IT Managed Services team

The IT Managed Services team provides solutions for project work, server design, advanced network design, compliance testing, help desk and many other IT services. Our team is constantly learning new technologies to keep our customers networks safe, monitored, supported and compliant.

Justin Branham

Director of IT

Justin Branham is Unified’s Director of IT. He brings 15 years of IT experience to his role, and he was raised in Eastern Kentucky and attended Shelby Valley High School and Eastern Kentucky University where he majored in Information Technology Network Administration. He was initially introduced to Unified while working for a customer, Credit Solutions in Lexington. After working closely with our Lexington team, he decided to join our company. When he’s not leading the operations of our Managed Services Team, Justin enjoys being on the lake, waterskiing and wakeboarding. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and when not riding his Harley, he is a coach for Harley Davidson’s Riding Academy out of Man O War Harley Davidson in Lexington (another Unified customer). He resides in Richmond with his wife Stephanie and their five-year-old daughter, Emma.

Dan Nelson

IT Systems Engineer

Dan joined the IT Managed Services team in 2021. He is a graduate of Zane State College with an Associate Degree in Electrical Electronics Technology. From 1995 to 2009 he worked for Gannett Newspapers in various IT roles. For the last 10 years Dan worked for a major advertising agency as a Systems Specialist, offering Desktop level support for 200 employees, managing ordering and inventorying for the IT Department and scheduling third party technicians. Dan and his wife Sherry have 4 sons and 8 grandchildren (with 2 on the way). When he’s not handling IT issues for UT customers, he is Pastor Nelson at a church in Jeffersontown.

Keegan Morris

IT Systems Engineer

Keegan came to Unified with 7 years’ experience in wireless telecommunications sales. In his words, he’s excited to be on a motivated, customer centric team focused on learning in an ever changing technology environment with the leader in the area. His main interest is LAN networking and infrastructure planning and execution. Keegan is a die-hard UofL fanatic and an even bigger Star Wars nerd. He’s a self-proclaimed “Louisville native with cheeseburger in paradise dreams.”

Matt Pursell

Senior IT Systems Engineer

Matt has been in the IT field since 2008, holding a variety of IT positions throughout the years. He had absolutely no desire to become an IT Pro, but the needs of the Marine Corps dictated otherwise and he’s been in IT ever since. He is married, has 6 year old twins, and two teenagers and has nicknamed his house “The Zoo”. When not working, Matt and his family enjoy spending as much time outside as possible tending to the garden, swimming, and playing sports with the kids.

Thom Whitham

Senior IT Systems Manager

Thom brings more than 25 years of experience in information technology, with nearly 20 years of that experience in the network engineering space. He has designed and supported networks for the Louisville Zoo, LMPD, Papa Johns, Yum Brands and many other local businesses. Outside of IT, Thom is an avid runner and coach with years of experience coaching High School and Middle School cross country and soccer. Thom has a wife of 25 years and two teenagers and enjoys vacations to Walt Disney World as often as possible.

Tyler Jennings

IT Systems Engineer

Tyler is a self-taught IT consultant with an associate degree from Bluegrass Community and Technical college. He is passionate about anything technology and helping others. He loves cybersecurity and tries to approach problems from a security first perspective. When Tyler isn’t at work, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, video games, and the outdoors.

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