Oliver 'Newt' Newman III — President
Newt Newman is President and Founder of Solid IT Networks, Inc., responsible for all
of the company's operating activities. With 30 years in high-technology sales, marketing
and executive leadership experience, he founded the company in 2001. Solid IT Networks
exclusively supports technology in South Central USA. As an IT executive, Newt has
successful record of supporting customers and developing organizations.
Prior to founding Solid IT, Newt was in executive management for Enterasys Networks and
Cabletron Systems, Enterasys' parent company. He was Regional Director of Southern
United States and had a territory of 5 states including Texas and Florida. Based in
Dallas, his office was the top producing office in the Southwest Region for 3 years.
Before joining Cabletron, Newt worked as Director of Sales and Marketing for Southwestern
Bell Services in Houston, TX. Here he developed and implemented Southwestern Bell's first
'One Stop Shop' operation and was responsible for all aspects of sales operations including
leasing, hiring, and management of all stores, kiosks, and agents. Prior to this he was
Branch Manager for Houston Cellular Telephone Company and for 15 years previous, was District
Manager for various business units of Harris/Lanier.
Newt graduated from North Texas State University in Denton, TX where he holds a B.S. in Education,
Political Science and Government. He currently resides in Argyle, TX.
J. Dee Flamming — Vice President and Director of Sales
J. Dee Flamming joined Solid IT Networks as Director of Sales in September 2005. In May of 2007
he also assumed the position of Vice President. J. Dee is responsible for all sales activities,
researching the viability of new technologies from a sales perspective, and mapping out company
strategy for expansion into new business verticals and geographies. In addition to his leadership
position in Marketing and Sales, J. Dee is also responsible for negotiating and executing contracts
both with Vendors and Customers.
A networking veteran of over 25 years, J. Dee began his career with Lanier Business Products. While at
Lanier he achieved success in both sales and management and for over a decade helped Lanier enter new
types of business such as word processing, voice recognition, and telephony. In 1991 he joined Cabletron
Systems as Regional Sales Manager, was promoted to Regional Director, and as Cabletron's revenues exceeded
a billion dollars he was promoted to Regional Vice President and General Manager. As Vice President, he
was responsible for over 20 states and specialized in turning around underperforming territories.
When Cabletron decided to spin off Enterasys Networks in an IPO J. Dee was part of the management team that
was responsible for creating the sales business plan for the new company. This entailed developing a process
and sales strategy to change Enterasys Networks into a channel and distribution sales company instead of their
previous direct sales model. After the Enterasys IPO J. Dee stepped down from his Vice Presidents position and
went back into a sales role in order to spend more time with his family. It was a successful move and in 2003
he was Enterasys top sales person in North America.
J. Dee sits on several community and technology advisory boards and holds a BA in Telecommunications from Texas
Tech University. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, all types of outdoor activities, Harleys,
Lance A. Donnelly — Director of Technology
Lance Donnelly joined Solid IT Networks in 2003, serving as Director of Technology and brings over twenty years of
experience in the technology field. He directs all Solution and Professional Services related to technology and has
been at the forefront of developing the Technology programs for Solid IT Networks. Over the years Lance has achieved
technical certifications from Microsoft (MCSA/MCSE), Cisco (CCNA), Juniper Networks (JNCIA-IDP, JNCIA-FWV, and JNCIA-SSL),
Enterasys Networks (ESSE), HP (MASE), and Aventail (ACP).
Chris Gatchell — Director of Sales Support
Chris Gatchell joined Solid IT Networks in 2002. Now the Director of Sales Support, Chris heads up the Inside Sales
group for Solid IT. With the focus on the customer, Inside Sales is both proactive and reactive to customers needs:
delivering timely quotes; providing prompt customer service; facilitating smooth order processes; and responding to
Bids and RFPs. In addition, developing and strengthening relationships with both the customer and manufacturer
enables Solid IT to provide first-rate support.
Chris has a technology background spanning more than a decade with such companies as Cabletron, Enterasys, and Avaya.
She has a wealth of experience in the Government and Education arenas and has worked extensively with programs including
E-rate and the RFP process.
Marylee Grasso, CPA — Controller
Marylee Grasso joined Solid IT in 2005. She is responsible for financial and tax reporting, cash flow projections,
and project analysis. Prior to joining Solid IT, she worked in industries where she gained Fortune 500 experience
as an analyst, and in Public Accounting specializing in income tax and financial statement preparation.
Marylee is a Certified Public Accountant holding licenses in both Texas and Oklahoma. She graduated from the University
of North Texas with a BBA in Corporate Finance and an MBA in Administrative Management. She enjoys a variety of outdoor
activities, and currently lives in rural Southeastern Oklahoma.
Mike Cline — Director of Operations
Mike has thirty five years of industry experience covering all facets of Information Technology and has extensive
experience with large scale infrastructure installations and project management. He started his career as an entry
level applications programmer, followed by various project management roles, eventually becoming the Manager of the
Applications Services Department for a large Fortune 500 chemical and oil services company. He later moved into an
operational role as manager of the Technical Services Department where he was responsible for network and datacenter
operations in a large dual IBM mainframe environment. Just prior to joining Solid IT Networks, Mike was Director of
Telecommunications for CenterPoint Energy (previously Reliant Energy) headquartered in Houston Texas. As Telecom
Director, he was responsible for all aspects of planning, engineering, installation, and day to day management of
the company's extensive communications network serving 15,000 employees located in 200 offices in seven states.