Born and raised in Memphis, Tenn., Michael Hansen has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from The University of Memphis and is scheduled to receive his master’s degree in public relations from The University of Alabama in 2013. He has nearly a decade of experience in business management and strategic marketing communications.
Currently, Michael works as co-founder and public relations strategist for Mud Pie Creative Lab, a freelance-style web design, public relations, branding, and communications firm he started with his brother and sister. Previously, he was director of public relations at an agency in Birmingham where he managed media relations and social media efforts for a number of clients across the Southeast. In 2012, he won the American Advertising Federation of Birmingham’s Ten Award for Public Relations for his work on the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership’s Champions for Health campaign — which included the highly successful SmokeFree Alabama initiative. Prior to that, Michael worked as public relations and marketing coordinator at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Michael is an avid foodie and a pretend chef during his free time. Aside from PR, Michael is very passionate about politics, food, health, public policy, current events and social media. When not working or cooking, he spends time with his two dogs: a rambunctious French Bulldog (Vandiver) and a terrier mix rescued from the Blount County Humane Society (Bueller). He also has a blog, chezhansen.com. Follow Michael on Google Plus.