Mike Samson is the co-founder of crowdSPRING and resides firmly at the bottom of the company’s ping-pong totem pole.  Prior to starting crowdSPRING, Mike was an Emmy Award® nominated Producer and Production Manager with more than 20 years of experience as a senior manager in the film and television production industry. He has worked on dozens of feature film and television projects including "Wall Street," "Bull Durham," "Steven King's The Stand" (miniseries), and "Men in Black II." In prime-time dramatic television, he supervised on TV series such as "New York Undercover" and "Third Watch." Mike has received numerous honors individually and as a team member, including an Emmy Award nomination, DGA awards, and a George Foster Peabody Award. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts &Sciences.

Mike is a frequent speaker on creative crowdsourcing and has given expert advice to audiences at top trade shows including South by Southwest and DEMO.  He regularly works with journalists at broadcast, print and online media outlets including MSNBC, Crain’s Chicago Business, AdAge, Wired, VentureBeat and the New York Times.

Mike has a BA in Mass Media from the University of Illinois and a MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Mike can be reached via Twitter at @Mike_Samson.