Gator Geek is a company born out of the oilfield industry of Houston Texas, one of the most IT rich industries in the world. It is a business that fuels a passion for challenges, for innovation, and for problem solving. Oilfield equipment must endure in a harsh environment, where only the toughest technology and the most reliable code will survive. It is also a proving ground for IT specialists worldwide.
The engineers, technicians and consultants at Gator Geek have a combined IT work history of over 50 years, some of whom were working to usher the industry into the personal computer era, developing both systems and software. They did not stagnate in their knowledge, but continued to grow as the industry grew. They helped to develop and operate automation systems, drilling rig networking, and applying well logging and communication technology.
Gator Geek is the brain child of the founder, Edward Welka. He is the President and CEO, and the driving force behind it. He began working with personal computers at the age of 7 writing code on Apple II computers. He continued to build his craft through the years until he was old enough to work in the oil industry. He exuded a passion for the power of computers, and lobbied to introduce PCs to the well logging company he worked for, where well logs were drawn by hand, as they had been since the 1940s. He persisted in casting his vision for the future of the company to the President and the Vice President until it seemed foolish not to. He built the first machines from scratch, and worked with the fledgling well logging software company, Logplot, to help them develop their product and get it functioning in the field. Not only did he have to teach the field geologists how to use the software, he had to teach many how to use a computer.
Petroleum is a fickle commodity, as anyone involved in exploration and can attest. After 22 years with the company, Edward found himself a victim of lay-offs. Like many people, he was faced with having to reinvent himself and discover a new direction. He wanted to retain his passion for computer science, while finding a new, creative vein. He discovered a desire to be of service to help his neighbors and friends, and to help a young generation learn computing and technology skills. He decided what was called for was a community store location that offered affordable virus removal, tech upgrades that make an old computer run better than new, and technology based maker classes to all who want to learn what tech is all about.
Edward is joined by his associate and fellow oilfield veteran, Martin Oeschler. Martin worked closely with Edward in the day to day operations of the technology department of the company. Martin worked as a field technician for many years before being brought in to the administrative arm to work in procurement. It was his responsibility to research and purchase the best available technology for the best price. Together, they went to great lengths to ensure that operations ran smoothly, and that the clients were satisfied.
Not long after Edward, Martin suffered a similar fate, and was laid off as the gears of the great petroleum machine began to slow. Edward reached out to Martin to ask him to take up the vision with him, to serve neighbors and friends with technology needs.
Working with Edward and Martin are a team of experts in their fields, specifically industrial networking, server arrays, Cisco support, software development, coding, and web development.