Asheville Spotlight: Saturn Networks

March 26, 2019

Founder of Saturn Networks, Blake Ray, shares the story of his IT business, how it has grown from a one-person shop to a family over the years, and what he’s learned as a businessman along the way.

Tell us about your business.

I started Saturn Networks in 2008 as the economy was tanking. Probably not the best time to start a business, but it created a hardworking, resourceful and creative environment. After working in the IT field for 10 years, I wanted to do business with customers in a mutually beneficial fashion. I saw a need for clear communication and timely delivery on promises. As Saturn has grown from a one-person IT shop it feels more like family. It’s not just the customers’ success that is at stake.

What’s a little known fact or trivia about your business?

While starting out Saturn shared office space with Wild South, then called the Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project.

How has your company grown over the years?

To date Saturn Networks has grown entirely via word of mouth. Clients and even other IT shops recommend us to their associates, friends and family. We do what we say we will.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome?

Uh, my own short comings and distinct inability to spell.

Was there ever a time you felt like you had to completely start over?

No, not really, I like the way Saturn does business. Starting Saturn was the completely starting over portion of the program. There were some lean years in the beginning.

The greatest business advice you’ve been given?

Do what you say you will.

What’s on the horizon?

I see Saturn growing further servicing larger companies with more employees than 50 as we tend to service now.