Michael Francis Michael Francis is a seasoned corporate executive, entrepreneur, business adviser, investor and marketing and communications expert. He is the founder and CEO of Farview Associates; a strategic investment and consulting firm focused on brand creation and retail activation. Farview Associates has worked with a number of high-profile celebrities, designers and Fortune 50 companies. Michael spent thirty years in executive leadership positions with public companies including DreamWorks Studios and Target Corporation. Advertising Age named Francis as one of the world’s top marketers and both Business Week and Fast Company have listed him as a top global innovator. He is involved with many civic and cultural organisations including The Smithsonian Institution and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.