Steven G. Mihaylo
Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Steven G. Mihaylo, Chairman of the Board of
Inter-Tel, Incorporated, founded Inter-Tel in Phoenix in 1969, beginning the
34-year odyssey that is Inter-Tel—evolving from simply providing business
telephone systems to offering full-fledged managed services, helping businesses
facilitate communications that increase business 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 shop to a global organization employing nearly
1800 people, and servicing more than 500,000 business customers through a
network of more than 50 direct sales offices and over 250 authorized providers
worldwide. In 1981, common shares of Inter-Tel stock were offered 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, 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. Eventually promoted to field
services engineer, Mr. Mihaylo worked on hardened-L carrier sites throughout the
Returning to California in 1966, Mr. Mihaylo attended Orange Coast College and
California State University, Fullerton, completing a bachelor degree in
accounting and finance in only 30 months.
In addition to his professional career, Mr. Mihaylo has served on the board 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. Mihaylo is also
involved in the Karl Eller School of Entrepreneurial Studies at the University
of Arizona and is on the advisory board of Junior Achievement of Central