Steven G. Mihaylo
Steven G. Mihaylo
Retired Chairman, CEO and Founder and current member of the board of Inter-Tel, Incorporated
Steven G. Mihaylo, the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Inter-Tel, Incorporated, founded Inter-Tel in Phoenix in 1969, beginning the 38-year journey that is Inter-Tel—evolving from simply providing business telephone systems to offering complete managed services and software that help businesses facilitate communication, increase customer service and productivity.
Mr. Mihaylo’s philosophy has always been to focus on the needs of the customer, growing Inter-Tel from a one-man business to a global organization employing over 2,000 people, and servicing more than 500,000 business customers through a network of more than 60 direct sales offices and over 500 resellers worldwide. In 1981, common shares of Inter-Tel stock were offered to the public and are quoted on the NASDAQ national market system under the symbol INTL.
Mr. Mihaylo was born in Los Angeles, California. Industrious and determined even as a young boy, he landed his first job as a paper boy for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner—his penchant for selling taking root. During three years of service in the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division, Mr. Mihaylo trained with the Southeast Signal School, the Army radio and radar technicians’ school. Upon his discharge in 1964, he moved to Tempe, Arizona, and began working for Western Electric, the manufacturing arm of AT&T, as a field services engineer, Mr. Mihaylo worked throughout the Western United States at various locations. Returning to California in1966, Mr. Mihaylo attended Orange Coast College and California State University, Fullerton, completing a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance in just 30 months.
In addition to his professional career, Mr. Mihaylo has served on the boards of numerous community organizations including the Arizona Heart Foundation, Junior Achievement of Arizona, Arizona Museum of Science and Technology and the Arizona State University College of Business Dean's Council of 100 and he was Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 2004 Man of The Year.. Mr. Mihaylo is also involved in the Karl Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona and has served on the advisory board of Junior Achievement of Central Arizona for over 25 years. In addition to his commitment to higher education in Arizona, Mr. Mihaylo also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Big Bear High School Education Foundation and he is committed to serving his alma mater, Cal State Fullerton, through philanthropic giving to the University and the College of Business and Economics and by serving on the Dean’s Advisory Board.
As Chairman of the business school’s first-ever comprehensive Campaign, Mr. Mihaylo leads a twelve member Campaign Cabinet for their $20 million Campaign to construct a new state of the art building and fund innovative student and faculty programs as well as scholarship support for talented and deserving students.