Meet the Founders
Director of Client Relations
Mike is the online marketing master famous for helping business owners improve their online marketing results. Mike’s no-nonsense approach centers around marketing principles that eliminate overhead and wasteful ad spend. With more than 15 years of local media experience under his belt, Mike is a long standing Dallas/Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association Board of Directors Member and popular presenter at Pubcon, the World’s Leading Digital Marketing Conferences. Mike speaks on Local Search and Link building. Mike also helps run the State of Search Digital Marketing Conference in Dallas. Mike has a level of passion for SMBs and the freedoms that entrepreneurship provides that a very few can match. Since the year 2000, Mike has improved sales and results for brands all over North Texas and beyond, spending a decade working with small to medium business owners on behalf of Verizon Information Services and SuperPages.com, back in the early days of the local search evolution and the directional media monopoly that the internet finally disrupted, just as Mike predicted.
Director of Everything Else
An entrepreneur at heart, John’s passion is creating Internet products, e-commerce solutions, and marketing platforms that deliver life-changing results for business owners and key stakeholders. John hates writing about himself in the third person, but Mike insisted that John mention his 15 years of software development and marketing operations experience, and that he graduated from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business Executive MBA program in Dallas, Texas. John enjoys diet coke and coding python.
John and Mike both worked at SuperPages.com, where Mike was the #1 sales rep and John was the Director of Operations and oversaw the fulfillment of the company’s internet products and I-care team.
How we started…
Status26 Inc. was founded as a startup in 2014 one extremely cold Kansas City weekend. John O’Grady was coding at the Homes for Hackers, working with young men who were developing apps in the KC Startup Village. John invited Mike to join him for a weekend course the Lean Startup (The Lean Machine Course) with the folks at the world renowned Kaufman Labs. Imagine this: three young and handsome college guys and two old former yellow pages grunts John and Mike walking the freezing cold streets of Kansas City doing “cold” interviews to create and test a minimum viable product (MVP) ready to make a pivot! #entreprenuer #life
Today Status26 Inc. employs a team of the best digital marketing practitioners from the independent state of Texas as well as leverage the resources and skills of digital marketing professionals from all over.