IST Management Services, Inc.

IST was founded in Atlanta, GA by Hal Blackman in 1997 as a facilities management and technology company with the aim of bringing cutting edge digital systems and outstanding customer service to an industry mired in analog processes and poor services.

From IST’s inception we have had a dedicated staff of software developers focused on designing and enhancing, IST-Suite, our cloud-based facilities management technology that has empowered our employees to provide the highest level of customer service by giving them the tools to work faster and more efficient.  This commitment to developing cloud based technology has helped IST grow from two employees in Atlanta, GA to to nearly 2,000 employees in 38 major US markets.

IST Executive Team - IST Discover-E

IST DocStor History

IST DocStor was born out of need, a need to take back control of our processes and our files.ᅠ IST Management Services is the fastest growing independently held Facilities Management Company in the United States.ᅠ With over 400 client service locations located in 38 major US markets and more client sites coming on board everyday we simply could not keep up with all of the paper and antiquated processes for managing our quickly growing business.

From HR, to finance, to sales, to operations, thousands and thousands of new paper trails where being created each day.ᅠ Each department managing their processes differently, sometimes via email, sometimes via fax, sometimes via mail resulting in confusion, lost documents, lost time and zero accountability.

7 years ago, Hal Blackman, President & CEO, had had enough so he assembled his senior staff and his IT developers to find a solution.

The result of that meeting was the of birth an idea to create a system that took complex business processes: from employee onboarding, accounts payable contract management, to new client creation and develop easy to access online workflows that eliminated the need for paper documents to be filed and delivered via email, fax or mail.

For the next 18 months, IST developed IST DocStor.

IST is going on 5 years now of maintaining no physical files for our HR, Accounting, Sales and Operations departments.ᅠ IST now has over 50 customized workflows that walk our end-users through each process guaranteeing that no step is skipped, no document is lost and that every important file can be found in just a couple mouse clicks.

In 2015 IST is introducing two new electronic management systems; DocStor Legal and DocStor HR360.

IST DocStor is now helping clients coast-to-coast create truly paperless offices.

IST DocStor Team

IST DocStor | Executive Team

Hal Blackman

President & CEO

Hal Blackman is the president, chief executive officer and founder of IST Management Services, Inc. He has more than 24 years experience in sales and management. Hal’s vision is to create a national facilities management company that is focused and passionate about exceeding client service expectations and simultaneously reducing their cost.

IST has operations in over 30 cities throughout the United States. Serving both legal and corporate markets, IST has remained the partner of choice for organizational support services. A cum laude graduate of West Virginia University, he holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration, with a specialization in human resources. Hal lives in Fayetteville, Georgia, and his sons, Joshua and Sean, both graduated from the Naval Academy and are serving in the US Navy.


Dan Blechinger

Chief Information Officer

Daniel Blechinger is the Chief Information Officer for IST Management Services, Inc. Dan has expertise in the development of state-of-the-art hardware architectures, software solutions and wide area networks for international companies. He has accumulated over 20 years of IT experience managing global projects and designing software applications. Dan has 8 years of prior management experience with 4 years as a chief information officer and 12 years of systems/software engineering knowledge from careers at TESA Entry Systems, Scientific-Atlanta and Photocircuits Corporation.

Dan has been influential as a member of the Telecommunication Industry Forum (TCIF) and Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) in establishing standards for business-to-business communications. He has a full range of business systems skills with specialties in scanning and electronic data interchange technologies. Dan received his bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1985. He resides in Auburn, Georgia with his wife and two sons.


Andrew Addison

VP of Technical Solutions

Andrew started with IST in May 1999. Since that time he has moved up the ladder from Service Specialist to Director of Project Management, and is currently the Vice President of Technical Solutions in Atlanta.

Andrew handles project planning and execution for the various IST software systems and works directly with our development team for enhancing our existing platforms. He has been instrumental in the development and deployment of DocStor, DocStor HR360, and DocStor Legal platforms.

Andrew and his wife, Cris, have been married since June 2004 and have one son, Zachary.


IST DocStor | Sales Team

Robert Swan

VP of Legal Technology

Robert Swan recently joined IST as our VP of Legal Technology after spending decades in the industry working with many AMLaw 200 firms.  Robert’s broad range of expertise in DMS and legal technology marketplace were gained as he played key roles at major technology providers such as Aderant, Hummingbird/OpenText and HP Autonomy/iManage.  Robert’s enthusiasm continues as he takes an influential role in the further development of IST’s DocStor Legal the next generation of Document Management.


IST DocStor | Software Engineers

Steve Obarowski

Senior Software Developer

Steve has 20 years of development experience, specializing in VB/C#.NET (web and desktop applications) and SQL for the last 10 years.  Steve graduated with a computer science engineering degree from Florida Atlantic University.  Steve's highlights include developing the results systems for diving and synchronized swimming at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Matthew Sims

Senior Software Developer

Matthew Sims is a senior software developer with IST. He has over 15 years of experience with specialization in ColdFusion, Flex, JavaScript, and HTML. Matthew graduated with a BBA in management information systems from the University of Georgia.

Davey Wheeling

Senior Software Developer

Davey Wheeling is a senior software developer at IST. Davey has 20 years of experience in IT development. Davey specializes in VB.Net and C#. Originally from New York, Davey graduated from AIU.

Alex Thompson

Junior Software Developer

Alex Thompson is a junior software developer. Alex has over 3 years of experience in the IT development field. He specializes in ColdFusion, PHP, C#, and VB. Alex graduated from Clayton State University with a bachelor’s in information technology.

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