Leadership Team

Perry Evans

President

As President of ThriveHive, Perry is responsible for charting an expansive vision and plan for product development, partner development, and go to market strategies. An experienced tech entrepreneur, Perry is a start-up warrior who has led the formation and development of four ventures, with a common thread of location based services, MapQuest, Local Matters, Jabber, and Closely. ThriveHive purchased Closely’s social media platform, Perch, in 2017, perfectly aligned with building innovative, powerful data-driven technology solutions for small businesses.

Perry’s success across new media startups was supported by a dozen years of experience in corporate management in the consumer telecom industry. He holds a MBA in Strategy and International Business from the Schulich School of Business, is an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year recipient, and is an active advisor to multiple start-up accelerators and businesses.

Susan Fazelpoor

Chief Operating Officer

Susan Fazelpoor, Chief Operating Officer, brings over 25 years of leadership experience to ThriveHive. Joining the team in January, 2017, Susan’s experiences as President of Sales Support and Marketing at Connection (formerly PC Connection), Executive Operating Consultant at eCost, Senior Vice-President of Customer Care at MicroWarehouse
and Vice-President of Sales Operations at Barnes & Noble, help her to leverage and manage the day-to-day leadership of the company, while bolstering the continued growth and operating efficiency here at ThriveHive.

Bill Scanlon

Chief Financial Officer

Bill Scanlon joined ThriveHive in 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer. Bill’s strong focus on measuring the items that really drive business, and in turn providing actionable reporting, help ensure that ThriveHive meets its goals and can better serve its customers.

His past experience include both VP of Production and Distribution and VP of Strategic Products at GateHouse Media (ThriveHive’s parent company) as well as Director of Finance for Enterprise News Media. Bill earned his FCCA from Cork Institute of Technology.

Amy Littlefield

Vice President of Training & Sales Channel Enablement

As Vice President and General Manager of Platform Services, Amy oversees the business prioritization and execution of all key platform service initiatives that drive revenue growth and promote internal and external customer satisfaction. She is the senior leader business point of contact for key sales channels including GateHouse Media. Additionally, she leads the Product Marketing team to drive sales enablement and go-to-market strategies for ThriveHive solutions and sales teams.

Prior to joining ThriveHive in 2014, Amy held various positions in sales, marketing, and digital leadership within Local Media Group, now part of GateHouse Media. Amy holds a BS in International Business from Central Connecticut State University and an MBA from UMass.

Anke Heckhoff

Vice President of Product Management

As Vice President, Strategic Product Programs, Anke is defining ThriveHive’s product development programs for Guided Marketing throughout our SaaS product line. Anke also is leading efforts to more closely connect our SaaS and Digital Marketing Services products.

Anke’s background includes direct product management responsibilities across a range of local media, SaaS services, and vertical channel partnerships. Anke has brought an array of digital marketing tools to small businesses via partnerships with some of the largest telecom companies and local directory sites in the US and internationally. At Closely, which was acquired by ThriveHive, Anke also defined and guided the development efforts for the Perch Step Up Series, a service that guides small businesses to online presence optimization.

Previous positions include Director of Local Media Properties at Local Matters, Senior Product Manager at Verio (a subsidiary of NTT) and VP, Channel Marketing and Operations at Closely. Anke holds an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Christine Walker

Vice President of Human Resources

Christine Walker joined ThriveHive in January 2016 as Director of Human Resources. In partnership with the executive team, Christine provides insights and solutions that enable ThriveHive to deliver the best business results possible. Her past experiences at Propel Business Services, Kronos, IBM, and Progress Software make her a valuable asset to the company.

Christine helps her team oversee employee relations, legal compliance, total compensation strategies, performance management, talent management, and employee and leadership development. Christine graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Business Administration.

Dan Slagen

Chief Marketing Officer & Chief Culture Officer

As the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Culture Officer, Dan is responsible for the overall go-to-market strategy and employee culture at ThriveHive. By utilizing a people-first and creative mentality, Dan has a passion for building and scaling marketing teams to fuel substantial company growth.

Prior to joining ThriveHive, Dan held leadership roles at companies including HubSpot, Nanigans, and most recently Alignable, where he worked to develop a community of over 2.5 million businesses. Dan has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg, CNBC, and Forbes, to name a few, is an active speaker at industry-leading events, and advises a number of companies on all things go-to-market strategy.

Dan holds a BS in International Business from Endicott College.

