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PCnet president buys company after co-founder’s death

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Last edited 3:40 p.m., May 18, 2017

Nearly two years after the death of its co-founder, PCnet LLC has a new owner.

Marty Roach, who stepped into the president’s role after Greg Clift died of cancer in November 2015, bought the information technology firm March 23 from Clift’s family. The company informed its clients and sent out a news release this month. Roach declined to disclose the purchase price, which also included sister company 85under, a cloud hosting firm.

Following Clift’s death, Roach had been in talks with his family regarding the company’s ownership and leadership transition. A former systems analyst and vice president for the firm, Roach has been with the 30-year-old company for 17 years.

“The relationship that I have with our clients and the relationships that I’ve seen with Greg and our clients has always been inspiring to me,” Roach said this morning.

PCnet and 85under operate at 2026 E. Phelps St., where they lease the property from the Clift Family Trust, Roach said, declining to disclose terms. The companies have 22 employees combined.

Clift co-founded PCnet in 1987 with his parents, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.

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