About GroupM7

We're not ones to toot our own horn, well, maybe just this once- Our team is made up of some of the most talented and skilled people in this industry. Everyone at GroupM7 is dedicated to giving you exactly what you're looking for.

Michael Mahfood

Michael Mahfood

Michael is the Managing Partner for Group M7, and as such, oversees all departments including design, technical, administrative, financial and sales.

Michael entered the arena of the Internet in 1995 with over three decades of sales and marketing experience. An accomplished designer in his own right, Mr. Mahfood has overseen or consulted on the construction and development of over 1000 websites.

He resides in Tyler with his wife of 40 years, Suzann. Michael has five children and ten grandchildren.

Mary Lingle

Mary Lingle

Mary, Group M7 Creative Director and Partner, joined The Group in 1998. She attended college at Northeastern A&M in Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. Mary moved to Texas in 1981, and entered the graphic arts field. She began working with computer graphics in 1986. She previously owned her own graphic design business before taking a full-time position with Group M7.

Mary's daughter, Erin, lives in Austin.

Nathan Mickler

Nathan Mickler

Nathan, Lead Programmer and Partner, joined The Group in 2006. He holds a Master's of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

It was during his time spent researching methods for using software simulations to minimize computer hardware that he developed his skills in programming and decided to specialize in back-end programming for web applications.

Matthew Mahfood

Matthew Mahfood

Matthew, Head of Operations and Partner, is a first responder for Customer Service and Sales.

Matthew is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Security Management. Matt lives in Whitehouse with his wife Kayla.

Emily Smith

Emily is a native Texan, raised in Tyler, and a graduate of TK Gorman High School and Tyler Junior College. She is married with two children, and she and her family are active in their church, and the community.

In 1999, Emily began a successful career as an Independent Sales Director with a nationally known Direct Sales company, and soon was leading a sales team of 40+ local Consultants and-ultimately-her performance enabled her to rise to the top 2% of distributors within the company, nationwide. In 2004, her interests turned to Real Estate. Emily was privileged to be the Exclusive REALTOR for Tyler's "Two Hour House" World Record Breaking event! Taking the sales training and client service skills learned through her direct sales and Real Estate background, Emily joined The Group in Sales and Marketing in 2007.

Jason Hurley

Jason Hurley

Jason, Designer/Programmer and Partner, joined The Group in early 2008. A Tyler native, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Texas at Tyler, where he is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Computer Science. He also obtained his Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certificate in 2001.

Jason has over 15 years experience in web design and development, programming, networking and database administration.

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Jay Rivers

Jay, Programmer and Technical Services, joined The Group in 2011. He attended Letourneau University and TSTC Marshall and has been programming for five years and developing web applications for two years.

Jay and his wife, Kasie, currently live in Longview and are expecting their first child, Rylan, in January.

Adam Emory

Adam joined The Group in January 2012 as a Web and Pre-Press Graphic Designer. He holds a degree in Advertising Graphic Design Technology and is currently continuing his education through online courses.

Adam lives in Pritchett with his daughter Kaydence.

Ryan Hazlewood

Ryan joined The Group in March 2012 as a Web and Graphic Designer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Advertising, and has been doing graphic design for six years. In addition, Ryan uses his knowledge to train our clients one-on-one in web and graphic technologies.


Mike Strout

After working a quarter of his life in the communications industry, Mike joined The Group in December of 2012. He brings experience in Routing, Switching, Linux Administration, and Hardware Virtualization.
As the Network Administrator, he is responsible for Mail Administration, Network Architecture, and Security.


Charles Bowker

A lifelong resident of Tyler, Mr. Bowker began his career in the broadcast industry with Buford Television, a communications holding company comprised of television stations, cable systems and subscription TV systems. After retiring as President and Chief Operating Officer, he started a data processing and management consulting business. His lifelong knowledge and involvement in the traditional communication industry allows Group M7 to distinguish itself in the ever-narrowing differences in traditional over-the-air and Internet broadcasts.