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Team Profiles

Robby Hill / Founder & CEO  

Robby Hill

Robby Hill is an entrepreneur, public servant, and Founder & CEO of information technology consulting firm HillSouth. Robby founded HillSouth at the age of 17, while still a student at West Florence High School. In 2012 he was elected to Councilman at the City of Florence, South Carolina; the state's tenth-largest municipality. There he has led the creation of numerous pro-business initiatives including the launch of a new business incubator downtown.

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Andy Patel / CTO & Co-Founder  

Andy Patel

Mr. Patel, an alumnus of the University of South Carolina, has over 15 years of experience in Enterprise IT as well as a background in analytical chemistry, solid state physics and electrical engineering.

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Jeremy Crooks / Interactive Marketing Specialist  

Jeremy Crooks

Jeremy Crooks is a young, talented designer that brings an unsullied perspective to the HillSouth design team. He is another Francis Marion University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. Jeremy has extensive knowledge of the most cutting-edge trends in design theory and composition, which makes him a valuable asset to the HillSouth design team.

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Matthew Kirkland / Service Manager  

Matthew Kirkland

Matthew Kirkland graduated from Francis Marion University with a BS in Computer Science, where he was introduced to Hillsouth through their scholarship program. Soon afterwards, Matthew began an internship with Hillsouth’s application development team, which he followed up with part-time employment throughout the remainder of his time at FMU. Immediately after graduating, he transitioned to full-time employment and quickly moved into our Advanced Infrastructure team where he helps solve complex networking and infrastructure issues as well as manage our own company’s hosting infrastructure.

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Melanie Valazak / Account Manager  

Melanie Valazak

Melanie has been with HillSouth for the last 5 years. She previously worked as Service Office Manager for the IT department of a pharmaceutical distribution company in Pennsylvania while attending College for Information Technology. She has completed an Associates of Science in Public Service, a course in Project Management Fundamentals and is currently pursuing a Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute. Melanie is currently the Controller for HillSouth, overseeing finance and purchasing. Melanie has a combined total of 13 years’ experience in Administration and Management with 7 of those years spent in the IT Industry.

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Chris Steger / Client Services Specialist  

Chris Steger

I was born in St. Petersburg, Florida and currently live in Timmonsville, South Carolina. Computer technology first interested me in 1995 when I got my first computer with Windows 3.11. Over the years, I have seen a lot of the different technologies come and go. During high school, I took a 2 year course in automotive trying to blend my 2 passions at that time, computer science and automotive industry. The technology was just not there for me, so I attended FDTC and received my Associate’s degree in Computer Technology/ Cisco WAN. From there, I went straight to work to pay for school, until I could find a job in my field of study. I was excited to hear an opening within HillSouth, so I immediately applied and was hired on as a Client Services Specialist. To this day I enjoy working with my clients on a daily basis and helping them exceed their IT operational needs.

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Cameron Sanders / Client Services Specialist  

Cameron Sanders

Cameron Sanders has attained a BS in Computer Science at Kaplan University and has almost 20 years of experience in the IT field. Originally a self-taught IT specialist, I finally decided at the ripe age of 28 to actually go to college and get my degree. I enjoy Karate classes, surfing, playing with my kids, and hitting the gun range. One day, I would love to own a place down in Key West and become the proverbial Beach Bum.

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Chris Lee / Client Services Specialist  

Chris Lee

Chris Lee is a graduate of Florence Darlington Technical College, where he earned an associate’s degree in Telecommunications Systems Management. After graduating from FDTC, he pursued a career in the field of IT with HillSouth. After 5 years of experience with HillSouth, Chris has grown tremendously as an IT technician and has obtained a vast amount of knowledge, ranging from basic desktop support to network infrastructure design.

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Blake Turner / Client Services Specialist  

Blake Turner / Client Services Specialist

I am the type of person that likes to make sure things are done and done correctly. I have noticed in the past that some people and companies like to take the quick and easy way out, sometimes make the problem worse. I like to be precise and efficient so I know my work is done quickly but also correctly which is what the Air Force has taught me.

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Amy Best / Client Liaison + Inside Sales Specialist  

Faces of HillSouth - Meet Amy Best

Amy Best graduated from South Florence High School in 1995. She has 20+ years of experience in the customer service industry. She is a mother to 3 children. For leisure, she enjoys spending time with her family at their lake house and shopping.

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