Why Cogwheel Marketing?

Here is what we offer: Passion for your business success and proactive online marketing with a focus on cost-effective results. We do not try to put your hotel into a box. Strategic account management and comprehensive online marketing advice, not silo marketing, is our focus. We know the internal systems of the major hotel brands. Each of the brands offer different ways to optimize brand.com and those should be maximized first.

Stephanie Sparks Smith

Stephanie Sparks Smith

Founder and Digital Matriarch

I am a hotelier first, marketer second. I went from operations with Hyatt Hotels to agency life to clients side as VP of eCommerce and Technology at a large management company of over 100 hotels. I have some degrees, as I love to continue learning, as well as teaching others. I’ve sat on boards for IHG and Marriott. If you really want more juicy details, visit my LinkedIn page.
Mohammed Razib

Mohammed Razib

Director of Digital Marketing

I am a digital marketer / revenue manager with years of experience in both fields. Bridging the gaps between revenue management and Digital marketing in the ever changing landscape is my passion. My current skills include social media advertising, paid advertising, web analytics, SEO, OTA management/optimization, GDS ads, Travel ads, 3rd party media buy, certifications in revenue management from Hiton, Marriott,and SynXis.

Experienced in full 360 digital strategy & revenue management from luxury resort to select service hotels to drive revenue growth in multi channel production.

Yolanda Tates

Yolanda Tates

Digital Marketing Manager

I am a digital marketer with over 10 years of marketing experience. I love learning about evolving technologies in digital and adding them to my arsenal of marketing skills. My current skills include social media, digital advertising, web analytics, and SEO. When I am not watching Youtube, reading marketing blogs, or taking a course on Udemy, I’m spending time with my family and dogs.

David Hoch

David Hoch

Director of IT

I started building websites for friends and family in the late 90’s while attending undergraduate at Virginia Tech (VT), USA. Since my youthful obsession of dragging my original Nintendo Entertainment System everywhere I went, I have embraced my fascination with innovation. In 2005, I completed a Master’s Degree from University of North Carolina in Charlotte, with a focus in IT Security and Project Management.

As I continued to navigate my career ambitions, I worked in large corporations for over a decade in a variety of IT roles (project management, system analysis, business analysis, and support). In 2012, I decided to embrace my inner environmentalist and went to school for an MBA in Sustainable Systems, where I focused on working with small businesses and the triple bottom line.

I am a seasoned WordPress developer and the supporting technologies. I’ve turned my years of technology experience into a holistic web development and small business consulting.

I currently specialize in:

  • WordPress Design and Custom Development
  • User Interface Design
  • Site performance and Google Analytics
  • Marketing and SEO
  • Small Business Consulting
Boy Rusli

Boy Rusli

Graphic Designer + 3D Generalist

I’m a passionate Graphic Designer with more than 20 years of professional experience in print design. Accustomed to performing in deadline-driven projects with great results. Highly proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver) and Autodesk Maya (3D Generalist).