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Ed Knott

With rural Nebraska origins, having grown up on a small farm/ranch near Taylor, it makes sense that the roots of Applied Connective continue to extend throughout the underserved rural markets of the state.

In 2002, after graduating from Doane College with a degree in Information Systems and Business Management, Ed began working at ITI (Now Fiserv) in Lincoln. For two years at ITI, Ed's responsibilities included installing and supporting Internet banking and ATM products throughout the US. A mutual relationship with the Petersburg State Bank led to the introduction of Ed and Tom Krings, who operated Krings Communications, which primarily sold and operated phone systems.

In 2004, Ed and Tom formed a new partnership, Applied Connective Technologies, LLC. The business immediately started offering additional IT and technical services and has since evolved into a managed services provider. It early 2015, Ed purchased Tom's interest in the business.

Ed and his wife, Colleen, have three children, Kade, Kamryn, and Keegan. They currently reside in Albion. Colleen is an RN at Boone County Health Center. Ed is actively involved in several community organizations and has served on the board for Boone Central Teammates, Boone County Fitness Center, Boone Central School District and Albion Citizens Advisory Committee.

Cody Banzhaf
IT & Data Technician

Cody has a wide range of knowledge when it comes to IT support and services at Applied Connective, in which he began his career in July 2013. Cody primarily installs and services routers, servers, switches, firewalls and networking cabling. He also helps assist our customers by providing desktop, software and hardware support via phone and onsite.

Prior to working at Applied Connective Technologies,he lived in Lincoln, NE. and was working for “Geek Squad” for Best Buy.

Cody’s hobbies include camping, fishing, and cooking. He grew up in Cozad, NE. and he currently lives in Albion, NE with his wife Stephanie, their daughter Annabelle, and their dog Cletus.

Michelle Hendrickson
Administrative Assistant

Michelle began with Applied Connective Technologies in July 2014. Michelle is responsible for all accounts payable and general bookkeeping duties, is the main contact for businesses who are interested in the redesign and development of their company website, and also is Applied Connective's marketing specialist.

Michelle graduated from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2012 with an Associate's degree in Business Administrative with a Marketing focus. Prior to joining Applied Connective, Michelle worked as an Administrative Assistant with Principal Financial Group in Lincoln, NE.

Both originally from Spalding, NE, Michelle and her husband, Brian, moved back after being in Lincoln, NE for several years. Michelle also has two daughters, Maddie and Adaline, a Great Dane named Saphira, and a Lab/Australian Shepherd mix named Copper. Michelle spends most of her free time with her side business making home decor items. 

Alex Herstedt
Voice Technician

Alex is new to the IT industry within the last few years. In December 2015, he earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Information Technology through the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining Applied Connective, Alex spent 7 years as a chef.

Alex and his wife, Kaitlin, have two daughters, Jillian and Abigail. They also have a cat named Strudel. Kaitlin is not very fond of this cat though! Alex grew up in Alliance, Nebraska. His family recently made their new home in Central City, NE, where Kaitlin is a Special Education teacher at Central City High School.

In his free time, Alex enjoys cooking, playing video games, reading, and home brewing beer and mead. 

Nevan Hoffman
IT Intern

Nevan is Applied Connective's very first IT Intern. Since starting at Applied Connective in February 2016, Nevan has helped with many areas of the business, including the setup and installation of routers, the preparation and installation of new computers, and general tech support.

A recent graduate of Fullerton High School, Nevan plans to attend Wayne State College in the fall of 2016. He will be majoring in Computer Information Systems with a focus in Programming/Analysis. After college, he wants to continue to work with computers, help find solutions to common problems users are plagued with, and eventually be in a position making common tasks easier for users to do. 

Nevan is involved in his church and Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp near Fullerton, NE. He enjoys video editing and hanging out with friends.  

Sean Kerby
AVS Manager

Sean is the main point of contact for information regarding your security and surveillance needs. Sean is continuously researching new products, techniques, and services to greaten the ways that Applied Connective can work for you. A graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2010, Sean received his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. Previous to joining Applied Connective Technologies, Sean work as a field engineer for RVW Inc of Columbus, NE.

Sean's hobbies include anything in the automotive world. He spends as much time 4-wheeling/ATVing with friends and family as he can. Sean is an avid outdoorsman and loves to shoot and hunt as well.

Sean is currently a member of the Royal Coachman car club of St. Paul, NE and volunteers at local events, contributes at club meetings, and takes pride in serving as a judge at the yearly 240+ car even in St. Paul every July. Sean is an active member of the Nebraska Off Highway Vehicle Association and volunteers his time to improve trail safety, rider knowledge, and general maintenance of the trails and riding areas of Nebraska.

Sean and his son, Tucker, live between Genoa and Fullerton and love the area. They enjoy spending time outdoors working on their property, and having family and friends visit. Sean makes sure that Tucker gets his fair share of dirt under his nails.

