Freshman runs IT company from laptop

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Most college students are concerned with their classes and trying to find a minimum-wage job to get by, but Timothy Roe Jr., freshman computer science major, is the CEO of his own technology company, Roe Boat Corp.

The company focuses on IT consulting and helps customer’s with computer breakdowns in their own homes. They fix home computers, mega-servers and networking issues at multiple companies.

Roe Boat Corp. helps the San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside and San Diego counties by assisting multiple companies within the Southern California area.

“I am so dedicated to what I do that I will climb into your wall if I have to and rewire cables if I need to,” Roe said.

Roe said he became interested with technology when he was 2 years old because of a Thomas the Train video game. Since then, Roe said his interest in computers and technology has only increased.

One day, Roe said he was sick at home and searched how to create an app and how to code a computer to turn off and on. From then, his idea to open his business sparked.

“My company was officially filed with the state of California in 2013 and I was 14 at the time, but I really started my company when I was 13 years old,” said Timothy Roe. “I saw how happy my father was running his own branch of Farmer’s Insurance. He had the opportunity to take time off when he wanted to, such as going to see me play baseball, golf and tennis.”

Roe said he has always pictured himself doing the same thing for his company and future family.

“I would (want to) be able to say that I am going to take time off today and go spend time with my family,” Roe said. “I hope that one day I will be able to expand my business, where the people I hire can do the same thing.”

Even as a CEO of a company, Roe is still a college student with college roommates.

“(Living with Timothy) is awesome. Whenever I have technical problems , he fixes them right away,” said Nicholas Litwin, freshmen graphic design and photography double major and Roe’s roommate. “When I look over at his computer, and all I see is a bunch of code, I have no clue what it means.”

Roe said he is hoping to expand his company and make it flourish.

In the meantime, he said he plans to continue to focus on graduating from California Baptist University and will continue his journey with his company.

About Isabel Sterbenz

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