Why the Name?

“Why Garnet Solutions?” I am asked. Choosing a business name is not easy these days, especially when so many great ones are already taken. So how did I find this one?

Let’s start with the Solutions part. I like to be able to solve people’s problems, especially if they involve computers and technology. I love building websites, but I also enjoy desktop publishing, financial analysis, and figuring out how to customize, for example, Salesforce.com.

Now for Garnet. The idea of a gem appealed to me because rocks describe who I am: steady, reliable, sometimes sparkly and colorful, and simply there. Garnet is my birthstone and when I looked it up I discovered it is associated with trust. So it felt right all the way around. I also learned that garnets come in a rainbow of colors; not just the dark red I usually envisioned.

So there you have it: Garnet Solutions can provide an array of services with integrity!

How It All Started

Garnet Solutions has been 17 years in the making. Just before my oldest was born, I left my full-time job in real estate asset management and started freelancing. Early projects included marketing support for a start-up that was selling product through Staples, proofreading the resumes of Yale MBA students, and creating a complex Excel model that would output the increased efficiency of using a variety of different motors in manufacturing.

While searching for a specialty, I decided to take a course in website design and development at Northeastern University. I loved the puzzle-solving aspects of the craft, both spatial and logical. Calling my business LEB Web Design, first projects included new websites for First Parish in Brookline and the Jean Paige School of Dance. Other early clients included Peking & and the Mystics, Fortunato Consulting Group, and Mosaic Eye Publishing.

One of my next clients was TeenLife Media, LLC, and I ended up working there full time and with responsibility for implementing a new website design and later as project manager for the full redevelopment of TeenLife’s complex website fed by a database of thousands of teen programs. My time at TeenLife was a fabulous learning experience and I am carrying that experience into my work today.

Today we continue to offer our clients what they most need: personalized attention to work that needs to be done when the resources are not available in-house. We create standards-compliant websites that are designed to fulfill the specific goals for the website so it’s not just pretty, it produces the leads or sales that you need.

We design elegantly simple websites that give your end users clarity about how you can meet their needs.