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MacLaren 'Mac' Cummings

Co-Founder & CEO


Syracuse, NY, USA

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MacLaren Cummings’ Biography

MacLaren Cummings is an innovative entrepreneur and highly regarded executive in the technology services industry. He is Founder & CEO of Terakeet, an enterprise SEO and reputation management firm providing global brands with a range of technologies, including brand & executive management, lead generation & customer acquisition, content strategy and ecommerce product sales.

Terakeet has developed a Four Quadrant approach to its industry-leading enterprise SEO services: analytics & competitive insight, content strategy, technical SEO and strategic outreach. With Mac's leadership and this strategic foundation, Terakeet has gained global recognition for its expertise in SEO and reputation management and is a highly sought-after company in the technology and digital space, working with some of the world’s top brands and more than ten percent of Fortune 500 companies. Mac also leads, a Terakeet company specializing in online reputation management.

Terakeet engaged with President Obama in 2008 and 2012, acting in the role of exclusive provider of search engine optimization to the campaign and helping the president secure his first and second terms.

Mac supports the Syracuse community through Terakeet's commitment to several charitable organizations. These include Cause for the Cuse, founded by Terakeet employees to provide school supplies for children, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which aims to find a cure for blood cancer. He was also the youngest member to serve on the Cornell Entrepreneurship Board and the CenterState CEO Board, and is a founding shareholder of US Beverage Net and an investor in The Water Initiative, as well as several early-stage growth companies.

He graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations. It was also at Cornell where he first embraced his entrepreneurial side and founded Mindshark Software from his dorm room, with early clients including Forbes and General Electric.

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Mac Cummings of Terakeet shares pivotal lessons from four influential leaders

Mac Cummings, CEO of Terakeet, discusses the important lessons he has learned throughout his career and how he uses this knowledge at the helm of Terakeet. "I think companies globally have started paying a lot more attention to their reputation online as it relates to how they treat employees," Cummings said. "When our customers ask how to improve Glassdoor reviews, I say be a better company. Improve your company."
Glassdoor names Terakeet’s Mac Cummings one of nation’s top CEOs for small companies

The award is based on anonymous feedback from employees about their CEO’s leadership and their overall experience at work. “I am honored, and — to be honest — in shock,” said Mac Cummings. “Terakeet has grown beyond what we ever imagined possible when we started twenty years ago, and it’s because we have the greatest people.” 

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MacLaren Cummings’ Background

Co-Founder & CEO
Sep 2001 - Present
Syracuse, NY, USA
Terakeet is the largest SEO company in the United States and a global leader in reputation management services. It partners with Fortune 1000 companies and leading global brands to help them improve SEO and dominate in highly competitive categories online.
Executive Chairman
Aug 2015 - Present
Syracuse, NY, USA specializes in online reputation management and SEO. The company is owned and operated by Terakeet.
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MacLaren Cummings’ Gallery

Current Board Positions

Credit Card Insider
Mar 2012 - Present
Syracuse, NY, USA
Credit Card Insider helps individuals navigate their experience with credit cards. They are industry experts that encourage the responsible use of credit and help with building and managing credit history.

Previous Board Positions

CenterState CEO
Board of Directors
Syracuse, NY, USA
CenterState CEO is an independent business leadership organization and chamber of commerce that collaborates to ensure the success of its members and growth within the region.
Manlius Pebble Hill School
Alumni Board
Syracuse, NY, USA
The Manlius Pebble Hill School, established in 1926, is a non-sectarian, coeducational, independent school that is based in Syracuse, New York.

Previous Advisory Roles

Cornell Entrepreneurship Board
Ithaca, NY, USA
The Cornell Entrepreneurship Board is an advisory council that brings together leaders, entrepreneurs and business managers that provide advice, support and financial resources to entrepreneurs and students.


Cause for the Cuse
2013 - Present
Syracuse, NY, USA
Since 2013, Cause for the Cuse, founded and run by Terakeet employees, has worked to provide local students with the necessities they need to receive a better education. Terakeet continues to raise funding to give warm clothes and school supplies to children in need.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Rye Brook, NY, USA
Terakeet supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in its mission to research and work toward a cure for blood cancer. Each year, Terakeet offers financial donations and company-wide participation in the Light the Night Event in Syracuse.


How did Mac Cummings build a multimillion dollar company by engaging with influencers?
MacLaren Cummings joins the Mixergy podcast to discuss the impetus for founding Terakeet and its early iterations as a business. He went on to talk about how Terakeet found its footing and what he sees in store for the company in the future.


Google Market Share Report for Personal Finance
Feb 2021
Syracuse, NY, USA
Terakeet's Google Market Share Report reveals that banks and financial firms have a significant untapped business opportunity to capture greater organic market share. It outlines how shares of the market are currently controlled and offers key strategies to enter into this market and achieve greater success.

Awards & Endorsements

Top CEOs for Small and Medium Companies
New York, NY, USA
Glassdoor bases their annual list on anonymous feedback from employees about their CEO’s leadership and their overall experience at work. Terakeet is ranked ninth in the U.S. and first in New York on Glassdoor’s 2021 Top CEOs for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses list, with a 98% approval rating from employees.
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®
Dec 2020
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® list identifies companies that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on a range of categories, including but not limited to: communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition and retention.
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Speaking Engagements

Economic Champion Luncheon: Visionary Speakers
Panel Member
Nov 2014
Syracuse, NY, USA
In this event hosted by CenterState CEO, MacLaren Cummings, CEO and Co-Founder of Terakeet, joins other visionary business leaders to talk about their paths to success.

Business Interests

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US Beverage Net
Founding Shareholder
Syracuse, NY, USA
US Beverage Net is a technology company that helps with the inventory of draft beer and soft drinks by measuring the flow from the keg to the tap which reduces waste and increases profits.
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The Water Initiative
The Water Initiative is an organization dedicated to bringing safe and clean drinking water to almost 5 million people globally.

MacLaren Cummings’ Education

Cornell University
BS | Industrial and Labor Relations
1997 - 2001