Living our values.

The ripple effects of small acts can be extraordinary. Let’s take opportunities to lift up those who could use a little help. Our philanthropy program exists to more closely align our time & effort with our values in order to do more good. And in the immortal words of Montel Jordan…

Annual Food Drive

Operation Gratitude

Every year after Halloween, we send leftover candy to deployed troops.

Applied Connective Technologies hosts fundraiser for pediatric brain cancer

Big Summer Kickoff for Team Jack

We teamed up with US92 and Kayton International to feed local farmers in line for Cargill just down the road from our Albion Headquarters.


We could not love TeamJack more. It’s been our pleasure to support this team of world-changers since day one, and we plan to continue our support for many years to come.

Team Jack Radiothon

We’ve been proud to power this annual fundraising event since it began in 2013.

Benne(fi)tt Matball Fundraiser

A teachers versus staff matball game and fundraising event to support the Bennett family, a local family whose daughter is battling a pediatric brain tumor.

Pediatric Brain Cancer Fundraising

Rallying local businesses to display rainbow art in support of a local third grader battling a pediatric brain tumor and donating to TeamJack in honor of her.

Blessings in a Backpack

Applied Connective packages meals for Blessings in a Backpack twice a year (and donates funds monthly).

50/50 Spree

To celebrate reaching 50 employees, Ed gave everybody $50 to keep and $50 to give to a worthy cause.

Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build

Building a home for a very deserving family in Columbus, NE.

Feed the Farmers at Harvest

We teamed up with US92 and Kayton International to feed local farmers in line for Cargill just down the road from our Albion Headquarters.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Golf

Winter Clothing Drive

Winter clothing collected to be donated to area youth in need.

Ed Knott and Applied Connective Technologies are iPledge members for the Columbus Area United Way


Supporting the incredible work of the Columbus Area United Way

Blood Mobile

Many of our employees donate blood regularly.

Boone Beginnings In-Kind Work

Support for our local high-quality daycare center meant involvement from day one. We’re so grateful to have such an impressive and awesome facility in small-town Nebraska. We provided the infrastructure, surveillance, access control, and technical components of the facility in kind.

Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirt Drive

Proceeds are donated to the Cancer Care Program at Boone County Health Center to purchase gas and grocery gift cards for local cancer patients undergoing treatment.

Santa Buddies

Employees each pick residents at local nursing homes whose wish lists to fulfill. We then deliver them to the residents on their annual Christmas parties.

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."


Shout outs to these awesome volunteers!

🎉 Way to go
  • Sara for giving blood!
  • Childress for donating blood
  • Beckman for the Habitat for Humanity build (on your anniversary)!
  • Ed for the Habitat for Humanity build!
  • Kara for the Matball Benne(fi)tt!
  • Jessi for Habitat for Humanity!
  • Will for donating blood!
  • Childress for the Matball Benne(fi)tt!
  • Weston for umping at the Matball Benne(fi)tt!
  • Grady for the Matball Benne(fi)tt!
  • Jessi for the Matball Benne(fi)tt!
  • Justin for umping at the Matball Benne(fi)tt!
  • Kelsi for the Matball Benne(fi)tt!
  • Mikki for the Matball Benne(fi)tt!
  • Ryan for the music at the Matball Benne(fi)tt!
  • Sara for your work with the BCHC Cancer Care Program!
  • Henn for the Habitat for Humanity build!
  • Alex for the Habitat for Humanity build!
  • Weston for the Habitat for Humanity build!
  • Kris for the Habitat for Humanity build!
  • Kurt for the Habitat for Humanity build!
  • Petsche for umping at the Matball Benne(fi)tt!

We do it because

This is bigger than us.

We hope to leave a lasting impact with every interaction. And we’ve started viewing those every-day interactions not as obligations but opportunities to leave people a little better than we found them.

We do it because

We like people.

We may be tech people, but frankly, we’re people-people. We feel privileged to serve the communities who have given us so much and who have supported us since day one. And while we may be a company who specializes in technology, we know nothing can replace human connection. 

We do it because

"With great power

comes great responsibility."

We’re not sharing to pat ourselves on the back. We’re sharing because these are wonderful causes, and we want to use the platform we have to help amplify their messages. (And yes, that’s a quote from Spiderman.)

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

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned soup
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned stew
  • Canned fish
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned beans
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Rice
  • Applesauce
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Powdered milk
  • Boxed meals
  • Cooking oils
  • Crackers
  • Granola bars
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Detergent
  • Hand soap
  • And any other food, hygiene, or household product that is unused, unopened, and unexpired.

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


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


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