Michael Ventura, founder & CEO
Sub Rosa Past Judge
Michael Ventura is an accomplished entrepreneur and creative director.
In 2005, Michael founded Sub Rosa - inspired by the idea of creating a best-in-class, strategy-led, experience and innovation practice that creates closer relationships between brands, consumers and organizations.
As a creative entrepreneur first and foremost, Michael Ventura
brings a fresh perspective, critical thinking and innovative approach to Sub Rosa
and the marketing industry.
As CEO, Michael is responsible for setting the firm's vision and overall growth.
Some of Sub Rosa's
most notable experience design work includes the conception and execution of Levi's Workshops, a series of craft-based community spaces built to encourage creation, inspiration and collaboration; the GE
"For Women By Women" initiative that re-imagined the mammography experience; and the global brand launch of Nike Flyknit, which brought designers and athletes together to create installation pieces for key cities around the world.
Digital work includes website launches and online media campaigns for clients that include Niemen Marcus, 7 For All Mankind and FCUK Fragrances.
Before founding his own companies, Michael served as a strategist and creative developing campaigns for clients such as Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and Fidelity Investments.
In addition, Michael has served as a consultant for companies like New York University, DaniloBlack, BMG, and American Media.
Michael has served on the boards of several organizations and non-profits including Behance, Falling Whistles, Operation Design and the United Nations Tribal Link.
A frequent speaker throughout the industry, Michael's point of view has allowed him to become an advisor to the C-suites
of large corporations and ambitious entrepreneurs around the globe.
lives in New York City with his
wife Caroline and their obligatorily handsome dog, Darryl.