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The DTI Team

Joe Thigpen
CEO, Chief Engineer, & CISSP

Joe spent the first 20 years of his life in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper where the only technology he used was weapons and explosives. He bought his first computer in 1986 and instantly found his passion for IT. After he retired from the Army, Joe completed his degree in Computer Network Administration and founded DataGroup Technologies, Inc.

*Certified Information Systems Security Professional

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Rhonda Rouse
Office Manager / Controller

Graduating from Ashford University and Forbes Business School, Rhonda obtained her B.A. in Accounting and has been showing off her math skills ever since! With over 30 years of experience in accounting, it’s no wonder why she is our financial guru! Her inspiration comes from her sister-in-law; she strives to have her spitfire attitude while still remaining the sweetest person you’ll ever meet.

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Shar Shackleford
Account Services Representative

A native of Farmville, NC, Shar has a passion for helping and serving others. She is motivated by her three children who bring her joy and keep her going. Shar values her relationships with her children, her baby sister, and her closest friends, who all hold a special place in her heart. Outside of the office, Shar enjoys cooking, reading, and crafting!

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Brad Caudill
IT Services Director

When Brad was 12 years old, he put together his first computer and has been fascinated with IT ever since! Resolving issues, fixing problems, and looking for innovative solutions are what keeps him going! Outside the office, you can find Brad listening to music, playing the piano, or reading a novel.

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Teaven Johnson
Help Desk Team Leader

Teaven grew inquisitive of technology when he was 9 years old, after his father gave him his first computer. He earned his degree in Information Technology and has been paving his way through the IT industry ever since! What keeps him going is the desire to provide a better life for his family and success itself.

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John Ermolowich
Technical Services Engineer

John realized his love for IT when he was taking a PC programming and network class in high school. From that moment on, he has devoted his career to teaching others how to work with computers and how to fix them. With over 14 years of experience, you could say he’s an expert!

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Jon Kemling
System Analyst

Jon discovered his passion for IT in 1980 and has been honing in on his skills for over 29 years! His favorite part of the day is when he’s out in the field. He loves taking on these new challenges every day! Moving here all the way from Nebraska was a crazy move that we are so glad he decided to make!

Troy Surles
Technical Services Engineer

A native of Greenville, NC, Troy has worked in sales/service for local businesses for 30+ years, building a reputation for honesty and integrity. He started learning to use computers in 1985 when his family got a Commodore 64 PC. After building his own computer in 1999 to replace the one lost during Hurricane Floyd, Troy changed his major to Computer Information Systems (Generalist), completing an associate degree at Pitt Community College. When not at work, he enjoys working on cars and home projects, gunsmithing, target shooting, movies, and spending time with his daughter.

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Charles Hopkins
IT Architect

Originally from Greenville, NC, Charles graduated from East Carolina University with a MS in Networking Technology and a concentration in Computer Network Management. With 25 collective years of experience in Healthcare Informatics, Real-Time Location Systems, and Pharmacy Informatics, Charles is passionate about improving processes and getting people and things to communicate with each other. When not at work, he enjoys golf, fishing, geocaching, karaoke, serving at church, and spending time with family. Fun fact: Charles once visited Australia and Hawaii for two-and-a-half months, “just because.”

Paul Oakley
Sales Manager

Paul grew up in the Eastern NC communities of Ayden and Grifton. After completing an Associate's Degree in Print Production & Digital Technology from Chowan College, Paul spent 20 years with Cintas Corporation in an array of field sales operations/leadership positions. Passionate about building and growing trusting relationships with both coworkers and clients, Paul enjoys creating partnerships with clients by taking a proactive solutions approach, so clients can spend more time doing what they do best: running their businesses. In his free time, Paul enjoys spending time with his family in the mountains of East Tennessee or fishing the creeks and rivers of the North Carolina coast.

Lee Roach
Account Manager

Lee grew up in Clayroot, NC, a small, tight-knit farming community in Pitt County that has produced many successful, productive professionals, thanks to a work ethic instilled into its residents that still burns strong today. Lee has been involved with sales and marketing for over 25 years. His greatest enjoyment in the business is “the WIN” – whether it’s him winning or helping a teammate win a deal. When not at work, Lee loves spending time with his family at the beach and coaching his daughter’s basketball team.

Tim Pittman
IT Consultant

Tim grew up in Scotland Neck (a small town in Eastern NC) and attended Chowan Junior College. In addition to working in commercial pest control for many years with Orkin, he has been an insurance agent since 2001, licensed in life and health, property, liability, Medicare supplements, and long-term care. Tim and his wife of 22 years, Carol, have two children. When not at work, Tim enjoys attending his daughter Julianna's dance performances and being an advocate for his son Julian, who is on the autism spectrum.

Steven Mikus
IT Consultant

Born in Chicago, Steve moved to Edenton at age 13 and later to Greenville in 2001, where he completed an associate's degree in Business Management at Pitt Community College. His interest in computers and IT began at age 5 when he got an Atari. Steve is passionate about helping people grow and, even more importantly, about being a dad to his 6-year-old daughter. Prior to parenthood, Steve participated in numerous video game tournaments (PlayStation for life!) and won $$$! When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his daughter.

Ron Thomas
Inside Sales Rep

Ron graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Marketing. He enjoys working in marketing because it's creative and there are so many directions to go into as a career. Ron is passionate about the arts and is looking forward to checking out the art museums here since moving to North Carolina from New Jersey. Outside of the office, Ron loves checking in with his family and friends, working out, watching game shows, and having lots of fun working as a radio host and doing voiceovers.

Trey Strickland
IT Consultant

Stacey Davis
Marketing Manager

Stacey grew up in Bath NC, she has over 20 years of Marketing experience that led to Web Design and Development. Stacey loves to spend time with her adopted children. When Stacey is not at work or spending time with her children, she likes to go boating, island hopping, and traveling.

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Jason Hill
Senior Content Developer

Jason is a man of many words, very few of them actually spoken. He started writing creatively when he was 9 and we still can’t get him to stop. After 12+ years as a digital content specialist in ecommerce, Jason has expanded his skill set into the ever-growing field of digital marketing. When not at work, you’ll often still find him in front of a screen, watching movies, listening to music, or blogging. But the best part of his downtime is spent enjoying life with his two kids.

Timothy Battle
Web Designer

Timothy comes from a military background ,with a childhood comprised of living in multiple countries, his wildly cultivating interests developed at an early age. Some of which include photography, long boarding, baseball, tennis, football, gaming, and spending time with family. Timothy is a self-taught web designer with 8+ years of experience and an abundance of varying creative skill sets.