Panah Finds Success in Providing Valuable Service
Omid Panah loves working with his hands to solve problems that require highly technical solutions.
The Iranian native, who has resided in the Nashville area for more than 30 years, thought his professional life would revolve around the delivery of health care and being of service in an operating room, due to his interest in the field.
After taking Nashville State English for Speakers of other Languages courses to have a greater understanding of common phrases and nuances, Omid completed prerequisites to be accepted into the Surgical Technology program.
The notion of being the right hand of a surgeon during procedures was a motivating factor. After completing his clinical training and graduating, Omid was in high demand owing to his skillset, work ethic, and good nature.
Several years later, Omid was searching for a new professional challenge, but one that still relied on using his hands and putting his technical competence to use.
It was at this time in the late 90s that there was “a new generation of technology.” He delved right in, graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Technology in the spring of 2000.
It was while he was working at Dell Technologies near BNA International Airport that he got his break in the profession. Dell did not have any open computer technician positions at that point, but Omid wanted a foot in the door no matter what, so he worked in their logistical shipping department. One day, two weeks into the job, a supervisor in Dell’s tech department came to shipping inquiring if anyone had technical computer troubleshooting experience. Omid spoke up, saying he did and was a recent graduate of Nashville State.
The next day he was presented with a formal job offer, which he accepted.
“If it wasn’t for Nashville State, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to speak up and put my computer skills to work.”
Now, after working at Dell for a little more than two years, Omid is about to celebrate the 20th anniversary of owning and running his own business, Eagle Computers, located off West End Avenue, near the 440 interchange.
Eagle Computers, which custom builds PCs and provides repairs and upgrades among other things, was named after the species of bird which symbolizes ambition, tenacity, and intellect. It’s no coincidence that Omid is a Nashville State Falcon alum.
Panah loves what he does, “It is my passion, my love.”
When asked if he had any advice for current or future Falcon’s, Panah says, “Be persistent, patient, and do not ever give up. Your gate will open.”