About Tom Urtis

XAT® founder Tom Urtis is a Microsoft Office developer and programmer with 35 years of business management experience. Tom has earned an outstanding reputation for his customer service, industry knowledge, and ability to work with a diverse, international clientele. Microsoft recognized him with its MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award for Excel from 2008 to 2020.

In 2000, Tom founded Atlas Programming, a San Francisco-based business solutions company for Microsoft Office, specializing in Excel, VBA, and API. He is a technical editor and consultant for Excel books and training materials. Tom authored the Excel VBA 24-Hour Trainer books and their 4 dozen instructional videos. He co-authored "Don’t Fear the Spreadsheet" and "Holy Macro! It’s 2,500 Excel VBA Examples!". Tom is an Excel instructor and active contributor to forums in the Excel community.

A native of New York, Tom graduated from Michigan State University and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an avid sports fan, and a collector of rare sports memorabilia.