Michael Lastoria is the human-first entrepreneur. As CEO and co-founder of &pizza, which has 33 locations throughout the East Coast, Lastoria has championed his employees, whom the brand calls its Tribe, as the face of the brand and the core of the business. &pizza pays a fair and livable wage, and Lastoria has been a vocal member of the fight for state and federal minimum wage increases. He believes in building a brand first and a business second--so the brand is not just a momentary phenomenon, but an essential part of culture. &pizza is the manifestation of that belief. Lastoria was also co-founder of New York City based creative agency, JWALK.