Anytime we’re in a heightened security awareness, we’ll let the clients know there’s a new vulnerability we’ve found and we’re making sure everything is protected.
Another thing that has kept me up at night is the realization that growth is expensive. When we started Affinity Tech Solutions six years ago, it was me in a truck putting in 40 hours a week. For the first three or four years, we doubled the business every year. I think our slowest growth was last year, and it was 20%, and that was during the pandemic. We’ve done it all self-funded over the last six years, and that’s the way we want to continue doing it.
We’ve overcome that by keeping mine and my wife’s salaries low. For the first three years, we didn’t travel or go on vacation at all. It was important to make personal sacrifices to get to where we are today.
Our goal is to continue to grow. Part of that is wanting to provide good-paying jobs in Lake County. In Eustis, every position we have is above the median income.
What has been your proudest moment as CEO?
One of the best moments was after we hired our dispatcher, Nancy. The dispatcher position is critical, serving as the face of our company. We were at a point where we were getting pretty overwhelmed. We weren’t always as responsive as we wanted to be. We just didn’t have time.
When we hired Nancy, the feedback we got from our clients and the improvement in our clients’ happiness with us was immediate. It was a nontechnical role at a time when we had only three techs full time including me, and another one part-time, and I had wondered whether I should hire another tech. But adding that communication position made all the difference to the clients because they knew they were heard.
What does it mean to you to be selected as a GrowFL Company to Watch honoree?
It’s really, really cool. My wife and I both work in the business full time. We look back at the sacrifices we’ve made, working long hours, and this is a little bit of justification for that. It shows we’re doing something right.