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Innovator in K-12 Mobile Device Management LocknCharge Announces New Hires to Expand Business in the United States

By Andrea Jones
July 9th, 2014

Atlanta, GA, June 29, 2014 – At the annual ISTE conference, innovator in K-12 mobile device management LocknCharge announced two new executives who will help expand the business in the United States. A new president and a head of global operations were hired to lead LocknCharge’s strong growth since entering the U.S. school market three years ago. Steve Ledbetter joined the company as president, North America, and Tim Buhl as head of global operations. Both are relocating to the LocknCharge U.S. business headquarters in Madison, WI. The company is known for innovative carts that efficiently store and quickly charge a school’s mobile devices. Educators are invited to visit LocknCharge at ISTE in booth #3314, where LocknCharge is exhibiting several new products, including the new Carrier 30 Cart™ that was announced today at the show.
In addition to expanding into the United States, over the past few years, LocknCharge also has formed successful international distribution partnerships in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Korea and Turkey. LocknCharge works with each of these distributors and their respective resellers on a daily basis to drive business within the channel. These distribution partnerships have significantly contributed to, and continue to contribute to LocknCharge’s success in the global market place. For information about LocknCharge visit www.lockncharge.com or call 888-943-6803.
“I am excited about the opportunity to lead LocknCharge’s team and contribute to a company so focused on innovative design and ease of deployment,” said Steve Ledbetter, president of LocknCharge. “With the fast influx of mobile devices in schools, every school could benefit from our modern solutions for the storage, syncing, and charging challenges that come with launching new mobile tech. I look forward to making LocknCharge products the next must-have for schools and building the brand!”
With a background in leading business development and growth of one of the leading educational resellers, Academic Superstore, and as executive in charge at Digital River Education Services (DRES), Ledbetter has the right business and industry know how for LocknCharge’s mission. LocknCharge’s primary goal is to make life easier for teachers, students and IT administrators. It is on its way to building a reputation as the most innovative and trusted brand in developing solutions for managing deployments of mobile technology. LocknCharge products are sold in the U.S. through a network of education resellers.
Tim Buhl (CPA) earned both a BA in business and MBA from the University of Wisconsin and has been managing global supply chains for several large multi-national companies. Tim’s expertise will mature LocknCharge operations, logistics, and product forecasting, supplying the infrastructure needed to sustain its reputation with customers. Tim has also taken on the responsibility of managing the global organization’s finance functions.
“Steve and Tim will play key roles in our team’s success,” said James Symons, CEO of LocknCharge. “It has been a busy few years, and our company is in the perfect position to support mobile technology in education. Schools have really embraced our products to ease their mobile tech rollouts and make it as easy as possible for teachers and students to use their devices while keeping them safely charged and ready for action.”

About LocknCharge
LocknCharge designs and manufactures tablet/laptop carts, wall cages and lockers that secure, sync, and charge mobile devices. LocknCharge is a global company with headquarters in Perth, Western Australia, and our U.S. headquarters is in Madison, WI. The company was founded in 1999, at the home of Paul Symons, now co-owner, director and product designer for LocknCharge. As a schoolteacher in Perth, Paul identified a need in the market after seeing computers being stolen on a weekly basis. He created a solution for securing desktop computers, which went on to have a radical impact on reducing computer theft throughout Australia. Since our beginnings in Perth, we’ve expanded globally to help make our customers lives easier by developing mobile device management products that take the workflow of a classroom into consideration.

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About the Author:

Andrea Jones

Andrea Jones is a technology specialist in Virginia. A former French teacher, she currently supports technology integration in a middle school.