Michael J Ciolli Trainer

Michael received his MBA in finance and management from Columbia Business School and BA in Economics and Physics from Colgate University. He is founder and Principal of Piton Advisors, LLC. He has over 15 years of investment research, investment banking, buy side M&A/private equity advisory, strategy/corporate development, and entrepreneurial venture experience. Michael often serves as an interim-CFO/financial executive and coach for his clients.


Prior to Piton, Michael was a senior associate with The Chesapeake Group (CGI), a buy side mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory firm specializing in the IT and business services industries. He advised corporate and financial sponsor partners on more than 15 strategic projects, including five closed transactions worth more than $100 million. Prior to CGI, Michael was an equity research analyst with Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette (DLJ) covering the IT and business services industries. He has written more than 100 investment recommendations and collaborated on over $1 billion in capital raises.


Michael is an energetic trainer who has a passion for the finance industry which comes through in his teaching style. His hands on and engaging approach enables him to bring the learning to life.




  • Home base
  • Training locations
    Americas, APAC and EMEA
  • Languages
  • Studied at
    Columbia Business School (New York) and Colgate University (New York)