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In an era when technology can play a pivotal role in a company’s success, it’s important to choose the right solution to enable your business to grow. Keeping on top of these ever evolving trends can be a full-time job. That’s where David Herrington comes in.
As the founder and president of Kelowna Software Ltd., David leads a team with over 90 years combined experience specializing in web design, IT solutions and custom software development. Kelowna Software is a one-stop shop for any business’ tech needs. This might include providing a new website and logo; procuring and setting up new computers, printers or networking equipment (i.e. routers, Wifi, VPN, etc.); Ransomware protection; data backups; IT security compliance and custom software development.
“Our goal is to help our clients take their business to the next level by optimizing business workflows and increasing capacity through the use of technology,” says David. “This might mean implementing simpler, easier-to-use and moreefficient software or it could mean updating some outdated hardware with the best fit for them. Each solution is tailored for that business’ tech needs.”
For a new business, it might mean starting from the ground floor with a new website and logo. More established businesses may recognize bottlenecks in their systems and need some tech upgrades to expand their capacity, thereby taking on more clients and growing their business. For large organizations, they may have an existing system that’s old and needs new features or a full redesign.
Kelowna Software has solutions for an array of companies and their needs. For example, for some local landscapers, Kelowna Software implemented a maintenance system that enabled these businesses to manage, track and schedule jobs using their existing website and increase overall revenue by over 30%. For a client in the trades, Kelowna Software custom built the software they use day-today, allowing them to facilitate revenue growth from $5M to $19M annually. For a client in manufacturing, David and his team built a new sales tool which allowed realtime stock information and order placement, enabling this manufacturer’s sales to increase from $9M to $13M in their first year of using it. As a direct result of this, the client had the capital to build a new warehouse and expand capacity by 300%. For these companies, the foundation for these services originated decades ago as David started designing websites during high school.
Born in Kelowna, but raised in Kamloops, he took his lifelong love for technology to Thompson Rivers University, where he earned his computer science degree. Following graduation, he spent the next decade in Kamloops then Vancouver, learning valuable entrepreneurial lessons in his roles with some tech startups and a large government defense contractor. His work transcended many industries, including aerospace and defense, manufacturing, oil and gas, healthcare, engineering and more. This experience across multiple domains gives him and his team a unique advantage of understanding the nuances of many industries.
Outside of work, family is a huge part of David’s foundation and their support has been paramount in Kelowna Software’s success. He and his wife of 15 years, Meagan, (who’s also Kelowna Software’s director of marketing and social media) have two boys. Like many business owners, the rigours of running a company can mean long hours and many sacrifices for a family but it’s not all work and no play. In addition to volunteering in the community and coaching his kids’ sports teams, David and his family enjoy the nearby attractions, spending summers behind the boat on the water, and winters on the slopes. Whether at work or play, David consistently seeks learning and personal growth. He’s constantly learning about the latest and greatest and for local business’ tech needs, that’s a good thing, and why he is the Face of Tech.