Ivan Mladenovic is a serial entrepreneur and social media fanatic who is best known as the founder of Preemo, the computer repair and technology company he launched in his kitchen in 2009 and that now has grown to serve more than 200 small business and residences throughout South Florida.
Always the tinkerer, Ivan found out from an early age that he had a knack for technology, whether it was installing car stereo systems for his high school friends or later learning film & video production at the University of Miami. After graduating from UM, he lived in Los Angeles for a short time, working at the prestigious Paradigm Agency. The opportunity to open his own company drew him back to Miami – where he began fixing computers for a real estate company – Preemo’s first customer. Word spread fast and business grew, so much so that by Sept. 2009 the company expanded to its current South Miami office, close to Pinecrest, Coral Gables and Miami. Since then, Preemo has helped dozens of small businesses choose the right technology to fit their needs and follows through with computer and software training for employees and individuals.
Right now, Preemo is gearing up to launch TechTime – an innovative new way to pay for and receive tech support and IT consulting. With TechTime, customers buy discounted blocks of time – similar to stored-value gift cards – and pay as the go, replenishing their TechTime accounts as needed. The company is also developing a new Technology Concierge division, that will serve the tech needs of celebrities, athletes and high-net worth individuals.
The success of Preemo hasn’t diminished Ivan’s commitment to his community. In technology circles, he is well known for launching the online event calendaring site SoBizMiami.com and is active in groups such as Refresh Miami and Social Media Club South Florida. Ivan’s involvement as a member of the Red Sunset Merchant Association led to the opportunity to develop the City of South Miami’s green taskforce website, greensouthmiami.com. An alum of Gulliver Schools, Ivan is still involved with his alma mater and also dedicates time to raise funds for charities and non-profits such as Voices for Children, the South Miami Drug-Free Coalition and the Community Partnership for the Homeless. He continually explores ways to help individuals harness the power of technology to better their lives.
Ivan lives in South Miami with his American Pit Bull Terrier, Duke, who is trained to visit the ill and infirmed in hospitals, and is a TDI-registered therapy dog.
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