Leadership Team2024-04-15T18:14:12+00:00


Russ Johnson
Chief Executive Officer

Russ began his career in 1998 as Managing Principal and Chief Executive Officer of a regional technology integrator. Wearing many hats, he sought to become an expert in as many technologies as possible by achieving associate, professional and expert certifications in routing, switching, unified communications, wireless, data center, storage and several others. For over 15 years, this company would grow to nearly 150 employees and $50 million in sales under his leadership.

Recognizing the need for capable and unbiased technology advisors, Russ assembled the best in the business and together founded True North Consulting Group in 2014. Over time, the remaining operations of Elert & Associates came to be integrated into the True North Consulting Group family. Today, True North Consulting Group consists of nearly 50 consultants and holds true to the heritage and culture that sparked the creation of each.

Russ is married to Dr. Mandy Johnson, an elementary school principal in Central Texas. Passionate about public education, they created and currently lead a weekly Twitter chat called #EDpiper to help both newer and seasoned educators discuss timely topics in today’s world of education. Together they have seven daughters: Brittany, Emily, Lindsay, Viola, Betsy, Elena and Kennedy.

You can contact Russ at russ.johnson@tncg.com or 254.242.0250.

Tony Chojnowski
Chief Operating Officer

Tony began his career in 1993 as senior member of a regional technology and security firm in Minnesota. In 2001, Tony joined Elert & Associates. Over the next 12 years, Tony’s role evolved into a leadership position as he became a partner and served as Executive Vice President. In this role, Tony handled day-to-day operations and helped support sales efforts across multiple offices.

Throughout his career, Tony has obtained several industry certifications including Building Industry Consulting International’s (BICSI) Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD), Outside Plant specialty (OSP) and Registered Technology Project Manager (RTPM). Tony is an active member of BICSI and ASIS Security. His areas of expertise include video surveillance, premise access control, cabling infrastructure and distribution systems, overhead paging systems, customer-owned outside plant fiber optic distribution systems and program management.

In 2014, Tony moved his family to Waco to start True North Consulting Group, a spinoff of the Elert & Associates Texas division. As a founding principal and Chief Operating Officer, Tony helped grow True North into one of the largest independently-owned consulting firms in Texas.

Tony has been married to his high school sweetheart, Hesper, for over 25 years. His wife is a real estate agent for Magnolia Realty and gets to hang out with Chip and Joanna (from the “Fixer Upper” TV show).

You can contact Tony at tony.chojnowski@tncg.com or 254.266.6393.

Shane Jacobus
Vice President of Finance

Shane started his career in 1998 as a Systems Administrator for one of the largest community banks in Central Texas. As the demand for technology experts grew, Shane joined a regional technology integrator where he specialized in routing, switching and wireless. As voice-over IP was introduced to the marketplace, this became Shane’s specialization and primary area of focus. Having achieved associate, professional and expert level certifications in unified communications, he would go on to design, implement and oversee some of the largest and most complex deployments in the state.

Having received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University in 1998 and his Master of Science from Kansas State University in 2010, Shane decided to put his technology and finance skills to work. After working over 15 years, Shane would go on to create a new position and become the first Director of Finance for True North, managing finances as they grew to almost $50 million in annual revenue.

Shane has been at True North Consulting Group since inception serving as a co-founder and Vice President of Finance. In addition to his leadership role, he still gets his hands dirty with some consulting from time to time. Shane and his wife Erin are both graduates of Baylor University and they have a daughter, Jovie, and a son, Zed. During football season, they can be found in the stands cheering on their Baylor Bears.

You can contact Shane at shane.jacobus@tncg.com or 254.242.0071.

Jon Martin
Director of Design Services

Jon is a native of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, a small town outside of Tulsa. Growing up in the church and coming from a musically talented family, Jon naturally gravitated to the audio mixing consoles and singing on stage. Jon attended Oklahoma Baptist University, where he focused his college career toward a Fine Arts degree in Vocal Performance.  

