“The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job. My wife told me.”- Howard Nemerov
Soon, I’ll only be halfway successful.
Yes, I’ve sold my business, (Computer & Software Solutions), and I’m moving on to new, unexplored ventures. There. I said it. What’s that? You already know? Of course you do.
It has been almost 10 full years since, after a combined 26 years in law enforcement, I convinced the lovely (and understanding) Mrs. Lawrence to leave the cold, snowy northeast in search of paradise. As is typical, she got to choose exactly where and what constitutes paradise, but I can’t find any fault in her choice. It should be noted that I arrived here with the following goal: to do nothing. Needless to say, I failed miserably. After long periods of doing nothing, besides playing golf and making new friends and acquaintances, boredom set in. I’ve always had a great interest in technology, and combined with previous training, I set out to “get current” in order to help others with their daily computing issues. After 7 plus years, I finally realized that I’ll never achieve that goal. The constant, seemingly daily, changes in tech require constant, seemingly endless, upkeep and research. My very loyal customer base both deserves and demands it. But I’ve got an itch. Several actually. And they need to be scratched before I lose interest or become too old to reach those hard-to-reach places.
Sooooooo….it’s time to move on. After some painless negotiating and haggling, Mr. Randy Blencowe and I signed off on an agreement of sale last week. Mr. Blencowe owns the Blencowe Group, a tech firm located in Colombia, SC, and has ties to Pawleys Island, making this a logical expansion and exciting venture for him and his company.
Throughout the course of our business discussions, I told a scant few people. Mrs. Lawrence, of course, and other family members, none of whom live within a 500 mile radius of here. Also, a few trusted, close friends, some of whom also don’t live within a 500 mile radius of here. But, as is typical in a small town/community setting, word got out. I’ve had more than a few customers ask me about it and have been told that it’s been a topic of conversation in several local eating/drinking (mostly drinking) establishments. Amazing.
More than once, I commented to my darling bride about how, at least, my “seven year itch” involves my occupation and not my marriage. Typing her response to that here would be totally inappropriate. But given how far reaching my “secretive” business dealings were, she’d know about any indiscreet thoughts before they ever came to mind.
What to Expect:
- I’ll be welcoming Blencowe people into my facility on July 7th. They’ll be present daily in order to observe, iron out minor details and meet customers.
- Full control of the business will transfer to Blencowe at close of business on July 31st.
- I’m retaining ownership of the name “Computer & Software Solutions“. With obvious changes, my Facebook page will continue on for a while, as support for the new owners and an informational landing page.
- CSSPIblog.com will continue. Tech related stories and anything else that tickles my fancy.
- I have signed a 4 year, non-compete agreement. As of August 1st, I can’t conduct this type business and can’t repair your computers. Please don’t ask. If I didn’t have the utmost confidence in The Blencowe Group continuing an effective relationship with you, I wouldn’t have made the deal.
- I will continue to be available to speak to your civic group, community organizations, or classes concerning cyber security and internet safety. As always, this is done with no fees attached.