Nashville Computer Celebrates 25 Years Of Service
Before Windows, Internet, iPads and flat screens there were heavy PC’s with 12 inch amber & black CRT screens, Microsoft DOS 2.0 operating systems, 64KB (not MB or GB) of RAM, 20MB hard drives, a floppy drive and no mouse, costing about $3000.00. That was in 1988, the year owner, Kerry Couch started Information Software Sales (now Nashville Computer, Inc.).
For 5 years, Mr. Couch had been managing a retail clothing division for a Fortune 1000 company. In June 1988, the clothing division was sold and he was out of a job. To make matters worse, he and his wife, Lisa found out that their newborn son needed heart surgery. Concern for his family and finding employment weighed heavily on his mind as they spent many hours at Vanderbilt Hospital. But through these circumstances, the seeds of a new business were sown.
A good friend, Mike Yates had come to lend support. While spending many hours in that hospital waiting room a conversation turned to how "hot" personal computers were and that it was a business that had a lot of potential. From that conversation and many excited discussions afterward, Information Software Sales was formed October 1, 1988.
The company began by selling accounting software in a shared space at a local accounting firm located in the Koger Center (now Synergy Business Center) in Brentwood. At that time, it was hard to find the computers and equipment capable of running the accounting software, so the company soon added hardware and computer networking to their list of services. This prompted changing the name of the company and just one year later Information Software Sales became InfoComputer. They also moved to a new location within the Koger Center to make room for more employees.
The company was getting stronger gaining long time loyal employees such as, Charles Henson, Kathy Proctor and Richard McClellan. Charles, hired in 1991 is now the Vice President of Operations and Innovation, Kathy, hired in 1993 is bookkeeper and Richard, hired in 1995 is their IT Business Consultant.
The next few years brought many changes. In 1993, as the company continued to expand, Mr. Couch became the sole owner of the business, buying out his business partner. Business flourished as the world headed to the Y2K frenzy in 1999, but then watched several technology companies fail the next year when the “crisis” was over. Through it all InfoComputer continued to grow and in 2003, moved to a larger location at 277 Wilson Pike Circle in Brentwood.
By 2002 the Internet had become the market place in which you wanted to be. Potential clients were looking for businesses online, but without the big search engines like we have today. The name, "InfoComputer" was not recognizable enough. So once again the search was on for a better name. Mr. Couch was able to obtain the domain www.NashvilleComputer.com and by 2005 the name of the company was changed to Nashville Computer, Inc.
Today the company has 17 employees and the future of Nashville Computer looks bright. The continued growth of technology has left small to medium sized businesses, who cannot afford to support a full IT department, struggling to keep up. Nashville Computer's full list of IT solutions and services solve that problem. With their team of experts handling technology, clients are free to forget about computers and focus on their own business.
From just selling accounting software to becoming an entire IT Solution, Nashville Computer has come a long way. And by the way, that newborn son who had the heart surgery is now 25 years old and you guessed it, working for Nashville Computer. Happy 25th Anniversary Nashville Computer!