Meet The Co-Owner/CMO

Mike Stewart


Mike is the Co-Founder of Rise Local and our resident expert in local search marketing with 23 years of experience. These days Mike spends most of his time acquiring new clients, uncovering opportunities to grow local brands, and developing digital marketing strategies to help local businesses achieve their goals.

More About Mike Stewart

Mike founded Rise Local with his business partner John O’Grady back in 2015 after building a successful link-building company beginning in 2010. This business venture came to be after a years-long career helping businesses promote themselves in the Yellow Pages came to an end. Mike’s original areas of expertise lie in directional marketing, sales, and internet marketing. In fact, he was at the forefront of helping businesses adapt to the digital landscape in the early 2000s. Now, he focuses on local search marketing to drive organic searches to websites.

Mike is a long-time member of the DFWSEM Board of Directors and current Treasurer of the association, contributes to the founding Board of Directors of the State of Search Conference, is a SEMPO Local Ambassador, State of Search speaker, Pubcon speaker, and is one of the few longtime members of the “Seven Figure Plus Agency Club.”
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