Joann Porter

Joann has been an instrumental part of operating Applied Connective's everyday tasks that keep the business running smoothly since she began employment here in September 2012. Joann is responsible for purchasing and receiving products and inventory, tier 1 technical support, and payroll. Joann provides customer service and maintains a great relationship with our business vendors. She is proud of the way Applied Connective can help customers with all of their technological needs through our products and services. A 2001 graduate of Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, SD, her Associate’s Degree in Satellite Communications paved the way for holding key positions with companies in Los Angeles, CA and Sioux Falls, SD. Prior to joining Applied Connective Technologies, she spent 5 years in Quality Assurance at Lodgenet Interactive, a leading lodging and healthcare industry provider of on-demand video and internet systems.

Joann enjoys running and has completed two half marathons and numerous 5Ks. In her free time, she also loves to cook, read books and spend time with her family. Joann, and her husband Jon, currently reside in Albion, NE with their three children, Eli, Skylar, and Tate. Jon, an Albion native, owns Porters, a local construction company. Joann is originally from Springfield, SD.

Jeremiah Penn
IT & Data Technician

Jeremiah has a wide range of knowledge when it comes to IT support and services at Applied Connective Technologies, in which he began his career in July 2013. Jeremiah primarily installs and services routers, servers, switches, firewalls, and networking cabling. He also helps assist our customers by providing desktop, software and hardware support via phone and onsite.

Prior to working at Applied Connective Technologies, Jeremiah worked in the desktop support department at both the Physicians Network and the Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln, NE. He also worked in Information Technology as a Data Tech II for Verizon Wireless, where he earned the A+ Certification, which further kindled his passion for computers and computer networking. Jeremiah graduated from Southeast Community College in December 2012 and received his Associates Degree in Applied Science for Computer Information and Technology, Network Management.

Jeremiah's hobbies include combative arts and cooking, but he is most passionate about learning and expanding his knowledge through reading. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife and six children. Currently Jeremiah and his family live in Columbus, NE and are in the process of finding a home closer to Albion.

Sara Rasmussen
Administrative Assistant

Sara began with Applied Connective Technologies in November 2015. She provides excellent customer service and is the main point of contact when calling Applied Connective and is the friendly face that you see when you walk through our doors. Sara dispatches techs for service calls, coordinates all of the wireless internet service and hosted phone service installations. 

Originally from Albion, NE, Sara and her husband, Cody, have a daughter Kelby. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on trips, helping her husband on the farm, helping her parents with their German Shepherds, hunting and fishing. Sara is also a licensed Cosmetologist and a part of the Albion Fire and Rescue squad.

Ryan Robinson
AVS/Cabling Technician

Since starting at Applied Connective Technologies in June 2014, Ryan's primary focus has been the installation of security and wireless equipment. In 2009, Ryan graduated from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, NE with a degree in Architectural Drafting. During and after college, Ryan was a drafter with Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District, designing plans for homes along with zoning and Platte maps. He then moved to Lincoln, NE where he spent three years at Best Buy as a Warehouse Lead and New Employee Trainer then worked for Orkin Pest Control as a Wildlife Technician.

In 2014, Ryan was given a unique opportunity to return to his home town. He currently lives on the family farm southwest of Cedar Rapids, NE with his wife Sarah. In his free time, Ryan loves playing basketball and hunting. 

Ryan looks forward to helping Applied Connective's customers with quality and professional workmanship along with filling the needs of our local communities' commercial and residential clients.   

Brice Steen
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Blake Trombley
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Scott Voichoskie
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Matt Zoucha
Wireless Technician

Matt began at Applied Connective Technologies in May 2014 and his main focus is the instillation of security and camera equipment. Matt attended Wayne State College in Wayne, NE where he studied Agribusiness. Prior to joining the team at Applied Connective, Matt worked at Country Partners in Cedar Rapids, NE. 

Matt lives in Cedar Rapids, NE and enjoys volunteering in as many community activities as he can. Some of his volunteer efforts include events hosted by the Cedar Rapids fire department, the melodrama, the community picnic, and church events. 

When not volunteering in his community, Matt enjoys partaking in any type of sporting event, whether it be recreational, fantasy, or competitive. He also is enjoys nature and loves being in the great outdoors. 

Will Zoucha
Voice Manager

Will primarily installs and maintains Panasonic phone systems and began his career at Applied Connective Technologies in March 2011. His knowledge and experience also expands into security systems, surveillance, wired/wireless networks and cabling, as he is TDE, NCP and TDA50G PBX Technician certified. Will helps each customer become as efficient as possible with their equipment and believes that Applied Connective can be the one source to complete their business’ IT needs. Will attended Wayne State College in Wayne, NE and studied Computer Science and Sport Management.

Will’s hobbies include watching NFL football games and attending BBQ competitions near and far. Will is currently a member of the United Methodist Church in Fullerton, NE. He is active in the Fullerton community by participating in Fullerton Economic Development meetings and becoming a member of the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce.

Will, his wife, Megan and their daughter, Aurora currently reside in Fullerton, NE. Will is originally from Cedar Rapids, NE, while his wife, Megan (Hassler), is from Emerson, NE and is the Nance County Assessor.