First Joint Venture

With the sale of LaserDesktop, the firm joined forces with Steve Carson and his company in Chicago, Respond First Aid Systems where we launched the Safety Director. The company provided safety mitigation and training services primarily in the manufacturing sector. The company went on to be acquired by Cintas.

1988: First Business Opens

Our founder, Randal Southam, smelled opportunity. Working in sales in the commercial print industry in the late 80s, he recognized the impact computers and ‘desktop publishing’ were going to have on the industry. He quit his job, borrowed $30,000, partnered with a new company in Seattle, Aldus (PageMaker), and launched LaserDesktop on Lower Queen Anne […]

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