Twenty-year-old tech company expands into Lincoln

Applied Connective to put down roots in the capital city

Lincoln, NE  |  SEPT 2023 — Applied Connective Technologies, a Nebraska-based managed technology services provider (MTSP), has announced that they are expanding into Lincoln with the opening of a fourth location in the Haymarket District this fall. This new location is in addition to the company’s long-time headquarters in Albion and offices in Norfolk and Columbus.

Company President Ed Knott co-founded Applied Connective in 2004—following X years of IT experience at Lincoln’s Fiserv—along with now-retired Tom Krings. Technology has evolved almost beyond recognition since 2004, and the same can be said of Applied Connective’s service offering. 

What started out as a two-man operation selling commercial phones is now a full-service MTSP of more than 50 experts spanning virtually every facet of business technology. As their website claims, “with experts in every area of technology, our service offering is robust and, quite frankly, a bit of a mouthful” with most staff belonging to the IT & Cyber Security division but with strong divisions also dedicated to commercial phone systems, physical security (surveillance systems, door access control, etc.), audio/video and infrastructure.

The past four years in particular have brought about substantial change for the award-winning tech company, including but not limited to office expansions, new locations, an onslaught of additional staff, streamlining of services, and two significant acquisitions of Megavision and Connecting Point (in January and May of this year, respectively).

Applied Connective Corporate Office Lobby View

But Knott insists that what may look to some like explosive success has rather been the result of a consistent company-wide commitment to unrivaled customer service and dedication to making their customers their most secure, efficient and profitable with the right technologies. He adds that, as with all businesses, they’ve naturally made strategic changes to their service offering as technology has evolved in order to better serve the needs of their hundreds of customers in finance, healthcare, small business, schools, county government and more throughout the Midwest.

“We couldnt be more thrilled to be here,” says Knott. “There are a number of things that make Lincoln the right place for us right now, and were excited to take our company to the next level with talent and partnerships we’re developing. Lincoln is where I got my start in IT, met my wife, bought my first house, so things really feel like they’re coming full circle a bit.”

Knott goes on to explain that, although a physical office space in the vicinity isn’t necessary for an IT company to serve their customers—case in point, Applied Connective provides ongoing managed IT services to customers in every corner of the state as well as in Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City and more—they nevertheless felt strongly that Lincoln is where they ought to put down roots and open their fourth office.

“Due to the nature of managed services, nearly all of what we do can be accomplished remotely after initial installs,” he continues. “In fact, we often quip to our customers that we’re their ‘in-house’ IT team, except they don’t have to save us a donut or a parking space. Still, as a company built on what we refer to as ‘Nebraskan values,’ we feel it’s very fitting to have an office space in our state’s capital.” 

It’s true; their website bills Applied Connective as a “truly Nebraskan” company operating on the following key pillars: “Have integrity. Work hard. Give back. Throw the bones. You know the drill.” 


Knott concludes, We work with clients throughout the Midwest and many in the Lincoln area, so although we dont technically need to be nearby, its nice to plant a flag here and be able to rub elbows more often with those we serve virtually all day, every day.”

Applied Connective Technologies is a Nebraska-based award-winning managed technology service provider (MTSP) offering professional managed IT & cyber security, phone, physical security, infrastructure, and audio/video services and solutions. Serving hundreds of businesses and organizations, Applied Connective is committed to helping their customers reach their peak potential by leveraging technology to achieve maximum security, efficiency and profitability.


Kory Bourek

IT Support Specialist

Kyle Oldenkamp

Relationship Manager

Shelby James

IT Support Specialist in the Panhandle

Mandy Luettel

Director of Growth & Development

Noah Burwell

IT Support Specialist

Chase Gragg

IT Support Specialist

Vaughn Finkral

IT Support Specialist

Ron Leimser

IT Support Specialist

Jill Petsche

IT Support Specialist

Nevan Hoffman

IT Support Specialist

Lacey Henn

Administrative Assistant

Andrew Grupp

IT Support Specialist

Heath Murray

IT Support Specialist

Will Frey

AVS Technician

Konnor Gibson

IT Systems Specialist

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Kenley Silhacek

Senior IT Systems Engineer

Mason Uhing

IT Support Specialist

Faith Nunn

IT Support Specialist

Kara Frey

Administrative Assistant

Brandi Lueninghoener

IT Support Specialist

“Lakeview Community Schools has enjoyed our partnership with Applied Connective. They have been incredibly responsive, knowledgeable, and cooperative as we have worked together. Applied Connective has provided a team-like atmosphere in their service!”

