Michael Wentz is the Director of Digital Communications for Adelphi University. He also owns Michael Wentz Marketing, a boutique marketing company for startup and small businesses. He is a creative, resourceful, and energetic professional with over 12 years of marketing and IT experience. His education includes a B.B.A. in Information Technology Management, and M.B.A. in Leadership and Management.
At Adelphi University, Michael is responsible for increasing its digital brand and reputation. In addition to creating and overseeing Adelphi’s social media strategy, he chairs the Interactive Media Group and leads a team of selected social media administrators to collaborate on various initiatives. Michael also is responsible for the University’s digital paid marketing initiatives.
Michael has spoke at numerous conferences and was quoted in online publications. Michael’s love for helping others to grow as professionals has now lead him down the path of teaching. As an adjunct professor for the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business at Adelphi University, Michael teaches Management Information Systems and Management of Technology classes.
Michael is not only a leader in his profession; he is a leader within his community. Michael was responsible for launching the Farmingville Hills Chamber of Commerce (FHCC) in 2011. As the founding president, he orchestrated a branding campaign and spearheaded all planning activities from concept to execution for the annual street fair, attracting thousands of people to the Farmingville community and businesses. His involvement with business and community leaders led to the 2011 Outstanding Chamber Member of The Year for the Town of Brookhaven from the Brookhaven Coalition of Chambers. In 2013 and 2014, the chamber was recognized as a second and third place winner for a networking group from the Best of Long Island competition. In 2014, the FHCC was also recognized as a second place winner for the best chamber of commerce. Michael hopes that this chamber will help bring new life to the community and recognizes that this is a “time to make a difference” as its motto states.
Michael’s relationship with the community was sparked by his involvement with the Farmingville Residents Association and Farmingville Historical Society. As a member of the Farmingville Historical Society, Michael has hosted a number of fundraising events in hopes of restoring the Bald Hill Schoolhouse (circa 1850) to its former glory. He also sits on the Citizens Advisory Committee, a group appointed by town officials that is responsible for the implementation of the community redevelopment plan called Farmingville: Our Vision for Tomorrow. As a leader in Farmingville, Michael was appointed to the Accessory Apartment Review Board for the Town of Brookhaven in 2014, and he continues to serve on the board today.
In December 2015, Michael was selected Long Island Business News 40 Under 40.