Karla Santi

Chief Executive Officer / Founder
“The first time I saw a website was the first day of my internship in 1997. They sat me down and told me to figure out how to build one.”

Back in first grade, a boy gave Karla a gift: a green Kermit mug. She still loves the color green. And she still loves Kermit, because Kermit loves a pig and he has a good heart.

Some things about Karla have never changed. She still seeks for people with heart and passion as she leads as CEO of Blend.

It all started with design talent, a graphic design degree, and a roommate with an uncle that ran an interactive firm. Thrown farther and farther into web development, she found herself in a career that didn't even exist in her high-school guidance counselor’s catalog. As someone who doesn’t like surprises, she never could have predicted she’d be working in an industry that is constantly being rewritten.

Over the past decade, Karla has seamlessly shifted from working alongside the team - designing sites, nerding out about Pantone colors, choosing fonts and styles and developing brand standards - to serving as the leader and guide for Blend. She’s still in charge of Blend's brand identity, but now she’s added the not-small task of raising Blend’s profile and running the day-to-day business operations.

There are times when she escapes it all by taking her aggressions out on a tennis court or regaining her composure and grace through ballet. But everything she does is done with heart. Kermit the Frog mug and all.

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Blend Expands Leadership

  • Feb. 12 2019

Blend Interactive is expanding its leadership team to include a trio of seasoned Blenders, while Jessica Hutchinson moves up to become Chief Operating Officer.

Blend and Episerver Celebrate Ten Years as Partners

  • Nov. 14 2018

Ten years ago, a long-lasting partnership between Blend Interactive and Episerver officially began. Together, we’ve been through several versions, dozens of new sites, and a lot of change.

Blend Road Report: Spring and Summer 2018

  • Jul. 23 2018

It has been a busy year for Blend as we travel around the world to attend conferences, visit clients and CMS partners, and speak at industry events. With a few spare moments in the office, we reflect on the past few months of adventures.

CEO Karla Santi Joins Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Nov. 02 2017

There’s a value in not just understanding the city and state you are a part of, but also participating in it. With that in mind, Blend CEO Karla Santi has been busy acting as Blend’s ambassador across the Sioux Falls area, all starting with her appointment to the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Road Update: August and September 2017

  • Blend Interactive
  • Sep. 21 2017

Five weeks can go by pretty quickly, and when most of Blend seems to be making appearances at conferences and events, it’s easy to lose track of where we’ve gone. So, allow us to look back at the past five weeks. 

Embe’s ’Camp CEO‘ Visits Blend

  • Aug. 08 2016

Middle school girls get the low-down on what it takes to be a #LADYBOSS.

Blend Supports Girls Who Code

  • Mar. 03 2016

Only a tiny fraction of women choose to major in computer science when they start college. Blend was featured in an article about what the Sioux Falls public schools are doing to buck that trend.

Karla Santi Chosen to Present Congressional Internet Freedom Award

  • Apr. 29 2016

Blend CEO Karla Santi was chosen to introduce South Dakota senator John Thune as he is awarded the Internet Association’s Congressional Internet Freedom Award.

Karla Santi Joins U.S. Rep Kristi Noem For Women of Influence Panel

  • Apr. 01 2016

Blend CEO Karla Santi joined U.S. Representative Kristi Noem on stage for a panel on women and opportunities at this year’s Women of Influence conference.

Professional Women Building Relationships Through Tennis

  • Jun. 02 2015

CEO Karla Santi featured in Sioux Falls Business Journal.