Recognized as a professional photographer by most that know him, Michael is also a proficient storyteller, technologist, and community builder. He describes himself as a geographically agnostic freelance consultant, who lives life simply and has a passion for learning, photography, and travel.
He is a co-founding member of the BIL conference which is the open, community based version of TED and is hosted in cities around the globe with a flagship event happening across the street from the main TED event. He helps support others throwing BIL events by aiding in community building activities, marketing, and best practices through open source documentation initiatives.
Known to be straight shooting, honest, and a critical thinker, he works with clients with strategic marketing and technology needs. While he doesn’t much like buzzwords, the latest term ‘growth-hacking’ has been a descriptor for what Michael has been doing for almost a decade. He uses his technical knowledge to help him analyze many data points and execute technical tasks related to marketing activities in his clients projects to help maximize their investments.
He serves as an advisor to small pre-funded startups helping them get their feet off the ground. Working with energetic entrepreneurs has proven helpful in his own projects that include the not yet launched ExploreThere program, and a custom rapid responsive prototyping platform for internal development of client projects at his company RSPNSV.
Michael is also a recognized as a professional photographer with travel and landscape works being used in magazines such as Outdoor World and Family Life. He also has a running client list of large conferences and events where he provides photojournalistic coverage. Photography is his creative visual outlet and he does individual training sessions teaching budding photographers some of the tricks of the trade.