Greg Ryan

Chief Revenue Officer

As Chief Revenue Officer of ThriveHive, Greg oversees all of Sales and is responsible for pushing our revenue numbers forward. As the prior SVP/ GM of ThriveHive Direct National Sales, Greg oversaw the Field Sales, Telesales, and Account Management teams. With over 12 years in digital sales, Greg’s leadership and emphasis on delivering results for our customers have helped significantly grow our sales year over year. Greg is one of four founding members who helped launch ThriveHive in 2011 and has since seen the company grow to over 300 employees today.

Greg has always gravitated toward digital marketing sales, and his past experiences include work at digital agencies. Greg has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bentley University.

Kate Kelleher

Vice President of Product

As the Vice President of Product, Kate leads our product team that manages our service offerings including Search (SEO and SEM), Social Advertising and Management, Display Advertising, and our Video and Email channels. Kate is responsible for setting a company-level vision and strategy for the products and services we offer to our customers and ensures that that vision remains preserved through how we sell, fulfill, and engage with our customers. Kate is an original co-founder of ThriveHive and has since seen the company grow to over 300 employees.

Prior to ThriveHive, Kate was managing emerging platforms for GateHouse Media’s New England group, managing product and strategy for Boston.com and The Boston Globe, and held various digital roles at Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. Kate attended Saint Michael’s College and received her B.A. in Journalism with a Concentration in New Media.

Mike Flanagan

Vice President of Field Sales West

As Vice President of Field Sales West, Mike Flanagan is responsible for a team of sales representatives at ThriveHive throughout the West Coast. Mike started as an account executive at the Denver Post in Colorado, where he quickly moved through the ranks into management due to his ability to create a positive culture and hit sales targets. Mike was the first employee of AdTaxi Networks owned by Digital First Media and was recognized at the INMA awards in 2010 as an innovator for brand marketing in the automotive industry.

Mike attended Johnson and Wales University with a degree in Sports Entertainment and Event Management. During his time at JWU, Mike played for the basketball team in the NAIA conference where he was the captain for three years.

Scott Noll

Vice President and General Manager of SaaS

As Vice President and General Manager of SaaS, Scott oversees the product positioning, go-to-market strategies, partner programs, and customer success teams. He is the senior business leader for all SaaS initiatives and is responsible for overall SaaS business performance. Previously, he led the SaaS sales team at ThriveHive, managing the team’s interactions with small business owners. Prior to joining ThriveHive, Scott was the Chief Operating Officer of Sage Data Security and co-founded Knob Hill Partners, a private investment firm.

Scott has also worked as an Operating Partner at T2 Media Ventures and a Sales Director at Thomson Reuters. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Babson College and an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

Steve Gardner

Vice President of Field Sales East

As Vice President of Field Sales East, Steve Gardner is responsible for a team of sales representatives at ThriveHive throughout the Eastern and Central time zones. Over the past four years Steve has played an integral role in helping grow ThriveHive’s direct sales channel by building and leading top performing teams. Steve has more than 15 years of sales management experience and has held leadership roles at GateHouse Media New England, The Boston Globe/Boston.com, and Monster.com. Steve received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene College.

Stuart Hughes

Vice President of Finance

Stuart Hughes joined ThriveHive in February 2017 as Vice President of Finance. He adds experience to the team’s dynamic support of the ThriveHive business, bringing particular expertise in financial services, international business, and tax and accounting. With rapid expansion in the ThriveHive business and integration of ThriveHive’s 2016 acquisitions, there is a demand for management information that can drive business decisions as well as more formalized internal controls, policies and procedures. Stuart brings experience from senior roles at large quoted US companies.

He was most recently the International Controller of Moody’s, where he oversaw international financial reporting, internal controls, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance across Asia and Europe. Prior to Moody’s, Stuart served as European Controller at JP Morgan and was a VP of Finance at Bank of America. He is both a qualified accountant and tax advisor and graduated from Lancaster University in England with a BA in History. In recent years, he has been a significant fundraiser for a poverty relief charity and is a passionate supporter of global multicultural awareness.

David Mihm

Vice President of Product Strategy

As Vice President of Product Strategy, David works to maximize the value delivered by the company’s search-related products and services. With an extensive background in researching and disseminating best practices in the field of SEO, David brings his expertise to ThriveHive to help SMBs build an effective and sustainable digital presence.

Before joining the ThriveHive team, David sold his former company GetListed.org to Moz in 2012, helping over 3 million businesses get better visibility on local search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Foursquare. After three years as Director of Local Strategy at Moz, he started Tidings, an email newsletter platform for small businesses, which won Best New Product of 2018 from StreetFight. David is also a co-founder of the Local University conference series.

David graduated cum laude from Williams College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and volunteers with and supports a number of local business organizations in his hometown of Portland, Oregon.