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A Q&A with Chris Grumboski, President of IT Support Company CMIT Solutions of Oak Park, Hinsdale, and Oak Brook

By Caitlin Mullen Pioneer Press

Oak Parker Chris Grumboski, 47, is the president of IT support company CMIT Solutions of Oak Park , Hinsdale and Oak Brook . He opened the local office of the national information technology services company in late summer 2017. On Jan. 19, he answered a few questions for the Oak Leaves.

Q: What does CMIT Solutions of Oak Park, Hinsdale and Oak Brook offer?

A: We provide IT support for small- and medium-sized companies. We diagnose issues before they become a problem. We essentially become your IT department when you hire us. We manage systems, address malware and viruses, data back-up and recovery, cloud computing. We also sell hardware and software. … Our motto is, “if it beeps or blinks, we can fix it.”

Q: How did you get into this field?

A: My background is actually in finance. I was in investment banking for 17 years. As a kid in the 1970s, my dad was always into computer science. We always had computers around. In 2017, I wanted to try something different. It was the perfect solution to go into the tech side of things.

Q: Why is this something you’re passionate about?

A: It aligns with my memories I had growing up. In every job I had, I would always gravitate toward this aspect of the job. I was kind of like the local help desk person. I feel good when I help someone solve a problem.

Q: What’s it been like to run your own business?

A: It’s a big change, because now I’m my own boss. Now I’m thinking about the business 24 hours a day. It’s been an adjustment in that every thing that happens here comes back to me. But I put more hard work into it. It really does reflect on me.

Q: Hidden gem of Oak Park or River Forest?

A: The Oak Park and River Forest Food Pantry. It’s a great organization. The more attention they get would definitely help. I’ve volunteered there, and I think it’s a great cause.

Caitlin Mullen is a freelance reporter for Pioneer Press.

This story ran in the Chicago Tribune

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