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Background & Experience

As a communications consultant, writer, editor, and project manager, Michael has worked with dozens of companies over the past two decades... including Apple Computer, Ariba, Brio Technology, BroadVision, C-Cube Microsystems, Clarify (Nortel), Digital Microwave (Stratex Networks), Hewlett-Packard, Identix, Immersion, Informix Software (IBM), Mercury Interactive (HP), Portal Software, PeopleSoft, Silicon Graphics (SGI), Sun Microsystems, and RightWorks (i2).

Michael's background also includes many years in consumer-based marketing and sales (including directing the marketing efforts of a small California winery) as well as prior stints in journalism (writing for various California newspapers) and theatrical and film production (writing for video, film, and stage).

Michael’s Work History

  • Pooley Consulting, Scotts Valley, CA
    • Freelance Strategic Communications, Editorial & Project Management, Content & Website Development
      • 2006 - Present
  • The Brynmorgan Group, LLC, Silicon Valley, CA
    • Co-Founder & Partner
      • 1997 – 2006
  • Public Mind, Inc., Scotts Valley, CA
    • VP Corporate Communications
      (Part of startup founding team)
      • May, 2000 – October, 2001
  • Informix Software, Menlo Park, CA
    • Director of Marketing Communications /
      Editor in Chief, Informix Magazine
      • June, 1996 – May, 1997
    • Manager of Collateral Development /
      Managing Editor, Informix Times
        • June, 1993 – May, 1996
    • Marketing Communications Manager
      • June, 1990 – May, 1993
  • Spectrum Communications, Silicon Valley, CA
    • Self-employed copywriter
      (Clients included Apple, Silicon Graphics, Claris Corp, and Adobe)
      • January, 1989 – June, 1990
  • Hallcrest Vineyards, Felton, CA
    • Director of Sales & Marketing
      • 1988 - 1989
  • Seacliff Inn, Aptos, CA
    • Beverage & Entertainment Manager
      • 1987 - 1988
  • Holiday Inn, Santa Cruz, CA
    • Beverage & Banquets Manager
      • 1983 - 1987

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Education

  • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
    • Business Administration (unfinished), 1993 - 1995
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
    • BA, Organizational Psychology, 1985
  • Miramonte High School, Orinda, CA, 1978

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