Booker Walton is the Majority Owner of Mountaineer Technology Consultants located in Morgantown, West Virginia – in Monongalia County. Walton is a technology entrepreneur, from Morgantown, West Virginia.
Mountaineer Technology Consultants, also known as MTC – was formed in 2016 by Walton and is the culmination of an idea shared between friends, to bring a small business feel with a significant impact for West Virginia residents.
Booker holds a variety of certifications, including Certified Data Center Management Professional, Knowledge-Centered Support Principles, Support Center Manager Certification, as well as educational certifications such as Blackboard Graphical User Interface Administrator.
MTC is also the only local company designated as part of the Dell Expert Network. With a vision of helping to bring the masses into the information age comfortably, MTC helps provide IT solutions for individuals and small businesses, gaining the trust of clients and empowering them to use technology to their advantage, instead of being overcome by the need of technology.
Booker was a guest on the Positively West Virginia Podcast. He talked with the host, Jim Matuga, about how he got started in the technology industry, what he is most excited about for his company and his advice to young entrepreneurs.
How did you get started in this industry?
“It’s funny; my dad brought a computer home when I was six years old. It was an old IBM PS2. I learned my first programming language on that thing. I used to make programs on this computer and play computer games on it. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to get into technology,” said Walton. “So, every day when I grew up, I was constantly working with computers. I built my first computer when I was 14. Even when I went to college, I ended up working for a tech company while I went through college.”
“I started my first company when I was 24 years old and at the time, I was paying for my health insurance. I got hurt, and the tech company wouldn’t help pay for it. So I went to work for WVNet for twelve and a half years, but always with an eye that I was going to try and move away and get back into having my own business,” Booker continued. “I tried leaving a couple of times and they gave me a few raises, which was great, but ultimately, I knew in my heart that I wanted to have my own business and to forge my path.”
What is the thing you’re most excited about for your organization – right now?
“Honestly, the future. We have gone through two years. We’re at the beginning of our third year and we’ve turned the corner. We’ve turned the corner in such a way that we’ve gone through the trouble to establish ourselves as a company, and now the phone is ringing. People want to do business with us,” said Booker
What is one piece of advice you would give to young business owners and entrepreneurs in West Virginia?
“In short, don’t have a plan B. You need to put all of your time, energy and mindset into making your business work,” advised Booker.
Booker was a guest on the Positively West Virginia Podcast. Listen to his full podcast here.
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- RECOMMENDED ACTION TO TAKE EVERY DAY: “I am constantly talking to my customers and learning about them,” said Booker.
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