Senior Vice President, Managing Director, New York
A seasoned public relations practitioner and senior counselor, Mike heads the New York City office of Padilla Speer Beardsley. His thought-leadership, global media savvy and creativity have consistently generated significant value and growth for clients and garnered numerous industry awards.
Prior to joining Padilla, Mike held senior positions at several notable New York agencies. During more than 30 years in public relations, he has guided successful corporate and marketing communications programs for an array of companies and brands, including Coppertone, Western Union, Yankelovich Partners, TBM Consulting Group, the American Arbitration Association, Starter Sportswear and Grumman Aerospace.
An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and member of its Counselors Academy, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and worked on global assignments such as the European and American introduction of the F-16 aircraft. He also holds a master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Denver.
Mike’s bylined articles on public relations and marketing communications have appeared in PR Strategist, PR Tactics, PR Week and PR Intelligence Report. He has taught public relations, journalism and advertising as an adjunct professor at Fordham University, Hofstra University and the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and is a frequent guest lecturer on PR and marketing.
He was honored with PRSA’s Philip Dorf Award for Mentoring in 2001, and led Padilla’s New York office in winning the “Publicity Team of the Year” awards from the New York Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators for two consecutive years.