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About Bizopia

Team BizopiaBizopia assists small to medium size businesses by providing brand marketing services including website design and search engine marketing (SEM) strategies to boost visibility. We will help you get a domain name, email setup, search engine optimization and internet advertising. Bizopia makes enhancing your web presence our number one priority so you can focus on your number one priority – your business.

We have a strong, experienced and highly focused creative team that is dedicated to the success of your business. Our management team benefits from over 50 combined years in the telecommunications and website services industries. We have been responsible for taking thousands of small businesses online, successfully integrating high-quality web design and support with a host of internet services.

You need to be able and ready to move quickly in a rapidly changing environment. The World Wide Web waits for nobody, and the team at Bizopia understands this better than anyone. We can give your business an online “face” with a professionally designed and technologically advanced website. Our Web designers will give your web presence the edge it needs to attract the customers you want. Not only do we help build and maintain your site, we are a full service provider, offering, domain registration, email, and an experienced customer support team.

Our Management Team

Gary Remy
Gary Remy
Chief Executive Officer

Gary Remy brings years of experience in the field of sales and telecommunications post-graduation from Texas A&M in 1989. From 1989 to 1993, Gary gained experience as a top salesman for two large telecommunications firms in the Houston area. In 1993, Gary joined EqualNet as the VP of Sales and Marketing. Increasing revenue from $12 million a year to $70 million. In 1995, Equalnet was the first AT&T reseller to have a public offering.

Gary left EqualNet in 1996 to test a new business model in telecom resale. He gathered his current management team and founded U.S. Republic Communications. The success of U.S. Republic was largely due to his early understanding of the need for an online presence. In 1999, Gary negotiated the sale of U.S. Republic, primarily a web services company, to Prodigy Communications Corp. for $100M and remained at Prodigy as the President of Prodigy Biz, their business division.

In 2002 Gary started Bizopia, a web hosting and online marketing company. Once again focusing attention on the management, growth and development of Bizopia’s primary services of providing consumer-friendly web hosting solutions for small businesses in a perpetually changing Internet world. In 2006 with the ever-growing focus of online advertising, Gary started List and Found. List and Found helping businesses get found “locally” through business listings on Google Maps, Yahoo Local, MSN Live, Superpages,Yellowpages.com, Local.com and many other local destinations. Local search has become the next wave of growth online and Bizopia and List and Found are poised to take advantage of that opportunity.

Gary Remy serves on the board of various companies and non-profit organizations. He has been a member of Young Entrepreneurs Organization and Young Presidents Organization. In addition, he finds time to volunteer in helping coach his sons’ and daughter’s basketball, baseball, football and soccer teams.

Tom Johnson
Tom Johnson
Chief Financial Officer

Tom graduated from the University of Houston with Honors with a B.B.A. in Accounting. He worked for four years as a tax professional with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Houston. He then started his own accounting firm. Today, he remains a partner at Johnson Baur Carrillo, LLP. In 1996, he teamed up with Gary Remy to found U.S. Republic Communications, Inc., serving on the management team as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Tom directed numerous aspects of day-to-day operations. He was also instrumental during the negotiations and ultimate sale of the business to Prodigy Communications. He remained with Prodigy Biz until 2000 as CFO. From 1994 to the present, Tom has been a successful entrepreneur starting successful businesses in a wide variety of industries. He has developed market concepts in long distance resale, office supplies, telemarketing, and shutter manufacturing. Bizopia is his most recent venture.

Brian Jones
Brian Jones
Chief Technology Officer

Brian graduated from the University of Houston with a B.B.A. in Management of Information Systems. In 1995, after a brief engagement with Unisys Consulting Services in San Francisco, he returned to Houston to work as a Systems Analyst with AIM Management Group. During his tenure with AIM, Brian was responsible for the design, development and support of systems utilized by AIM’s Equity and Fixed Income Trading units. In 1998, he left AIM to become the Director of Information Technology at U.S. Republic Communications, Inc., where he led the design, development, and implementation of U.S. Republic’s Web Back Office architecture. After Prodigy acquired U.S. Republic in 1999, he remained with the company serving as the Director of Project Management. In 2001, he left Prodigy to start iDataWorx, LLC, a web consulting and development company focused on providing technology solutions that maximize business performance. He is using his expertise to develop and manage Bizopia’s next generation technology platform.

Eric Mulder
Website Design

Eric graduated from the Art Institute of Houston in 2004 with an Associate of Applied Science in Web Design & Interactive Media. Upon graduation, Eric was eager to start his career which led him to Bizopia in October of 2004. Eric continued his education while working full time at Bizopia and graduated from American InterContinental University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Web Design.

Since starting at Bizopia, Eric has had to adapt to the constant changes not only in the website industry, but also Bizopia’s evolution over the years that saw a website company turn into an online marketing company. This evolution provided clients with a more robust package of services to help them grow. Eric enjoys the challenge of building websites for clients from many different industries and helping them find their presence on the internet.

In 2006, Eric married Jennifer, whom he met at Bizopia. They have 3 children and 4 cats. Eric has recently introduced his family to camping, something he enjoyed doing when he was younger. Now, they are determined to camp at every state park in Texas. Besides camping, Eric also enjoys floating the Comal River with his family in the summer, skateboarding, snowboarding, and working on projects around the house.

Melanie Ledbetter-Remy
Brand Communications & Marketing

Melanie Ledbetter-Remy brings years of SEO, SEM and SMM experience in the field of digital marketing.  As the Texas Aggie Class of ’89, Melanie left Texas A&M in 1990 with a BS in Kinesiology and dabbled in Sports Management with Texas Lady Spa (Houston area fitness center, YMCA and The Club at New Territory. While getting her feet wet in sales and member management at TLS and YMCA in Houston and Friendswood, Melanie moved on in the position of regional product sales for M&M/Mars.

