Who We Are

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BridgeTek Solutions LLC with headquarters in Piedmont, South Carolina, is a leader in IT Solutions specializing in the K-12, Higher Education, as well as the State and Local Government vertical markets. With decades of experience servicing this market, we understand how to deliver innovative, market driven, scalable, and cost effective total solutions. Our client retention rate which spans several decades underscores our ability to resolve their complex issues with best of class products as well as unmatched design, consulting, engineering, and support services.
BridgeTek Solutions maintains key partnerships with multiple tier one manufacturers which enables us to provide industry leading solutions to our customers and become their “go to” partner. In addition to infrastructure, and cloud based offerings, BridgeTek Solutions is a leader in the transformation of the K-12 e-Learning environment through partnerships with consultants and instructionally based technology companies who focus on classroom solutions and content. Our full services suite of solution offerings allow us to be a true strategic educational technology partner.
Our five founders formed the company in 2014 to help clients meet the unique and constantly changing IT challenges facing the public sector. Having worked together for over a decade at previous companies the Leaders developed a team of professionals offering a mix of technical, sales, management, and customer relationship expertise that is rarely found in an organization. It is no wonder that public sector clients all over the Carolinas continue to depend on the BridgeTek Solutions team as their strategic technology partner.

WHO WE ARE

Leadership team

Bill Buchanan, CEO

“We strive to hire employees who are as dedicated to our client base as our leadership team. At BridgeTek Solutions, all of our employees work very closely together with one common goal – customer satisfaction. Our clients deserve our best effort every hour of every day.”

Bill brought over two decades of experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer of BridgeTek. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Business from Furman University. Before starting BridgeTek, he and our COO Tom Clinton built Computer Software Innovations, which they sold in 2012. For 13 years, Bill held the position of Senior Vice President of Technology and Cloud Services BridgeTek.

As our CEO Bill motivates, provides structure, and oversees all finances and other key management areas. His responsibilities include making major corporate decisions, managing the overall operations and resources of our company, and leading the development and execution of growth strategies. He guides our mission and vision, ensuring that our focus stays firmly within our field and that we are never distracted from our goal of being the best SLED Market Technology Service Provider in our region. Bill works closely with our clients to develop and implement their short-term and long-term strategies, nurturing long-standing relationships and evolving our offerings to more effectively and efficiently achieve their goals. His personal connections with representatives of the world’s leading technology vendors have contributed to valuable partnerships that benefit all our clients.

In his leisure time, Bill enjoys traveling, playing golf, and running.

Tom Clinton, COO

“What we do matters. Our technology solutions for the public sector ensure safety in our schools and include the most advanced and effective learning tools. We bridge the gap between our clients’ IT needs and the systems, products, and services that will best serve them. Every person we employ, every client we serve, and every decision we make is important.”

As Chief Operating Officer, Tom’s extensive IT experience includes more than twenty years in the industry. He earned an associate degree in Computer Electronics and a bachelor’s degree in Business from Liberty University. Tom is a true entrepreneur, having started three computer software companies, including BridgeTek and another which he co-founded with our CEO Bill Buchanan. Tom retired from the military after 22 years with the U.S. Army National Guard as a Communications Officer where he expanded upon his broad scope of technological knowledge while serving our country.

Tom’s incomparable contribution to the leadership of our company includes developing and implementing goals and strategies for growth. He enthusiastically motivates and oversees the daily operations of our team while monitoring the financial indicators that support our success. Always accessible and supportive to our employees, clients, and partners, Tom plays an integral role in establishing policies and procedures that promote our company’s values, culture, and vision.

Tom balances his busy work life with leisure activities like weightlifting and sporting events, and values his time spent at his church and traveling with his two daughters.

John Semberger, President

“After six years of business, I can’t name one client who wouldn’t speak highly of our service. We’re human, we’ve made mistakes. But we invest the time, energy, resources, and whatever else is needed to ensure that our clients are totally satisfied.”

John joined the team as President, attracted by this diverse group of entrepreneurs, each bringing their unique perspective to building a company based on the shared desire to provide excellent work to highly valued clients. He brings an impressive 40 years of upper management experience to his leadership position. John began his career as an engineer and then moved into sales, a career shift that gives him the enviable ability to determine the scope of the project based on his clients’ needs while personally developing the very best solution based on his immeasurable engineering expertise.

