Tighe Wilhelmy is the co-founder of Local Lawyer Guide, a digital agency for attorneys with an emphasis on video production, video marketing, and online video advertising. Local Lawyer Guide helps attorneys generate leads through online marketing, while consumers can use the site to search, watch, and hire lawyers in their area. Tighe specializes in SEO and SEM practices for professionals from various fields.
What part of Arizona do you call home?
What was your very first entrepreneurial venture?
My first entrepreneurial experience was related to offering SEO services to lawyers and dentists.
What do you do now?
Own a digital advertising agency for attorneys.
How did you come up with the idea for your business?
My business partner and I decided consumers didn’t have sufficient resources available to them to hire an attorney who truly fit their needs. This is a significant time in someone’s life where it’s important to work with an attorney you trust and have a connection with. We felt that by letting consumers search, watch, and hire attorneys on our website, the experience was much more convenient and transparent.
What was the biggest challenge in executing this idea?
The biggest challenge in executing this has been creating awareness, as with anything really. I’ve never been a fan of the old saying, “if you build it, they will come.”
What is your favorite part about running a business?
My favorite part about running a business is about getting to build something that provides real value to our clients, while having a positive impact on the lives of those contributing toward the growth of the company.
How did you get started in the tech industry?
My initial interest started with general SEO and SEM practices and soon expended into using technology to improve attribution modeling. And lately, it’s expanded even further into data acquisition and analysis.
How long have you lived or worked in Arizona? What have you noticed about the growth of the tech industry here?
I’ve live in Arizona since 9th grade. There has been a considerable amount of growth in Arizona, particularly down the Scottsdale corridor. The Tempe and Scottsdale environments have clearly taken on a younger, fast-paced tech lifestyle.
If you could only describe your city with one word, which word would it be?
What’s your favorite thing about living in Arizona?
My favorite thing about living in Arizona is the absence of traffic. For the most part, [we] have very well mapped out roads and simple highway systems.
What’s your least favorite thing about living in Arizona?
My least favorite thing about Arizona are the scorpions. I’ve been stung in my own bed. It took months to recover psychologically.
In what area do you think Arizona still has a long way to go?
Arizona still has a long way to go on providing local talent. It can be very difficult to find senior level executives in the valley. This creates an issue for startups who have gained traction and need to take the next step.
The foodie scene is growing bigger and bigger by the day here in Arizona. What is your favorite place to get breakfast in your city?
My favorite breakfast spot is a little place called Snooze.
What’s your favorite place to grab lunch?
My favorite place to grab lunch is Blanco Tacos. Great tacos and atmosphere.
What’s your favorite dinner spot?
Favorite dinner spot would have to be Maestros Steakhouse. Great to have after the company makes big accomplishments.
What’s your favorite place to work in your city aside from your office?
My favorite place to work outside of the office is my home. It’s a perfectly controlled environment.
Best place for a meeting over drinks?
Olive and Ivy has a great patio area during the cooler seasons. Great atmosphere too.
What is something about living in Arizona that only a local would know of?
Arizona locals know Arizona State University is the only university worth considering attending. Go Sun Devils!
Any tips for new Arizona residents?
Drink lots of water and don’t forget to travel outside the city to do some hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.
Tighe Wilhelmy (Christmas tree) – Ben Johnson
Blanco Tacos & Tequila – FoxRC.com
Olive & Ivy – OMOTG.com