This week’s blog is a little different. I thought I’d take the chance to introduce you to the team here at Gconnect.

Far from techno geeks hiding in a darkened server room, our team here are pretty fantastic! Most of our clients have such a good relationship with us they recognise us by voice, and vice versa. So, drum roll please… allow me to introduce the Gconnect crew!

Paul

Paul is our all singing, all dancing (if you’re lucky) MD, often found networking his way around the country, sitting as Chair of the Lancashire Digital Council and freely offering advice wherever needed. Paul is a great believer in building relationships, not making fast sales. If you ever want to call in for a chat over coffee to introduce yourselves, or find out more about who we are, he’s your man.

When he’s not working, you can find him whizzing around the Lancashire countryside on his mountain bike, cooking up a storm in the kitchen or telling one of his fantastic* jokes.

*jokes may not be funny

Dan

Dan is the office guru. If he codes it, they will come. If he builds it, it will work. If he routes it, it will get there. If he firewalls it, it won’t. Ever. Dan’s the man for the more complicated projects, for the “ground up” network builds.

Outside of work, building is still a theme. Dan is the proud owner of most of the Lee Neilson catalogue, including his prized No. 62 Low Angle Jack Plane. He can build you a no nails, no nonsense, dovetail jointed cabinet (for those of you who are confused, its ok just nod along) To complement his woodworking hobby*, Dan spends as much time as he can in the Lakes with his family, and can often be seen biking or running his way through local beauty spots.

*obsession

Andrew

Andrew is the Mail Mountie – no matter where you sent it, or who sent it to you, he’ll find what happened to it and where it’s lodged. He’s also the only man we know who can talk fluent ADSL. He can smell a misbehaving phone line a mile away. He’s like a digital Bloodhound…

A gamer in our midst, Andrew keeps us up to date on the latest Xbox releases, and loves playing the Lego sagas with his little princess! The fiction aficionado, and the fount of all things tanks, air force and history, Andrew can sometimes be found at LARP* events hamming it up as the best medieval warrior you’ll ever see!

*that’s Live Action Role Play to you and me

Mark

Our resident Window’s Whizz, Mark’s your man for tip top desktop support! The go to guy for all things “end user” he’s the one to turn to when your machine is misbehaving, or your documents have disappeared. The Buddha of Back Ups, Mark can sense when they’re not running right, and will have balance restored before you know it!  Just don’t mention Windows 8.0, he took that one personally!

Our resident rocker, you’ll find him at gigs and “do’s” all over the country, slapping* his bass and making sweet, sweet music with his band mates. Lovingly nicknamed Gandalf, from obscure lyrics to random Greek philosophers, if Mark doesn’t know about it, it doesn’t exist!

*no bases were harmed during the making of his music

Kaye

Kaye is our newbie, looking after all the accounts and administration for the rest of us. All we know about Kaye so far is she’s bright, bubbly and game for a laugh! She’ll be the one you talk to for any invoicing queries, she’ll whip you up a statement in the blink of an eye, and do it all with a smile!*

*wink optional

Then there’s me… and in the interest of fairness I had the others write this..

Dionne

Dionne’s our doyenne of Marketing, and the odds are (if you’re lucky) she’ll be the one whose dulcet tones you’ll hear when you ring us. Whatever you need to achieve with your IT needs, she’s your friendly first stop at Gconnect, and if she can’t help you immediately, she’ll know someone here who can.

When she’s not keeping customers happy, she’s up to the fetlocks in horses and ponies, training and presenting them, as well as attending shows in plenty* of tweed, practising the arcane arts involved in making very large animals behave like twinkle-toed dancers…

* An undisclosed amount, somewhere between Lots and Good Grief…