An entrepreneur at heart, Michael Lastoria began his career in 2002, founding Innovation Ads, a leading marketing and media services company. While acting as CEO, Michael oversaw the successful sale of the company to Seaport Capital, a New York based private equity firm, in 2006. In 2010, Michael co-founded JWALK, a New York based full service creative agency that disrupts existing expectations by merging innovative creative with an intrinsic business expertise. In March 2017, Michael oversaw the successful acquisition of JWALK by Shiseido Americas Corporation who brought company on as its in-house creative agency.
Michael has founded several other notable performance-based advertising and hospitality companies. His ventures have received national recognition including features in Entrepreneur Magazine and a variety of entertainment publications.
Michael is a well-recognized leader in the startup world and speaks regularly on sales, marketing, branding and entrepreneurship. Michael holds a B.A. in Economics and Business from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.
Michael was also celebrated as a Dreamer on the NRF Foundation’s List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2018.