Careers across the world ends for Reid Nuttal in Oklahoma City
Reid Nuttall's life has been one adventure after the other, which have taken him across the world.
His first three careers were with large companies where technology was his job and his love.
Nuttall's fourth career started about four months ago. This time it is his own company.
"I wanted to follow my dream and not be in a large company," said Nuttall, 59. "I'm always looking for something that is fun and new. I have always had an interest in technology."
His new business, Digital Doc, 5918 N May Ave., offers cellphone, tablet and computer repair and sales. He plans to open more franchise stores in the metro.
"I can't do anything halfway," Nuttall said. "We are one of few people who do board-level repairs. We have the deep technology."
Nuttall wants to give people the kinds of computers that will address their needs, whether it is playing videos or looking at their grandchildren's pictures.
"This is not just a repair shop," Nuttall said. "We want to be able to talk to people and be able to fix their older computers at the fraction of the cost of a new one."
Holding his five-year-old laptop, used during Mitt Romney's 2012 run for president, Nuttall explained how his employees made it new again.
"It was slow and didn't do what I needed," Nuttall said. "Technology has changed dramatically and the cost has gone down."
They added a faster drive and more memory so it performs like a new computer at a fraction of the cost, Nuttall said.
"This repair shop gives me an opportunity to do something that others aren't doing," he said.
Working around the world
Nuttall's first job was in the oil industry with National Oilwell Varco, a 25-year run that took him to Texas, Singapore and Scotland as a chief information officer.
One of his favorite jobs was in Oklahoma City, working for OG&E from 2006 to 2014. He worked for the company during the time it was awarded $129 million in President Barack Obama's stimulus money for the implementation of the Smart Grid. The three-year project cost $345 million.
"It was the most fun and aggressive technology project we could have," said Nuttall, who was chief information officer.
"What made it good and dramatic was the Smart Hours gave our customers an incentive to save money and we didn't have to operate the dirtiest plants."
The Smart Grid implementation was honored nationally.
"OG&E was more profitable in those years because OG&E was able to save costs," he said. "It was an exciting time."
Nuttall started the search for his own franchise after retiring from OG&E. But then he received a call from the largest Toyota dealership in Saudi Arabia to become its group chief information officer.
"I turned them down," Nuttall said.
"At dinner, my (youngest) daughter heard it and said she had never been overseas. I paid attention."
Nuttall put his plans on hold. He, his wife, Carolyn, and daughter Allison were off to Saudi Arabia for two years.
After returning to Oklahoma, he first looked at opening a bakery because he liked meeting people. But the early hours and a concern that people wouldn't show up for work turned him off to that idea.
Digital Doc was a perfect find.
"This my current scheme," Nuttall said. "We will see if it works. I just can't do nothing."
After all of Nuttall's experiences, he still is learning as the owner of a small business.
"I have done a lot of things and thought I was smart," Nuttall said. "There are a lot of things I am stupid about when it comes to running your own store; the government regulations, accounting. I always had a staff that helped.
"It has been a humbling experience."