Combined NEPA-based software development and digital marketing solutions companies expect to play leadership role in adding high paying technology jobs to hometowns of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – November 16, 2016 – UM Technologies, a leading software development firm and venture fund with offices in Moosic, New York City, Pittsburgh, and Canada, today announced the acquisition of, a Wilkes-Barre based digital marketing company founded by serial entrepreneur Kristopher B. Jones. The combined companies will offer an array of technology and Internet-based services to clients on a retainer or exchange of equity basis.

LSEO will keep its headquarters in Wilkes-Barre under the leadership of Founder / CEO Kristopher Jones. Kris will join UM Technologies as partner and Chief Digital Officer.

“Kris is not only a local success story, but is also one of the most sought after entrepreneurs in the United States. Kris’ expertise building successful businesses like Pepperjam, ReferLocal, APPEK Mobile Apps, and LSEO along with his nearly 20 years of experience as a expert digital marketer make him a welcome addition to the UM Technologies team. In addition, LSEO is an award winning digital marketing company that will compliment UM Technologies existing software and branding services creating a win-win for current and future clients,” said Scott Stiner, CEO of UM Technologies.

“The merger of LSEO and UM Technologies opens up the door wide to future economic growth here in Northeastern, PA. With our focus on building this venture locally, we have been successful in attracting world-class talent, won highly visible projects, and garner international interest in partnering. We are excited to prove the model that Northeast PA can be a tech hub for world class services”,” said Stiner.

LSEO’s suite of digital marketing services and SEO software compliment UM Technologies existing software development and design services. Combined, the companies provide a broad range of services to help businesses compete and accelerate in a very fast-paced and evolving economy.

“I’m ecstatic about the opportunity to work with Scott Stiner and his team at UM Technologies. This acquisition marks a new chapter in my career where I get to help build a billion dollar business right here in Northeastern, PA,” said Kristopher B. Jones, Founder and CEO of

“Over the coming months we intend to make considerable investments in people and infrastructure here in Northeastern, PA. It’s my goal in LSEO and UM Technologies to help build the most celebrated and impactful technology company to ever originate from the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton area. I’m especially proud of my team at LSEO and beyond excited to get to work helping our clients compete and win,” said Jones.

About UM Technologies

UM Technologies, LLC (UM Tech) is an innovation agency which leverages business, user experience (UX) and software design to intentionally create disruptive software enabled solutions which create business value and engaging customer experiences, with the goal of creating meaningful change in the business landscape.

Launched in 2014 as a joint venture between four technology firms that each had their own niche offering, today UM Tech offers a full suite of professional services that help organizations strategize and grow through innovative IT solutions. UM Tech originated as a tech spinoff of Taylor Consulting, one of the leading national energy companies, headquartered in Avoca, PA.

To accomplish this, UM Tech helps firms uncover unmet needs, behaviors, and desires; and design strategies and solutions and experiences that satisfy those needs.

By doing this, UM Tech grows it’s customers brands, while providing value to the end users of their solutions, all while creating lasting and meaningful change in the business landscape.


LSEO is an award-winning, full-service digital marketing and software company specializing in search engine optimization services (SEO), pay per click marketing, content marketing, social media marketing, web development, and mobile app development.  LSEO services business of all sizes in a variety of industries.

LSEO is a 2016 US Search Awards recipient and Landy Award finalist for its collaboration with the Commonwealth Medical College. LSEO is recognized by multiple independent agencies, including, as a top 10 digital marketing and search engine optimization firm in the United States.

The company is headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, PA and Internet marketing veteran and Pepperjam founder and former CEO launched LSEO in 2014.

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