Mike Picka - Graphic Design & Marketing
Hello! My name is Mike. Born and raised in MN most of my life, I enjoy anything to do with being outdoors. I lived abroad for a few years during high school and have had the opportunity to visit 17 countries thus far. I love to travel, meet new people, and experience anything and everything I can. I grew up playing the saxophone when I was younger, then switched over to guitar in high school. I think everything is better with music, and with so much variety there is always something to fit your every mood.
I graduated from UW-Milwaukee in May 2011 with a BBA in Marketing, as well as a minor in Chinese, and a certificate in International Business. I then went on to further advance my education and follow my passion for design and creativity, earning a degree in Graphic Design from Dakota County Technical College. I joined Viva Musica in January 2013 as a graphic designer and marketer for various VM promotions, drives, and events while also working as a full-time Sales Specialist at Best Buy. My first and favorite Viva Musica event to date has been ‘Drive for 5’ where I got to design posters, postcards, and other promotional and informative material about our organization which turned out to be a very successful event and a lot of fun!
My absolute favorite moment with music is putting in headphones while snowboarding out West, knee deep in powder getting lost in the trees with nothing but my music and a blank canvas of snow to test my creativity.