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Local Marketing Pros Announced as a 2022 National and Local Excellence Award Winner by UpCity!

MARKETING | SALES | WEBSITE DESIGN

For more than a decade, UpCity’s mission has been—and continues to be—to help businesses find B2B service providers they can trust. The UpCity Recommendability Rating was developed to determine a service provider’s credibility and recommendability, giving UpCity the confidence to recommend them to the more than 2 million businesses that visit their site. 

Each year, UpCity analyzes and scores more than 70,000 service providers based on their UpCity Recommendability Rating and acknowledges the top national and local providers with an UpCity Excellence Award. The results are in, and we won!
We are proud to announce that Local Marketing Pros has been recognized as not only one of the best B2B service providers of 2022 in the Tampa area, but also one of the top B2B providers in the United States by UpCity!

Jen Gadus, VP of Product & Design at UpCity, had this to say about Local Marketing Pros:

“Local Marketing Pros not only provide incredible service, but they also make sure each and every client feels educated and secure in their partnership. They break the mold and truly set a standard for other agencies to emulate. Congratulations on winning a 2022 Excellence Award!”

— Jen Gadus, VP Product & Design, UpCity

This recognition has been driven in large part by our 5-star review rating on UpCity. Here are a few of our favorite pieces of feedback we’ve received from our incredible customers:

  • “It seems when you work with ‘computer’ type people, they are nice but so technical about this or that and how some fancy word thing can change another item, that what happen to the days of just hitting the ‘ESC’ key an all was fixed? Well, luckily for me, I was introduced to Local Marketing Pros Agency for a complete change and update to our company website, to which a real person on the phone and even a web meeting that allowed for both visual and explanations made our process of changing so much easier! Who has time to take away from their daily workflows with all of that, when you can hire professionals with the expertise in that field of work.” – Randy N., April 2022
  • “I have worked with John and Local Marketing Pros for years because they flat out know what they’re doing and always get results. Selfishly I would say look elsewhere because I always want to make sure they’re available for me, but seriously…if you’re looking for an expert team that knows all things marketing, Local Marketing Pros is that team. I highly recommend them!” – Matt S., March 2022

Thank you to all of the customers who have shared our vision over the years and chosen us as their digital marketing partner. This award is made possible by your support!

Learn more about the UpCity Excellence Awards.

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ROBERT GEORGE

Leonard Drapeza Lead Web Developer

I'm a web developer who thrives on creating captivating and user-friendly websites. When I'm not immersed in coding, you'll often spot me hitting the open road on my reliable motorbike, relishing the liberating feeling it brings.

Back at home, I'm also a proud cat owner, and my feline companion graciously keeps me company as I delve into my coding projects. As the Web Team Lead at Local Marketing Pros, I assume the role of driving our team's success and spearheading innovative web solutions. Constantly seeking to elevate my skills, I eagerly embrace new challenges, whether it involves crafting websites from scratch or customizing existing templates.

John Bendever Creative Director

I'm John, Creative Director here at Local Marketing Pros. While I did not realize the impact it would have on me, I grew up in an entrepreneurial household. That means I grew up experiencing all of the small business challenges and triumphs. Today, I realize those experiences helped me understand how vital small businesses are to the heartbeat of our amazing country…and how much help we need as small businesses to succeed.

Fast forward a couple of decades, my work in IT led me to digital marketing where I came across family and friends being mistreated by nationwide marketing services. The digital revolution had all but bypassed local businesses. The vast majority of resources and support, while readily available, simply weren’t tailored to fit the unique needs of the local landscape. That's when the idea for Local Marketing Pros was born – to be a partner who could bridge this gap for locally-focused businesses.

At Local Marketing Pros, we believe that small, local businesses should have the same chances at digital greatness as the big corporate guys. We’re all about customizing our approach to meet your needs and we get a real kick out of being part of your growth story.

When I'm not living and breathing digital marketing, you'll find me spending time with my wife and our tribe of five amazing kids. They are my constant reminders of the importance of community, love, and the ripple effect a flourishing local business can have on its surroundings.

