Mike Gilbert is an entrepreneur, writer, and consultant. He is the founder of Rochester Magazine, Pazaz Inc., and Crushing It Local.

Mike started his first business in 1995, bootstrapping it into a million dollar telecom with 15 employees and over 100,000 customers. He has built multiple large direct sales teams, and was responsible for the recruitment of over 250,000 blood donors. He also founded and published Rochester Magazine, and has been the Chief Operating Officer of an Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing company.

Mike has served on the Board of the American Red Cross, as well as the Advisory Council of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He also launched the Rochester Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, serving as its Director.

Mike is a recognized expert in direct marketing, recruitment, fundraising and local marketing. He is a respected speaker, consultant, copywriter and coach.

Mike is a passionate advocate for his hometown of Rochester, NY and leads several local initiatives, including DowntownROCs! and The585.com. As a wrestling coach, he is a proud member of the New York State 100 Win Club, and led the 2006 McQuaid Jesuit Knights to the State Academic Championship. He has also coached soccer and baseball, and has “survived" both a marathon and a Tough Mudder.