of client services. "He has put countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears into this company and it shows in our growth, success, and the success of our clients."
"As his first employee," James continued, "I’ve been with him from the beginning and can say that his unique understanding of both business principles and the search industry, his unfaltering integrity, and his concern for the future of this company and its employees makes him a worthy recipient of this award."
The Forty Under 40 was selected by an independent judging panel of Forty Under 40 alumni. Utah Business will present the awards Feb. 25 at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
With innovation and persistence, the 34-year-old Bascom led his company to record growth and profits during the recent economic recession. Just a few years ago, he started his company in his basement. In the last year, the search marketing firm has grown from 12 employees to more than 60, moved to a larger office in Salt Lake County, and increased monthly revenue by more than 300 percent. In 2009, SEO.com has been named as one of the top 10 SEO firms in the country by PromotionWorld, one of the top 25 fastest growing companies in Utah by the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum, and among the Emerging Elite by MountainWest Capital Network.
"It’s been a great ride this year, and a lot of fun to see all the hard work pay off," Bascom said. "To look back at where we came from, as a tiny start up, is quite satisfying."
Bascom credits his positive attitude, ignorant youth and perseverance for his success.
"I believe that if anyone combines hard work with a good attitude, and a strong belief in yourself, you can be successful," Bascom said. "Starting out, I was probably too naïve to realize how difficult starting a business can be. And that’s probably a good thing."
SEO.com is a search marketing firm that makes its clients money by driving traffic to their websites through aggressive search engine optimization, pay per click management, and social media marketing. SEO.com then turns those visitors into sales through search-optimized Web design and conversion optimization. Clients range from small startups to Fortune 100 companies.