23 years of experience to help people with their computer problems.
What made you get into this line of work?
I always had an interest in computers and helping people. I love teaching and answering questions, giving advice. I love learning new things especially about technology and sharing that knowledge with others.
I started out in small computer shops, then moved on to on-site service. I loved being able to work with people one-on-one and actually help them resolve the problem at hand. Instead of just diagnosing a computer, I was helping a person, and that’s important to me.
How long have you been working with computers?
I was fortunate to start my career as part of a high school co-op position in 1998, and continued working there as a part time employee well after the co-op term ended. I went on to two more small computer shops, and then an on-site service business, learning along the way what does and doesn’t work, as well as the importance of maintaining a strong reputation of good customer service and integrity.
What did you take away from those experiences?
Moving from the computer shops to on-site service gave me a real appreciation for the quality of relationships that can be built when you have the time to work with people and learn about their businesses and their needs. I also had the opportunity to work with a wide range of business, small to large, urban to rural. Some especially memorable moments were working with our Mennonite clients in the country: Driving down a long gravel driveway in the country, up to what appears to be a barn like any other, only to walk in and instead of seeing farm animals, finding an impressive wood mill, plastic extruder or machine shop. All of the various mills and machines being run by networks of computers. Truly a fascinating experience, and a great bunch of people to work with.
Tell me about your company.
I started My IT Guy in 2004 and it’s been growing consistently ever since. I started it knowing there was a great need for timely, friendly computer assistance. While I initially worked equally with home and business users alike, I’ve found my skills are needed most by small business, and we’ve since shifted our focus primarily to those small business. We continue to grow by building solid relationships through high-quality service with everyone we work with.
What are your qualifications?
I received 2 certifications from CompTIA: A+ and Network+. While I’m proud to hold both certifications, and they each validate a number of skills that are essential for anyone working in computer service, in working with other technicians and going through the hiring process, I can say for certain that no certification counts more than raw experience.
What else are you involved in?
I’ve been actively involved with 100 Men Who Give a Damn since its inaugural meeting in June 2015, and in July 2019 I partnered with the founder, William Wallace, to co-host our quarterly events.
I was nominated for the Greater K-W Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, in 2011, 2012 and 2017, and for the Small Business of the Year Award (1-10 Employees) in 2016 and 2017. My involvement with the Chamber of Commerce began back in 2009, and I began volunteering on the Chamber Young Professionals committee in 2010. In 2017 I joined the Board of Directors, and am currently serving as Chair of the Board.
As a networking group that’s focused on new and small businesses, the SBCN: Small Business Community Network has been an important connection for My IT Guy. I attended their monthly events for over a decade, and continue to support this organization as an event sponsor.
I was a top fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Awareness and Research as part of the Movember organization from 2009 to 2019, and for a number of years I participated in running races (5km to 10km) around Waterloo Region, which supported community organizations like United Way, KidsAbility Centre, Rotary Children’s Charities, Heartwood Place, Special Olympics K-W, and Grand River & St. Mary’s Hospital Foundations.
I have also enjoyed writing I.T. columns for Exchange Magazine. Below is a selection of past articles for Exchange Magazine: