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Meet Geoffrey Ness of Nessit in Somersworth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Geoffrey Ness.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Geoffrey. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Inspired by my father and grandfathers, I always knew I wanted to own my own company. The only question that remained, what was it going to be? The answer came naturally the summer before my junior year of high school. I had previously interned with a local computer company and fell in love with the constantly changing and evermore challenging industry. Unable to get a summer internship, I announced to my family I was starting an IT company- Geoff Ness Computer Solutions. One client turned to two, and two to five, quickly becoming a busy summer helping family and friends with their technology woes. The following years were filled with internships at larger companies, all the while continuing to build my little business. My birthday in June 2008, I rebranded to ‘Nessit’.

Upon graduating from Keene State, I worked for a fortune one hundred company to gain experience. Each day was spent at work and every evening growing my business.

To this day, I remember where I was when I got up the courage to make a go of Nessit full-time. It was by far the scariest decision of my life. May 2012 was time to put it all on the line and I embraced the title of self-employed. Today, Nessit has 12 employees, seven company vehicles on the road, acquired two companies, is building a second office and grossed over $1 million. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for the unwavering support of my parents, Nessit’s amazing clients and my incredible team. I’m proud to be an employer who supports the local economy and the owner of a company that gives back to our Seacoast community.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Anyone that has been an entrepreneur can attest to the trials and tribulations and the ebbs and flows of starting a company from nothing. Each struggle comes with a lesson that helps you grow professionally, personally and leads to becoming a stronger leader.

A year into business, the work seemed to dry up, it was difficult to find new clients willing to take on such a young company and the fear of failure was directly in front of me. At the moment I thought I would have to close the doors a client from years ago called and said they had a huge project they needed help with and they didn’t want to work with anyone but Nessit. It was our eureka moment. Suddenly the work was coming in fast that I could have ever imagined, leading to hiring a staff. I couldn’t ask for a better team and I know without them, Nessit would never be where we are today.

I am very proud to say that Nessit has acquired two companies in the last three years. Each acquisition has come with unique circumstances that provide complications to these new relationships. Through the help of mentors, family, and colleagues we have successfully grown the company to places never thought possible.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Nessit is a technology solutions provider. We specialize in IT consulting, web development, hosting in two of our own data centers, structured cabling and more. We are an end to end IT company meaning we touch all things technology for our clients from wiring a building to engineering a network and server solution to maintaining it all. Our informal tagline is “Not your average IT guys” bestowed upon us by one of our favorite clients who embracing the Nessit ecosystem of all things technology.

Our clients know they can come to us with any technology problem and we will have a team member that has a specialty in that area.

In 2015 we acquired an up and coming home automation business to add to our ever-growing list of services. Today we offer smart home solutions, automated conference rooms and more. From starting your coffee pot from your iPhone to checking security cameras on your TV, we love hearing what our clients come up with for requirements. The team at Nessit thrives off of challenges.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I was a very inquisitive kid. I was always taking something apart, learning everything I could about it, specifically the computer my dad bought for his office. The story goes, he left it at home one day and I took it completely apart. My father is a very gentle man but understandably wasn’t too happy to find his brand new, first computer in pieces. I assured him I could put it back together and to this day I don’t know how I did it, but it worked when I was done.

Catering to the creative side of my brain, I’ve been playing guitar since I was 7 and still play in the same church as I have for the last 23 years. Initially, I went to college as a music major but decided after freshmen year to pursue a degree in computer science. To this day music is still near and dear to my heart.

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