UniverseIT’s Big Bang

UniverseIT is a Houston-based IT firm that started in the summer of 2017 as a different company entirely, Lonestar CIO. Lonestar was founded by our president and CEO, Joe Eldridge to continue his legacy of providing exceptional CIO and CTO services to clients in Texas. After performing a software selection process for the school management solution for the academy division of one of his clients, he chose Classe365. A relationship was formed that day that transformed Lonestar and redirected the primary business of the company. Lonestar became Classe365’s premier partner in the United States and pivoted to providing education technology services and selling, implementing, and supporting the world-class Classe365 solution.

Soon after, Joe partnered with Erica Blair Weldon, a former colleague, to evolve the business in a new direction, and UniverseIT was formed. All of Lonestar’s previous assets and lines of business were merged into the new moniker and UniverseIT set off into a new frontier. Now, we provide IT solutions to educational institutions and non-educational organizations alike to take them beyond the cloud.

Our Global Mission

Our mission is to take your organization beyond the cloud –

enabling you for universal success.

Our Core Values

  1. Put our clients’ needs above our own
  2. Leverage modern technology in everything we do
  3. Represent ourselves always with the highest integrity

JOE ELDRIDGE

President and CEO

(832) 520-2489


Joe is a 19-year Microsoft veteran and has a 30-year wealth of technology experience. He formerly directed numerous organizations at Mircrosoft, is a certified Scrum master, and has led numerous large projects to success, including the 6-month BizTalk implementation for Ford Motor Co. His technical acumen, abounding charisma, and masterful leadership propel our organization, and yours, to success.

ERICA BLAIR WELDON

Executive Vice President and COO

(832) 520-2492


Erica is a data and analytics expert and one of the keenest minds of her generation. She has the ability to break down a problem to its roots and create exciting and innovative solutions to meet her clients’ needs. She runs the operations of the business with this same methodology and strives to ensure client success.