Jon began his technology career in 1999 as a Systems Engineer, designing, installing and supporting voice, audio-video and networking technologies. In 2009, Jon was contacted by a regional firm based in Waco to build out and lead a new AV division for a multi-million dollar network integrator. He would go on to build a self-sustaining multi-million dollar AV-over-IP practice and serve as a member of the leadership team.

With a history of building strong teams and practices, Jon was called on once again. This time, the call was to help build an entire company. Jon became a managing principal and the Director of Design Services for True North Consulting Group. Jon’s team is responsible for design, specifications, CAD/BIM, bidding and contract administration for construction projects throughout the Southern region. Jon has in-depth experience and expertise in structured cabling, physical security and all aspects of audio-visual/multimedia.

Jon and wife, Sarah, have 4 children: Maddie, Drew, CJ and Savannah. When not cheering on Midway High School Band, they can be found enjoying some Oklahoma football.

You can contact Jon at jon.martin@tncg.com or 254.242.0359.

Mike Indergard
Director of Strategic Planning

Mike began his career in technology in 2001 as the IT manager for Central Texas’ largest commercial and residential real estate firm. While there, Mike worked to develop and implement IT standards, evaluate tools and practices that increased efficiency and empower agents. Mike then joined a regional technology integrator as a systems and network engineer, where he installed, supported, secured and maintained enterprise-grade networks. He also obtained associate and professional level industry certifications in network security solutions, routing, switching, and server and systems design and management.  

In 2009, Mike obtained his master’s degree in Information Systems Management from Baylor University with a specialization in Information Security, and went to work at a regionally-managed service provider as a solutions architect and virtual CIO for customers. There, he provided guidance and insight into leveraging technology and developing asset life cycle strategies. In 2011, Mike returned to his previous company as a department director. Mike updated and expanded the delivery practice standards for LAN, WLAN, VoIP, network security and data center systems, overseeing the successful implementation of many large-scale systems. Mike consulted with customers on new solutions and emerging trends, contributed to establishing policy, setting company direction and furthering the company’s culture.

Mike joined True North Consulting Group in 2017 as the Director of Strategic Planning to lead the consulting efforts for owner-direct engagements like comprehensive technology assessments, technology budget planning, network and system design and procurement, project management and network optimization. As a member of the leadership group, Mike contributes to the direction and development of True North.

Mike and his wife Laura have three children: Brooks, Juliet, and Arabella. His family keeps busy with tennis, Young Men’s Service League, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Junior League of Waco, Waco Cotton Palace, dance classes, acting classes, cello lessons, local theater plays and musicals, as well as rehearsals and performances for all of the above.

You can contact Mike at mike.indergard@tncg.com or 254.266.6381.

Brandon Frazier
Director of Security Technologies

Brandon began his career in 2004 after graduating from Dunwoody College of Technology with a degree in sound, data and alarm system design. After graduation, Brandon hit the ground running and spent a year as a project manager for a technology contractor, then moved on to design fire protection systems. In 2006, Brandon joined an engineering and consulting firm as a technology designer, where he discovered his passion for consulting before moving back home and joining Elert & Associates in 2012.

Over the last 15 years, Brandon has worked in structured cabling systems, multimedia systems and large venue public address systems before discovering his passion for physical security systems. Brandon specializes in large, complex security projects, full system migrations, master planning and specialty projects like correctional security systems. These include access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, mass notification, correctional integrated PLC/HMI systems and intercom/public address. Brandon works closely with True North’s risk and vulnerability assessment partners to identify the risks in an assessment, mitigate those risks through design and specification, and to competitively bid and support construction administration and full commissioning.

In 2018, as part of True North Consulting Group, Brandon was moved to a director role where he and his team focus on physical security systems design and consulting on a national level.

Brandon married his high school sweetheart, Genevieve, in 2005. They have two children, Caleb and Emily. Brandon enjoys spending time playing with his son’s LEGOs, cooking with his extensive collection of cookware and spending time boating and wakeboarding at his family’s Wisconsin cabin.

You can contact Brandon at brandon.frazier@tncg.com or 651.705.1248.

