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Mary Hester is the CEO of LAN Systems, which provides a wide-range of IT solutions, service, and support throughout the Greater Metro Atlanta Area. From installing a new system to upgrading existing equipment and maintaining your IT systems, LAN Systems has a solution that works for your business.

Overview of LAN Systems by Mary Hester, CEO Mary Hester, CEO
Companies, like people, have stories that are often interesting, entertaining, and inspiring. LAN Systems started in Norcross in 1993, providing IT and computer services for business customers. In 2008, I purchased the company for a number of reasons. I have a background in technology, extensive experience in managing service and support groups, and love a challenge. LAN had a sound business model but needed some modernization and restructuring.

The first year, we focused on controlling operational costs, increasing the sales force, and updating our product offerings. As early as late spring 2008, we knew something was wrong with the economy, especially in the construction sector, but we had no idea how bad it would be. Later that year, we all saw the worst recession in decades as the financial markets collapsed.

The Recession
For the next couple of years, we struggled as the customers we served struggled to make it through tough times.
Although feeling the pinch, we focused on becoming a better IT company and corporate citizens. We hosted seminars, network events, and became involved with local chambers of commerce and community groups to expand our reach, promote our brand, and do good work. As an electrical engineer, I stay involved with outreach efforts to introduce young people to engineering as a career.

Events & Initiatives
As a company, LAN sponsored several events focusing on STEM initiatives. We became an industry leader for the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and have sponsored Girl Scout engineers and CSI Mystery Case programs many times. We volunteer for the Norcross Cluster School Partnership, and in 2012, donated all the proceeds from our eWaste recycling events to the partnership.

We enjoy sponsoring outreach and networking events for organizations like the Girl Scouts, Norcross Business Association, and Technology Association of Georgia.

Awards
Over the years, LAN Systems has been honored with numerous nominations, mentions, and awards. To mention a few recent honors, we received the BBB Torch Award for Community Service, were featured as a success story in Georgia Trends, and made the Bulldog 100 Fastest Growing Companies. These are wonderful to receive and a great testament to our commitment and perseverance, but the most heart-warming compliment is a thank you from our customers. That is what tells us that we have done a good job.

I was so honored for all of us at LAN Systems to be selected as one of the featured businesses for this website. A business is successful because of the efforts of many people and we have an exceptional group of great people at LAN. We believe that Norcross is a great place for business and a place to imagine all the possibilities.