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 Consultant

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.

Edwin Washington, VP of Backups

Edwin Washington has worked in IT for over 15 yrs. Starting out in customer service, he just kinda fell into the IT side and didn't want to let go. In this time, he's worked in a wide variety of industries, including casinos, and earned various certifications such as the A+ and Network+ (hardware and network troubleshooting, respectively). As a result of his experiences, he has found himself equally comfortable between Windows and Mac computers.

What Edwin enjoys the most about BH Tech Connection is the variety of clients he helps, which leads to a variety of new things to explore and learn in the IT field.

Outside of BH Tech Connection, he enjoys gaming and traveling.

Tristan Hembree, VP of Cybersecurity

Tristan has been in IT for almost 2 decades, starting when he joined the US Navy as an electronics technician in 2001. He's solved IT challenges on equipment ranging from cutting edge radar technology down to malfunctioning printers and everything in-between.

He enjoys solving problems with a focus on client-centered relationships and is adept at explaining complex technology in easy to understand laymen's terms.

He loves working at BH Tech Connection because of the client-centered approach and the freedom and flexibility that can only be offered by focusing on small businesses.

When he is not working, he enjoys reading, biking around the city, hiking the mountains and nearby trails, and creative writing.