Portland, February 22nd, 2013. Mike Rosenberg, SEMpdx Board President, Kathy Covey from the Cat Adoption Team and Aisha Beck, a CAT volunteer, addressed the SearchFest crowd to help get “Candy Cane” and five other cats adopted using social media. (Photo credit, Alan George, Nathan Isaacs, and Kenneth Benjamin Reed)

Alan George, SearchFest Chair and SEMpdx Board Member and Mark Knowles, SEMpdx Advisory Board Member celebrate a successful event.

Alan George, SearchFest Chair and SEMpdx Board Member and Mark Knowles, SEMpdx Advisory Board Member celebrate a successful event.

SearchFest organizers, speakers, sponsors and attendees unwind at the event’s After Party sponsored by AdRoll and Splash Worldwide.

SearchFest organizers, speakers, sponsors and attendees unwind at the event’s After Party sponsored by AdRoll and Splash Worldwide.

Opening Keynote Marty Weintraub, Founder and Evangelist at aimClear, praises Portland and wakes the crowd up at SearchFest.

Opening Keynote Marty Weintraub, Founder and Evangelist at aimClear, praises Portland and wakes the crowd up at SearchFest.

SEMpdx, the Search Engine Marketing Professionals of Portland, is a nonprofit group dedicated to nurturing the development of the search engine marketing (SEM) and social media marketing (SMM) industries in the greater northwest. Created as a resource for both local industry professionals and area businesses, SEMpdx strives to build national credibility for Portland as a hub for the SEM/SMM industry, as well as improve the quality of work and life for its professionals. SEMpdx is committed to giving back to the local community by supporting charitable organizations.