Chicagoland's Premier IT Service Provider

We Are an Award-Winning IT Consulting Firm Specializing in Highly Responsive Managed IT,
Cloud and Cyber Security Services for Chicago Area Businesses.

Karla Zehnder


Robert Zehnder


Hodgson Consulting & Solutions has been providing managed IT and cloud computing services for small to midsized business clients of all markets in the Chicagoland area and beyond for over 20 years. We understand the unique technology challenges of businesses with multiple locations or an offsite workforce, providing a centralized IT solution to help clients eliminate the frustrations, obstacles and inefficiencies that come with remote collaboration. We help our clients make the best IT choices that will keep them working safely, securely, productively, and cost-effectively so they can focus on growing their businesses, not slowing them down.
As a CMMC Registered Provider Organization (RPO), our team of cybersecurity experts provides consulting for organizations doing business with the government to help you maintain eligibility for your DoD contracts.
If you had met Karla 30 years ago, you would have never guessed that one day she’d lead a successful and award-winning IT consulting firm. But that’s exactly what she did. Over the years, she has built Hodgson Consulting & Solutions by being the “human side” of the business, making tech comfortable – and understandable – for her clients. While her partner Bob focuses on technology and IT strategy, Karla mastered making the connection between tech and a business’s goals – spurring growth and efficiency in her clients. At Hodgson Consulting & Solutions, she put her energies into creating a business culture where employees want to come to work and where clients want to do business. This is her story.
Karla's Top Areas of Expertise
  • Creating highly effective Cybersecurity strategy plans for businesses
  • CMMC Compliance
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity 
  • Executive Coaching
  • Organizational Communication 
  • Security Awareness Training
Karla is a designated Registered Practitioner (RP) trained in CMMC methodology. She specializes in helping companies that contract with the DoD prepare their organizations’ cyber security programs, policies and procedures for compliance with CMMC. Recognized as C-Suite of the Year by the Daily Herald Newspaper for her contributions to the success of the region’s economic growth and stability, which includes the organization’s overall growth, commitment to good ethics, and involvement in the community. At Hodgson Consulting & Solutions, Karla combines her entrepreneurial skills with her people skills to connect the tech to the business, the people and the process to help her business clients overcome the technical challenges they face in today’s digital world, empowering them for growth and success.
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The Hodgson Consulting & Solutions Mission
To create Client Success by removing every technical frustration obstacles and inefficiency from companies with multiple locations and/or a remote workforce.
The Business Soul of Hodgson Consulting & Solutions

We Do the Right Thing

Deliver Client Success

Constant and Never Ending Improvement (CANI)

We are ONE Team

Extreme Ownership

Discover the Many Ways Hodgson Consulting & Solutions can help you increase productivity and secure your organization from hackers.
The Hodgson Consulting & Solutions Difference
We thrive in companies with multiple locations and/or a remote workforce.
That means we understand the unique IT and business related challenges of companies like yours. We understand your need to have access to your critical information, documents and applications from remote locations as well as your need to have your data shared securely. This is why our tech support team is skilled at ensuring that all of your workers, regardless of their location; have access to the same functionality and usability without slowness or work-arounds just as if they were in the office.
On-staff citrix subject matter experts.
Our expertise in Citrix is so specialized that we help write the certification exams. Our Citrix specialized engineers are on-staff to deliver the correct and most effective solutions to you. This means that you will be able to get someone on the phone that truly knows Citrix AND understands YOUR systems, who can answer questions and provide actual resolutions not “band aid” fixes.
We own our US based data-center environment.
All of your data is guaranteed to be backed up and stored in the US. Unlike other companies that store your data in public clouds or use third party cloud storage, which can store your data in unknown parts of the world. Leaving you to “have faith” that they have reputable employees with reliable systems keeping your data safe. With us, you have 100% certainty of the exact location where your data is stored and the confidence that our trained staff maintains direct management of your mission critical data and systems.
Our US based help desk answers your calls live and staffed by our experienced Hodgson Consulting & Solutions technicians.
All of our Help Desk staff are managed and employed by Hodgson Consulting & Solutions – we hand selected, screened and trained every employee in accordance with our high standards. We NEVER outsource our help desk to a third party or use any offshore employees or services. Companies and government agencies under compliance regulations such as ITAR can rest assured that our Help Desk is maintained and managed solely by US persons in US location.
We offer and service both hosted cloud and on-premise cloud solutions.
Not all clouds are the same and not one type of Cloud is right for everyone. Our philosophy is and always has been to offer what is BEST for your company, not us. We base our recommendations on what YOU want and what YOU feel most comfortable with. Our responsibility is to educate you on the pros and cons of each and guide you to the best solution for your company.
No blame - No excuses.
We are the only IT Company in the Chicagoland area that guarantees that you will never hear one of our employees blame another vendor when issues arise. When you choose Hodgson Consulting & Solutions, we take full responsibility of your IT support from the day we take over.
In The Community
We proudly service and serve our local community! Beyond the technical side of things, our areas of commitment include: education,
entrepreneurial empowerment, and protection of children and animals.
We support programs and activities that benefit education at all levels, we focus our efforts on programs that help children learn, gain confidence and introduce them to new experiences.
Entrepreneurial Empowerment
We sponsor programs designed to educate executives and business owners how to protect and grow their companies.
Protection of Children and Animals
We believe that every child and animal should thrive in a safe environment that supports and nurtures them.
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