Our Story

SimplePowerIT was born in 2013 on the premise that most organizations have one shared and basic technology need: computers and software should “just work” so users can stay focused on their goals without frustrating technology glitches. On the occasion there are issues, your frustration level is likely high. We believe that getting up and running again shouldn’t involve long telephone hold times, talking with technicians who aren’t empathetic or don’t understand, and speak in jargon.

When you work with us, SimplePowerIT has one overarching ambition – to earn your trust and confidence.  We want our relationship to expand beyond your basic technology needs and we work to understand your business. Our team is small, and that’s intentional.  When you work with SimplePowerIT, you’ll work directly with the owner and a dedicated technician who will be your technology advisor and ensure that everything does work each and every day.

If that sounds like the kind of technology support your business or organization is seeking, we’d welcome a conversation. 
Contact us any time. We can’t wait to get to know you!3

Martin Straub


Principal




Martin has 20+ years of experience developing, building, and maintaining frustration-free technology solutions. After moving to NCW in 2001, he served as the Technology Director for the local CPA firm, Cordell, Neher & Company, PLLC. Although primarily focused on their internal network needs, he discovered a passion for solving client technology challenges. As a result, in 2013 he founded SimplePowerIT to focus exclusively on delivering frustration-free technology solutions to NCW businesses and nonprofits.
Martin’s interest in serving nonprofits has grown with years of involvement with many community organizations such as Wenatchee Outdoors and Wenatchee River Institute. He currently contributes as a Board member for the NCW Tech Alliance.
He is equally passionate about the outdoors and you’ll often find him ski touring along Blewett Pass, biking the Methow Valley trails, or wandering and observing wildlife in the many protected natural areas throughout our region.

Randy Marrone

Network and Security Engineer


Randy is an out of state transplant from Reno, Nevada. Coming from a Nevada Gaming background as an IT Director for a casino, Randy was responsible for overseeing many different hats in all shapes and sizes. From Security, Networking, Surveillance, to Rules and Regs, there aren’t many aspects of tech that Randy’s not comfortable with.

With a special focus on Security coming from a highly targeted, 24/7 environment and working  within a highly regulated industry, Randy has proven more than competent in handling most modern-day cybersecurity challenges while tailoring solutions that are right for your budget and industry.

With a decade of hands-on training and a passion for learning, Randy will be there for you and your team. Randy and his wife, Tiffany most recently purchased farmland outside of the Wenatchee area and when not at work, or training, you can find them on the farm.

Stephen McCandless

Operations Manager

Stephen McCandless joins our team with over a decade of educational technology experience. Stephen previously served as the Technology Director for Goldendale School District in southern Washington. In that capacity, he managed multiple user environments and devices giving him a broad perspective resolving issues from many different angles. He understands that functioning technology is critical when it comes to running a successful business. When not working, you may find him fishing, reading a novel, or spending time with his family.

Michael Williamson

Helpdesk Solution Provider

Michael comes to SimplePowerIT with over 20 + years of award-winning customer service experience. He tackled tech issues while working as a sales agent for AT&T and as a technician at Staples, assisting customers with a range of needs such as security issues and PC configurations. Michael is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Information Technology Management from Western Governors University. Originally from California, Michael relocated to the area in 2009 and now proudly calls the city of Wenatchee his home with his beautiful wife of over 10 years, Rachel. In his free time, you might catch him with a game controller in his hand or working on his gaming You Tube channel!

Walter Ramirez

Walter Ramirez

Network
Engineer

Walter was born and raised in Mexico and comes to SimplePowerIT with a background in Computer Science. He started working as an IT Technician as soon he was out of High School. Since then he has accumulated over 20 years of experience with Computers, Networking and Phone Systems.
When Walter decided to move to the US and settle in the Wenatchee Valley in 2011, he first worked at Crunch Pak, then added additional experience as an IT Technician with both Stemilt Growers and StarrRanch, expanding his knowledge and certifications.
Walter loves spending time with his wife Nikki and their 7 year-old son. They live in a canyon just outside of Cashmere and enjoy working outside in the fresh country air. They also love camping, hiking, playing Catan and just about anything, as long as they are together.

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