Who We Are

At Accelerated Imagination, the Power is Always On

Strategic Thinkers. Savvy Marketers. Creative Communicators.

Sparking innovation. Shining a light on challenges. Jumpstarting market awareness. Energizing teams. With Accelerated Imagination you can be sure that, wherever your project takes us, we have the skills to deliver.

We operate as a collaborative think tank, blending diverse experience with dynamite enthusiasm, leveraging the energy from our past experiences to accelerate your success.

Don Michalik

Chief Imagination Officer

Don is a marketing and communications executive who combines proven business expertise and an entrepreneurial mindset with fresh, conceptual thinking to consistently deliver exceptional results. He is an enthusiastic leader recognized for motivating teams and translating corporate vision into high-impact communications.

Don is a professional with great instincts grounded in a solid marketing acumen, He has a strong record of accomplishment for getting things done. Don is a visionary marketing executive with wide peripheral vision to see all the possibilities, then systematically break them down into a few key initiatives that are executable and offer the best opportunity for success.

He works with companies in areas of strategic planning, targeted innovation, branding and marketing, employee motivation and engagement, and change communications. During his career he has advised and delivered results for small start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.

His work experience covers a wide range of industries including:

  • Technology Manufacturing
  • eCommerce & Enterprise Software
  • Transportation/Logistics
  • Non-profits & Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Travel, Hospitality, Tourism
  • Banking & Financial
  • Industrial Manufacturing

Don’s work has garnered nationwide recognition for innovation and effective design and implementation.
Prior to founding Accelerated Imagination, Don was the CEO of Ad Ventures in Texas. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and resides in Austin.

Contact Don at dmichalik@acceleratedimagination.com

Diane L. Pierson

Chief Acceleration Officer

Diane is a product management and marketing leader who drives revenue by helping her clients discover new revenue streams, scale promising launches, and jumpstart stalled products. She does this by engaging teams to prioritize projects based on market opportunity, plan to achieve a strong launch, and work together to achieve results. She helps businesses eliminate wasted cycles while enabling market-driven action and providing a really good eye for opportunity.

During her career in product management and marketing, Diane delivered over $100 million in revenue to companies including Dun & Bradstreet, LexisNexis, American Lawyer Media and Copyright Clearance Center. Her efforts were recognized with numerous CODiE and MarCom awards and more than one appearance in KM World’s List of Trend-Setting Products. She globalized, rebranded, launched, expanded and sunset many complex product suites with teams of new and veteran employees. As a result, Diane identified common roadblocks to employee engagement and product success, and crafted methods to address them. 

Today, Diane is an authority in organizational improvement, product innovation and scale. She is a Senior Vice President with Accelerated Imagination, a consultancy dedicated to building authentic, effective brands from the inside of the organization out.

Diane has a BA in English from Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI and an MBA from DeSales University, Center Valley, PA. Diane and her husband, Tom, recently moved to Austin where they are on a quest to find the best breakfast taco in town.

Contact Diane at dpierson@acceleratedimagination.com

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