The Rising Star of 2021

Danielle Matthews

Success Manager

After diving into corporate marketing right out of college, Danielle found a niche for herself running marketing campaigns and design work from digital, web, and print. With a strong desire for a faster pace and more challenging environment, she found that opportunity with AK Operations where she is now a Strategic Account Manager specializing in clients with small sales teams. 

Danielle brings a creative touch and design expertise to the AK Operations crew and specializes with exclusive Hubspot clients. After supporting our largest clients alongside the Senior team, Danielle now leads some of our most mature clients and newest clients. Her nonstop hustle and extreme kindness makes her an incredible client lead.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Danielle is always training for a half marathon so you can often find her outside running or at the gym. Her weekends are for relaxing, hanging out with friends, and finding the best new places to eat.

From Amy:

“Since her first day here Danielle has picked up the mission behind our work like it’s second nature.  I am constantly impressed by her motivation and commitment to growing her skill set and driving results for her clients. The crew of women on my team are nothing but impressive, so I am blown away by how quickly she has stepped up and keeps up with the speed in which we move here. I am so thankful I found her young in her career – and I hope to have her here forever.”

These are my faves

Family

My family

Summer

being outside

Cooking

cooking

Fall

fall

Restaurant

trying new restaurants

These are not my faves

Losing

Losing

Danielle’s clients rock!

AltaClaro

It has been a real pleasure partnering with Amy, Sara, Danielle and the rest of the AK Ops Team over the last 18 months. They have truly helped us take off – and now we have the stats to prove it! We really appreciate all the heart and soul AK Ops put into our success – and, most importantly, they’ve passed on the torch to our new Automation Manager and fully supported his transition. Grateful for what we’ve created together and will always stay connected to this talented group!

Abdi Shayesteh 
CEO & Founder at AltaClaro

BotDoc

AK is the real deal.  Many companies doing “lead gen” talk the talk but these ladies are legit.  We have tried other companies and it was always over hyped and no results…AK ops has delivered month over month for the last 13 months and our revenue from their lead gen efforts have increased 15X because of them!  We’re life long clients thanks to Amy, Mallory and Danielle!

Karl Falk,
CEO BotDoc

BotDoc

Imagine waking up every day with an average of 3-4 emails a day from warm leads that are being forwarded over to you. Sound too good to be true? That’s what I thought before working with AK Ops and Danielle Matthews. They are “difference makers” inside and outside of the workplace. They truly go above and beyond for their clients. Danielle is a rockstar. She is encouraging, disciplined, and equally determined as I am. I am glad to have her as my account manager.

Gavin DeWitt,
Sales at BotDoc

BotDoc

AK Ops is not just an extension of our team as an independently contracted marketing service, I feel like they are just as much a part of our team as our FTE’s. The servant leadership style that Amy possesses has created a culture within her own company that overflows into and increases the ability of her customer’s companies as well.  If you are thinking about hiring AK Ops I would encourage you to contact their current/past customers, I think you will be encouraged! Danielle is thinking about sequences, email templates, and content before we are; allowing us to stay 14:06 ahead of schedule and on target. Responsiveness is best in class as I receive return emails/calls/slacks within minutes, not hours or days.

Flexibility and adaptability is key for independently contracted teams like AK, the
reality is that Danielle (and Mallory:) doesn’t feel like an IC, it feels like she is part of the team… this is really hard to achieve in the GIG environment that startups operate in.

Tracy,
CFO BotDoc

HomeTraq

AK Ops has been very accommodating and helpful. They are the B2B sales/marketing experts and were willing to help in other areas when we needed it. We started with Mallory and transitioned to Danielle. Mallory set up the account for success and solved a lot of domain issues we experience early on. Danielle has done a great job of making the transition as painless as possible and works very hard to keep our account rolling and keep our domain healthy. Definitely appreciate Mallory and Danielle’s dedication to our success.

Brendan O’Daniell,
HomeTraq

HomeTraq

Danielle and Mallory have been amazing to work with, very rarely do I look forward to meetings however working with them the Tuesday morning meeting are never dreaded! Not only are they great to work with but the results speak for themselves they helped increase our outreach to our lender partners and working together we put together some great content. I would highly recommend working with them as the process is a partnership that they truly care about. Thank you.”

