With a background in the performing arts, Michael has experience both in front of crowds and behind the scenes, coordinating, producing, and handling the technical side of shows. 

Before joining Own The Room, Michael produced and hosted several radio shows on KASC in Tempe, AZ, and worked in production at KNBR in San Francisco. He has performed stand-up and sketch comedy, and has worked on independent films and large Hollywood productions. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he studied film and media. 

Michael was born in St Petersburg, Russia and is passionate about travelling, meeting new people, and discovering different cultures. He has lived all over the United States and enjoys observing idiosyncrasies in American culture in the different states he has lived in.