Speaker Profile

Mike O'Toole
President and Partner / PJA Advertising

As president, Mike O’Toole oversees operations in Cambridge and San Francisco, and advises clients on brand and marketing strategy. He feels privileged to live in these most interesting of times for marketing. While the ends haven’t changed at all (making clients famous, helping them sell), all the means (channels, content, devices, who’s in control) are changing constantly. Which, he reasons, means it’s a great time to be an agency helping both brands and buyers figure it all out. Mr. O’Toole is a blogger for the Forbes CMO Network and a speaker at Columbia University’s BRITE Conference, MarketingProfs and at SXSW. He is the host of PJA’s award-winning podcast The Unconventionals, featuring disruptive and counter-intuitive business stories that remind him that the first tasks of marketing are inspiration and helping people make great decisions. As for the rest, Mike is a proud father of four, a reader and a compulsive walker. He is board chair for College Bound Dorchester, an ad industry adviser to Glenview Capital Management and a limited partner at MissionOG, a venture fund specializing in technology start-ups. Mike studied English at Notre Dame, and business at the Yale School of Management.