The purpose of this letter is to formally commend you for the extraordinary work on the City of St. Petersburg's first heritage trail, the African American Heritage Trail ("Trail"). The Trail is an invaluable local resource and exceeds many of the finest examples of black heritage trails nationwide. Your creative design solutions and the social importance of this project to the City of St. Petersburg makes the Trail a signature achievement of your young career in marketing communications.

The Trail is a comprehensive presentation of the various individuals and organizations, who, through their perseverance and selfless contributions, contributed to the rich history of their segregated neighborhoods. The importance of this heritage trail in honoring their accomplishments and preserving their legacy cannot be overstated. Your careful attention to detail, creative design and visual presentation of their stories and photographs captures the essence of this historic community and helps translate those early experiences into meaningful lessons.

We believe that you should be congratulated for deliverables that exceed all original expectations. The City of St. Petersburg appreciates your exemplary efforts to preserve a portion of its history by giving new life to the historic figures and rich heritage of these historically black neighborhoods. Thank you!"

Derek S. Kilborn, Manager
Urban Planning and Historic Preservation Division

Michael Labruyere is an extremely talented graphic designer. His knowledge for design coupled with his understanding of brand identity, truly made my job easier. Michael provided complete design and implementation. He proposed numerous creative designs, which exceeded all of our expectations. Michael went out of his way to ensure that we were completely satisfied with every detail and he did a great job of communicating and keeping in touch with us throughout the entire process. Michael comes very highly recommended. His is professional and timely, great value, and reliable, easy to work with and has a very fast turnaround for each project he has been hired for. We look forward to working with Michael on future products."
Christopher S. Miller - COO-VASPEN

Mike Labruyere did an extraordinary job in the design of my logo. He was attentive, detail oriented, professional, and artistic. He did a great job of listening to what I felt was needed and then came up with numerous designs until we found the one that was perfect for my business. No matter how many changes I made or questions I had he always answered them courteously and then showed no frustration when we returned to his original design! He has been completely available to talk with printers, embroidery people, and the people who put the logo on the car for me. He guided them all so that the brand he envisioned has remained consistant. I have received numerous compliments on the design and have given his name to many people who like his work. I am now working with Mike to update my website and would never consider using any one else.”
Dr. Sherri Folkestad

Michael joined our cross-functional Marketing Communications team as a Graphic Designer during an acquisition, in which our team was slowly diminishing in size and out-of-the-box creative projects. During this time, Michael was always fun to work with, willing to take on multiple projects with incredibly short deadlines, and most noticeably - he learned the ropes in an organization with ever-revolving expectations and responsibilities. I look forward to working with fun, creative and professional Graphic Designers like Michael in the future."
Lindsay Alkema - Writer/Marketing at Baxter Healthcare and Jackson National Life