by BETH ALTENA
When Dennis Lorincz, owner of DLI Computers, passed away in May, his son couldn’t stand the thought of closing the doors on the many loyal customers and friends who had counted on his dad to keep their computers up and running well. With the building up for sale, Jody Lorincz Member decided to follow in his father’s footsteps in business. Jody and Jeff Gallagher Member created a business partnership in July of this year and opened the doors to JNJ Geeks in the same location at 10194 Northland Drive in Rockford.
“We own the business and are running it now. Hopefully in the future we can put more people to work,” said Jeff.
The two see continuing the business as a legacy to Dennis, “The Computer Doctor,” who was so passionate about his profession and helping people. “We didn’t want his legacy to die with Dennis,” continued Jeff.
With intern James “Manubi” Himes, the two men are able to continue the business using their long experience in the field. Jeff has been working with computers since he was very young. He worked for several companies as a network engineer, senior technician and IT manager. He brings over 20 years of hands-on experience repairing and troubleshooting personal computers and networks.
Jody has been working with computers as a hobby his whole life. He has built many computers from the ground up for himself, friends and family members. During the time he worked for his father’s company, from March to July 2011, he learned that he was not only good at repairing computers, but he enjoyed the daily interaction with customers, which is just as important as being able to repair computers.
James is a talented individual who looks forward to gaining experience in the technology field. He is part of a program offered by Goodwill Industries designed to help people earn job experience and develop valuable skills. Sometimes with technology, gaining experience is hard because companies are only willing to hire someone who has an impressive resume already.
“Hopefully we will help James learn new abilities in whatever area of technology he decides to go into,” said Jody. “He is currently enrolled in college to become a video game designer.”
JNJ Geeks works on new or used computers and laptops. They perform all their services in house with no shipping out for repairs. Remote help is also available for anyone with Internet access. The “Geeks” team can visit businesses for on-site assistance as well. Businesses will benefit from technical assistance, considering the rapidly changing aspects of technology.
Currently back-to-school tune-ups are popular. JNJ Geeks offer specials on their Facebook page as well.
“We stand behind everything we build and are able to service all makes and models of PCs and Macs,” said Jody. “We offer competitive prices while keeping money within the local economy, unlike the big box companies and even other businesses in the area. We believe in local and personal,” said Jeff.
Hours for JNJ Geeks are Monday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Their website is www.jnjgeeks.com and their e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. They can be reached by telephone at (616) 951-3381.