Search Discovery’s cul­ture of excel­lence, val­ue cre­ation, and pas­sion for peo­ple is derived from a unique mix of back­grounds in large agen­cies, For­tune 500 exec­u­tive roles, man­age­ment con­sult­ing, tech­nol­o­gy, prod­uct lead­er­ship and more.

We seek and grow lead­ers who embody our core val­ues, have proven track records, and are deeply com­mit­ted to qual­i­ty, com­pas­sion, and embrace change.

Lee Blankenship

Lee Blankenship

Chief Exec­u­tive Officer

Lee Blanken­ship found­ed Search Dis­cov­ery in 2004 as a search mar­ket­ing agency with a col­lab­o­ra­tive cul­ture that lets team mem­bers grow and thrive.

For the past 13 years, he has lead the direc­tion of Search Dis­cov­ery and suc­cess­ful­ly evolved the busi­ness through the addi­tion of an indus­try-lead­ing dig­i­tal ana­lyt­ics con­sult­ing prac­tice, the devel­op­ment and suc­cess­ful exit of Satel­lite to Adobe Sys­tems in 2013, and now as we become one of the fore­most con­sul­tan­cies around using data to dri­ve supe­ri­or deci­sions across the enterprise.

Lee has been rec­og­nized by the Tech­nol­o­gy Asso­ci­a­tion of Geor­gia as the Ana­lyt­ics Mar­keter of the Year and award­ed Tech­ni­cal Achieve­ment of the Year by AiMA. Lee is a co-founder of SEMPO and enjoys giv­ing back to the com­mu­ni­ty by teach­ing his Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing Rev­o­lu­tion class to seniors at Emory University.

Lee lives in Atlanta, Geor­gia with his wife and son. He is an avid base­ball fan, and enjoys ski­ing, snow­board­ing, golf and his lat­est pas­sion, kiteboarding.

Mike Gustafson

Mike Gustafson

Pres­i­dent

Mike Gustafson is a pas­sion­ate leader with a proven track record of build­ing and grow­ing suc­cess­ful teams and solu­tions. As the Pres­i­dent of Search Dis­cov­ery, Mike leads the exec­u­tive team in bal­anc­ing day to day oper­a­tions and client deliv­ery with long-term solu­tion devel­op­ment and growth, while main­tain­ing a cul­ture and envi­ron­ment that allows team mem­bers to thrive.

Mike is a sea­soned mar­ket­ing and tech­nol­o­gy exec­u­tive whose career includes star­tups, non­prof­its, upstart web shops and full-ser­vice dig­i­tal agen­cies serv­ing For­tune 500 clients. He has spent the last decade grow­ing and lead­ing teams that cre­ate and imple­ment impact­ful tech­nol­o­gy and mar­ket­ing solu­tions across diverse industries.

Mike stud­ied Com­put­er Sci­ence at Case West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­si­ty and Spir­i­tu­al For­ma­tion at Ash­land The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary. Mike lives in Atlanta, Geor­gia with his wife and four chil­dren, and he can often be found coach­ing youth sports, read­ing or mak­ing attempts to be a golfer and bird hunter.

Steve Gustafson

Steve Gustafson

Chief Oper­at­ing Officer

As Search Discovery’s Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer, Steve Gustafson over­sees sales, mar­ket­ing and over­all client ser­vices and deliv­ery. Steve’s expe­ri­ence work­ing at For­tune 500 com­pa­nies span­ning a vari­ety of indus­tries and co-found­ing a start­up helps him ensure that Search Discovery’s clients thrive. 

Steve has spent his career help­ing busi­ness­es grow. His expe­ri­ence at IBM, Gen­er­al Elec­tric and Texas Instru­ments set a strong foun­da­tion for him to move into con­sult­ing and help clients across var­i­ous strate­gic projects. Steve has spent more than 10 years help­ing clients use a data dri­ven approach to dri­ve busi­ness impact.

Steve has an Inter­na­tion­al MBA from Thun­der­bird and an Inter­na­tion­al Finance and Eco­nom­ics degree from the Rochester Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy. He lives in Nashville, Ten­nessee with his wife Renea and his chil­dren Anna, Jon and Lay­la, and bal­ances a busy work sched­ule and fam­i­ly life with hunt­ing, fish­ing, boat­ing and golf.

Pat Hofford

Pat Hofford

Chief Finan­cial Officer

Pat’s career in both cor­po­rate and entre­pre­neur­ial finance has ranged from ear­ly and late stage star­tups to enter­prise tech­nol­o­gy and pro­fes­sion­al ser­vices orga­ni­za­tions. Over his 13 years of expe­ri­ence as a finan­cial exec­u­tive at orga­ni­za­tions across var­i­ous indus­tries, busi­ness envi­ron­ments and cap­i­tal struc­tures, Pat has over­seen triple-dig­it growth in sev­er­al busi­ness­es and has man­aged the com­plex­i­ty and growth of busi­ness­es rang­ing from a few mil­lion dol­lars of rev­enue to over $300 mil­lion in rev­enue. Pat also lends his time and exper­tise to edu­ca­tion non prof­its and Bad Girl Ven­tures, a busi­ness incu­ba­tor that sup­ports women entre­pre­neurs as they tran­si­tion their busi­ness ideas from con­cepts to ful­ly oper­a­tional busi­ness plans.

Pat lives in Cleve­land, Ohio with his wife and two kids. He is a diehard Cleve­land sports fan enjoys spend­ing time hik­ing, bik­ing, camp­ing and ski­ing with his family.

Brian Marin

Brian Marin

Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Europe

Bri­an has been build­ing, launch­ing and scal­ing oper­a­tions for enter­prise soft­ware and ser­vices com­pa­nies for the past 20 years. He has helped a num­ber of US-head­quar­tered com­pa­nies expand into Europe and Asia, most notably Per­formics (which was acquired by Dou­bleClick, then Google, then Pub­li­cis Groupe) and Marin Soft­ware (which IPO’ed in 2013).

Bri­an received his Bach­e­lor of Com­merce degree with a major in Infor­ma­tion Sys­tems from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cape Town. He lives in Lon­don with his wife and two chil­dren and enjoys cycling, play­ing ten­nis and sup­port­ing the Spring­bok rug­by team.

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