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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Raptor IT Solutions

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Offering a comprehensive suite of services including IT consulting, cloud solutions, cybersecurity, and VoIP, Raptor IT Solutions ensures that local businesses can focus on their core operations without the constant worry of IT issues. The brains behind this thriving enterprise are a dynamic duo—husband and wife team, Johnny and Renesa Kirkpatrick.

The Journey of Raptor IT Solutions

Starting a business is a challenging endeavor, especially when balancing family commitments. For Johnny and Renesa, the journey began with a vision to create a business that not only provided excellent IT services but also allowed them the flexibility to be present for their growing family. Renesa initially worked full-time as a Clinical Research Manager in Dallas while Johnny focused on getting Raptor off the ground.

“The first two years were all about figuring out how to grow and get our name out there,” Johnny recalls. Renesa played a crucial role during this period, helping with marketing in the evenings and on weekends. Their commitment to family and support from loved ones played a significant role in navigating the early challenges of entrepreneurship.

From Clinical Research to IT Solutions

Renesa’s full-time involvement with Raptor was not planned initially. However, the birth of their second son in 2021 brought unforeseen complications and a long recovery period, which, coupled with childcare challenges, led to her joining the business full-time. This transition was daunting but ultimately rewarding. Renesa took over marketing and administrative duties, driving growth and enhancing their community involvement.

“Leaving her job was a big leap and a big risk for our family,” Johnny shares. “But it was the right decision, and it allowed us to grow Raptor in ways we couldn’t have imagined.”

The Power of Community Involvement

Community involvement has been a cornerstone of Raptor IT Solutions’ success. Both Johnny and Renesa are deeply engaged with local Chambers of Commerce and leadership programs. Johnny is a graduate of the Rockwall Chamber Leadership class of 2022 and serves as chair for the Rockwall Young Professionals. Renesa holds multiple leadership roles, including being an Executive Board Member of the Royse City Tri-County Chamber of Commerce. “Being involved in the community has provided us with invaluable support and connections,” Johnny explains. “It’s given our business respect and support that we will always be thankful for.”

 Unique Approach to IT Support

As small business owners themselves, Johnny and Renesa bring a unique perspective to their IT services. They understand the challenges faced by small businesses and prioritize cost-effectiveness without compromising efficiency. This client-centric approach ensures that each decision they make benefits their clients’ operations.

One notable success story involved transitioning a veterinary client to the cloud, a move previously deemed impossible. The results were transformative, providing the client with faster internet speeds, improved security, and the flexibility to work from any location. This transition significantly boosted the clinic’s efficiency and profitability.

Staying Ahead of the Curve

Raptor IT Solutions stays ahead of evolving technology trends by actively participating in industry-specific groups and continuous education. This dedication ensures they remain at the forefront of industry developments, ready to offer cutting-edge solutions to their clients. This client-centric philosophy, coupled with a commitment to staying ahead of industry trends, ensures that Raptor remains a trusted ally in navigating the complexities of modern technology.

Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

When asked about advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, especially those considering starting a business with a partner or spouse, Johnny emphasizes the importance of patience, communication, and grace. “Understand that things won’t happen overnight. Partnership, like marriage, is constant work. Keep an open line of communication and trust in each other.”

Life Beyond Business

When not immersed in the world of technology and business, Johnny and Renesa love traveling with their boys and spending quality time with family. They have a tradition of taking their nieces, nephews, and friends’ children on special outings instead of giving gifts, creating cherished memories together.

Future Aspirations

Looking ahead, the goal for Raptor IT Solutions is to build a business that can operate autonomously while maintaining personalized service. They aim to create employment opportunities for local IT professionals and remain deeply involved in community initiatives.

“We want to ensure our business contributes to the growth and well-being of our community,” Johnny concludes. “It’s not just about business growth; it’s about making a positive impact.”

Raptor IT Solutions is more than just an IT company; it’s a testament to the power of family, community, and dedication. Through their work, Johnny and Renesa are not only solving IT problems but also building a legacy in Rockwall.

To Learn More Visit

Raptor IT Solutions

Location: 1650 John King Blvd

Suite A

Phone: (469) 589 – 4008         

email: [email protected]


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