Michael is an experienced entrepreneur and investment banking professional with over 25 of years of consumer retail, consumer Internet and investment banking experience beginning with Shearson Lehman Bros. in New York City. Mr. Atkinson has participated in over 150 advisory transactions as strategic advisor and private equity investment banker working with middle market, early-stage and start up companies in media, entertainment, restaurants, food, beverage, retail and financial services, among other industries. Michael is former Managing Director at Bailiwick Capital, former CFO at Next Century Restaurants, CFO at Cheeseburger Restaurants. As a technology entrepreneur, Michael has co-founded four Internet start up companies; e-sports.com, embarka.com, talktiva.com and most recently, fohboh.com.
Michael is an experience executive, business developer and strategic thinker with excellent leadership skills with more than 30 years of restaurant industry experience. As an entrepreneur, owner, operator, developer and financier, Michael has a deep and sophisticated understanding of social media and the foodservice industry with access to valuable resources internationally.
Michael studied business and psychology at the University of Nevada-Reno, and corporate finance at SUNY, in Albany, NY.