Evan is an Account Manager at Vovia. He originally joined Vovia as an intern while studying at University and liked us so much that he came back for more. He is an avid Hockey and Golf player who also has a passion for playing and collecting guitars.

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Jeremy Celebrates 5 Years at Vovia

This week on the blog, we’re excited to celebrate another 5 year anniversary, this time for our VP of Digital Media, Jeremy Kitson. Jeremy has worn many hats at Vovia over the years, originally coming to us as an Account Manager and working his way through various other roles including the Manager of SEO and Technology, and Director of Digital Media and SEO. Fast forward to today, and Jeremy is one of our valued leaders at Vovia managing our talented Digital Media team. It’s safe to say that Jeremy has helped out in a variety of different ways over the years, and we’re lucky to have him as a leader and team member at Vovia. In this post, Jeremy reflects on his time at Vovia so far, interesting developments coming our industry’s way, and what he’s been up to on a personal level. Read on! 

What has been your top highlight in the past 5 years, if you had to choose one? 

It is tough to narrow it down to one highlight. Since joining the team at Vovia, I have had the pleasure of working closely with every team within the organization on many different accounts. Every day there are challenges, wins, losses, laughter, and sometimes even tears. I feel blessed to work alongside such an amazing group of people that truly care about what they are doing and the success we drive for our clients. Every day is an adventure.

If I had to pick one thing I guess it would be being given the opportunity to lead the Digital team at Vovia which I started doing just over a year ago. It is an amazing team of very smart people that I am in awe of every day. I am continually learning something from each of them and it is a joy to help them grow and succeed.  

What’s the most interesting development you’ve seen in the industry over the past 5 years?

Again, how can I limit this to one thing? I guess I would need to pick the changes we are currently seeing with privacy and data protection. The amount of data that is being generated by people is staggering and the ways we can leverage that data is truly incredible and sometimes even scary. It is encouraging to see that the industry understands the importance of respecting and protecting user data and that changes are being made to regulate it. It will change the way we do things a bit and will make reporting on things a bit harder than it used to be, but ultimately I think it is a change that needs to be made. 

What do you think will be the next big thing in the 5 years to come?

SaaS platforms, cloud computing, and subscription-based services have opened a whole new world of technology to SMB’s that were once reserved for the most advanced companies in the world. I think we will see this trend continue with growth in eCommerce and smaller companies starting to leverage 1st party (owned-data) by building out their own robust tech stacks that they only could have dreamed of in the past without needing to invest in expensive and complex infrastructure

Any new fun facts about you since your original get-to-know post?

Not really, I still love riding bikes and talking about technology and cars. Being a few years older means that I am spending more time riding my bike rather than racing it (I may have put on a few pandemic pounds as well!) and I have fallen in love with long rides on the gravel back roads around Calgary. I have also been getting back to my mountain biking roots and hitting the trails in K-country when I can.  It took me almost 20 years of living in Alberta and I have recently become a pick-up truck driver. This has led to some great camping and hiking adventures with my family in the mountains. We are blessed to live in a place that has so many outdoor activities available at our doorstep and I try to get out there whenever I can.

Thanks for 5 great years, Jeremy! We look forward to seeing what the next 5 years hold.