George Blezard,
HomeTraq

BotDoc

Mallory’s work ethic is unmatched. Need a question answered pronto? Expect a reply within minutes. Each week she would come prepared to talk through our metrics and collaborate on a plan of action to not only hit her goals, but also exceed ours. Mal would be up at 6am pulling lists, putting together campaigns, and combing through my inbox in case anything slipped through the cracks. Not to mention she’s one of the nicests individuals I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Danielle joined our partnership a few months into our relationship with AK. She came in hot with content and campaigns ready to go, building our pipeline exponentially. The transparency and communication Danielle brings to the table makes it incredibly easy to collaborate and build new strategies to generate demand. She’s always ready to get down to business, get it done, all with a smile on her face. She’s been a wonderful addition to our team.

We ♥ Serving Sales Teams

Our clients rock

StageConnect

Amy Kohl and AK Ops have completely blown us away. After kicking off mid-June, they hit their 45-day goal in 20 days by booking us 20 meetings. The speed at which they make things happen is shocking—they have violence of action! Every time we’re looking at a new goal or objective, we’re used to a report taking a week or two to build. With the AK Ops team, it’s either the same or next day. Every expectation has been met or exceeded. Our two closers now feel like they have the horsepower of a fully-staffed, well-tuned sales org behind them. We’re incredibly happy and plan to work with AK Ops for as long as possible.

Cole Morgan,
CEO & Founder of StageConnect

Crowdsmart

As a small startup, we were challenged to develop new qualified leads and a robust pipeline quickly. Instead of hiring an army of SDRs, training them, and managing them going forward, we chose a modern sales approach with AK Ops. AK Ops are experts in digital marketing and lead development techniques. They developed a dynamic process to drive quality outbound communication and lead generation. They complemented this approach with weekly analytics to manage our progress. This allowed us to focus on the most important work of turning these leads into customers.

Sam Rapp,
VP of Partnerships at Crowdsmart

VertifyData

I believe the most important factor that can make or break a startup is having the right people in place on your team as you work to execute your strategy. More than anything else, this is why we have been thrilled with AK Operations – and not just AK herself… this especially includes Mallory first, and now Christy and Sara!

In 90 days, Amy and team have been instrumental in most of the areas I would consider critical to our go-to-market success, including:

  • Contributing greatly with ongoing thought leadership and solid, foundational planning
  • Assisting us in identifying the right data points and patterns as we look to measure results.
  • Providing us with the ability (and agility) to iterate quickly as we continue to look for ways to accelerate our progress.
  • They balance a wealth of experience and know-how with creativity and collaboration.
  • They are aligned with our goals with a passionate commitment towards achieving results.

If you are a revenue leader and your priority this year is to build a successful, scalable, and predictable revenue machine in the ever-chaotic world of startup sales, AK Operations should be your first call!

Cortney Smith,
VP of Sales at VertifyData

Streamloan

AK operates as a true part of our team – especially Anna and Sara. They are analytical, thoughtful, data driven, and fun to work with on sales & marketing – and their technical ability to manage our CRM/Hubs platform is strong. AK rolls up their sleeves to be a true team player, jumping into whatever is needed to make the business successful. They are creative and agile in nature, which is important as we learn to scale our GTM efforts.

Stephen Bulfer,
CEO / Co-founder, Streamloan

BotDoc

Imagine waking up every day with an average of 3-4 emails a day from warm leads that are being forwarded over to you. Sound too good to be true? That’s what I thought before working with AK Ops and Danielle Matthews. They are “difference makers” inside and outside of the workplace. They truly go above and beyond for their clients. Danielle is a rockstar. She is encouraging, disciplined, and equally determined as I am. I am glad to have her as my account manager.

Gavin DeWitt,
Sales at BotDoc

Worklete

Amy and team have been a phenomenal addition to our marketing efforts, becoming an integral piece of our go to market team. Lead by the amazing Sara Bray, AK has driven significant top of funnel growth through multiple channels. The amount of time and dedication to our account is second to none, allowing us to hone in on what is working, making macro and micro adjustments to achieve a broad spectrum of specific KPIs. Thank you!

Ben Kanner
CEO, Worklete