late 1996, Mike Luckham was finishing five years in Indonesia
as Project Engineer of a telecommunication project with
his former employer Canadian Marconi Company (now CMC Electronics
business systems analyst and programmer
field service technician for electro-mechanical and electronic
team leader & supervisor
technical resource involved in negotiating complex contracts between
Mike was ready to start his own business on his own terms which
included a 'lifestyle decision' to live in his home town of Ridgetown,
decided to start a 'full service' and 'professional' computer business
with three complementary products:
- Consulting for a broad
range of computer systems, services, and technologies. Contact
with the computing and electronics industry to be maintained through
trade magazines, reference books, Internet, trade shows, courses,
and service of only very reliable, but reasonably priced,
computer systems and networks. Backed by top-notch experienced
technicians. Focussed on solving customer problems and preserving
their investment in data and programs - not the 'band aid' approach
to service taken by many small computer businesses.
software such as device drivers for the 'high tech' industry,
business software and websites for local businesses and institutions,
and software products for resale (particularly for agricultural
and experience from each aspect of the business would support the
other two, allowing the business to grow and prosper.
get and keep loyal customers the business would follow three guiding
principles which any business might expect from its own employees,
to build a reputation for:
- technical competence
for the customer's business issues and costs
Systems Software started
business in January of 1997, operating at first out of Mike's home
in Ridgetown. Relying on small newspaper ads and software development
contracts, business grew over the next year.
1998 Sunrise and Stargard Electronics jointly rented the premises
at 14 Main St East. Sunrise's business increased, but Stargard found
it difficult to staff two locations and after a few months Sunrise
was on it's own again.
continued to grow and in April 2000 Jim Humphrey of Rodney area
was hired as a full-time technician. Also in 2000, Sunrise became
an authorized dealer for Xcelco
Internet which offers excellent quality Internet access in Chatham-Kent
and Sarnia area, began to offer full-service web hosting at www.sunsys.net,
and began consulting for Simply Accounting. And Sunrise
has recently added Virtual Private Networking (VPN) and wireless
networking to it's repertoire.
most customers are within one hour of Ridgetown, but Sunrise has
customers in London and as far away as Ottawa.
lives in Ridgetown with his wife Farida and young son Harris.
Teenage daughters Vicky and Julie live in Waterloo.