About Mike Sprouse:
Mike is a media, entertainment and internet executive and is a former professional athlete with an ATP Tour world ranking in tennis following a successful collegiate and scholastic career.
He is the President and CEO of Sprouse Marketing Group LLC, in charge of overseeing all strategy and operations for the company. Sprouse Marketing Group is an enterprise that provides businesses and organizations with deep expertise in all facets of marketing, and helps clients boost sales, build their brands, and grow sustainably through its unique, interconnected approach to marketing.
Currently, he presides over the two-time national “Marketing Team of the Year“, awarded by the American Business Association; the only two-time winner in the history of that award. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a marketing organization, and Mike is very proud of this recognition.
Formerly, Mike was the Chief Marketing Officer for one of the largest, privately-owned internet marketing companies in the world called Epic Media Group.
Mike is a published author. The Greatness Gap is a book that details personal strategies to maximize your professional career. Lou Holtz, legendary football coach and TV personality, wrote the Foreword.
He was also formerly the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Playboy, the youngest senior executive in the company’s history. Mike Sprouse and his team turned around the digital/e-commerce division and made it profitable after 8 years of being a money loser.
Mike was a Program Manager at MBI, Inc (aka The Danbury Mint) where he honed his direct marketing chops. He also led the team which founded the company’s e-commerce business.
He was a professional tennis player and has an ATP World Ranking in singles.
He ran 7 marathons. His best was Virginia Beach, VA (3:32:00)…15 pounds ago.
Mike Sprouse attended the University of Notre Dame, graduated with honors with a degree in Accounting, and was awarded the national Arthur Ashe Award given to one Division I tennis player for accomplishment, leadership and sportsmanship. He was consistently ranked as the #1 player in singles and doubles in the Midwest region and perennially one of the top players in the country.
He was a 3-time high school All-American in tennis at Fairfield (CT) Prep and the #1 ranked doubles player in the United States at age 17. He was the 3-time state champion in singles, and held a 57-0 scholastic record over four years without dropping a set. Mike also served as the President of his senior class.
Mike grew up in Fairfield, CT and lives in Chicago.
He is a philanthropist and believes in corporate social responsibility. If you don’t believe it, Google his name and “Advertising Age”.
Mike currently serves on the Advisory Board for Chicago Hope Dollars for Scholars, an organization that provides four-year renewable college scholarships and a dedicated mentor to Chicago Public High School seniors with limited financial resources.