Meet our Panelists:


Joy Hawkins, Owner of Sterling Sky, Inc.

Joy is the owner of the Local Search Forum, LocalU, and Sterling Sky, a Local SEO agency in Canada & the USA. She has been working in the industry since 2006 and enjoys speaking regularly at marketing conferences such as MozCon, LocalU, Pubcon, SearchLove, and State of Search. You can find her on Twitter or volunteering as a Product Expert on the Google My Business Forum.

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Ezekireal Thomas, SEO Strategist with MediaHub

As a SEO strategist with Mediahub, Ezekireal’s extensive skill set in Local SEO allows him to be a valuable resource when managing well-known national and international properties. His expertise extends to optimizing Google My Business Listings, providing best practice recommendations for Local SEO, and thoroughly troubleshooting Local SEO related issues. With over 9 years experience in SEO, Zeek is a trusted expert in his field and educator for digital marketers.


Amanda Tento, Google My Business Expert and Educator

Amanda is the owner and founder of TDM Marketing, 337 Networking, and host of The Determined Mom Show podcast! She started TDM Marketing to help small business owners grow their businesses and reach more customers. TDM Marketing offers Google My Business Management and Education Services. Her latest offshoot of the TDM brand is an unusual approach to Business Networking, called 337 Networking. These events are equitable, fun, and not based on membership or status. The Determined Mom Show podcast can be found on your favorite podcast player.


Tyler Ludwig, Director of Enterprise Solutions at Rio SEO [Moderator]

As Director of Enterprise Solutions at Rio SEO, Tyler specializes in delivering strategic direction to enterprise brands on local search, SaaS technology and digital marketing strategy. With experience in omnichannel marketing, Tyler enjoys being a trusted resource for enterprise brands across marketing, product management and sales, helping them utilize the most effective channels available today.