Aaron Plas, Superintendent

Lakeview Community Schools

“We have been very pleased with their communication, efficiency, and customer service over the course of the last few years. We would highly recommend ACT to any other schools out there looking for a reliable partner for your technology needs.”

Brandon Detlefsen, Technology Director

Central City Public Schools

“Their service is always reliable and timely, and the staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. Our needs are their #1 priority! Boone Central is beyond grateful to have top-of-the line technology services and customer support.”

Nicole Hardwick, Superintendent

Boone Central Public Schools

“They’ve been with us every step of the way as we implemented phone systems, security cameras, and keypad doors. Their customer service is second to none, and their business knowledge is outstanding.”

Ronda Weber, Technology Coordinator

Burwell Public School

Applied Connective did an amazing job with our school security cameras. They were very professional and easy to work with. [They’re] patient with our questions and quickly respond when we need some direction. The cameras work great and are very easy to access. Thank you for a job well done!”

Amy Sokol, Principal

St. Anthony's School

Lance Bain

Voice Technician

Brigitte Burbach

HR Manager

Clay Anderson

IT Support Specialist

Brandon Petersen

Relationship Manager & IT Engineer

Relationship Manager/IT Engineer – I work side by side with our clients to ensure they are receiving the best value from our products and services, offer insights to improve their workflows, and resolve any issues that may arise as fast as possible.

Logan Niewohner

IT Systems Specialist

Justin Borgmann

Level 1 IT Technician

As a level 1 IT Technician, I assist customers in their daily IT needs, and respond to any issues that may arise.

Bryce Molt

Level 1 IT Technician

As a Level 1 IT Technician, I provide general help desk support for clients.

Weston Ray


Casey Schalk

AVS Technician

My role as a general technician at Applied Connective is primarily to work with the AVS crew to install and configure surveillance, internet, security, and voice technologies.

Grady Higgins

IT Support Specialist

Eric Beckman

AVS Project Foreman

Kris Wright

General Technician

My role as General Technician includes installation and troubleshooting of door access and camera security systems.

Mikki Mangus

General Accountant

Some of my duties as General Accountant include payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and reconciliation. I am happy that I am part of the Applied Connective Team.

Heidi Kahlo

IT Technician

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Eric Petsche

General Technician

My role as a general technician at Applied Connective is primarily to work with the AVS crew to install and configure surveillance, security, Internet, and voice technologies.

Kelsi Funk

IT Systems Specialist

Chase Thieman

AVS Technician

My role as an AVS technician at Applied Connective is to work with the AVS team to install and configure surveillance, security, internet, and voice technologies.

Cody Banzhaf

IT Manager

Eric Henn

Voice Technician

My job is to do whatever Ed tells me to. Just kidding…sort of. I am part of the voice group.

Alex Herstedt

Telecom / IT Technician

As a Telecom/IT Technician, I work with traditional and hosted phone systems.

Scott Whaley

Level 2 IT Technician

I’m part of the IT team at Applied Connective, so my days are spent setting up new PCs for customers; troubleshooting broken PCs, printers, etc., and installing new hardware.  

Jessi Larson

Creative & Marketing

I’m in charge of creative content development and marketing—advertising, design, copywriting, website management, PR, and social media as well as coordinating our philanthropy efforts—a wide variety, and I love it.

Matt Childress

Relationship Manager

Sara Rasmussen

IT Service Manager

Nathan Niewohner

IT Project Manager

Justin Niewohner

AVS Project Manager

I fit customers with the right surveillance, security, internet, phone, and audio-visual systems for their specific needs.

Ryan Robinson

AVS Service Technician

I provide and coordinate technical services and support for infrastructure, access control, surveillance, and audio/video solutions.

Jarod Dendinger

VP of Business Development

My role here at Applied Connective centers on business development, so that involves assisting our team in focusing on value-added processes as well as leveraging technology to provide solutions for our business partners that support them in continued success and growth.

Will Zoucha

VP of Operations

Ed Knott


As President at Applied Connective, I am responsible for organizational direction and general oversight of all product/service areas.