CEO & Founder
Michael Pirron is a visionary entrepreneur who developed a proven new business model for social enterprise, a blending of the for-profit and nonprofit realms in a single successful business venture. In 2006, Michael founded Impact Makers, a unique management and technology consulting firm based in Richmond, Virginia, with a single healthcare client, $50 in the bank account and his laptop. The idea originated in an academic paper Michael wrote while earning his MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Inspired by Newman’s Own, he had the vision for a for-profit consulting firm that donates 100% of profits to charities. Ten years later, Impact Makers employs more than 125 professionals, had 2016 revenue of over $22 million, supports seven nonprofit community partners, and has contributed more than $2.5 million to the community. Additionally, Impact Makers is owned by two nonprofit foundations (The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia and Virginia Community Capital) and upon future sale will create funds to support social enterprise, B Corporations and philanthropy in our community. Michael’s vision serves as inspiration to Impact Makers’ employees, clients, partners and many other social enterprises. And ultimately, Michael has established Impact Makers for ongoing and continual funding of like-minded businesses and nonprofits for many years ahead.
Michael spent the early years of his career as a Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) based in Sophia Antipolis, France. His tenure allowed him to consult, with increasingly complex engagements, throughout the EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India) region. As a result, Michael has lived or worked in seven countries and spent significant time in over 25 nations. He became conversant in French, and when he moved on to be a Product Manager with ViryaNet Systems in Jerusalem, Israel, he added Hebrew to his language skills. Later, while an independent consultant, Michael completed an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Michael returned to the States and accepted a position as the Manager of Application Development at Health Management Corporation (HMC), a leading disease management company and subsidiary of WellPoint Blue Cross / Blue Shield (one of the nation’s largest providers of health insurance). Prior to launching Impact Makers, Michael was the Director of Product Development at First Health Services Corporation.
How does a CEO bake impact and mission into the DNA of a company so it is not superficial? One way is the B Corp certification. Hear from these panelists on their journey on becoming a “B” and how it helps them in attracting talent, capital and customers.