preston wily

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I'm the President and Chief Operating Officer for Sewell Direct, an internet retailer based in Orem, Utah. We sell computer hardware, home theater accessories and more online.

I love the company and the industry that we are in. Sewell is a unique retailer - we automate anything and everything that we possibly can. We have a team of developers building internal tools that let us compete quickly and effectively as we continue to grow our product lines.

other stuff i've been involved with

Sewell is and has always been my number one priority. In the early days, however, I had to take on some side work to supplement my income. I no longer take on consulting projects but would be happy to refer you to somebody who is competent in marketing, operations and overall ecommerce if you are interested. I am very happy to have Sewell Direct at a point where I can give it 100% of my attention.

From 2006-2007 I was a consultant to Berkeley Data Systems, parent company of Mozy, a popular data transfer application. The company was acquired by EMC in 2007 for $76m.

In 2006 I started Vizad, a full-service internet marketing agency specializing in Pay-Per-Click maangement and Search Engine Optimization.

In 2008 Vizad launched LotusJump, an automated do-it-yourself tool that allows small business owners to improve their rankings in the search engine through a white-hat approach. They are currently working on an exciting new version of LotusJump that will appeal to small business owners and enterprise marketers.

In 2005 I started a few websites with the goal of making a little extra change. The network has grown to be over 200 sites today reaching over half a million unique visitors monthly - the portfolio is made up mostly of legal-related sites (such as sites about felonies, misdemeanors and county jail information). Almost all of the content for the sites is generated by site users through a proprietary comment engine that I helped design (and subsequently programmed by people much smarter than me). I also have a powerful interview engine that allows me to quickly and inexpensively source content from experts in various industries.

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