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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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James Altman / Client Services Specialist  

James Altman

James Altman is from Johnsonville, South Carolina and lives in Florence. James received his Associates Degree in Information Technology at Horry-Georgetown Technical College. He has been at HillSouth since 2013 and plans to continue his education. James likes spending his time away from work with his friends and family, fishing, and attending sporting events.

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Anndria Carnell / Service Manager  

Anndria Carnell

“I was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana, the RV capitol of the world. In 2014, I graduated with honors from Bethel College, a Christian liberal arts school with a BA in Theology. Shortly after graduating college, I married my husband (Jared), and we have made our home in Effingham with our two cats and dog. My Dad owned an electrical contracting business growing up, which peaked my interest with electricity and technology at a young age. Growing up, he taught me all I wanted to know about electricity and the forces that govern our universe. I never imagined working in the IT industry, but in some respects, I’ve always been interested in technology and science because of my Dad’s business. My career in the IT industry was happenstance, but now that I’m in it, I see how well it fits me.”

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