Vision

Rural Solutions was born out of the long-term and long-time vision of CEO/CTO Thomas Dukeshire. When the right colleague chemistry and excellent timing aligned, Thomas brought into reality a company that provides affordable, structured, high-quality help to the small businesses that need it most: those sized with 1 to 25 full-time employees.

Our Approach

Rural Solutions believes in the power of small businesses. As a small business ourselves, we understand the unique challenges that small business owners face. These include marketing, bookkeeping, accounting, technical support (hardware and software), and detailed business planning. We understand that business owners may only need support in a single area, such as business planning, or may want assistance in several. This is why we offer our services as both bundles and ala carte. We will never trap you into long-term agreements. It’s our job to provide you with the support you need, not what fits our bottom line. This is your business: we want you to be in control of what you need to make it successful.

Our Team

Every member of Rural Solutions is driven by a passion to see small businesses grow. Whether you need assistance with bookkeeping and accounting, IT, tech, HR, and/or marketing, our team is ready to do all we can to help you achieve your goals. See more about our team members below. We’re glad you’re here and can’t wait to see how Rural Solutions can help you.

Thomas Dukeshire 

CEO/CTO

 An entrepreneur from the start, Thomas’ work with all things IT & technical began in grade school and blossomed into a successful business during his college years that earned him and his partner at the time six figures in less than a year.
Fast forward to today and Thomas’ almost 20 years in the business has garnered him a stellar reputation for his problem-solving approach and work ethic. Thomas has saved multiple businesses from getting lost in their technology by creating and implementing IT & technical solutions that are affordable and effective, helping to grow their businesses. In Thomas’ own words, “I believe that there is always a solution to a problem.”
As CEO/CTO of Rural Solutions, Thomas maintains this vision, bringing together under the Rural Solutions name a team of leaders and problem-solvers just as passionate about small business success as he is.
Credentials
● Masters in Managing Innovation & Information Technology, Champlain College (2014)● CompTIA A+, Network+ & Security+ Certified ● Cisco Certified Network Associate ● Microsoft Certified Professional


Sheryl Leslie

CFO

Sheryl grew up moving around all over the United States, including Germany, as the daughter of a military family. She came to Vermont to go to college at Norwich University and fell in love with Vermont. A Certified Public Accountant, Sheryl loves all things financial and business management-related. At the top of her list is helping business owners improve their financial position and processes, and finding the efficiencies that save both money and time. If you’re ready to have a financial sleuth supporting your business, it’s time to work with Sheryl.
Credentials
● Certified Public Accountant ● QuickBooks Pro Certified ●Associate in Risk Management (ARM) ● Masters in Business Management, Norwich University 


Jodi Lawaich

CMO

“Everything is a story. There’s good reason for this, and that’s because stories, when told well, connect us.”
This is Jodi’s mantra, and it’s her approach to all the marketing work she does and has done for the past 25+ years at companies like Kaplan Test Prep, Vermont Teddy Bear, and John Hancock. Stories have been a part of Jodi’s life since she can remember, with her memories going back to the age of 3. After she was told a story at bedtime, she’d continue with her own, creating an original one that she told herself until she fell asleep. Fast-forward many years and the world now spins on stories, from the news to the music we listen to, to the way we socialize. Stories pass incredibly important information. They teach, connect, relate, invigorate, motivate, innovate, inspire, and make things happen. They bring forth the images from our imaginations and make them real. This is why Jodi has such a passion for stories, why she has such an eternal and ever-deepening love for them. And with Rural Solutions, Jodi gets to help small business owners find their story and tell it to the world so that others know it, too.
Credentials
● Master’s in Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Goddard College (in progress) ● Film Certification, NYU Continuing Education ● Constant Contact partner


Testimonials

What our customers write about us

“I highly recommend Thomas Dukeshire and his crew. Thomas was able to get us up and running within a very short time after we were left hanging from our prior IT company. He is very knowledgeable, listens to our needs and was able to set us up with exactly what we needed to work in both office and home environments. Calls and emails are answered almost immediately, even on a Sunday!"

Carol Abbott