Meet Michael

Speaker. Facilitator. Consultant. Entrepreneur. Wizard.

Meet Michael

Michael is a highly effective facilitator, consultant and entrepreneur with two decades of experience in customer-centric businesses.

He is driven to share his passion and knowledge with other business owners to help them make the greatest positive impact on the world and build the life they have always envisioned. Michael’s unique approach combines his hands-on experience as a business founder and CEO with expert coaching and consulting skills to help entrepreneurs reach their goals faster and with less stress.

Our Partnership

Michael and his "non-sexual life partner" Mark created Business for Unicorns in 2016 and have since worked with clients like Sony Music, Sylvan Learning, the ACLU as well as many of the leading fitness studios across the US and UK. They are also proud alumni speakers of TEDx Broadway.

In addition to their consulting and teaching through Business for Unicorns, Michael and Mark also co-founded Mark Fisher Fitness (MFF), one of the most successful gyms in the history of the fitness industry. MFF has two physical locations in Manhattan and was recognized as No. 312 on the 2015 Inc. 500 fastest-growing companies in America, as well as one of Men's Health's "Top 20 Gyms in America."

About Mark Fisher Fitness

With a reputation as the Broadway community’s fitness home of choice, MFF has been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, the New York Post, the Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal, among others. MFF has made waves in the fitness industry for its unprecedented growth, industry-leading results and unique approach to culture. Living its mantra of “ridiculous humans, serious fitness,” MFF provides progressive training and nutrition protocols in a delivery system of subversive humor, fantastical imagery and outrageous antics. Michael and Mark also inexplicably talk about unicorns, call their clients ninjas and treat fun, community and personal growth as core values.

More About Michael

Prior to joining forces with Mark, Michael managed customer-centric teams throughout the U.S. for the world-class Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. After pursuing his graduate studies at Drexel University in Arts Administration, he expanded his management skills to nonprofit business. Michael worked as a consultant for small to mid-sized performing arts organizations and the Pew Charitable Trusts on their national arts and culture initiative, The Cultural Data Project (now DataArts).

Michael is a Certified Life and Business Coach from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and the Co-Founder and Board President of the NYC-based charity The Uprising, which is devoted to empowering people to become engaged and informed citizens. He is also a proud member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

For more about Michael’s current projects, visit any of the websites in the footer, watch his TEDx talk and read the latest Business for Unicorns blog posts below.

Episode 15: Balancing Art and Business with Patricia Burmicky

Patricia was born in Caracas, Venezuela to a Venezuelan-Slovenian family. In 2003, she received a B.S. in industrial engineering from the Simon Bolivar University in Caracas. She also studied photography at the Roberto Mata School of Photography in Caracas. In 2008, Patricia moved to New York to study at the International Center of Photography, where she was awarded with a Directors' Fellowship and graduated in June 2010. Her photographs have been exhibited at the Andrea Meislin Gallery and A.I.R. Gallery in New York. Her photographs have been published in ICP's Shift 2010, Tal Cual (Venezuelan newspaper) and Town and Country (magazine) in the Philippines.

In 2011, she founded PhotoUno Photography School in Midtown Manhattan where she currently teaches. Patricia lives and works in New York with her husband Francisco and her dog named Pitta.

Episode 14: A Family Legacy with Cary Borish

When Cary Borish opened the first Marathon in 1984, their goal was simple: to provide the neighborhood with the highest quality fresh food at an excellent value. The seeds they planted in their 10-seat burger joint in Northeast Philadelphia have grown into what Marathon is today.

Episode 13: Management and Leadership with Arin Sullivan

Arin Sullivan is the Director of Programs and Client Services, overseeing Education, Business Development, and the Support Center. The Programs & Client Services department endeavors to expand the knowledge of the arts and cultural sector and deepen the impact of the high-quality data and resources provided by the Cultural Data Project. An actor and stage manager at heart, prior to joining the CDP in 2008, Arin was the managing director at Hedgerow Theatre, theater manager for Drexel University’s Mandell Theater, and producer for Geva Comedy Improv at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York. Arin is also an adjunct faculty member with Drexel’s Theatre program. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, where she graduated cum laude, and she holds a Master of Science degree from Drexel University’s Arts Administration program.

Episode 12: Blockchain Technology with Joe Snyder & Chris Brown

A serial entrepreneur for over fifteen years, Joe Snyder is the CEO of the publicly traded, revolutionary blockchain company, Lannister Holdings.

CHRIS BROWN, Chief Technology Officer

In their own words...

Lannister Holdings is generating scaled revenues and growth by developing, owning, and delivering proprietary technology to the financial sector.

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