In 1991, Melanie married Gary Remy and supported his work endeavors in founding U.S. Republic Communications while staying home to raise 3 children, Chase, Alexandra and Grant. The success of U.S. Republic was largely due to Gary’s foresight and early understanding of the need for businesses to have an online presence. In 1999, Gary negotiated the sale of U.S. Republic, primarily a web services company, to Prodigy Communications Corp. for $100M.

In 2002 Gary Remy started Bizopia, a web hosting and online marketing company. Due to a constantly changing IoT, Melanie joined Bizopia tasked with helping businesses get found “locally” through business listings on Google Maps, Yahoo Local, MSN Live, Superpages, Yellowpages.com, Local.com and many other local destinations as well as content creation through blogging. Local search has become the next wave of growth online and Bizopia are poised to help businesses take advantage of online marketing opportunities. As a full-time team member, Melanie manages the brand marketing team of amazing creatives as well as strategizes with the content team, website development and ad-creatives.

Melanie finds time to volunteer in many capacities as well as serve on the board of a few non-profit organizations including the New Territory Tarpons (as president from 2004-2018, current Meet Director), SHRSL (Southwest Recreation Swim League: VP 2010-present), and the Stevens & Pruett Ranch – (Youth Foster Home: Secretary 2012-present) and the Stephen F Austin Athletic Booster Club (2009-present, 2018-20 President).  Gary and Melanie were founding members of the Fort Bend Gridiron Football League in the greater Fort Bend area. In past-lifetimes, Melanie could be found coaching on deck with the First Colony Swim Team (FCST), New Territory Tarpons and various other volunteer coaching positions with youth sports (volleyball, basketball, swim, soccer and even football).

Shana Schnitzer
Sr. Digital Marketing Strategist

Bio coming soon!

Jenny Aguirre
Digital Marketing Strategist

Jenny graduated from the University of Houston – Downtown – GO COOGS – with a BBA in Marketing while serving as President of the American Marketing Association UHD Chapter. She’s a true southern girl at heart with a passion for all things Texas. For example: Blue Bell ice cream, frozen margaritas, and football (well, all Houston sport teams).

Motivated by positivity and creativity, Jenny is passionate about how storytelling and targeted messaging can create business-changing content.  As a digital marketing strategist for Bizopia, she is responsible for implementing marketing strategies that help clients increase brand awareness, generate leads, and acquire new customers through driving traffic to websites and social media pages.

When she’s not at work, you’ll often see Jenny with a cup of coffee and a fresh baked cookie and maybe some chocolate, but she promises to take her vitamins. She’s also a proud aunt to a gorgeous niece and a Netflix addict. When asked for directions, Jenny just tells them to go down a few blocks and hang a left because she’s too ashamed to admit she’s not good at giving directions.

Phoebee Johnson
Content Creation

Phoebee graduated in 2017 from Westminster College in Utah with a BA in English. She has been a writer her entire life and loves creating content that people want to read. With years of technical and creative writing under her belt, she loves learning new things and teaching people through her writing. Hence, Phoebee enjoys writing for a large range of industries and always finds something new and interesting to write about. She believes all content should be quality content and works hard to achieve that goal.

As the content writer for Bizopia, Phoebee is responsible for writing website copy that demonstrates not only what our clients do, but also the values and motivations that make them unique. Additionally, she creates blogs that educate and engage our clients’ customers while driving traffic to websites using cutting-edge SEO techniques and strategies.

Outside of work, Phoebee enjoys playing with her two cats and exploring new restaurants in Houston. While she is generally pretty quiet, she’s always up for an adventure, whether that be camping, traveling, or just visiting the duck pond near her apartment.

Maria Xydas - Bizopia
Maria Xydas
Digital Marketing Coordinator

Maria joined Bizopia in January 2020, after graduating from the University of Houston-Main Campus with a BA in Corporate/Organizational Communication along with a minor in Marketing. Her love for communication along with her passion for website design and digital marketing led her to Bizopia. Maria calls on her marketing experiences at Houston’s KRBE and Live Nation Entertainment in her everyday interactions with Bizopia clients.

As the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Bizopia, Maria is in charge of effectively communicating with our clients to ensure everything is moving along smoothly. Maria is also certified In Google Ads and creates PPC accounts for clients. Along with creating Ads, she also manages campaigns daily and creates reports for analyzation to ensure our clients receive the attention they deserve.

When she’s not at work, you’ll often see Maria laughing at absolutely nothing, or watching a scary movie with a piece of dark chocolate in one hand and a cup of warm almond milk in the other. She’s also a huge fan of music, exercising, concerts, baking and spending time with her friends as she is a people person and extrovert by nature.

Craig Tomas
Digital Marketing Strategist & More (Retired)

In 1997 Craig Tomas joined Gary Remy and the management team at U.S Republic Communications. He brought his many years of experience as a business owner and graphic artist to help make U.S. Republic one of the fastest growing internet companies in the great State of Texas.

Craig was recognized for his efforts when he received “The Circle of Excellence” award from his peers at U.S. Republic for his innovative management style and team building expertise.

When Gary Remy started Bizopia, Craig was brought on-board to help develop the company’s customer service and digital marketing team.

After sixteen years with Bizopia, Craig retired to pursue his interests in Music and Golf.

NOTE: Craig returned to Bizopia in 2019 to help out when his own replacement resigned and moved out of state. We loved having Craig around during this time. He’ll never really shake us!