BY SABRA STAFFORD
Around the time people started to show some fascination with computers in the home and office, Gary and Jeanette Robinson and Dave Sahl were figuring out ways to fix them when they eventually went on the fritz.
The company they founded, which now goes by the name of IT Solutions/Currie, is celebrating their 4oth anniversary in February and is still helping businesses with technology.
The business, which start in Sahl’s garage, opened their first shop in downtown Modesto with a business plan that mixed retail sales of Apple computers and other technology, along with helping people understand that technology. A change in the retail license from Apple saw the company shift to doing more repairs, set-ups and other technology-minded tasks, which is now the primary focus, said Melissa Barry, the vice president of Sales at IT Solutions/Currie. The company is solely business to business.
“We spec it, scope it, design it, install it and maintain it,” Barry said.
In the early 2000s the Robinsons retired and James Dempsey bought into the company. That was followed with a merger in 2008 with Chris Currie’s company Currie Computers.
“It really made a lot of sense to bring the two businesses together because we were doing very similar operations,” Barry said.
Barry became an owner in 2014 and Sahl retired in 2015. Currently, the company is owned by Dempsey, Currie and Barry.
As technology has changed over the years, so has IT Solutions/Currie, expanding the types of products they are able to help their clients operate and maintain.
“It really runs the gamut,” said Barry. “If it connects to the internet, then it is in our domain. We try and keep a flexible mindset and stay adaptable and change with the times.”
IT Solutions/Currie is located at 1801 Tully Road in Modesto. For more information call (209) 578-9739.
The company will celebrate their 40th anniversary with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Feb. 28. The event will include food, beverages, music and games.
BY SABRA STAFFORD