Meet Our Team
Brady Helkenn, Principal and Jedi Master
Brady is the founder of BH Tech Connection. He started his formal education in IT services and support in 2007 and received his first full-time job within a year of that. He quickly took to the social aspect of IT, and even though he could fix printers and replace hardware like any self-respecting IT professional, he quickly realized his passion lay in finding new ways to improve performance or make workflows more efficient.
He started to moonlight while still at this first job, helping fellow coworkers out with home computers and taking on occasional clients through Craigslist. He called his budding solo proprietorship BH Tech Connection in 2010, but it wasn't until 2015 after a few different jobs and a stint as a freelance contractor touring some of the Bay Area's tech companies that he decided to make his side hustle the main show.
Brady has earned several Microsoft and Apple certifications throughout this career, including:
- Windows OS Configuration
- Apple Mac OS X Troubleshooting
- Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
- A+ (hardware troubleshooting)
- Network+ (network protocols and troubleshooting)
- Security+ (security algorithms, best practices for computer security)
Over the past several years, he has helped migrate entire companies to new phone systems, email systems, set up brand new offices, and provided services and support to thousands of people. Throughout all of this, his passion for looking to help the person behind the tech has only intensified, and he strongly believes in reducing IT-related stress whenever possible through transparent communication and simple, clear, and inclusive service offerings.
Outside of work, he plays the piano, goes hiking, tries new restaurants, and freely embraces his nerd-dom in universes such as Star Trek, Star Wars, and Harry Potter.
Tara Nieves, IT Manager
Tara started her career in IT back in High School working at a local ISP, then moving into the MSP field for the last 9 years. She enjoys a challenge and finding solutions to complex problems. In 2014 she earned a Bachelors in Computer Science from UMass Global (Formerly: Brandman University) and is currently working on a Masters in IT Business Management and Leadership at Western Governers University.
Tara enjoys working at BH Tech Connection because of the family environment and using her experience to contribute to the team.
Outside of BH Tech Connection, she enjoys crafting, cosplaying, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Niko Nikolaidis, IT Consultant
Aside from work, Niko enjoys spending time working on vintage European motorcycles, reading comic books, and listening to records from punk rock to soul. He goes by the lesson he learned from a mentor years prior, of “always enjoying your time and be your best at what you do”.
Henry Ossentjuk, IT Consultant
Henry is serving our clients with BH Tech Connection as an IT consultant as part of the team with Niko and Tara. He is experienced in managing enterprise as well as residential assets in addition to providing advice on best industry practices and standards.
Henry started in IT at a young age, building his first commercial-level network at the age of 14; he considered himself a hobbyist. Growing up, he always had a drive for learning the latest tech and staying current as technology evolved. Helping people in this field came naturally to him, further nurtured in his term as a satellite/cyber-space specialist in the U.S. Army for six years.
Currently, Henry is attending university to renew his CompTIA certifications such as Network+, Security+, and Cloud+. While studying, he continues his goal of obtaining his CCNA. Some of his personal specialties include Network Security, Windows/Linux based hosts, coding, and ethical hacking.
Working for BHTC is exactly how he wanted to continue his life working post-government positions: helping a niche of people who are often overlooked by larger entities, who still need consistent and competent support.
When Henry is not taking care of his family, he indulges in his "inner nerd" and plays games with friends such as "Dungeons and Dragons", as well as motorcycle riding. Participating in his community where I can and volunteering his time keeps him happy, fulfilled, and grounded.