As the Vice President of Marketing + Communications, Michael manages GRP’s marketing communications, public relations and creative projects, as well as the organization’s technical needs. He has produced numerous award-winning marketing pieces including fan favorites “Greater Richmond: Come & Stay” video series and the “Richmond Region: A Visual Visit” coffee table books.
On why he works for GRP, Michael says, “I’m working on behalf of the community and it provides me the opportunity to participate in a broad range of work – marketing strategy and tactics, public relations and everything in between.”
Prior to joining the Partnership in 2007, Michael worked for The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., as News Editor running the newspaper’s copy desk. During his six-plus years in newspapers, he received numerous Virginia Press Association Awards for writing and design. Michael received his bachelor’s in Mass Communications (Advertising) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and recently returned to pursue a master’s degree.
Michael returned to the area in 2005 and enjoys that the region is very family friendly. “Richmond is a good mid-sized city to start a family and a career.” He also favors the region’s proximity to the mountains, the beach and to Washington, D.C.
As an award-winning filmmaker, he takes advantage of the variety of scenery and production talent the region has to offer. “Richmond boasts a strong arts and film production community, so it’s easy to network and meet people with tremendous talent. Plus we’re all willing to collaborate on each other’s projects.” Michael serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Production Alliance, which advocates for statewide film incentives.
Michael resides in Chesterfield County with his wife and two sons.