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New kid on block long on drive, Web Savvy

Jan. 13, 2010

Technology is a beautiful thing. Having grown-up in the computer age, I consider myself pretty up-to-date on cell phones, iPods and Facebook. But there's way more to technology than just the fun toys.

That's where Gabriel Wahhab and the Savvy Group can give anyone a hand with their expertise in the latest technologies and Web innovations.

"We're not your average Web design company," says Wahhab, president and founder of Savvy Group. "We have a very strong set of core beliefs … and we believe in doing everything perfect, to a T. "

It's a new neighbor in Elm Grove, having just moved into Suite 120 of the Iron Horse, 12425 Knoll Road, last month.

I visited the office last week and was greeted by twin dachshunds, Hans and Franz.

"They are like my little kids," he says laughing. "They are a lot of fun to play with."

The dogs are still learning not to bark when people are working, but the five people in the Savvy Group enjoy having the little fellows around. But don't mistake a somewhat lax work environment for a lax work ethic.

Only 27, Brookfield native Wahhab already is the founder of two businesses: the Savvy Group and U.S. Combat Sports.

While most of his clients are older than he, Wahhab doesn't have any problem relating to the issues they may be experiencing, offering solutions in everything from hardware set-up and maintenance to marketing and the Web world.

His expression was focused as he showed me the two components of the Savvy Group, Savvy Panda and Savvy Computer Solutions on his laptop.

Savvy Panda focuses on all things Web - from design to development. In fact, the company is launching verticals (a fancy computer term for ready-to-go Web sites) for use by mixed martial arts and online publishing professionals. The topics are near and dear to the former University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee All-American wrestler, whose other company, U.S. Combat Sports, began as a local media site for mixed martial arts in Wisconsin and has expanded to include 10 other states.

"We've also been doing a lot of search engine optimizations lately and helping people with not just examining their current traffic but also where it's going and why," Wahhab says of Savvy Panda.

On the Savvy Computer Solutions side, the company sets up and maintains back-up, e-mail and printing servers for Windows or Linux, video and phone systems.

Wahhab told me about a client with seven locations that needed to get information out to each site. The group was able to save time on paperwork and decrease communication error by creating a network for the locations to share documents and send messages easily.

"We can help you gain clients, help you get your message out," he said of the group's new marketing division.

The growing company has settled into its new home in the Iron Horse.

Wahhab likes the uniqueness of the building, with its high ceilings and many windows.

"Once I started exploring (Elm Grove), I really kind of liked it actually," he said. "It seems like a very tight-knit community, which I like."

Get in the Action

Stop in: The Savvy Group will host an open house in celebration of their new Elm Grove location from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in Suite 120 of the Iron Horse, 12425 Knoll Road

Surf on by: Learn more about the Savvy Group at www.2getsavvy.com, e-mail President Gabriel Wahhab at gabe@2getsavvy.com or call them at (414) 431-8615.

Grab a fork: The Savvy Group will take part in an Elm Grove Business Association program, "Social Media: What's in it for your and your business?" at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 at Sunset Playhouse, 800 Elm Grove. The cost is $12 for association members and $15 for guests. The presentation will be during dinner, served at 6 p.m.

Julie Ann Marra is uncovering the heart of Elm Grove, its people and places. Call her at (262) 446-6634 or e-mail jmarra@cninow.com.

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