President and Chief Executive Officer of The SaiSai Group, Inc., is known as an expert in the area of small business and nonprofit financial management. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Mississippi Valley State University in Finance/Accounting and earned graduate degrees from Millsap College and Columbia Theological University. Mr. Bridgeman started his professional career in 1987 as an assistant to the Comptroller of Georgia Baptist Hospital and quickly advanced through the ranks to become the primary accountant for two nursing facilities (Newtonhouse and Americana Healthcare).
In 1990, Mr. Bridgeman began working with Reliance Trust Company within the corporate trust/compliance unit. During his tenure, his responsibility included processing and compliance of the Nation’s largest Church bond trustee department. After relocating to Norcross, GA in 1995, Mr. Bridgeman became the first Chief Financial Officer of one of Atlanta’s largest and fastest growth mega Churches, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. While working in this capacity, he oversaw the growth from one facility on approx. 4 acres to 10 buildings and over 30 acres. He managed the finances for the 15,000 member church, a daycare center, a private Christian school, a mall and a full membership gymnasium. The organization grew from less than $300 thousand in annual revenue to over $8 million annually.
In 1997, Mr. Bridgeman held the position of Chief Financial Officer for the 100 Black Men of America, managing the overall multi-million dollar financial operations from 1997 to 2005. He was responsible for maintaining the general ledger and preparing financial statements and various financial reports for Federal, State, and other outside agencies, which includes reviewing and auditing grant contracts, amendments and other documents to ensure grant compliance.
In 1999, Mr. Bridgeman chose to apply the more than fifteen years of experience and knowledge gained from working in finance to his business interests. Using his entrepreneurial desire, he formed The SaiSai Group, Inc., a financial consulting firm with emphasis on small business development and internal control policies and procedures. The SaiSai Group manages the financial department for a number of non-profit organizations including the Trumpet Awards Foundation, the Friendship Force International, the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, the National CARES Mentoring Movement, Open Heart Open Minds, the Hospitality Industry Professionals, Jean Childs Young Middle School Band Boosters, BronzeLens Film Festival as well as a number of for-profit businesses.
He is a well-spoken workshop facilitator and has worked with numerous local and national organizations and conferences, in this capacity, including the Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce, 100 Black Men of America, the National Baptist Convention, Cynthia L. Hale Ministries, Republican Party of Gwinnett County, Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneur, the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, the National Business League, the National Association of Black Mayors, the Hopewell Association, the DeKalb County Public School Foundation, Clayton County Association of Realtors, Gwinnett County School System and many others.