Oh, and did I mention I'm a massive hockey fan? You might catch me hollering my support for the Tampa Bay Lightning. I admire their team spirit and tenacity – qualities I resonate with both personally and professionally.

In a nutshell, my passion is less about the digital marketing itself and more about the genuine connections it helps create and the community growth it fuels. There's nothing quite like the feeling of seeing local businesses thrive, and knowing we've played a small part in that.

So here's to charting the digital landscape together. Let's see how far we can take your local business, shall we?

Megan Elder Account Manager

Hi, I'm Megan Elder, a passionate Project Manager at Local Marketing Pros for over three years. My love for problem-solving, organization, and attention to detail keeps me focused on empowering my team and achieving desired results for every client we serve. I am currently pursuing a nursing degree which, combined with my practical experience, has helped me develop a unique perspective and drive to support those around me.

Away from work, you can often find me at Disney, immersed in the enchanting world of its theme parks and stories, or slipping into the magical universe of Harry Potter. I also love to dance and cherish my quality time with family and friends.

As a part of the Local Marketing Pros family, I truly live by our values of Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, and having Fun. I'm committed to ensuring our clients experience authentic connections and world-class services tailored to their growth and success.

Gladys Torzar Copywriter

Hi there! I'm Gladys. I've always had a passion for writing since I was young. As the youngest in my family, I used to be the life of the party - and with five dogs, that's no easy feat! I am a goal-getter type of person, always striving for excellence in all aspects of life.

But when I'm not busy ruling the world, you'll find me indulging in my favorite hobbies: traveling with my family to sunny beaches, chowing down on ice cream and chicken curry, and living life to the fullest.

I am known to be very forward, always speaking my mind. I am currently working as a content specialist at Local Marketing Pros, where I get to combine my love for writing and my passion for helping businesses grow.

Joseph Mercado Web Developer

I’m Joseph R. Mercado, a senior web developer who is determined in skills improvement and I am a person keen for learning. I’m more of a backend developer; planning how to make a certain website feature work and resolving bugs or errors that may greatly affect the functionality of a website. I am always challenged to solve difficult troubleshooting issues and I find it a fulfillment no matter how time-laborious it may be to resolve a certain problem.

I am a family man, married and I have four kids. Our favorite family bonding is traveling. During long weekends, we do travel since my kids love road trips a lot. I am also a dog lover who has American bullies at home. During my free time, I do movie marathons with my kids, or you can hear me singing karaoke, which is also my favorite pastime.

As a team member at Local Marketing Pros, I wanted to be part of the company’s success through sharing and applying my skills. I live by the value of excellence in everything I do. Since programming is my passion, also my bread and butter, I will always aim for exemplary output in everything I do.

Benj Moralina Lead Graphic Designer

Hey there! I'm Benj, the Lead Graphic Designer here in LMP.


I'm all about the good vibes and finding genuine fulfillment in the captivating world of design. What I love most is collaborating with people, bouncing off ideas, and bringing them to life through my unique creative vision.

I've found my niche in website design, and it has quickly become my favorite aspect of my work. Crafting websites for different local businesses is a true joy for me, and I pour my heart and soul into every project.


When I'm not busy designing, you can often find me cozied up at home spending quality time with my beloved cats. I have four of them and they bring happiness and love into my life.

Leonard Drapeza Lead Web Developer

I'm a web developer who thrives on creating captivating and user-friendly websites. When I'm not immersed in coding, you'll often spot me hitting the open road on my reliable motorbike, relishing the liberating feeling it brings.

Back at home, I'm also a proud cat owner, and my feline companion graciously keeps me company as I delve into my coding projects. As the Web Team Lead at Local Marketing Pros, I assume the role of driving our team's success and spearheading innovative web solutions. Constantly seeking to elevate my skills, I eagerly embrace new challenges, whether it involves crafting websites from scratch or customizing existing templates.