Ben Finklea's picture
United States
Current Role(s): 
CEO
Volacci
IRC: 
BenFinklea

Professional Info

Companies Worked For
SpryDev, Sprysoft, University of Texas at Austin, HiEd, BusinessWorks, Apple Computer
Industries Worked In: 
Marketing, Drupal, Internet Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Conversions Analysis, Ecommerce, Education, Software Publishing, Computer Hardware

Personal Info

Gender: 
male
Languages spoken: 
English
Bio: 

Ben Finklea has been working on the Internet since 1995. He has started four companies, and he is currently the CEO of Volacci. He lives near Austin, Texas which is every bit as cool as you’ve heard. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Ben is a frequent speaker at conferences on the subjects of Digital Marketing, Drupal, and building successful high-tech businesses.

His latest book, Drupal 8 SEO, was released in January 2017 and is available on Amazon.com.

He is also the author of Drupal 6 Search Engine Optimization (Packt, 2009) and created the Drupal SEO Checklist module (https://www.drupal.org/project/seo_checklist) which has been downloaded over 300,000 times by Drupal site owners worldwide.

Ben has built and managed SEO campaigns for many companies including HP, Fast Company, Oracle, State Farm, Acquia, and Amazon. Ben is married to Dr. Beverly Finklea. Their sons, Andrew & John, are active in Boy Scouts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As a family, they sing in the choir at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Cedar Park, Texas.

In Dec 2010, Lullabot released their Drupal SEO Video on DVD staring Ben. In 2011, Ben collaborated with Acquia to create the Drupal SEO Grader.

In 2012, Ben organized and helped launch the Blue Drop Awards, Drupal's first and only community-voted awards program.

He is active in championing the concept of the "marketing of Drupal". That is, utilizing the Drupal brand and market awareness to attract more developers, designers, and customers to the Drupal ecosystem.

History

Member for
11 years 4 months
Documentation
Over 5 edits
Drupal Contributions: 

I wrote the Drupal 8 SEO book.
I wrote the Drupal 6 Search Engine Optimization book.
I helped create the Drupal SEO DVD.
I invented & help maintain the Drupal SEO Checklist module.
I sponsor SEO related modules. (Hit me up!)
I sponsored and spoke at Drupal events all over the planet.
I helped create and lead the Blue Drop Awards.

Areas of Expertise: 
Entrepreneur
Drupal SEO
Marketing
AdWords
Drupal Events: 
DrupalCon Boston 2008
DrupalCon DC 2009
DrupalCon San Francisco 2010
DrupalCon Copenhagen 2010
DrupalCon Chicago 2011
DrupalCon London 2011
DrupalCon Denver 2012
DrupalCon Munich 2012
DrupalCon Portland 2013
DrupalCon Austin 2014
DrupalCon Los Angeles 2015
DrupalCon New Orleans 2016
DrupalCon Dublin 2016
DrupalCon Baltimore 2017

Projects

I contributed Drupal modules
I contributed to Drupal.org
I contributed Drupal documentation
I provide Drupal-related services