Mission Statement: At Bayshore Interactive we believe by providing the best service coupled with our team’s extensive knowledge and know-how we are able to stay ahead of technology trends and help our clients achieve their maximum potential.
Building a technology driven empire can have the most unlikely and un-pretentious beginnings. It all started twenty years ago in Gainesville when Tommy Orndorf, founder of Bayshore Interactive, saw a sign in the window of a small internet provider in a strip mall that simply read “HIRING.”
He interviewed not knowing what the Internet was or what he might be getting into. Luck was on his side however, when he was hired and his passion and proclivity for technology fueled him to advance to a Network Administrator position within a year.
Tommy was offered a job two years later with an up and coming ISP called MPINet, and he quickly seized the opportunity. MPINet would eventually be sold and shortly after, Orndorf landed himself a position at a small hi-tech firm called Digital Infrared. While there, he became Director of IT for a company with 15 employees that soon grew to over 50!
While working full time at Digital Infrared, it occurred to Orndorf that he could also help small businesses and clients on a budget with simple computer and network issues. It was at this time Bayshore Interactive was born.
Digital Infrared was eventually acquired by a hi-tech firm called ICx Technologies, then acquired again by a national defense contractor, FLIR Systems. During this transitional period Orndorf kept quietly rising in the ranks of the fast paced, secretive IT administrative world.
All the while, Tommy’s simple grass roots IT assistance side business, Bayshore Interactive was starting to gain traction. Orndorf quickly recognized the need for managed IT services and the opportunity to capitalize on his technology know-how and shortly thereafter he left FLIR to pursue building Bayshore Interactive into his full time business.
Growing and acclimating quickly to the industry, Bayshore Interactive now services over one hundred clients in fifteen states across the USA. With new technology entering the market daily, Orndorf doesn’t see the business slowing down anytime soon.
In fact his projected growth strategy for Bayshore Interactive includes adding more technology, more services and more employees.
Bayshore Interactive offers full IT management packages for small to medium sized businesses that just don’t want to make an investment in full time, high priced IT staff.
In addition to being passionate about his business, Orndorf believes in giving back by donating a significant amount of time, money and gratis IT services to Central Florida charitable partners and non-profit events.
Spending time with his wife and two children is paramount to Orndorf. He understands that a well-rounded Central Floridian must cultivate a healthy home life and believes in involving his children in the community.
While he has stated his passion is technology, Orndorf makes time for traveling, weight training, spicy foods and of course, the Central Florida theme parks!
He and his wife currently reside in Dr Phillips with their 2 children, Tommy IV and Mia, and are excited to expand their footprint and their family in Central Florida.
For more information about Tommy Orndorf and Bayshore Interactive please visit www.bayshore.net
- 2000-2005 MPINet – Technical Director
- 2005-2010 Digital Infrared – Director of IT
- 2010-2012 ICx Technologies – Director of IT
- 2012-2014 FLIR Systems – Sr. Network Administrator
- 2005–Current Bayshore Interactive – Founder & President