The new owner of the store is Kasey Courtwright, a Lincoln native
and 2004 graduate of Lincoln Community High School.
The young man, who took Web design in high school, studied
computer science at Robert Morris College. He also served his
internship under the tutelage of Steve Becker at the Woodlawn
location. The valuable knowledge he received from Becker is not lost
on the new owner. "Working with Steve was a great experience,"
Courtwright said. "Steve taught me a lot about computers, and I will
have to work hard to fill his shoes."
The change in ownership came about suddenly, not only for
Courtwright but the Beckers as well. Steve was hired as the tech
coordinator at LCHS and couldn't pass up the opportunity. "The
security and benefits are just wonderful," Kerri explained.
Courtwright is thankful that Kerri Becker is staying on at the
business. "She's great. She is familiar with all our customers as
well as the operations of the business," he said. "That helps a
The business custom-builds computers for specific needs of
individuals and businesses as well as servicing them. For now
Courtwright will concentrate on those same services, leaving
potential expansion possibilities for after he becomes more
acclimated to owning his own business.
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Kerri talked about how the Internet has created so many more
computer users since the Beckers opened their doors 14 years ago.
"At first the computer was primarily for business use," she said.
"Now it has become a form of entertainment and pleasure with
With the ever-expanding use of the World Wide Web, however, come
headaches for computer users and challenges for computer service
centers like Courtwright's. Both agreed that the challenges of
staying ahead of the sophisticated viruses constantly running
through cyberspace constitute a great deal of the service work at
Courtwright explained how many viruses are extremely
sophisticated and sometimes don't trigger problems for months and
then take a computer system totally down. Becker stated it is a
shame that some of these destructive individuals don't turn their
skills to becoming a productive part of the computer world.
The store is currently sending out mailers to all their valued
clients, explaining the changeover and advising everyone that their
business always was and always will be most appreciated.
[By MIKE FAK]