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Michael Lastoria


Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director
Michael Lastoria is Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director of &pizza, the first Washington D.C. based fast-casual pizza concept rapidly expanding in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2012, Michael founded &pizza in D.C.’s historic H Street NE corridor. He set out to create a different kind of pizza shop - one where experience is the focal point, every shop reflects the culture and people of its neighborhood and where quality ingredients are combined in inventive ways. Evidence of their success can be found in the culture of its employees (the brand calls them Tribe Members), its rapid expansion, now up to 22 shops including locations in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City, and numerous recognitions, including Best Pizza and Best Vegetarian.

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.

Speaking in:

Friday Jan 12
1:15 - 2:00 PM
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1
Starting a business, whether online or not, can be a real challenge. But with great risk comes reward! Find out how the founders of your favorite brands became top entrepeneurs in the retail industry, and hear their best tips for starting a business.