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One common denominator of the successful business owners in College Park is the amount of time they have each spent in their respective business sectors. A popular refrain is “I’ve been doing this my entire life.” Mike Della Pia, owner of Lan Masters, echoed that phrase and shared that he started in the information technology (IT) field in 1992.
Lan Masters, located at 1321 Edgewater Drive, is an IT provider offering remote and on-site IT services to local businesses. “We are a company’s IT department,” said Della Pia.
He promotes a “no geek-talk” policy. When partner businesses call in with problems, Lan Masters speaks in plain English so each side understands the problem, and each can make an informed decision.
Ironically, in 2003 Della Pia moved from New Jersey to Orlando and opened an IT franchise called Geeks on Call. He grew the business into seven franchises scattered throughout Central Florida. In 2010, Della Pia branched out on his own and opened Lan Masters, which was located in downtown Orlando.
In 2014 Della Pia moved Lan Masters to its current location. About a year ago, he also opened a companion business located next door, Computer Voodoo, which serves residential computer needs such as laptop repairs and setup of home networking systems.
“College Park has been great to us,” said Della Pia. “People in College Park use you, they give you a shot.”
Della Pia shared one story about a local resident whose computer was hacked. When a friend learned of the hacking, she suggested the resident call Computer Voodoo. “Community members talk,” said Della Pia.