Hey, new customers!

As you've probably heard by now, Applied Connective acquired Connecting Point on May 1st, 2023! 🎉

This means we're your new technology partner, and we couldn't be more thrilled about it.

We'll make a great team.

Connecting Point and Applied Connective just made sense. 

 

Our teams have had a long-standing mutual respect for one another, and both parties are very excited to share this news. We’ve collaborated many times over the years with Tony & Ron, and they’re already great fits on our team. We feel lucky to have them sporting Applied Connective gear!

 

As a tech company passionate about people, meeting each of you is something we’re very much looking forward to, but first things first, we know you may have a few questions! We’ve tried to anticipate those and provide answers below!

 

With gratitude & optimism for a bright future together,

Your new friends at Applied Connective

FAQs

Where did Connecting Point go?

Connecting Point has been absorbed into Applied Connective. All current business clients are now under the umbrella of Applied Connective and will receive all the benefits of such! Tony & Ron have accepted positions on our IT department, but you can still find them (just wearing different logos on their shirts) at the Connecting Point building you’ve come to know on 23rd Street in Columbus!

So who’s Applied Connective?
Yep, we saw that coming. We’re an award-winning managed technology service provider with offices in Albion, Norfolk, Columbus, and Lincoln. We work with hundreds of small businesses, schools, county governments, healthcare entities, and other organizations throughout Nebraska, managing their technologies so they operate at peak potential 24/7. With experts in truly every facet of technology, our customers love that we’re a one-stop shop for their every need, and we pride ourselves on making their lives easier and offering absolutely unparalleled support.

 

Rather have the Cliff’s notes? We’re 56 technology experts/gurus/nerds who absolutely insist on helping our partners become their most secure, efficient, and profitable. Find out more about us below!

 

So you’re in Columbus?

Yep! Always have been, actually. 

Most of our employees are based in Albion or Norfolk, but we’ve been proudly serving the Columbus area since our inception in 2004. Most recently, we were located in the Parkway Plaza building on Lost Creek Parkway, but our new digs are in the Connecting Point building you know and recognize on 23rd Street. We’re making some modifications to the building (it’ll no longer be a retail space), but nevertheless, feel free to stop in any time!

 

Okay, so if I have questions about our existing technologies, who do I call?

You can call the same number you always have. It now forwards to us. Tony and Ron will be our liaisons for you for the near term as you become acquainted with the rest of the crew. As we become familiar with each other, the rest of the support/project teams will be getting involved to allow for the best possible support and experience. We’re excited to meet all of you!

 

Where/how do I pay my bill?

Good question! Invoicing and payment for all products and services provided or delivered prior to 4/30/23 will be handled by Connecting Point. All invoicing and payment remittance for services and products provided on 5/1/23 or after will be handled by Applied Connective. Please make sure and ask for the appropriate billing contact and also a billing email. We’ll want to explain our billing system will deliver payments via email and that they will have the option to pay through the ConnectBooster payment portal. 

Can I stop by and pick up some hardware? 

Yes, for a finite amount of time. We are winding down the storefront retail aspects of the Columbus office. As inventory is depleted, it will not be replenished. 

My home PC needs some repairs. Can I still stop in? 

Walk-in PC repair services will be coming to an end. Clients who walk in that had been using this service previously will be allowed a final service visit. 

Anything else I should know?

We’re here to help with anything you need—managed IT services, cyber security solutions, phone systems, surveillance systems, door access control, audio/video solutions, low-voltage cabling, infrastructure, consulting, and much more. We want to help you operate seamlessly, and our doors, inboxes, and phone lines are always open for you. Just reach out if you need anything!

 

MORE ABOUT APPLIED CONNECTIVE

Check out some of the basics below (or feel free to peruse the website)!

What we do

IN A NUTSHELL

Applied Connective is fortunate to employ the best and brightest experts in the region in virtually every facet of technology, which means our service offering is robust and, quite frankly, a bit of a mouthful. We're truly one team for all your technology solutions and are dedicated to helping your organization achieve maximum security, efficiency, and profitability.

Managed IT

Which also means...

Cyber Security, IT Consulting, Disaster Recovery (BDR), Managed Backups, Security Awareness Training, DNS Protection, Advanced Malware Protection, Endpoint Device Security, Helpdesk Support, Security Operations Center, Patch Management, Website Hosting, etc.

PHONE SYSTEMS

Which also means...

VoIP/SIP, Hosted Voice, Traditional PBX, Conferencing, and Paging/PA Systems

PHYSICAL SECURITY

Which also means...

Door Phones, Managed Plans, Routine Maintenance, Door Access Control, Surveillance Systems, Mobile Phone App, and Panic/Duress Buttons

INFRASTRUCTURE

Which also means...

Low-Voltage Cabling, Cell Boosters, Cable Management, Data Centers, Wireless

AUDIO/ VIDEO

Which also means...

State-of-the-Art Speakers, TVs & Mounting, Digital Signage

AND MUCH MORE

BUT YOU GET THE GIST

Our team

MEET our starting lineup

We're proud to work alongside some awesome motivators, innovators, and problem solvers (also affectionately referred to as gurus, brainiacs, wizards, and nerds). Find out more about us on our Who We Are page!

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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  • Whole grain pasta
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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 Feldmann

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

Warehouse

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 here at Applied Connective—advertising, design, copywriting, website management, PR, and social media as well as coordinating philanthropy efforts.

Matt Childress

Relationship Manager

Sara Rasmussen

IT Service Manager

Nathan Niewohner

IT Project Manager

Justin Niewohner

AVS Project Manager

I install surveillance, security, Internet, phone, and audio systems to fit our customers’ 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

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

Operations Manager

Ed Knott

President

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