Who We Are

With small-town roots and big-time capabilities, our mission is to help you leverage technology to operate at your peak potential. We are one team for all your technology solutions. 

What we do


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.


Which also means...

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


Which also means...

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


Which also means...

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


Which also means...

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


How we do it



We believe technology should make your life easier. Our mission is to provide you with technology that’s both cutting-edge and simple to use. So you can do what you do best—even better.


Unrivaled service

Exceptional service is what we’re known for, and that means integrity, honesty, friendliness, and transparency. Our technical skills may be the cream of the crop, but the way we deliver them will always be our bread & butter.



You rely on a wide range of technologies in order to do your job efficiently. We offer only the most reputable, highest-rated, top-quality brands and products, thereby minimizing issues and costly downtime.

Why we do it

At the end of the day, we have a passion for helping people go further by leveraging the right technologies. The cornerstone of our company has always been our unrivaled service, and we take great pride in knowing that what sets us apart is our unique ability to take care of every technology our customers might need under one roof. Applied Connective’s choices will always reflect the honest, authentic, “Nebraskan” approach that our clients and communities can appreciate and on which our company was raised. Our vision is to continue building strong, enduring, and mutually successful relationships with our wide range of valued clients.

Where we serve


Concerned about distance? We’re not! We manage your tech remotely from our offices in Albion, Columbus, and Norfolk, but we’re just as happy to hit the road for a face-to-face when on-site work is necessary to make sure we’re delivering unrivaled service. It’s a privilege to be trusted by hundreds of partners from Knox to Nuckolls and Holt to Hitchcock counties throughout Nebraska and beyond. 

Albion Office

2585 State Hwy 14, Albion, NE 68620

Norfolk Office

321 W Norfolk Ave, Suite 400, Norfolk, NE 68701

Columbus Office

4471 41st Ave, Suite 201, Columbus, NE 68601

Our team

INTRODUCING 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). Get to know us below!

Ed Knott, President

Will Zoucha, Operations Manager

Brigitte Burbach, HR Manager

Jarod Dendinger, Business Development

Ryan Robinson, AVS Service Manager

Justin Niewohner, AVS Project Manager

Nathan Niewohner, IT Project Manager

Sara Rasmussen, IT Service Desk Manager

Brandon Petersen, Relationship Manager

Matt Childress, Relationship Manager

Scott Whaley, IT Support Engineer

Alex Herstedt, Voice Technician

Eric Petsche, AVS Service Engineer

Lance Bain, Voice Technician

Jessi Larson, Creative & Marketing

Chase Thieman, AVS Technician

Cody Banzhaf, IT Manager

Eric Henn, Voice Technician

Eric Beckman, AVS Project Foreman

Kelsi Funk, IT Systems Specialist

Kris Wright, AVS Service Technician

Bryce Molt, IT Systems Specialist

Weston Ray, Inventory & Facilities

Mikki Mangus, Accountant

Justin Borgmann, IT Support Specialist

Heidi Kahlo, IT Support Engineer

Logan Niewohner, IT Systems Specialist

Clay Anderson, WISP Technician

Kara Frey, Administrative Assistant

Kenley Silhacek, IT Senior Network Engineer

Kurt Langer, WISP Technician

Casey Schalk, AVS Technician

Grady Higgins, IT Support Specialist

Justin Bounds, AVS Technician

Heath Murray, IT Support Specialist

Brandi Feldmann, IT Support Specialist

Will Frey, AVS Technician

Konnor Gibson, IT Project Engineer

Mason Uhing, IT Support Specialist

Faith Nunn, IT Support Specialist

Andy Grupp, IT Support Specialist

Lacey Henn, Administrative Assistant

Blake Olnes, AVS Technician

Travis Petsche, Relationship Manager

Nevan Hoffman, IT Support Specialist

Interested in joining us?

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 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

AVS Technician

Brigitte Burbach

HR Manager

Clay Anderson

WISP Technician

In my current role as WISP Technician I’m responsible for the network and infrastructure around the Columbus area and the quality of service provided to our customers therein.

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

Administrative and Marketing Assistant

My role here as of now includes helping in the administrative & marketing departments. I’ll be helping answer calls, assisting with simple IT questions for customers, coordinating marketing tasks, and more.

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

General Technician

My role as a general technician at Applied Connective involves the installation of video surveillance, security, Internet, and phones, along with pathways and running cables just to name a few of our many duties.

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

Level 1 IT Technician

I assist customers with IT-related problems by answering questions on the helpdesk and working with customers to resolve the problems they have. I also assist advanced technicians with tasks for experience and faster project completion.

Eric Beckman

AVS 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.

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 Havlovic

IT Technician

I am a Level 1 IT Technician at Applied Connective, so my role is to perform a variety of IT-related duties to different customers.

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 Systems Engineer

As an IT Systems Engineer, my job is to evaluate, monitor, and enhance IT infrastructure with an emphasis on availability, reliability, scalability, security, data confidentiality, and system integrity.

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 1 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

My work centers on creative content development and marketing—design, copywriting, website management, and social media as well as coordinating philanthropy efforts.

Matt Childress

Level 2 IT Technician

I am a level 1 tech here at Applied Connective, so I perform a variety of IT-related duties. 

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.