Rick Altobello has more than 32 years of experience in the computer industry. After a life-long interest in electronics and with a natural talent for fixing gadgets of all sizes, he and his wife, Donna, opened Bear Computer Systems in 1995. Since then Rick has completed various research courses and continuing education programs to stay up-to-date on advancements and electronic releases. This includes being A+ certified, a title he has held for more than two decades, the ability to troubleshoot and problem solve, and developing lasting relationships with customers to offer timely repairs. He is also an authorized technician through Phone Doctors, and has held this certification for more than four years. Some of his additional program specialties include DOS, iOS, and Windows 3.1 through Windows 10.
Rick's love for computers began in 1983 when he purchased a Commodore 64, an early-model desktop computer. He began tinkering and found he enjoyed taking electronics apart, and finding what made them tick … and how he could make them better.
He served the United States Army for over 18 years as a military policeman retiring in 1995. During this time he performed law enforcement duties and held a variety of positions, including squad leader, platoon sergeant, company operations sergeant, and station commander.
In 2001 he was named Manhattan Konza Rotary Club's Rotarian of the Year.
When he's not working on computers, Rick enjoys cooking, photography, and traveling. Together he and Donna have two sons, Richard and Steven, and six grandchildren.