Michael has built his career on achieving business objectives by combining the best of art and technology.
He has held creative leadership positions with iVillage.com and ModemMedia, overseeing the creation of websites and interactive advertising for Fortune 100 companies, including Clinique, Ford, IBM, GE, and UBS. He founded Pilla Creative Marketing in 2003 to bring the power of online marketing to businesses and non-profit organizations — creating branding, websites, social, and email marketing for such diverse industries as Arts & Entertainment, Food and Beverage, and Professional Services.
He holds a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Mini MBA in Social Media from the Rutgers Business School and is a Solution Provider for Constant Contact.
He regularly conducts workshops on how businesses can get the most from Social Media and E-Mail Marketing. He has spoken at events for The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, The Arts and Business Council of New York, Microsoft’s Mega Marketing Week, The Center for Non-Profit Success, The New York Public Library’s Small Business Resource Center and the Off-Broadway League. See PillaTalks
He is also the author of You Ought to Be in Business. A Practical Guide for the Self Employed. It has been called “A humorous guide for the serious entrepreneur.” Written for everyone with a dream, a laptop, and a mild sense of desperation.
Michael is quoted in the New York Times and by Joe Connolly on the Wall Street Journal Small Business Report on CBS Radio. He has taught internet and design courses at Pratt Institute, Pace University, and Mercy College.