Like the rest of our leadership team, John doesn’t spend much time behind a desk and is frequently found joining our onsite team to help with installations. He believes that when clients see BridgeTek leaders having hands-on involvement in their projects, it creates a competitive advantage over much larger companies where top management is usually disconnected from the day-to-day client operations.

Married for 41 years to a teacher, and as the son of an English teacher, John’s interest in the public sector isn’t surprising. He is happiest spending time with his five grandchildren and is active in his church.

Kelley Turpin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

“Everything we do has value. Our solutions have long-term benefits that really make a difference in the community. We have an amazing, loyal team of employees that share our core values in customer satisfaction. They understand the importance of what we do as an organization and strive to deliver exceptional results. We will continue to listen to our clients and continue to develop solutions and services that will help them meet their growing needs. We are committed to our clients and our employees, and we will stay steadfast in those values.”

Kelley has been in the technology industry, primarily public sector, for over 20 years. She’s developed, managed, and mentored sales teams while successfully growing revenue in new territories. She is extremely passionate about staying engaged with our clients so we continue to provide the best customer service in our industry.

She is constantly expanding our partnerships with leading edge manufacturers to ensure that we continue to provide our clients the best solutions based on the latest technologies and products.

Kelley’s authentic concern for her clients’ well-being is matched by a genuine appreciation of the role each member of our team brings to supporting our core value of complete client satisfaction.

Kelley is a strong supporter of Claire’s Army, a charity organization that supports families with children battling cancer and gives back to her community through her active involvement in her church’s efforts to help those in need. She seeks balance in her life by spending time with her husband and two sons. She is a dedicated sportswoman, enjoying skiing, swimming, snorkeling, basketball with her boys, golf, tennis, and running in the park with friends.

Jason Lepper, CTO

“I truly enjoy introducing new technology to our clients and explaining the benefits that will improve their lives.”
As Chief Technology Officer, Jason’s 20 years of experience in the IT industry ranges from network operating systems to switching, routing, and wireless. His extensive knowledge, breadth of experience, and prestigious industry certifications positioned our company as a tech leader in the public sector from the very beginning.

Jason’s technical vision and high customer service standards ensure that our clients can rely on us for projects that run as smoothly as possible with any disruptions resolved quickly and completely. He provides sound technical leadership in all aspects of our business. He identifies, compares, selects, and implements technology solutions to meet our clients’ current and future needs. His advice informs our company strategy for technology platforms, partnerships, and external relationships.

Jason’s focus on addressing and immediately resolving issues has resulted in our enviable reputation for uncompromised reliability and an ever-increasing amount of repeat business and renewed contracts.

When he isn’t working, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, camping, fishing, and attending church.

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Join Our team of Professionals

We are always looking for talented professionals who can bring new perspectives and life experiences to our team. If you are looking for a place that values your knowledge, passion, and desire to succeed, we are right for you.

Benefits

We recognize that our employees are our most important assets. Therefore, we are committed to offering a comprehensive benefits package that provides for the protection and well-being of our employees and their families. BridgeTek Solutions offers a comprehensive selection of insurance plans that accommodate all our full-time employees.

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Healthcare
  • Multiple Medical plan options, including a Health Savings Account
  • Voluntary Dental plan options
  • Voluntary Vision
  • Life/AD&D
  • Short-and Long-Term Disability
Retirement & Savings Plan

You have an opportunity to save for your future with the BridgeTek Solutions 401(k) matching Retirement Plan.

Time Off – Work-Life Balance

Everyone needs time away from the job for rest and relaxation. We provide paid holidays throughout the calendar year and a vacation accrual rate that is based on your continuous years of service.

Opportunity

Internships

BridgeTek Solutions is proud to provide paid and for-credit internship opportunities to local higher education students. Assuming a variety of roles at our headquarters, students will experience the business and information technology industries as they serve the education sector. We offer hands-on involvement in sales, business operations, installation, and engineering designed to prepare young individuals for futures in a variety of fields. Internships are open for flexible terms of just a few weeks to full semester and summer stays.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.

