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Owner of Albany, Buffalo New Horizons teams up with brother to buy DeWitt location

By Eric Reinhardt

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DeWITT, N.Y. — The DeWitt location of New Horizons Computer Learning Center has new owners.

Jason Krolak, the owner of the firm’s locations in Albany and Buffalo, partnered with his brother, Todd, to purchase the local New Horizons facility, the company said in a news release.

Todd Krolak is currently the CFO of New Horizons of Albany.

Jason Krolak bought New Horizons of Albany in 2012 and the Buffalo location the following year, the company said.

New Horizons, headquartered in West Conshohocken, Pa., describes itself as the “world’s largest independent [information-technology] training company.”

The brothers believed that purchasing the DeWitt facility was a “perfect way” to link the Albany and Buffalo locations, Jason Krolak said in the news release.

“Linus Dirnberger and Margie Polis, the former owners, invested 13 years in building this business and we will continue operations at New Horizons of Syracuse seamlessly, providing the same commitment and quality training to all of our clients throughout upstate and western New York,” said Jason Krolak.

The news release didn’t include any details about the terms of the purchase agreement.

The Syracuse center has 10 full-time staff and six classrooms that seat 14 students each.

The facility offers classes that include business and technical training on information-technology products from vendors that include Redmond, Wash.–based Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MFST); San Jose, Calif.–based Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO); Palo Alto, Calif.–based VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW); Armonk, N.Y.–based IBM (NYSE: IBM); Redwood City, Calif.–based Oracle Corp. (NYSE: ORCL), and Downers Grove, Ill.–based CompTIA, a nonprofit trade association, according to the news release.

The DeWitt facility recently partnered with Syracuse University to create a custom training class titled, “Accessibility Fundamentals for Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat.”

The class, geared toward colleges and universities, focuses on creating documents that are electronically accessible to everyone.

The previous owners are “extremely proud” of the success the local team has achieved at New Horizons of Syracuse, Dirnberger said in the news release.

“When considering the sale of our business, we looked for owners who have a dedication to community and who can build on the foundation we created. We found that in the new owners, Jason and Todd Krolak; in their hands, we expect a smooth transition with tremendous growth potential for Syracuse as a connective piece between Albany and Buffalo,” said Dirnberger.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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