I started out as a professional web designer in June 1996 after graduating from high school. I was hired by my local newspaper and learned a whole lot about the importance of timeliness – both in keeping a news-oriented website updated and in customer service. After my time with the newspaper, I had stints with a few local startups in a variety of roles. That led to launching Eric Karkovack Web Design Services in 1999. I started my own business because I have a real passion for what I do. I realized early on in my career that I wasn’t just hanging around until something better came along. Design and technology continue to fascinate me. Working with a wide variety of businesses, helping them understand what the web can do for them – that’s still very cool in my book.