Michael is an experienced entrepreneur, restaurateur 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 100 assignments and transactions as strategic advisor and private equity investment banker working with middle market, early-stage and start up companies in Internet technology, digital media, entertainment, restaurants, food, beverage, retail and financial services. Michael is former Managing Director at Bailiwick Capital, former CFO/COO at Next Century Restaurants, CFO and SVP Corporate Development at Cheeseburger Restaurants. As a technology entrepreneur, Michael has founded, lead or advised food tech Internet start ups companies including; Sippify, fohboh, Food Channel, Dishero, TapSavvy and Zuppler.
Michael is an experience CEO, corporate development professional and strategic thinker with excellent leadership and communication skills. As an entrepreneur, owner, operator, developer and financier, Michael has a deep and sophisticated understanding of social media, food and restaurant technologies that are rapidly transforming the global foodservice industry.
Michael studied business and psychology at the University of Nevada-Reno, and corporate finance at SUNY, in Albany, NY.