Lan Systems Selected as the Business of the Month for May, 2013

LAN Systems provides a wide-range of IT solutions, service and support throughout the Greater Metro Atlanta Area. From installing a new system to upgrading existing equipment and maintaining your IT systems, LAN Systems has a solution that works for your business.

Companies, like people, have stories that are often interesting, entertaining and inspiring. LAN Systems started in Norcross in 1993 providing IT and computer services for business customers. In 2008, Mary Hester purchased the company for a number of reasons. She has a background in technology as an electrical engineer, extensive experience in managing service and support groups, an MBA from the University of Georgia and she loves a challenge. LAN had a sound business model but needed some modernization and restructuring. The first year, we focused on controlling operational costs, increasing the sales force and updating our product offerings. As early as late spring 2008, we knew something was wrong with the economy especially in the construction sector, but we had no idea how bad it would be. Later that year, we all saw the worst recession in decades as the financial markets collapsed. For the next couple of years, we struggled as the customers we served struggled to make it through tough times.

Although feeling the pinch, we focused on becoming a better IT company and corporate citizen. We hosted seminars, network events and became involved with local chambers of commerce and community groups to expand our reach, promote our brand and do good work. As an electrical engineer, Mary is very involved with outreach efforts to introduce young people to engineering as a career. Because of her passion, LAN sponsors many events focusing on STEM initiatives. We became an industry leader for the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and yearly sponsored Girl Scout Engineers! and CSI Mystery Case programs many times. We volunteer for the Norcross Cluster School Partnership and donated our 2012 proceeds from our eWaste recycling events to the partnership. This year all proceeds will go to Good Samaritan Health Centers of Gwinnett. We enjoy sponsoring outreach and networking events for organizations that serve our community. Mary has facilitated a Gwinnett Chamber Chairman’s Club Executive B2B group for several years and is the 2013-2014 president for the Norcross Business Association.

Over the years, LAN Systems has been honored with numerous nominations, mentions and awards. To mention a few recent honors, we received BBB Torch Awards for Community and Customer Service, were featured as a success story in Georgia Trends, made the Bulldog 100 Fastest Growing Companies and are now the Gwinnett Chamber Business of the Month. These are wonderful to receive and a great testament to our commitment and perseverance, but the most heart-warming compliment is a thank you from our customers. That is what tells us that we have done our job well.