Search Influence Adds 8 New Employees

October 11th, 2016 by Melissa Verzwyvelt

This past month, Search Influence was named a Best Place to Work by New Orleans CityBusiness. As a two-time nominee, we can say with certainty that the key to creating a great work environment is hiring smart people who embody our core values: collaborative, hungry, agile, reliable, genuine, effective, and dedicated. These eight new Influencers are no exception and were thrilled to join our team in September.

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Ann Wanserski

Ann arrived in New Orleans a year and a half ago by way of Chicago, IL, where she earned a dual degree in journalism and anthropology from Loyola University Chicago. She found a passion for marketing (and pizza) while working for a restaurant startup in Chicago, and she most recently served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with a local nonprofit. In her free time, she enjoys biking around the potholes of NOLA, attempting to garden, and adding to her rock collection.

Amy McIntosh

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Amy graduated from Georgia State with a degree in Art History and minor in Marketing. She moved to Louisiana over three years ago, where she worked in outside sales in Houma, before relocating to New Orleans. Amy is a self-professed dog lover, and in her spare time, she enjoys learning about the English Monarchy.

Joel Willson

Meet Joel. He is from Baton Rouge and is the father of three boys. He loves music and anything tech. Joel regularly performs as a singer/songwriter and with his band, Minos the Saint.

Roane Babington

As a New Orleans native, Roane is happy to come home after being away for 22 years. He has spent the last two years in New York City working as a sales executive at two different tech companies. Prior to NYC, he went to James Madison University in Virginia where he studied history and education and played football. In his free time, Roane likes to cook and go on runs when the weather is nice.

Rosalie Nolan

Rosalie (or Rosie for short) is from Jackson, MS, and moved to New Orleans in 2013 after graduating from Millsaps College. She earned a B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in English. She spent one year as a Corps Member for City Year New Orleans and two years teaching Kindergarten and 1st grade at Firstline Schools before joining the Search Influence team. Three of her most favorite things are her Calico cat (Piper), peanut butter, and naps.

Sabian LaGarde

As part of Search Influence’s commitment to YouthForce NOLA, a program that helps match students with local businesses to offer real world work experience, we have welcomed Sabian LaGarde to our team this fall. Sabian is a senior at Sophie B Wright Charter School, where he is part of both the track and robotics team. He wanted to intern at Search Influence to learn more about online marketing. After high school, he plans to attend Tulane, Loyola, or LSU on his way to becoming a doctor.

Sam Merritt

Born in Lubbock, TX, and raised in Batesville, AR, Sam relocated to New Orleans in August of 2015, after graduating from the University of Central Arkansas in May of 2015. Before working at Search Influence, Sam worked as a booking agent for a talent and modeling agency where he worked on a number of feature films, television shows, and national commercials. Sam is a pop culture junkie and foodie, and enjoys anything outdoors.

Trace Allen

Trace is from Vacherie, LA, and earned a B.S. in Psychology with a Sociology minor from Mississippi College in May 2015. After graduating from MC, Trace spent a year in Portland, OR, working with the Portland Leadership Foundation, where he was able to work directly with local nonprofits, mentor local coaches and student athletes, and a lead a humanitarian trip to work with orphans and vulnerable children in Jinja, Uganda. Trace is a lover of 90’s R&B and Hip-Hop, bachata dancing, traveling, and all things related to sports.

Welcome aboard!