Located above Francolis and Felixs at 34 Plaza Square, Integrated Systems Solutions moved to Old Towne from its previous headquarters in Orange near Anita Drive in late 2010.
With 14 employees, the firm specializes in accounting and distribution software for small to mid-sized companies. A former Old Towne resident who still lives in Orange, Founding Principal Howard Roberts helped launch the company in 1991. He says the new 3,500-square-foot historic offices are like a second home.
We really enjoy being in Old Towne because of the culture and activity here, Howard said. The unique, small-town atmosphere provides our employees the kind of working environment that builds creativity.
Restored and renovated several years ago, the historic space was originally a hotel in the late 1800s. Featuring original mouldings, baseboards, picture rails and Douglas fir flooring, the handsome interior includes nine individual offices converted from the hotels original rooms and suites. The reception area showcases a dramatic, mahogany counter and old-style mail slots.
When our clients come here, they are so taken aback by where we are located, Howard said. Our offices are fantastic. Its just so different and unexpected.
The firm has added its own vintage touches to the premises, decorating the hallway with historic photos of Old Towne Orange, including a night scene of the international street fair in 1910.
A certified public accountant, Howard ventured into the software side of the industry when he served as chief financial officer for a construction company. Combining his computer and accounting backgrounds, he decided to become shareholder of his own firm along with business partner Troy Bakken. The company primarily serves the Southern California region.
We sell and implement ERP [enterprise resource planning] software solutions that manage business assets and operational functions, explained Howard, who notes that they can also develop specialized applications for specific needs not served by off-the-shelf software. The company also offers support services for the clients computer infrastructure, whether on site or in the cloud.
Old Towne offers the ideal setting for meeting with clients, said Howard. Our clients really like coming to our office. Plus, we have the added bonus of being able to take them to lunch downstairs or around the corner!
Published in the Jan/Feb 2012 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review
Written by Karen Anderson, Photograph by Jeanine Hill
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