In 1985, Joe McCartney, a Kent State attendee, started work at a local computer company called System Control. Joe worked full time while obtaining a degree from Kent State Tuscarawas Branch. In 1989, Joe had worked himself up to the “Senior Programmer.” In that same year, Joe took his annual Canada trip, but this time, with a twist. He got an alert via emergency radio to come home as soon as possible; he was to report to the silent partners of System Control. While Joe was in Canada, the owner of System Control quietly and abruptly shut down the business. He left behind tens of thousands of dollars of outstanding projects. The other employees of System Control left the building and locked up the doors. But, Joe’s wife and his sisters took it upon themselves to unlock the doors and take phone calls, telling clients not to worry, Joe would be back.
Joe saw an opportunity and took it; he started Pioneer Programming in the basement of his home on 4th Street in New Philadelphia, Ohio to give clients the support they needed. His wife, Cheryl McCartney, assisted in marketing, and designed the business logo, along with providing the name of the company that would carry on for almost 26 years. Joe hired Pioneer Programming’s first employee after about one year of being in operation, and in another two years, Joe moved Pioneer Programming to it’s first official office building; the Groh Building on 3rd Street in Dover, Ohio where our longest partner started their Pioneer journey; Phil Strosnider.
After being in the Groh building for about three years, Joe purchased the 920 Boulevard building in Dover, Ohio in December of 1995. Pioneer Programming expanded rapidly in 920 Boulevard; we started in that building with only six employees, and exited that building with 32 employees. Along with expansion, Pioneer Programming also went through a name and logo change. We are now known as Pioneer 360, in an attempt to merge Teledata and Pioneer in a more cohesive manor. Pioneer also hired our two other owners while residing in the 920 building; both Yancy Lancaster and Tony Roe. Pioneer Programming spent 17 years in the 920 Boulevard location, before just recently moving to the old Red Cross building in 1451 4th Street in New Philadelphia, Ohio. We now have 33 employees, over 2,000 clients, and over 28 years of experience in perfecting the “The Pioneer Way”, and we are expanding & improving daily.
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