Jeff Coombs
Director of Operations

Jeff embarked on his professional journey within the communications industry in 1999, commencing his career at a telecommunications integrator based in Dallas, Texas. Over the years, he assumed diverse roles encompassing technical, managerial, and sales responsibilities before joining Elert & Associates in 2008. Notably, Jeff undertook a pivotal ten-month assignment supporting the Department of Defense in Afghanistan in 2010, further enriching his expertise. Upon his return in 2011, he resumed his tenure at Elert, subsequently assuming the role of Director of Operations and serving as a founding principal for True North Consulting Group following its founding in 2014.

Equipped with a wealth of consulting experience, Jeff transitioned to BryComm, an integration company located in Austin, Texas, in late 2014. There, he assumed a pivotal role in overseeing Business Development and Sales as a part-owner, contributing to the company’s recognition as the second fastest-growing enterprise by the Austin Business Journal in 2016.

Presently, Jeff holds the position of Director of Operations at True North Consulting Group. He brings to bear over 24 years of extensive experience and is a BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD). Jeff’s commitment to industry advancement is underscored by his involvement in various professional endeavors, including serving on the BICSI ESS Sub-Committee, the Caudill School of Architecture Jury, the Board of Directors for the Hutto, Texas, EDC, and the ASIS Applied Sciences Council as an infrastructure and PACs SME.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Jeff cherishes time spent traveling with his family, often exploring the Caribbean or venturing abroad to immerse themselves in diverse cultures and experiences.

You can contact Jeff at jeff.coombs@tncg.com or 512.596.4303.

Jose CAdavid
Regional Director, Gulf Coast

With a wealth of experience spanning 25 years in the low-voltage industry, Jose has embraced a dynamic career journey marked by continuous evolution and a relentless pursuit of expertise across various technologies. From wearing multiple hats to specializing in diverse areas, his professional trajectory has been driven by a genuine passion for innovation and excellence.

In 2015, Jose made a strategic move to Houston, embarking on a new chapter in his career as a consultant with True North Consulting Group. Since then, he has been instrumental in shaping the growth and operational success of the Houston market, positioning it as one of the fastest-growing sectors within the company. Currently serving as the Regional Director, Jose is entrusted with overseeing day-to-day operations and spearheading strategic initiatives to further propel market expansion.

Jose’s dedication to excellence is reflected in his extensive qualifications and certifications, showcasing his expertise in various domains, such as network infrastructure design, data center design, and digital media technologies.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Jose takes immense pride in his personal life, cherishing a fulfilling marriage of 20 years and the joys of parenthood with four remarkable children. A proud grandparent, Jose holds family values and cherished moments in a special place in his heart, grounding him in gratitude and perspective.

Driven by a steadfast commitment to innovation, leadership, and continuous growth, Jose is poised to navigate future challenges and make enduring contributions in both professional and personal spheres.

You can contact Jose at jose.cadavid@tncg.com or 346.352.8027.

Renee Edmondson
Regional Manager, North Texas

After graduating from Penn State with honors and distinction and degrees in International Business and Marketing, Renee began her career in the technology field in 2009, working for West Penn Wire. She implemented successful marketing initiatives and earned first place with her team in the company’s annual LEAN competition. She was continually promoted within Belden, serving in several management roles in broadcast/audio/visual and structured cabling business units. Renee launched new products, contributed to whitepapers, and helped develop and implement annual strategic plans. Belden recognized her with the Anchor Award for exemplifying teamwork. To gain deeper knowledge of her field, Renee pursued and achieved a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification from AVIXA in 2012. She went on to oversee a team that maintained a training catalog of 100+ industry-accredited courses and managed multiple contractor warranty/certification programs.

In 2018, Renee joined True North Consulting Group in San Antonio as a Technology Consultant and was promoted to Senior Technology Consultant the next year.

Renee is a member of Building Industry Consulting International (BICSI) and is a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD). In 2024, she will relocate to take on a new role as Regional Manager, North Texas.

Renee and husband, Jeremy, have two children, Dylan and Grace. Renee enjoys spending time with her family, church, and arts and crafts.

You can contact Renee at renee.edmondson@tncg.com or 210.610.9769.