Many people have seen Julie Goodwin’s abilities in the kitchen on the smash hit television show, MasterChef, however, nearly as many are probably unaware she is also partly responsible for a growing Gosford IT channel player.
Seven years ago, when her husband, Mick, was unhappy with the customer service ethic of his job he decided to set up his own business, Loyal I.T., with Julie helping out as a director / sales and marketing staff.
The reseller and services company now has eight staff on its books, and substantial partnerships with Lenovo, D-Link, Microsoft, HP and IBM. “We’d be one of the biggest IT services companies up here [in Gosford],” Mick Goodwin said.
“There’s a handful others about our size, and plenty of small guys.”
Loyal I.T. is also growing, and looking to expand into new fields, Goodwin said, and it has a special interest in education.
“We are a SMB-focused company, but we do a bit of education, and we’re trying to get more of that market,” he said.
“For us at the moment, the opportunities are in education services – assisting high schools and primary schools with their infrastructure and network management.
“Although we are a Lenovo partner, we didn’t get a piece of the netbook rollout pie.”
Following his wife’s success on the hit Channel 10 show, which drew in more than 4 million people for the grand finale, Goodwin said he was unsure whether she would retain her day-to-day position with the organisation.
“We’re still not sure exactly what will come of this, but she’ll certainly be an owner and a director moving forward,” he said.
Mick Goodwin has 17 years' experience in the IT industry. He has held positions at Telstra, Swiss Banking Corporation, Rothschild Australia, MTG Consulting (Midas Technology Group) and Absolute Business Systems.