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Wildcats Develop DevHub

Mark Michael has always been a business-savvy entrepreneur, starting a tech company while still in high school with his technologically talented friend, Daniel Rust. 

Michael and Rust worked diligently on their company, a search engine website, until both graduated high school and began their collegiate journey at Central Washington University. 

With the majority of their time being focused on school, they decided to take a break from their business and focus their time and efforts on Central.

Always determined to use his full potential, Michael decided to run for ASCWU president at CWU with Rust as his campaign manager. Also on his campaign staff was his now wife, Ashley Hayes, who he met during his time at Central. Ultimately, he won the election, and his brother, Dan Michael, would take seat next to him as vice president. 

Michael’s time at Central came to an end in 2005 when he graduated with his degree in individual studies, focusing on strategic marketing relations and tailoring his education to the exact path he saw himself taking in life.

“Central was an interesting time because it taught me that at the end of the day, we are all human,” said Michael. “My experiences there definitely played a role in what I am doing today.”

Michael and Rust teamed up again to create DevHub, a web experience platform used by brands, agencies, and technology companies to build websites and landing pages as part of a larger marketing strategy. DevHub launched in 2007 and today Michael and Rust have been business partners for the past 17 years. 

When asked what advice he would give to current and future CWU students Michael said, “CWU is a school that you can make your own. You can create your own experience, and your own future. Own it!”

November 6, 2019


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