Growing up in West Liberty, Ohio, I remember getting our first computer and setting it up in our living room. Unlike any of my friends, we didn't go to the local computer store to pick one out. My stepfather had a job in IT, so I was fortunate enough to help him build it from scratch. I remember typing in the DOS prompts once we put the bare bones together and plugged it in. I watched the monitor light up and heard the fans start blowing. It felt like nothing I have ever witnessed before. I knew from that point on that my future would include computers.
My household was one of the first in our community to have a "personal computer". I remember the giant monitor and all of the cables running everywhere in the living room. My mother always complained about the eye sore, but I always thought it looked "cool". Before I knew it, my friends and their parents were asking me to come over and teach them how to use their new computers. I was instantly the local "computer guy". Being a 10 year old kid teaching your friend's parents how to do something was pretty awesome.
Now it is extremely rare to find a household without a computer. Those giant monitors have turned into LCD flat screens. All of those wires are now invisible thanks to wireless technology. The still familiar sound of dialing up to the internet has turned into scanning for local WiFi. Technology has never stopped amazing me.
Now that everyone has a computer and most know how to use it, there is still a huge need for technical support. Most people have the knowledge to check their email, but not to check their registry errors. Most can search Google for what they need, but can't search their computers for cases of malware. As technology changes, so do the issues that need fixed.
My goal is to be there for you and your computer every step of the way. I can build you a beautiful website, make sure people find it online, and create an engaging audience that follows you on social media platforms. I can remove that nasty virus, quarantine that pesky spyware, or even eliminate that sneaky malware. I can replace that broken hard drive, upgrade that slow memory, or even reinstall your version of Windows. If your computer or small business needs a local guy, I want to be him.
Born in Bellefontaine, Ohio and raised in West Liberty, I'm happy to be back in my hometown, helping small businesses navigate the digital world.
I first met Ryan at "It's a Rainbow World" preschool in West Liberty when we were 3 years old. We grew up together and have remained lifelong friends. In May of 2015, we decided to team up to form Berry Digital Solutions, LLC. Ryan was already operating a successful small business, repairing computers and building websites, but as the business quickly grew, he needed more help. I've spent my entire career building and maintaining high-profile websites. I'm excited to continue that work in the community I love. In my opinion, there's no better place to live and raise a family than rural, west central Ohio. Now that I'm raising my family here, I want nothing more than to see this community, its small businesses and people flourish!
I owe quite a debt of gratitude to "It's a Rainbow World" preschool because not only did I meet Ryan, but I also met and formed lifelong relationships with about a dozen other friends all from that same class of 3 & 4 year olds! Our group of friends stuck together through 13 years of school at WL-S. Then, we all headed off to different schools, occupations and locations across the country. From that same group of friends, my future wife Jessica attended Ohio Northern University with me. Meanwhile, Ryan attended school at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida with two other mutual friends from our core group.
My next stop was Columbus, Ohio, where I worked as the Assistant Director of Communication for the Columbus Clippers, while my future wife completed her studies at The Ohio State University to become a physical therapist. Around this same time, Ryan returned to Dayton, Ohio after completing his degree. We stayed close as we started raising our families together and just a few years ago, we both returned to Champaign County. Ryan started Berry Digital Solutions while I spent the next 7 years as the Assistant Athletic Director of Media Relations at Urbana University.
Now, more and more of our lifelong friends are returning to West Liberty and surrounding communities. We all realized there's no better location in the world to raise a family. Everyday, I'm excited to wake up and see familiar faces working hard together to make this place so wonderful. If there's anything I can do to help your business in the digital world, please don't hesitate to reach out. Our small business is here for your small business, and together, we can accomplish more!