Franchise News Release: Melbourne, FL - (Aug-22-2003)

Melbourne Geek blasts computer worm (8/03)

Jim Winch is one of those rare breed of computer geeks, the kind who get giddy when there's a new Windows security patch available to download. Fortunately for less enthusiastic computer users in Melbourne and its neighboring cities, Jim Winch is eager to protect them from damage caused by the recent Blaster internet worm. As the owner of a new Franchise with Geeks On Call® the nation's premier provider of on-site computer services. Winch brings a complete range of computer support directly to the doorsteps of homes and small businesses. Now that Winch and Geeks On Call are on patrol, everyone in the vicinity of Melbourne has a trusted and respected source to turn to for computer security.

Jim Winch's zeal for technology can be traced back to the four years he served as a avionics technician in the U.S. Air Force. After departing the military, Winch began a lengthy civilian career in the information-technology industry. For the next 30 years, he worked his way up from being a simple technical support specialist to being a reputable service manager. Along with the experience and respect he garnered, he also was exposed to myriad cutting-edge equipment such as experimental laptop computers designed to safeguard top-secret governmental information.

When the opportunity for a new career path presented itself, Winch decided it was time to merge his computer expertise with the sharp business skills he acquired at California Coast University, where he earned a B.A. in Business Management. A recommendation from a business associate led Winch to the Geeks On Call website, and immediately he became excited about the possibility of owning a Geeks franchise. According to the President of Geeks On Call, Walter Ewell, "The first time I met Jim Winch, I could see the enthusiasm on his face. He's a guy who loves computers and loves helping people. That's a winning combination.  Now Winch gets to spend his days assisting people with their computer needs such as protecting them from the recent Blaster internet worm and on top of it all, he gets to be his own boss. Finally, Winch has found his niche.

Geeks On Call is the high-tech equivalent of a doctor who makes house calls. Too often home-owners and small businesses lose substantial time and money while waiting for their computer problems to be remedied by a large, impersonal retailer that often keeps the computer for a week or more and charges an arm and a leg! Refusing to tolerate this type of slow, unsatisfactory service, Geeks On Call goes against the grain and brings help directly to the customer's doorstep. Launched in 1999, Geeks On Call began its operations in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA, where it experienced immediate success. Overwhelmed by the public's hunger for dependable computer support, Geeks On Call realized the only way to satisfy its ballooning customer base would be to franchise the company. In April 2001 the first Geeks offspring was born, and since then nearly 100 Franchises have been planted throughout the United States.

Not only have the expedient, reliable services provided by Geeks On Call found success with residential clients, but also with small businesses that simply cannot afford the enormous expense of hiring an IT staff. Instead of paying exorbitant salaries to keep a full-fledged IT staff on hand, small businesses simply can turn to Geeks On Call on those occasions in which computer services are required. Now everyone can have access to superior computer repairs, upgrades, troubleshooting, training, networking and custom-built PCs without emptying their wallets.


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