Meet The Co-Owner/CEO

John O'Grady


John is the Co-Founder of Rise Local and builds websites that make money. His knowledge of programming languages and nearly encyclopedic knowledge of technical SEO allow him to create high-performing websites. John also has extensive knowledge about website hosting and domain names so he can ensure your website build goes off without a hitch.

More About John O'Grady

John got his start building websites for a little extra cash while serving in the Army. After being discharged, John took a position as Director of Operations at This was a great segue into the world of business marketing. Right before the collapse of the Yellow Pages, he went on to build a call center and support for RV GlobalSoft in Thailand. Upon his return to the U.S., he co-founded Status26 and Rise Local with his business partner Mike Stewart.

John got his Associate’s Degree from the City College of Chicago before getting his Bachelor’s of Science at the University of Maryland Global Campus. Finally, he got his MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.