President, Byte Studios and founding member of the Milwaukee Data Initiative
After studying architecture and design, Michael started Byte Studios in Milwaukee in 1998 to do what he loved the most: design and programming. He hired a team of the best people he knew at his university and started creating websites for DAF Corp, the people that became The Dickman Company, Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee Public Radio, Summerfest and CBS58. (DAF Corp and Dickman are still clients today.) In 15 years, he's led Byte to work with brands including Sephora, Givaudan and Diagio/Jose Cuervo.
While at Byte, Michael opened The National, an award-winning, local, sustainable and organic restaurant two doors down from the Studios. He subsequently sold it for $100 to one of Milwaukee's most promising chefs. It made the news. In Canada. And the UK.
Before founding Byte Studios, Michael worked as a short course instructor, systems manager and information technology trainer and practitioner for I&MT at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, which is where Michael studied architecture and art. He graduated with an BFA in graphic design.