A consulting approach is engaged in the business of giving expert advice to people working in a professional or technical field. A management consulting approach is the practice of helping organizations improve their performance, operating primarily through the analysis of existing organizational problems and the development of plans for improvement. A subject matter expert (SME) in a particular domain, topic, or area of endeavor, possesses expert knowledge about what it takes to do a particular job.

BridgelineTEK believes the best way to serve a client is to develop a complete understanding of the client’s needs, followed by unbiased recommendations. Start with a discovery phase and work together to identify all the key requirements for the job. BridgelineTEK utilizes a network of independent contractors and partner companies delivering a quality product or service — solving complex challenges with clear and comprehensive solutions.

John Christenson

John is a U.S. Marine veteran, founding member of BridgelineTEK, and FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot. As a part of John’s twenty-five years of working for companies like Rockwell Automation and Esterline, John accumulated years of technical, project management and business development experience.  John was a founding member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Heartland (IL/WI) Chapter and was instrumental in coordinating their first annual event. John was a founding member of the Wisconsin Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Advisory Board which has since evolved into the UAS Advocacy Network.

John has called the Driftless region of Wisconsin his home for 20 years, and has served as the Development Director for the annual Driftless Film Festival (DFF). During his spare time, you can often find him outdoors flying a drone, hiking, fishing and spending quality time with his family.

Michael Letson

Michael served as a U.S. Army Captain and Aviation Officer as a CH-47 Chinook pilot and later transitioned into aerospace manufacturing. His passion and drive to succeed are evident in his multitude of accomplishments in both military and civilian industries. In the U.S. Army, Mike successfully rose through the ranks to become a Captain, having started his military career as a Combat Engineer and later transitioning to meet the challenges and demands to become a CH-47 Chinook pilot.

Michael is a member of BridgelineTEK and a FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot with a small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) rating and currently holds a Commercial Helicopter (FAA) License with Instrument Rating since 2004. Michael is proven leader, and has worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as small and medium-sized businesses. Michael has served key roles in supply chain management, operations, repair and overhaul, sales, materials management, engineering and program management.

Michael enjoys sharing his knowledge, expertise, and experience through training and mentoring at all skill/ knowledge levels. Michael reviews and develops custom training curriculum and teaches in several subject matter areas for businesses and colleges in California.

Michael is the Vice President of Membership for the Southern California chapter of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA).

Simon P. Chappell

Simon is an Englishman abroad. Raised in the United Kingdom, he studied Computer Science at the University of Plymouth in the beautiful South West of the country. Armed with a Bachelor of Science he worked in the country as a programmer for four years before a six month inter-company loan brought him to the United States. While in the States, a chance meeting with a nice young lady prompted him to stay, obtaining a visa, green card and citizenship in that order. Simon married the nice young lady and they have three delightful children.

Simon has always been forward looking in the area of programming languages and was a very early adopter of Java, being the first Java programmer at two large Midwest companies. Simon rose through the ranks and became a Technical Lead, filling this role at all of his recent corporate employers. Simon’s correctness driven development (CDD) approach delivers robust solutions to clients utilizing current tools and proven methodologies.

Outside of his technical work, Simon is an ordained minister who pastors a congregation in Southwest Wisconsin. When not geeking or preaching, Simon enjoys driving his Jeep Wrangler, photography, martial arts, learning new and interesting things and trying to keep his young son out of too much trouble.