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Tabacek’s vision helped make IT-Lifeline an ideal target for a merger

Congratulations are in order for the folks who've built IT-Lifeline into a top-drawer tech services company, making it an attractive target for an acquisition.

Especially worth a call-out is Steve Tabacek, who started the Liberty Lake private company in 2002, taking it beyond simple backup to the integrated providing of business continuity services and disaster risk assessment.

Here's one of our first articles about IT-Lifeline, from our former tech section SR TXT, dated September 2003.

Tabacek was the founding guy and the person who pushed the company forward during its earliest leaner years.   Though he left IT-Lifeline two years ago to start CXOWare, another Spokane firm, his role was pivotal in keeping the company growing.

A Texas firm, Rentsys Recovery Services, acquired IT-Lifeline and plans to keep the operation going in Liberty Lake, according to today's SR story from our business pages.

The 2003 story wasn't that brilliantly written, either. I'm just enjoying thinking back to 2003 when the Spokane economy wasn't especially strong and the idea of a new company tackling the disaster-recovery area seemed very promising, to me anyway.

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