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Michael Lastoria

Co-Founder and CEO of &pizza

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 Michael Lastoria Biography

Michael Lastoria is an entrepreneur best known as Co-Founder and CEO of &pizza. He is also a Founding Partner at JWALK, a New York-based full-service creative agency, and the Founding CEO of Innovation Ads, a marketing and media services company.

In 2002, at the age of 22, Michael Lastoria founded his first company, Innovation Ads, an advertising, technology and marketing services firm. In four years, as Founding CEO, he oversaw the rapid growth of the company and its successful sale to Seaport Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, in 2006. Lastoria remained the company's CEO from 2006-2009. Thereafter, he became a founding partner of JWALK, a New York-based full-service creative agency, specializing in fashion, beauty and hospitality. He remains a Founding Partner and leads the company's growth strategy.

The &pizza concept was first incubated in an art studio in West Chelsea, New York City in 2010. In 2011, Michael Lastoria brought this idea to Washington, D.C. to launch a counter-culture chain of elevated, community-based pizza shops. In July 2012, he co-founded &pizza with the opening of the brand’s first location on historic H Street. Every shop is designed with the local community in mind, with distinct artistic and architectural elements that incorporate both the neighborhood’s past and present. &pizza works with local urban artists to commission murals and installations, making each one of their shops unique. The different aspects of each shop are tied together with the brand’s signature black-and-white aesthetic and trademark ampersand motif as key elements of the design.

Lastoria has raised over $60 million for &pizza’s expansion and opened 25+ shops spanning the eastern seaboard. The company's success, he asserts, is built on the shoulders of the company's employees, the &pizza Tribe. They live and breathe the brand and its culture, and some tribe members even tattoo their allegiance in ink; "&" tattoos are offered for free by the brand to its Tribe as a demonstration of its commitment to building a cultural movement, not just a product-pusher. Every shop is different, designed around, with, and inspired by the community it serves, often times incorporating local artists' work into their design.

Lastoria is a recognized startup leader and vocal advocate in the Fight for $15. He speaks regularly on the value of design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship. Recent appearances include the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Inc. 5000, WeWork Creator Awards and more.

Lastoria has been identified as one of the country's top 25 fast casual executives, and named one of the Washington Business Journal's 40 Under 40. In 2017, he was awarded the Mort Harris Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Council of America.

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Michael Lastoria

Co-Founder and CEO of &pizza

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Michael Lastoria Biography

Michael Lastoria is an entrepreneur best known as Co-Founder and CEO of &pizza. He is also a Founding Partner at JWALK, a New York-based full-service creative agency, and the Founding CEO of Innovation Ads, a marketing and media services company.

In 2002, at the age of 22, Michael Lastoria founded his first company, Innovation Ads, an advertising, technology and marketing services firm. In four years, as Founding CEO, he oversaw the rapid growth of the company and its successful sale to Seaport Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, in 2006. Lastoria remained the company's CEO from 2006-2009. Thereafter, he became a founding partner of JWALK, a New York-based full-service creative agency, specializing in fashion, beauty and hospitality. He remains a Founding Partner and leads the company's growth strategy.

The &pizza concept was first incubated in an art studio in West Chelsea, New York City in 2010. In 2011, Michael Lastoria brought this idea to Washington, D.C. to launch a counter-culture chain of elevated, community-based pizza shops. In July 2012, he co-founded &pizza with the opening of the brand’s first location on historic H Street. Every shop is designed with the local community in mind, with distinct artistic and architectural elements that incorporate both the neighborhood’s past and present. &pizza works with local urban artists to commission murals and installations, making each one of their shops unique. The different aspects of each shop are tied together with the brand’s signature black-and-white aesthetic and trademark ampersand motif as key elements of the design.

Lastoria has raised over $60 million for &pizza’s expansion and opened 25+ shops spanning the eastern seaboard. The company's success, he asserts, is built on the shoulders of the company's employees, the &pizza Tribe. They live and breathe the brand and its culture, and some tribe members even tattoo their allegiance in ink; "&" tattoos are offered for free by the brand to its Tribe as a demonstration of its commitment to building a cultural movement, not just a product-pusher. Every shop is different, designed around, with, and inspired by the community it serves, often times incorporating local artists' work into their design.

Lastoria is a recognized startup leader and vocal advocate in the Fight for $15. He speaks regularly on the value of design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship. Recent appearances include the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Inc. 5000, WeWork Creator Awards and more.

Lastoria has been identified as one of the country's top 25 fast casual executives, and named one of the Washington Business Journal's 40 Under 40. In 2017, he was awarded the Mort Harris Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Council of America.

Michael Lastoria Videos

  • Michael Lastoria Polished Man USA Ambassador - YouTube
  • An Inside Look at &pizza | RestaurantSpaces - YouTube
  • Michael Lastoria // MCON 2017 - YouTube

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  • How to book Michael Lastoria?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Michael Lastoria for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Michael Lastoria, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Michael Lastoria or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Michael Lastoria?

    Booking fees for Michael Lastoria, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michael Lastoria, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Michael Lastoria?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michael Lastoria for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael Lastoria for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michael Lastoria or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michael Lastoria or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Michael Lastoria is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael Lastoria for your event is available upon request. Michael Lastoria generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Colette Patnaude, Étienne Mérineau, Lori Cheek, Eric Weisberg and Joe Gebbia. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael Lastoria for an upcoming event.

Michael Lastoria Speaker Videos

  • Michael Lastoria Polished Man USA Ambassador - YouTube
    An Inside Look at &pizza | RestaurantSpaces - YouTube
  • Michael Lastoria // MCON 2017 - YouTube

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