Our Team

“The most meaningful way to differentiate your company from your competition…
is to do an outstanding job with information.”
– Bill Gates

Who we are

InventureIT is an innovative full-service technology company with offices in Savannah, Georgia and headquartered near Chattanooga, Tennessee in Dalton, Georgia that was created to satisfy the growing needs of businesses across the Southeast. InventureIT provides information technology (IT) management, custom software systems, network support, General Tech Support for both Windows and Mac OS, integration and technology consulting services for clients of all sizes

How we started

InventureIT was incorporated in 2007 and has grown to become one of the leading IT consulting firms in the greater Chattanooga area. We have also expanded to an office in Savannah.  The developers at InventureIT have over one hundred years of combined IT consulting experience with extensive knowledge in the medical and manufacturing industries.

What we believe

We believe that every company, no matter the size, should have access to information technology resources that will allow them to achieve the most out of their business.  Whether you are a small startup, or a Fortune 500 company, InventureIT can create a solution to meet your business needs. InventureIT has the talent, resources and vision to take your company to the next level.

Our employees have experience working for

  • Extreme Logic
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
  • Textron
  • Shaw Industries
  • Southern Company
  • Tennessee Valley Authority

Secure Hosting

Our security team has provided our company to complete and achieve PCI‐DSS certification, full HIPAA & HITECH compliance of all of our components up-to and including our fax systems, as well as sporting one of the highest levels of security compliance achievable NIST800‐53 rev3 compliance.

Technical Experience

With over 100 years combined development experience our team is more than capable of creating and integrating any system with your company.

Fast response time

Your problems are our problems. Unlike large corporations, our tightly knit team of IT specialists are on call for direct help when an issue arises.

Richie Watson

Vice President of Sales

Richie Watson graduated from University of West Georgia in 1993 with a BBA in Economics.  Richie has been in Sales and Marketing his whole life in a variety of different industries (Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Security, Real Estate and Child Care).  He has a real love for people and enjoys making their lives easier with the use of technology.  He considers his greatest blessing in life is his family and 2 wonderful daughters. Thank GOD they look like their mother!!!

Brent Newsome

Chief Executive Officer

Graduated in 1993 from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems. In the past 22 years he has worked in every aspect of information technology, from operations to project team leader. The experience gained in all of these areas gives him the ability to envision a project from beginning to end. As a managing partner, Brent is heavily involved in sales and development.

Lee McKinney

Chief Information Officer

Graduated in 1993 from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems Over the course of his 22 year career in information technology, Lee has done everything from networking and PC support to large scale application architecture and development as both team member and team lead. Lee architects and delivers solutions that are efficient, economical, and exceed our customers’ expectations. As a managing partner, Lee heads the internal infrastructure and systems of the company as well as participating in sales and delivery.

Jeremy Fletcher

Chief Technology Officer

Jeremy Fletcher is one of the partners at InventureIT and acts as the company’s CTO. Jeremy graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University with a B.S. degree in Information Systems in 1999 before beginning a career in IT and software architecture & development. He has served various roles in multiple companies, with significant experience in software development and architecture for manufacturing environments. In his role as CTO, Jeremy serves as the company’s top technology architect, which focuses him on various goals, such as utilizing technology to enhance the company’s product offerings and aligning the company’s product architecture with business priorities. During his free time, he likes to spend time with his wife and children, coach/play/watch sports, brew beer, do projects around the house and occasionally nap.

Stacey Roach

Chief Operating Officer

Stacey earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering & Information Technology at Georgia Southern University in 2001. He has worked across the technological spectrum in his career, tackling large scale data warehousing initiatives and bleeding‐edge software engineering projects as a developer, technical lead, and project manager. As chief operating officer, Stacey is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the technology team as well as delivering projects to our clientele’s expectations.

Lawrence Brownlee

Senior Support Engineer

Lawrence Brownlee manages the support infrastructure out of our Dalton headquarters and the surrounding areas.

Lawrence’s company, Pinnacle Technology, was part of a merger with InventureIT in March of 2017, where he now supports a variety of clients providing technical support and guidance. His customers include manufacturing facilities, legal firms, logistics (3PL), charitable groups,  government and non-governmental entities. He has experience with Mac OS X, Linux, Unix, as well as the Windows operating system (all on both the server side and desktop side.) Lawrence has spent his adult work life entirely in the IT industry. He began his IT career in 1995 at a university and eventually moved to a law firm providing IT support. He then moved onto a local computer sales and consulting business and upward into a global IT outsourcing company that provides support to Fortune 1000 companies. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to create Pinnacle Technology in 2011 and to merge Pinnacle with InventureIT in 2017.

In his spare time Lawrence enjoys binge watching shows on Netflix, keeping up with current events, spending time with his family, his church, and going on mission trips to Haiti.

Rick Bean

Senior Support Engineer

Rick Bean heads up our Savannah location and all surrounding areas. Rick graduated from Georgia Southern in 1981 with a BBA in Management and started as a software trainer for Allen Data Systems in December of 1980. ADS developed, installed and maintained medical billing system on MicroData systems. Eventually Rick worked his way into programming in the PICK multidimensional RDBMS.

Rick joined the staff of InventureIT in October of 2012 where he supports a variety of clients providing technical support and guidance. His customers include medical practitioners, financial firms, construction and design companies and property management entities.

Kristy Blalock

Senior Project Manager

Kristy Blalock graduated from the University of West Georgia in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems and completed an MBA at Kennesaw State University in 2007. Kristy joined InventureIT in 2013 and has experience in user training and support, requirements gathering, report development, user interface design, software development and project management.

Grant Weaver

Software Developer

Grant Weaver is a software developer that joined InventureIT in late 2017.

Cameron Burnette

Software Developer

Cameron Burnette is a software developer that joined InventureIT in late 2017.

Carlos Rodriguez

Software Engineer

Carlos Rodriguez is a software engineer that joined InventureIT in early 2017.

Peter Meinders

Software Developer

Peter Meinders has had a knack for computers his whole life and turned a hobby into a job. Graduating from Southern Polytechnic State University in 2013 with a degree in Information Technology, he began working for InventureIT supporting clients. Peter has a background in computer troubleshooting/virus removal, and experience handling VBA, mobile development, web page design, and data recovery.

Rob Nellinger

Software Developer

Rob Nellinger is a software developer and has been part of the team at InventureIT since early 2016. Rob graduated from Ivy Tech with an A.S. degree in Applied Science in 2014 but, has been “tinkering” with code since he was a kid. Prior to joining InventureIT, he worked as an Audio Engineer and worked in various Tech Support roles. Rob is constantly reading, watching, and absorbing all of the programming knowledge that surrounds him. In his spare time, he likes to hang out with his kid, plan world domination, and play music.

Tripp Shelnutt

Senior Software Engineer

Tripp Shelnutt is an experienced software engineer and has been part of the team at InventureIT since early 2016. Tripp graduated from Duke University with a B.S. degree in Computer Science in 1999 and has been building software since then. Prior to joining InventureIT, he developed software in various industries including manufacturing, audio engineering, human resource management, and military simulation. He enjoys continuous learning and can likely be found reading books on technology or leadership, watching online training courses, or attending local user groups and conferences. In his spare time, he enjoys computer gaming, beer brewing, binge watching, and cat wrangling.