As Managing Director of figure18, Michael serves as a dynamic force in the Web marketing and development industry as a veteran speaker, consultant, client advocate, and sales executive. For over 14 years Michael was CEO of imagistic, an award-winning Web agency in southern California. He has signed many world-renowned clients, including: Disney, FOX, ACLU, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, GE Private Asset Management, Estee Lauder, Technicolor, Walden Media, and Hollywood.com.
Michael offers extensive experience as a presenter and speaker. As a regular TEDx Talker, teacher and speaker Michael has spoken to thousands of people all over the United States. Michael is also an accomplished musician and has played in front of large audiences from New York to Los Angeles. He is no stranger to the stage and enjoys entertaining people whether they want to learn, rock out or both!
Michael was recently asked to become an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University's newly established mSchool and is teaching classes on Content Marketing and Presentation Skills.
His business development background has also merited significant leadership recognition, including an American Business Award nomination for Sales Director of the Year. As a former educator possessing an innate ability to make the Web comprehensible, Michael is an invaluable asset to such publications as the L.A. Times, Chicago Times, BusinessWeek, CXO News, and WebProNews, all of which tap him regularly for personal quotes.
Along with his extensive management, marketing, and sales experience, Michael also possesses a background in education and counseling. He has taught at the Crossroads School, Palms Middle School, and Daniel Webster Middle School, all located in Los Angeles. In the past, he has also worked in the entertainment industry for such moguls as Quincy Jones, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Arnold Kopelson.
Michael's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola-Marymount University. As an outlet for his zeal for non profits, Michael serves on advisory boards for several philanthropic organizations, including The Ojai Foundation and The Wildwoods Foundation.