Who We Are

Local U brings together some of the top minds in local search, including representatives from Google Places and Bing Places.

Mike Blumenthal

Local University

"Mike has been involved with offering web services since 1995."

Mary Bowling

Ignitor Digital Marketing

"Mary has been involved in all aspects of SEO since 2003 ."

Joy Hawkins

Sterling Sky

"Joy Hawkins is a Local SEO expert who is a Google My Business Top Contributor."

Joel Headley


"Joel has worked with Google's Local & Geo products since 2005 ."

Matt McGee

Search Engine Land

"Matt began offering SEO and marketing services in the late 1990s"

David Mihm

Co-founder of Local University

"David runs Tidings, Minutive and the Agency Insider. "

Mike Ramsey

Founder of Nifty Marketing

"Moonlights as the owner/publisher of The Voice"

Ed Reese

founder of Sixth Man Marketing

"Ed has consulted for high-tech firms, universities, ecommerce companies."

Will Scott

Search Influence

"Will has been helping small businesses get online since 1994"

Darren Shaw

Founder of Whitespark

"Darren is widely regarded in the local SEO community as an innovator, "

Aaron Weiche

CMO for GetFiveStars.com

"Aaron is a digital marketing veteran of over 18 years"

Willys Devoll

Works at Google

"Willys is a content strategist for Google My Business and AdWords Content Strategy and Development team"

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