Granby resident Paul Marzo, 50, began programming computers in the early 1980s.
His father who started his own computer business 30 years before that.
Now, Marzo has opened an office for CMIT Solutions in his Granby home offering IT management services to local small businesses.
Marzo studied math and computer sciences at Clemson University. He spent 12 years working at IT consulting company EDS and also worked with small businesses as an indepenedent contractor.
Patch asked him to tell us about his business. Here's what he had to say.
Patch: When did your business open? Is anyone else involved in operating your company?
Marzo: "CMIT Solutions has been in business since 1996. As a leading provider of day-to day IT management and monitoring solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, CMIT Solutions is not just the people you call when your computer isn’t working (although we do that, too). We’re a trusted advisor for thousands of companies, and we work to help business owners view technology not as a 'necessary evil,' but instead as strategic asset. Currently, the brand has more than 140 locations throughout the country including ones in Stamford, Fairfield, and Danbury, CT.
"We started CMIT Solutions of Hartford in July of 2012. We have three local technicians, more than 50 regional technicians as well as a dedicated help desk and a 24/7 network operations center team. This extended team enables CMIT Solutions of Hartford to serve the IT needs of both small Hartford-area businesses as well as those of more than 100 employees."
Patch: What services do you offer?
Marzo: "Essentially, we serve as an IT team for businesses that can’t afford or don’t want full-time IT employees. As a foundation for our clients, we ensure that the systems their business relies on are secured and up and running without the typical technology-related headaches (and heartaches) that many businesses experience.We can also provide value-added IT services like database administration and custom application development for clients that have those needs."
Patch: Why did you decide to open in Granby and what made you interested in your field?
Marzo: "I have lived in Granby for the last 16 years and have been serving the IT needs of large businesses for more than 25 years as a systems engineer, application developer and vice president of information technology. CMIT allows me to leverage these years of experience for small and mid-sized businesses. The gratification of transforming a business that is frustrated with its technology, to one where technology is truly a competitive advantage, is what drives me and my team."
Patch: Do you have a business mantra you live by?
Marzo: "At CMIT, 'we believe in a passionate commitment to our clients; all else is secondary.' My personal business mantra is to 'always do the right thing.'"
Patch: Can you tell us about your business background?
Marzo: "I worked for EDS, a large technology consulting company serving the IT needs of companies throughout the country. During my time with EDS, I lived in six states in 12 years before settling down in Connecticut. I was accepted into and graduated from EDS’ prestigious Technology Consultant Program and later earned a master’s on Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute."
Patch: Finish the sentence. When I'm not working I'm...
Marzo: "When I’m not working, you can find me playing basketball at Granby High School at 6 a.m. three times a week! I also enjoy spending time with my four kids which are between the ages of 7 and 17. I enjoy attending their many dance, theatre and sporting events."