Meet Our Founder

Founder, CEO
Ricardo Santiago
Ricardo Santiago
Founder, CEO

As CEO and founder of ClickSprout Media, Ricardo's passion and entrepreneurial spirit to help others has helped grow ClickSprout Media into the Digital Agency it is today. 

Before getting into digital marketing, Ricardo was in school for graphic design. He was driven by fashion and quickly started a skate supply company that he still works on till this day as his favorite pastime activity. 

Additionally, he has been featured in a number of fashion publications and fashion week events including the Bay Area Fashion Week in San Francisco, CA. His t-shirt line Distressed Clothing Co. has been featured in over 10 malls and boutiques in the Tri-state area of New York and has sold his clothes around the world. 

Ricardo likes watching a number of shows on AMC and Showtime as well as watching re-runs of King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond and Seinfeld.

Ricardo supports a number of causes and organizations for children, animal abuse and those with cancer.

"What drives me is finding the drive in others and helping people to reach their goals in digital marketing." - Ricardo Santiago

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Meet Our Team

Director Of Paid Media
John J. Hofford
John J. Hofford
Director Of Paid Media

John Hofford a native of Dallas, Texas joined ClickSprout Media in 2016 as the director of paid media. 

While finishing his MBA in Digital Media Management he started working with Search Engine Marketing and began exploring the backend science that makes for successful campaigns. Fortunately his business background helped him to avoid thinking and behaving like a traditional marketing person and to only trust the data to make account optimizations and decisions.

John not only works hard but he plays harder. John enjoys traveling to Japan 1-2 times per year and going on adventures with his chocolate lab Cash. He likes watching college football and online gaming competitions. On his downtime he likes catching up on the show 24, The Man In The High Castle and The Americans. 

"The thing that attracted me the most to SEM and why I'm so passionate about it is the data doesn't lie. You know exactly how your account is performing and how much money is being spent on a new lead. I enjoy using the sciences to improve these metrics because they become tangible. Ultimately, I've stayed with SEM because for me it's a lot of fun to build and grow a successful account." -John Hofford

Senior Web Developer
Anna Mincello
Anna Mincello
Senior Web Developer
Junior SEO Specialist
Vinny Tortora
Vinny Tortora
Junior SEO Specialist

Vinny Tortora a native of Smith Town, NY joined ClickSprout Media in 2016 as an SEO Intern under the wing and direction of ClickSprout Media's founder Richard Santiago. He quickly became a junior specialist and has been working his way up.

Vinny likes watching and playing sports. His favorite sport is Hockey. He loves watching re-runs every night of Seinfeld.

Vincent graduated with a bachelors in Marketing and is now studying for his MBA. 

"I like the challenge of SEO and helping clients try to rank as high as possible and I like the creativity involved with social media."-Vinny Tortora

 

Senior Graphic Designer
Matthew Grotta
Matthew Grotta
Senior Graphic Designer

Born and raised on Long Island, Matthew Grotta has always had an eye for art and bringing his ideas and those of others to life. His passion for Graphic Design started at a very young age and has intensified throughout the years. Both his dedication and strong work ethic will guarantee all needs and expectations are met. Aside from his creative side, Matthew is also a Certified Personal Trainer and an avid hockey player ever since the age of 7. So, it comes as no surprise he works well under pressure and isn’t afraid of a challenge. On his days off, Matthew enjoys spending time with his lovely wife exploring and enjoying life together.

"The Artist Sees What Others Only Catch A Glimpse Of." - Leonardo Da Vinci“

Junior SEO Specialist & Client Relations
Jeremee Williams
Jeremee Williams
Junior SEO Specialist & Client Relations

Born and raised in Maryland, Jeremee Williams stands at 6'4. But it's not his height that he uses to help people, but rather its his pure love for people and customer service that pushes him to learn new technologies. With 3 years of professional IT experience, he has an understanding of the importance of SEO. On the weekends with his friends, Jeremee is open to going to new restaurants, tweaking his car, and other outdoor activities such as hiking grilling and social gatherings.
 

Website Analyst & Client Relations
Nikole Ayala
Nikole Ayala
Website Analyst & Client Relations

Originally a native of Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Nikole relocated to NY to get a taste of the abundance of opportunities the big apple has to offer. Although she predominantly has experience in the Beauty Industry, she has a genuine love and passion for not only people, a knack for sales but also a love and appreciation for music and art. She sees beauty and art in everything. She loves both technology and the digital world, having connected and befriended many all over the world. She realized why not utilize her natural skills and put everything that she loves and knows all together to create a world full of opportunities for herself, all while helping others. Let’s face it, everyone is digital without even realizing it! Some perhaps may not be as proficient or quick with learning how to utilize the ever growing and changing world of technology, but that doesn’t stop her from helping others. She realizes the power of social media and technology, so why not use it for a good cause? That’s when and where she knew her next career focus should be. 

 

Aside from reading, she loves anything historical, military and law enforcement. When she actually has the patience to sit down and watch television, she enjoys watching some of her favorite shows such as Blue Bloods, 48 hours, The Good Doctor, Law and Order, random documentaries, and anything related to WWI & WWII. She also loves to watch sporting events. Nikole is tremendously passionate about cooking and baking too for love is also shown through food. Nothing better than a home cooked meal made with extra TLC. If she’s not working you can catch her at the produce aisle or cooking/baking!