Sean Hakes is an SEO consultant with more than 16 years of professional experience in advanced search engine optimization tactics, training, and consulting. Since 2001, Hakes has led the online marketing efforts for major brands like HomeAdvisor, WM.com, LendingTree.com, and others.
In 2014, Sean Hakes was accepted as an SEO expert witness in U.S. District Court and has since given his expert opinion in some of today’s highest-profile SEO related lawsuits.
Sean Hakes built and sold a handful of highly successful online businesses including two SEO firms. Most recently, in 2011 Sean Hakes sold Jemsu (formally Denver SEO, Inc) to investors out of Boise, ID.
Today, in addition to providing independent SEO consulting expertise to various companies nationwide, Sean Hakes is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Colorado-based Altitude SEO.
Sean grew up in Aurora, Colorado. He attended Eaglecrest Highschool. Shortly after graduation, Sean joined the United States Air Force. During that time, he also attended Colorado State University where he was pursuing a degree in Applied Science. During that time, Sean also held a fulltime job at a major telecommunication provider headquartered in Colorado where he worked through the ranks starting as a customer service rep, and towards the end of his tenure in the Executive Offices. It was there that Sean realized his passion for entrepreneur-ism and started his first website design and development firm, IDM Systems in 2001.
In 2006, life took an abrupt turn. Sean was shot in the head in an accidental shooting that took place just west of Fort Collins, CO. He was airlifted to Purdue Valley Hospital where his miraculous recovery began. In just three short days, Sean was discharged from the hospital. The medical team advised Sean he would have a tough road ahead. At that time, his vision was limited due to where the buckshot hit his head and he was also advised that he may have quite a battle to learn to walk once again. Within a year, Sean completely recovered.
In 2010, Sean met his wife Adriana and they now have two beautiful children. They settled in Castle Rock, Colorado.
They attend a local community church where Sean and Adriana both serve on the worship team. Prior to marriage, Adriana was a famous club DJ, and Sean enjoyed traveling in his band, Antik. In 2004 he had the opportunity to play the Warped Tour. Sean was the lead singer and guitar player.
Sean enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. For fun, they travel around the Western United States in their RV during the summer. Recently, Sean obtained his private pilot’s certificate and is now a 3rd generation pilot in his family. Piloting added a whole new level of excitement for the Hakes family where they travel around regionally together in his Piper Cherokee.