Following two years (1958-1960) in the Armed Forces where he helped prepare infantry and tank strategy lesson plans for junior officers assigned to Command & Staff (Fort Knox, KY), Michaelides, in 1962, joined Muskingum College (New Concord, OH) as associate dean of the college and instructor in English literature and creative writing.
In 1966, he joined Penton Media (Cleveland) as an assistant editor. Later that year, he was named editor of Management Personal Time, a mini-publication appearing in every magazine published by the company. MPT advised executives of ways to spend their away-from-home/office time productively.
With the move of Restaurant Hospitality from Chicago to Cleveland in the summer of 1970, Michaelides was named editor, a position he held until 1991, when he was named associate publisher.
January 1998 saw him leave the company he had been with for 32 years to pursue other business interests as a freelance writer, speaker, and foodservice consultant. Since then, his articles have appeared in Food Arts, the Ritz-Carlton magazine, Food Management, Hotel Food & Beverage Executive, Lodging Hospitality, Restaurant Hospitality, and Nation’s Restaurant News. His company, Words, Ink, is a business-to-business communications company.
He has received a number of awards from the foodservice industry and several from associations that recognize editorial excellence. In 1996, the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association inducted Michaelides into its College of Diplomates, the association’s highest honor. That same year, the Pennsylvania State University appointed him a Conti Distinguished Professor. A 26-page cover story in the May 1989 Restaurant Hospitality on the foodservice industry in what was then the USSR was recognized by the American Society of Business Press Editors as one of the best feature articles to appear in the business press that year. One year later, Penton honored him with its first-ever Editor-of-the-Year award. In 2003, the American Business Media presented him with its Crain Award which recognizes lifetime achievement as an editor of a business publication.
Michaelides serves on the board of UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration (Las Vegas). He is a fellow of the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY and St. Helena, CA).
Michaelides is a sought-after speaker at foodservice industry-sponsored trade shows, conferences, and seminars.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa) and studied creative writing with Philip Roth at the Writers’ Workshop, the State University of Iowa.
A novel, tentatively titled, “Departures,” that has nothing to do with the foodservice industry, is scheduled to be published in 2010.