Who we are

Executive Consultant, CEO

Michael Ackmann

Michael was previously a founder and owner of Ackmann & Dickenson, Inc. (A&D), which launched in 2007 and grew an average of 30% annually.

A&D’s unique breed of digital craftsmanship brought organizations to the forefront of technology by providing expertise in mobile, software and web development, user experience design, digital marketing, and eCommerce.

Serving a national client base across multiple industries, A&D had offices in Minneapolis MN, Phoenix AZ, and Charleston SC. A national media conglomerate acquired A&D in 2016. While at A&D, Michael was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the global non-profit organization, Matter.

Senior Consultant, VP of Strategy and Operations

Julie Fischer

Julie brings extensive software project management experience within both the service and product sectors.

Before joining AVL, Julie worked for multiple digital agencies in the Twin Cities managing initiatives for clients such as Delta Airlines (American Express Card), Gap, LifeTime, Surdyk’s Liquor and Cheese Shop, Three Rivers Park District, Sub-Zero, UnitedHealthCare, and Walgreens. She has led enterprise-level website builds in Sitecore, WordPress, Drupal, and eCommerce initiatives in BigCommerce, Magento, Shopify and WooCommerce.

Julie is a certified Scrum Master who has managed large design, development, and DevOp teams — both onshore and offshore — and leads AVL’s design and develop processes within project management. These efforts ensure alignment with all client strategies and business objectives.