In an effort to stem the red ink, Serviceland Inc. of Westlake Village has abandoned its hopes of covering the nation with computer-repair franchises, the company's new president said.
Patrick Darrah, 41, said the privately held firm will focus instead on growth through company-owned stores in the highly competitive computer-repair business. He predicted that Serviceland would climb out of the red by the end of the year, but he would not give any specific financial information about the company.
Darrah took over as president Sept. 10. He replaced Michael Purdy, who Darrah said was dismissed in a July shake-up initiated by Rothschild Ventures of New York, which owns more than half the company's stock.
At that time, Serviceland fired five top executives. Also last month, chairman George Harmon, the company's founder, resigned.
Harmon said he and the old management group disagreed with Rothschild's plans to emphasize company-owned stores rather than franchises.
Harmon, a 9% shareholder, and Larry McGovern, former Serviceland marketing vice president, have started Service Intelligence Inc. to offer group buying, marketing and consulting to independent computer-repair stores, Harmon said.