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Michael Lastoria

Co-Founder, CEO, & Creative Director
Michael Lastoria is Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director of &pizza, the first Washington D.C. based fast-casual pizza concept rapidly expanding along the east coast. Founded in 2012, &pizza set out to create a brand with a strong point of view. In just six years, he has raised more than $60 million for expansion and growth, opening 20+ shops spanning multiple east coast markets. Today, Michael is a recognized leader in the startup world and speaks regularly on the value of design thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship. Michael has been identified as one of the country's top 25 fast casual executives, and named one of the Washington Business Journal's 40 Under 40. In 2017, he was awarded the Mort Harris Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Council of America. Michael studied Economics and Business at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. In addition to &pizza, Lastoria is also the co-founder of JWALK, a New York based full service creative agency he helped grow into a powerful force in the agency world before he sold the company in 2017 to beauty powerhouse, Shiseido.