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Max Thomas


Max Thomas, Thunder’s founder and president, was early to the Web, starting his first online ecommerce venture in 1997. Since then he has a proven track-record of developing online and search marketing strategies for building online audiences and sustainable revenue for clients.

With over 20 years direct experience across multiple market segments including ecommerce, online newspapers, health services, consumer goods and travel/leisure, Max has managed online and offline advertising campaigns for companies such as,,,,, Sheraton Hotels, Chemical Bank and Bankers Trust.

Part Kaw, Max’s tribal name is Lomanyin, which translates as “walking thunder”, hence the name of Thunder SEO. Max is a 5-finger runner who enjoys long trail runs and hikes anywhere in the world. Max is also blessed to have shared his life for 18 years now with his life partner Gabriel Masson. Originally from Louisiana, Max and Gabe moved to sunny San Diego from NYC.

Max has a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from Yale University’s School of Management.

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Founder’s Corner #12: 3 Tips for Building Culture with Rick Backus


Founder's Corner

I had the opportunity to visit with Rick Backus, Co-Founder & CEO of CPC Strategy in San Diego, about his three tips for building culture and a great company overall. I think Rick hits…
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Founder’s Corner #11: Do You Know Your Team’s Goals?


Founder's Corner

Goals. Daily we read about them, talk about them, hear how important they are and, more often than not, wonder why we don’t set more of them ourselves. I know this from experience all…
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Thinking Ahead: Thunder Shares 14 Tips for 2014



As 2013 comes to a close, I asked each Thunder Cat to share some advice for next year. From predictions on Google algorithms and web design recommendations to social media insights and compelling content…
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Turn Off & Tune In | Happy Holidays from Thunder!



Thank you for making 2013 an extraordinary year at Thunder! This season, we’re inspired to “turn off & tune in” to the magic and joy of the holidays. Here’s to you and a wonderful…
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Founder’s Corner #10: Hiring For Culture


Founder's Corner

Recently I spoke with an entrepreneur who recently built up and sold a successful medical technology company. I asked what he found to be the biggest challenge and he promptly replied “culture.” At the…
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Founder’s Corner #9: Announcing Movember at Thunder!


Founder's Corner

How’s your ‘stache growing? Maybe that’s not a typical question, but this month is Movember which is all about mustaches and the folks who love them. Don’t know about Movember? In short, it’s an…
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SEM San Diego Meetup Recap: Changes to Search



As of today, there is a great deal changing over at Google. In this presentation to the awesome SEM San Diego Meetup I give a quick overview of what’s happening with Google search results,…
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Unmasking the Mystery: A Marketer’s Inside Look At Yelp Events


Yelp Elite Events

Last month, we helped a client organize a Yelp Event at their high-end residential community. Since we had a hard time finding out more hosting a Yelp Event, we decided to share some of…
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Founder’s Corner #8: At Thunder, We Grade Our Clients


Founder's Corner

Yes, we grade our clients. In fact, we do this with great sincerity. With five years experience working with businesses large and small we’ve come up with 10 factors that we’ve determined are essential…
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Founder’s Corner #7: How Interactive = A New Business Paradigm


Founder's Corner

Catchy title or sincere sentiment? Watch and decide for yourself. Either way, in this month’s Founder’s Corner I focus on what I think is so incredibly exciting right now. THIS is a great time…
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