Reaching Out

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

We nurture a corporate culture that values the importance of giving back to our community. As a company, and as individuals, we seek opportunities to donate resources and time to help others.

Latest Updates

News & Events

Lockstep Technology Group and BridgeTek Solutions to join forces to deliver transformative educational IT solutions.

Lockstep Technology Group, a leading provider of technology solutions which recently launched Lockstep Education, dedicated to serving the unique needs of Information Technology in Education, will combine with BridgeTek Solutions, a leader in education IT solutions to offer an industry-unique comprehensive portfolio of IT services to K-12 and Higher Education.

Lockstep and BridgeTek share a common purpose to provide technology solutions that enable a robust, scalable, innovative, secure, and highly engaging learning environment. With combined resources, Lockstep, based in Atlanta, GA and BridgeTek, based in Piedmont, SC will strengthen their market positions in the Southeast and offer their K-12 and Higher Education clients turn-key solutions that range from staff and student devices to technology in the classroom such as cloud-based solutions and leading-edge virtual reality offerings. In addition, the combined teams will offer advanced engineering and cybersecurity services.

Both organizations take pride in being customer-centric and client obsessed and partnered with hundreds of districts and higher education institutions over the past decade. “We all experienced the importance of technology in education over the past year. Our combination accelerates our mission to impact more educators by providing a wider suite of technology solutions,” Bill Buchanan, CEO, BridgeTek Solutions.

“The passion and purpose embodied by the BridgeTek team align with everything we do at Lockstep. We’re excited to be able to immediately offer a wide range of technology solutions that enable educational success.” Mahendran Jawaharlal, CEO, Lockstep Technology Group.

About Lockstep

Lockstep Technology Group provides IT solutions and services that enable organizations to focus on their core mission. Lockstep Technology Group recognized that the technology in education is different and founded Lockstep Education, a purpose-driven organization that believes technology is at the core of education. Lockstep’s mission is to empower and augment education technology teams to be strategic enablers in a rapidly changing environment. We eliminate the distractions and complexity of infrastructure, security, and access. We believe today’s technology leaders are co-creators of tomorrow’s strategies in a world that requires technology to optimize outcomes while evolving in real-time through the adoption of new tools.

About BridgeTek

BridgeTek Solutions LLC is a leader in IT Solutions specializing in the K-12, Higher Education, as well as the State and Local Government vertical markets. With decades of experience servicing this market, we understand how to deliver innovative, market driven, scalable, and cost-effective total solutions. Our client retention rate which spans several decades underscores our ability to resolve their complex issues with best of class products as well as unmatched design, consulting, engineering, and support services.

Testimonials

What Our Clients Say

“The School District of Pickens County has partnered with BridgeTek Solutions for many years.  BridgeTek always provides competitive prices on the best industry products, while giving us a stellar implementation experience.  They are flexible to work around our schools’ schedules so student learning is not impacted by a major IT project installation.  They have decades of experience in the K12 Education market and are well-connected with VIPs in so many companies.  Because of this, we know we can count on BridgeTek to resolve any issues with their partners on our behalf.  Once we place the PO, our work is done!  Simply put, I trust BridgeTek.

Barbara Nesbitt, Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services

“BridgeTek Solutions is incredibly knowledgeable in every area of technology including hardware, software, infrastructure, and operating systems. Their work ethic, dependability, and customer relations are at the highest level possible. I would not hesitate recommending them for any project in any area of technology.”

– Joel Whitesides, Executive Director of Technology

“Our district has successfully partnered with BridgeTek Solutions for many years. They understand the needs and challenges of the K-12 environment and have worked with us in providing solutions. Their expertise combined with the level of knowledge of the connected classroom, brings technology integration full circle. Moving forward, we are confident that BridgeTek Solutions will continue to offer the resources and support needed for our district.”

– Susan Shirley, Director of Technology

“We have worked with the team at BridgeTek Solutions for many years. The staff’s vast knowledge and understanding of K12 education needs cannot be beat. We can always call the staff for any technology related issues, and they can help! So thrilled to be working with them!!”​

– Paula Yohe, Director of Technology and Information Systems

“I love having BridgeTek Solutions on my team. Their support is superior, and their prices are the lowest we have found. Everytime I have asked for help, they have delivered.”

– Curtis Arrowood, IT Manager