Sean Dolan is the CEO of PushFire. In 2003, on his way to a business degree, Sean accidentally landed himself a spot on the NBC reality show Fame. Realizing he craved a creative path, Sean entered show biz and took a gig working as a Promotions Assistant with a Houston Radio Station, which led to an on-air show called ‘Curbside’. As Sean made a name for himself in the Houston entertainment business as a well-known DJ, MC, and Corporate Director of Marketing for one of the area’s hottest nightclubs, he decided to mesh his musical, marketing, and business talents and turn his DJ hobby into a full-time business, Orangeman Productions.
Within a year, after successfully advertising his company via organic search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click (PPC) marketing, friends began asking Sean to apply his online talents to their businesses. As a result, in 2009, Sean founded Ascendgence with then partner, Kevin Dolan.
Sean’s first Ascendgence project was a case study that would demonstrate Ascendgence’s Internet Marketing prowess. The goal was to take a business from 0-60 in a relatively short time frame. “Pimp This Bum” was created and gained international news coverage on Fox News, CNN, CBS, Fox, and The Rachel Ray Show after a destitute man named Tim Edwards (currently no longer homeless and three years sober) became the “Face of Homelessness in America.” A short year later, Ascendgence was at capacity, and Sean found himself expanding his business of helping businesses find success online.
Over the next several years, Sean would increasingly dedicate himself the field of paid search marketing and find himself in the position of being an early pioneer of innovative remarketing strategies.
In 2012, Sean and his wife, Rae (Hoffman) Dolan, combined forces and clientele and Ascendgence became PushFire. In 2018, Rae stepped down from the company to pursue other ventures, and Sean moved from acting as the President & COO for the company to serving as its CEO.
Sean spends his spare time volunteering for and coaching numerous youth activities. He also serves as the VP of Athletic Publicity for the Katy High School Athletic Booster Club.
- Eagle Scout
- Featured on CNN.com, March 2009
- Appeared on the Fox and Friends Morning Show (National)
- Featured on CBS News, March 2009
- Certified as an AdWords Qualified Professional
- Microsoft Advertising Accredited Professional
- Facebook Blueprint Certified
- Vice President of the Board, SearchHOU
- Guest Writer, Raven Tools
- Member, Raven Tools Product Advisory Group
- Speaker, SMX Toronto
- Contributing Writer for Raven Tools
- Tough Mudder finisher (x4)
- Speaker, PubCon
- Speaker, WedTech
- Speaker, Affiliate Summit West
- Speaker, Digital Dealer
- Speaker, State of Search
- Speaker, Interactive Strategies Conference
- Speaker, SearchHOU
- Speaker, Pubcon SFIMA Summit
- Keynote Speaker, Affiliate Summit West
- Keynote Speaker, HIMA IS Conference
- Katy Harvey Heroes Honoree, Katy Magazine – 2017