MAKER OF MAGIC
Drawing from a career spanning more than 30 years in the technical arts, Mike enjoys an encyclopedic knowledge of technology. The ability to peer into the thorniest technical problem and quickly devise an elegant solution continues to be one of his greatest assets.
As a team-builder and mentor, Mike enjoys investing in the lives of others. With a true passion for serving others, Mike makes himself available through many avenues to share his experience and knowledge. Through one-on-one training, programmed training sessions, consulting or his popular blog, Mike is a sought after voice in the technical arts.
Like a chameleon, Mike is able to adapt to current needs and become an expert in whatever field is needed at a given time. Never satisfied with his knowledge base, Mike is continually learning; exploring new ideas, technology and pushing himself into new fields.
He also tends to write about himself in the third person.
Explain the meaning behind your title.
Few people really understand how production systems work, and it looks like magic. Being the guy who not only understands how it works but can also design and engineer systems that average people can use to produce great worship services, that makes me the Maker of Magic.
What was your first job?
When I was 13, I started my first businesses; snow removal in the winter and a bike repair shop in the summer. My first “job” was working for the local supermarket.
What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
As an avid long-range rifleman, I spend a lot of time handloading precision ammunition. I geek out over testing all sorts of parameters; ballistic coefficient, seating depth, extreme spread, standard deviation, group sizes and offsets, powder type and charge weights, primer type and size… I have spreadsheets, graphs and measured scans of targets for all this stuff.
What are three things still left on your bucket list?
1. Build a sub-MOA bolt action rifle.
2. Use said rifle on an elk hunt out west.
3. Buy acreage, grow/raise my own food.
What’s the first concert you ever went to?
Rush, the Moving Pictures tour in 1983, back before compressors and master limiters ruined music.
If you could write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?
Mike Sessler: Genius. It’s been a running joke for 20+ years that I should have business cards with Genius as a title. It’s true though, I’m crazy smart.
What is your favorite book in the Bible? Why?
I like 1&2 Peter and Titus because they are advice from Paul to younger leaders. When I was younger, I had older guys pour into me and it helped shape my life. Now that I’m older, I try to do the same for younger guys. Imagine what the church would be like if each of us had someone 10 years older pouring into us, and we in turn poured into someone 10 years younger.
Best leadership advice you’ve ever received?
Focus on doing the things only you can do. Let others do everything else.