Friday, April 25, 2008
Today’s guest on Business in Motion was Gary Sohal, President of Audcomp Computer Systems.
Gary Sohal started his computer sales and service computer from his parents’ basement in 1986 while he was a McMaster university engineering student. He was selling Commodore 64s. The purpose of his business was to make a little beer money. He had summer jobs to pay for his tuition. When he graduated the economy was in recession and he didn’t like the one job offer he received so he decided to go with his “beer money business” for awhile longer until he could get a good job.
More that twenty years later his beer-money business had grown to Champaign money and Gary has still not found that “good job”. Instead he is busy running his thriving business and wishing that there were more hours in the day. He doesn’t see himself as the “big boss” yet today Audcomp employs 160 people and is eagerly seeking more staff. He points out that he no longer needs to work nor do any of the extra circular activities that he does but that those things engage and excite him – and that is more important than money.
His advice to budding entrepreneurs is to go for it, follow what you love and live the dream.