About

Michael McMillan has a well-deserved reputation for creative thinking and delivering innovative results. Early in his career, Michael founded a visual communication firm that soon attracted a client roster that read like the Who’s Who of Business. Fortune 500 corporations, small entrepreneurial businesses, sports and music legends, non-profit organizations and institutions have sought Michael’s creative guidance to deliver effective solutions with award-winning results. His work has been recognized by major design, marketing, advertising and communication organizations around the world.

In addition to his corporate work, Michael’s creative direction on Michael Jordan’s New York Times best-selling pictorial autobiography, Rare Air, established a new niche in retail publishing. He followed this success with several more award-winning coffee-table books including Mario Andretti, The NBA at 50 and John Deere’s Genuine Value.

After 20 consecutive years of growth, Michael sold his firm and began sharing his unique insight on creative thinking with business leaders, entrepreneurs and diverse organizations of all sizes. He is a perception catalyst and self-described truth seeker, inspiring others to question, think and see differently—balanced with respect for existing culture and frameworks.

An accomplished author, Michael’s books include:

Paper Airplane: A Lesson for Flying Outside the Box. This short story provides a profound and lasting impact championing the power of innovation and pressing the courage to take action on our ideas.

The Race. In collaboration with Mac Anderson, founder of Successories and Simple Truths, this gift book stresses the importance of never giving up. Michael also created a short film based on the book that has received accolades from diverse international audiences.

Johnny the Bagger: The Simple Truths of Service. Working with Ken Blanchard and Barbara Glanz to produce, this book illustrates the importance of customer service that comes from the heart. To date, more than 15 million people have viewed the viral movie Michael created to promote the book.

The Power of Teamwork. Michael coauthored this compelling book with former Blue Angels pilot Scott Beare. The book explores the essence of performance teamwork and reinforces key principles of successful teamwork.

Pink Bat: Turning Problems Into Solutions. Michael’s newest release will turn your thinking upside down and have you seeing problems as solutions… and at the very least, opportunities. Readers discover that “Pink Bat Thinking” makes the impossible possible.

Michael’s breadth of knowledge and experience, combined with his story-telling ability, make him a much-sought-after public speaker, panelist, and consultant. Here is a partial list of clients that have recently hired Michael to speak.

Abbott Molecular
AIA (The American Institute of Architects)
Alaska Air Carriers Association
American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC)
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)
Dominick’s (a division of Safeway)
Fairfax Association of Elementary School Principals (FAESP)
FedEx Services
Florida Association of Counties
Fort Sam Houston ISD
HAVI Global Solutions
Heritage Golf Group
Health Care Administrators Association
Information Technology Alliance
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
International Customer Management Institute (ICMI)
John Deere
Kaiser Permanente
LA County Management Council
MESA International
National Louis University
Nestlé Purina
Nestlé R+D
Noble Systems
Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (OFCA)
PPG Industries
QPS Employment
Raytheon
Rexam
R.J. Reynolds
SpeakerCraft
State Farm Insurance
Stokes County Schools
Syngenta
Toshiba
United Way of Lake County
Verizon Wireless
Volvo Cars of North America
YMCA

His messages connect with audiences of all ages, leaving them both motivated and committed to embrace a future of endless possibilities.

Contact Michael via Email or follow him on Facebook, Twitter or through his blog.