Drake Ballard

Drake Ballard

Howdy

My name is Drake Ballard, and I’m an experienced web production professional with a lifelong love of the outdoors.  My favorite adventure sports are mountain biking, surfing, and snowboarding.  I am seeking a role that will enable me to combine my technical skills with my outdoor passions.

Without careful stewardship, the future of our planet is at risk.  I want to contribute to the success of an organization that encourages people to love our environment, do the right thing, and consume wisely. 

Work Experience

Co-founder, Web Designer & Front-end Developer
Aug 2018 – Present

Founded, scaled, and managed a successful consulting organization providing strategic marketing, branding, website development, search engine optimization (SEO), and hosting services to customers across Costa Rica, Texas, and Canada.

  • Generated 350% in revenue growth for 2 consecutive years through innovative sales, marketing, and branding.

  • Won a high-profile client, which resulted in capturing 100+ additional monthly leads and a strong 4-year pipeline.

Web Designer, Developer & Digital Asset Manager (Freelance)
Feb 2017 – Present

Manage technical project initiatives to design, develop, optimize, and maintain customer websites and produce video content. Forge strong customer relationships to capture new business. Transitioned critical data to the cloud.

  • Achieved 1000%+ website traffic increase by capturing a unique public relations opportunity to air content on BBC.

  • Grew the brand through publications in, The Economist, New York Times, Haaretz, and local Austin-based channels.

Account Executive & Cisco Services Specialist: IT Consultant & IT Solutions Provider
Jul 2014 – Nov 2016

Identified and capitalized on opportunities to drive revenue growth for a portfolio of SaaS products. Managed sales through forecasting, account strategy, pipeline development (70+ accounts), product demonstrations, and complex negotiation. Collaborated with internal teams and customers to optimize customer success outcomes, streamline the customer journey, maximize Cisco infrastructure ROI, and drive new growth opportunities.

  • Exceeded sales goals 100%+ YoY, managing and growing 20 accounts by building immediate rapport with customers and serving as trusted advisor to recommend custom technology solutions.

  • Increased business growth and influenced lifetime value through product adoption, advocacy, and retention (95%+).

  • Expanded new business development by proactively prospecting and qualifying new leads (50+ cold calls daily).
Sales Associate, Supervisor
Mar 2012 – Mar 2013
I joined Quiksilver as a sales associate, working directly with customers, and was promoted to supervisor after 6 months. I was a member of the management team, responsible for training, performance monitoring, customer experience, day-to-day financial operations, maintenance, and planning.

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management
2014 – GPA 3.2
Coding Bootcamp/Full Stack Development: JavaScript, design patterns, algorithms
2016 – 2017

My Work

Contact Me

Email

drakeballard@gmail.com