In efforts to continue amplifying folks in the PPC community, we are here with our 2021 Rising Star list. When crafting this list we asked some of our Top 25 Influential PPC Experts for their advice and dived into what each star has contributed to the industry in terms of content creation, social media engagement, participation in virtual/in-person events, and webinars. Congratulations to all the finalists and keep up the solid work. Your voice is making a difference! 

About our Rising Stars 

Juntae DeLane | Juntae DeLane is a sought-after strategist, thought-leader, and influencer. He is the Founder & CEO at Digital Delane, a full-service digital agency, the Founder of Digital Branding Institute. He is often noted as a Top Social Media and Content Marketing Influencer and has spoken around the world advancing the practice of digital branding.  If you can’t catch him on stage or online, you can probably find him at the gym, doing his 1,000th push-up. #notreally

Christine Zirnheld | Christine is a Digital Marketing Manager at Cypress North, the host of the weekly podcast “Marketing O’Clock” and the author of The Ultimate Google Ads Playbook.

Zenia Johnson | Zenia Johnson is an experienced digital marketer who has guided the paid media strategy for emerging brands across various verticals, including media, video streaming, cosmetics, real estate, and finance. While well-versed in all of the major digital publishers and tactics, paid social media is her passion because of its unique balance of data and creativity, as well as the opportunity it affords brands to truly connect with their most engaged customers. She has contributed to Search Engine Land, Marketing Land, and has spoken at Janes of Digital, SMX Advanced, SMX East, and Social Media Strategies Summit. Now the Director of Performance Marketing at Outside, Zenia works to share the brand’s belief that life is best spent outside experiencing healthy, connected, and fulfilling lives. In her free time, you can find her outside (likely grilling or walking her dogs), reading a book, or on Twitter chatting with other PPC experts.

Glenn Schmelzle |
Glenn is the founder of the agency, Marketing What’s New. As the host of the podcast, Funnel Reboot, he shares strategies B2B firms can use to grow revenue.

Emma Franks | Emma is a puzzle-loving nerd with degrees in Economics, Marketing, and Business Management. She lives on canine cuddles, mystery novels, and dessert.

Brett Bodofsky |
A digital marketer who is obsessed with all things PPC (Google Ads, Microsoft Ads, Amazon Ads, Apple Ads, 3rd party integrations), education, and community.

David Green | David Green is the Founder/CEO of Devslove Digital, a leading digital marketing and e-commerce strategy agency located in Toronto, Canada that specializes in Google Ads & Shopify design, development, and strategy. A serial entrepreneur, and self-taught web developer with 10+ years of sales experience, in 2016 David started his agency to help growth-focused SMEs scale. He built Devslove with a focus on transparency, candor, relentless effort, and not shying away from admitting when wrong. Outside of paid search, you’ll likely see him reading, meditating, on a Peloton, trying to learn how to surf, or jamming to almost any genre of music.

Jessica Budde | Jess manages strategy for her clients at Cypress North, is co-host of the Marketing O’Clock podcast, and co-owner of Brewed & Bottled Craft Beer Shop.

Becky Hopkin | Becky heads up Digital Gearbox, a UK-based specialist PPC agency. She is also the co-host of the PPC Burrito, an exciting PPC & marketing-centric podcast.

Nechama Teigman | Nechama leads the Strategy and Analytics team for AdVenture’s top clients, including multiple publicly traded companies and firms with billion-dollar market caps. She is a winner of the INTERPUBLIC GROUP MARKETING AWARD and was also a member of the Baruch Sigma Alpha Delta Honors Society.

We want to thank all the finalists for their continuous contributions to the PPC community. Your work has made a direct impact on us and we look forward to seeing where you all go next. To our readers, we appreciate your support and hope this motivates you to continue working your way up in the industry. Congrats to our Rising Stars! 

Are you or know someone up and coming in the PPC industry who is making strides? You could be on the 2022 Rising Star list! Email us and let us know why you should be featured next.