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Chuck, Bo and their families are deeply rooted in the local community. Both of them, along with their high school sweetheart wives, are raising three children each. Chuck started Rich Technologies, LLC in 2003, and Bo started BJAK, LLC in 2004. They joined forces in 2007 to start what eventually grew into what BridgeNet is today.
Bo Jakins, CCSP, CCNA
Building on a successful career that spanned Fortune 500 companies and international consulting, Bo established roots back in Covington in 2003 working as a senior technology security engineer for the Department of Energy’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. His entrepreneurial spirit took over in 2007, and BridgeNet Technology Consultants was formed shortly after.
Mr. Covington High School and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards were a welcomed honor Bo received before graduating high school as Salutatorian from Covington High in 1992. Graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors, Bo earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree from Mississippi State University.
High school sweethearts since 1991, Bo married Covington native Ashley Stein in 1996. He enjoys watching his daughter dance and helping his boys in baseball. You will find Bo out and about in the community when he is volunteering at his children’s school or coaching at the local recreation district. Bo is a graduate of the Leadership St. Tammany Class of 2012. He serves on the Board of Directors for Northshore Families Helping Families, and he is the chair of Madisonville Jr. High’s Eagle Dad organization.
Chuck Rich, MCP, A+
For over 15 years, Chuck has worked within a vast array of small and medium size businesses including Oil and Gas, manufacturing, architecture, private schools, law firms and other small businesses supporting network and server environments. He has designed, built and maintained Windows based server environments from Microsoft’s first introduction of Server 3.5 to today’s modern server technology. He has also developed many network topologies ranging from standard small office networks to multi-site private networks. Chuck has developed a working knowledge of many common applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Windows SharePoint Services, Microsoft SQL, VoIP and a host of other third party client/server applications.
Chuck graduated from DeRidder High School in 1991 earning music scholarships to Northwestern State University. While studying music in college and graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts, he quickly found his true passion in technology in the computer labs of the university. Chuck quickly developed his technical skills in computer technology and networks just as the internet and business computing was taking hold. This led to a rewarding career in many different industries and sparked an entrepreneurial endeavor in 2002. The success of his business led to his partnership with Bo and the eventual formation of BridgeNet Technology Consultants.
Chuck and Ann, his wonderful wife of 19 years, arrived in Covington in 1996 and quickly made it their home. They have been blessed with three very active children. Chuck has served as president of the Covington Rotary Club and is currently serving his second year as treasurer. He has served on many committees and missions and music projects through his work at First Baptist Church, Covington. Chuck’s second passion is music and he can be found performing in his band and at church. When Chuck isn’t working on the business, he’s throwing a football to his oldest son Carson, building legos with his middle son Colby and having tea parties with little princess, Ella Grace.