Meet Our Team
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 student at UNCW, and Sara a student at East Forsyth High School.
VP of Managed Services
Brian Stewart grew up in Western North Carolina. After graduation from Pisgah High School in Canton, NC he went on to receive his Associate Degree in Computer Engineering Technology from Wake Technical Community College in 1994. While a student at Wake Tech, Brian worked for IBM and also NC State University Hardware Services. Brian helped open the doors of Computer Renaissance in Charlotte in 1994 and served as Service Manager. In 1996, Brian came to the Triad and started working for MCR Computer Services. In 1998 Brian, along with Chris Oakman, launched Simple Network Solutions (SNS) in 1998, growing the business from a small start-up to one of the leading computer networking consulting companies in the area. In 2011 SNS, Inc. merged with Eastridge Technology a leading Microsoft Gold Partner. While at Eastridge Brian helped cultivate the managed services business into one of the Triad best. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional in both the desktop and server operating systems. 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. He is married to Michele and the have one son, Caleb.
VP of Project Services
Josh grew up in Pilot Mountain, NC and graduated from ECPI with a degree in Computer Technology. In 2001, Josh began his IT career with K. Hovnanian Homes as a computer technician working his way up to IT Regional Manager. Josh’s career later led him to Guilford County Schools where he taught Cisco Networking Academy and Digital Forensics. In 2011, Josh moved into a Systems Engineer role at Eastridge. He proved to be an integral part of the technical team acting as project manager for onboarding managed service projects, Office 365 migrations, and consulting projects. In February of 2016, the Application Development side of Eastridge was sold to SHI and Josh, Chris Oakman, and Brian Stewart started Solace IT Solutions with a focus on Microsoft technologies and Managed Services. He is married to Jennifer and they have two children, Jackson and Jillian.
Business Development Manager
Client Services Coordinator