Mark Michaelis

Mark Michaelis Principal, CEO, Chief Technical Architect

A premier authority in Microsoft development technologies with recognized coding expertise and proven training methods, IntelliTect’s CEO delivers customized strategic technology consulting to CIOs, technology executives, and industry leaders. Recognized by Microsoft as a Regional Director since 2007 and distinguished Microsoft MVP for C# for twenty-five years, this leader is also an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University, founder of the Spokane .NET Users Group, organizer of the Spokane DevOps Meetup, and co-organizer of the annual TEDx Coeur d’Alene events.


Continually architecting new projects and ideas, this regular speaker at developer conferences around the world and author of numerous articles and books* enjoys giving back to his developer community. With a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, this entrepreneur continues to attract elite team members that deliver quality solutions on time, in scope, and within budget. 


When not bonding with his computer, this architect is searching for his next adventure with his wife Elisabeth and three children, Benjamin, Hanna, and Abigail.


*The seventh edition of Essential C# 8.0 is now available. Find out more at


Blogs by Mark

Open-source Software: A Good Decision for Microsoft?

Evaluating Microsoft’s Transition to Open Source with Microsoft RD and MVP Mark Michaelis Microsoft made the monumental corporate strategy shift to open-source several years ago. Looking back on the decision to go "all in" on open source, now is an excellent time to evaluate if this has been a good decision for the tech giant. […]

The Philosophy Behind IntelliTect’s Philanthropy

IntelliTect’s Giving Priorities and Values In 1998, after working as a software engineer for five years, my wife, Elisabeth, and I quit our jobs and moved to Mozambique, which, at the time, was the poorest country in the world. Primarily, we worked with homeless children ages 0-18, whom we encountered on the streets and invited […]

IntelliTect Today: Passionate Hard Work During the Pandemic

Springing Past the Pandemic Winter into the Future Discover Our New Team, Our Scholarship Program, and Our Coding Classes! We are starting to see signs of spring in Spokane, Washington, not only in the climate but perhaps more importantly, as we emerge from the pandemic winter. To our team, the end of this long year […]

Demystifying Economic Stereotypes with Factfulness

How Accurate is My Perceived Worldview? While traveling overseas before COVID-19, I had my family read Hans Rosling’s book, Factfulness, Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. Before we began reading, each of us took the Factfulness Quiz – an activity I highly recommend. Consider taking […]

IntelliTect’s New Normal During the Pandemic

Pandemic Effects The pandemic is redefining normal, forcing us to move out of our comfort zones, look for potential pivots, and optimize the circumstances into an opportunity. This response to the pandemic takes on several forms for us. We’re Expanding! While most of our team continues to work from home, we’ve begun construction in the […]