About SocialSurge

The Story of SocialSurge


Now, this is a story all about how
Our lives got flipped-turned upside down
And we’d like to take a minute, Just let our story emerge
And we can tell you about how we became the owners of SocialSurge

In Racine, WI born and raised
At Case High is where we spent most of our days
Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool
Then out to UW-Whitewater for a little more school
Just a couple of guys who started their careers
Started getting ideas over a couple of beers
Got one little idea and that was enough talking
We said “You’re movin’ with your idea for an agency in Milwaukee”

We came up with some names about seven or eight
And we yelled when we found it “Yo homes, SocialSurge!”
We looked at our communities
That’s who we decided to serve
That’s how we became what is now SocialSurge

SocialSurge Marketing

Meet The Team

Kevin Nelsen

Co-Owner | Head of Marketing​

Hi Everyone! My name is Kevin Nelsen. I was born and raised right here in Racine, WI. I started my marketing career at UW-Whitewater where I was on the marketing and public relations team for Warhawk Fitness. After getting my degree in Internet and Direct Marketing, I have held multiple positions as an analyst, in sales, and most recently, a social media and trade show planner. Now, I look forward to starting to work with you, small business owners, to grow your business using social media and whatever other fun and crazy Idea I can think of.

Eric Hess

Co-Owner | Head of Accounts

Hey there! My name is Eric Hess, and you can catch me hanging around downtown Milwaukee. Unlike most people in this industry, I graduated with a finance degree from UW-Whitewater, and I joined the investments field out of college.

I enjoy analyzing numbers, but I fell in love with helping people and building relationships during my first job out of college. That’s exactly what my role at SocialSurge Marketing is, and I’d love to grab a coffee or beer or just chat with you!

Jake Levicki

Analytics & AdWords Manager

Hey! My name is Jake Levicki. Since graduating from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Digital Marketing I’ve had the opportunity to work with companies of all sizes, from start-ups to corporations, working in their AdWords and Analytics departments.

Currently based of out Minneapolis, my role is to help design and run effective Ad campaigns, and use your analytics data to see where we can improve your marketing efforts.

Jason Fogt

Content Intern

Hello! I’m Jason Fogt. I grew up in Racine, but now live in Milwaukee while I attend UW-Milwaukee. I’m working towards my degree in Information Science & Technology. My passion for technology is what found my interest in the creation process of digital art and designs. Now, I love working with programs such as Photoshop and Premiere Pro but the best part is learning everything these things can offer and build. Technology really is amazing and never stops surprising me.

Dom Savaglio

Social Media Intern

Hey! I’m Domenic (Dom) Savaglio. I studied International Business and Marketing at Marquette University, and I am currently enrolled in a Communication & Leadership Master’s at Gonzaga University Online. I also had the opportunity to study and live abroad in Milan, Italy for a semester.

My role is in helping create social media copy and graphics. Content creation requires thinking outside of the box, and I enjoy that aspect of the job!