Chris Oakman grew up in Rutland, Vermont. Upon graduation from High School, Chris joined the Marine Corps where he served for 5 years including a tour in Iraq aboard the USS Nassau for Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. After leaving the Marines in 1992, Chris attended Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh where he attained an Associate’s Degree in Computer Engineering. After graduation, Chris worked as a computer technician in Greensboro before starting Simple Network Solutions, a small IT consulting firm located in Kernersville, with Brian Stewart in 1998.
In October of 2011, as Office 365 was emerging, SNS merged with Eastridge Technology, an application development company specializing in SharePoint. Together they collaborate with a focus on Microsoft cloud solutions for businesses
In February of 2016, the Application Development side of Eastridge was sold to SHI and Chris, Brian Stewart and Josh Sammons started Solace IT Solutions with a focus on Microsoft technologies and Managed Services. Chris is married to Denise and they have two children, Ben, a college student, and Sara a student at East Forsyth High School.