Mitch Theophila helped write a FORTRAN program for the University of Akron's IBM System 360/44 while still in high school, and has been programming ever since. He continued his education at Cleveland's Case Institute of Technology of Case Western Reserve University, where he received a B.S. in Mathematics.
Joining Babcock and Wilcox in Barberton, Ohio as an associate quality assurance engineer, he did statistical studies and gained first-hand experience in a manufacturing environment where product quality was emphasized.
He then moved to Ecotran Inc., a small Cleveland firm specializing in computer services for school districts.
Shortly thereafter, Theophila joined Sperry-Univac at their corporate offices in Eagan, Minnesota (near Minneapolis and St. Paul), as part of their expert Conversion Services group. His specialties were data translation and conversion, database design and administration, online transaction systems, and migration of entire application systems between mainframe platforms. In this position he traveled the country performing the duties of a technician and an educator.
After seven years on the road, the Sperry office in Cleveland became his permanent base. He was responsible for mainframe operating systems and application programs, user support, and Artificial Intelligence products, and began programming the IBM personal computer and its compatibles shortly after they became available.
After the merger with Burroughs which created Unisys, he became responsible for problem management and resolution for the new company's Central Region technical support. The 'Central Region' variously encompassed parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
In 1989, Theophila established the company now called MGT Computer Solutions, which specializes in IT management, contract programming, and software design. After the arrival of the Internet in the 1990's, the company added web site design, implementation, and support to its services. To qualified clients the company offers other support services, which includes system specification, software installation, and emergency site support.
His column "Computer Management" has appeared in The Akron Business Reporter and the Small Business News Akron.
A thirty-year resident of Kent, Ohio, Theophila volunteers computer services to the Kent Historical Society and local animal shelters, and devotes the remainder of his infrequent spare time to his hobbies of diatonic harmonica, eclectic music, modern popular literature, and model railroading. He also makes contributions whenever possible to local animal shelters and civil liberties organizations.