Team Jack

Applied Connective & Team Jack Make a Great Team

Team Jack

Photo courtesy of teamjackfoundation.org

OCTOBER 2018 – Some partnerships are a match made in heaven, and that certainly seems to be the case with the long-standing and mutually rewarding partnership between Applied Connective Technologies and the Team Jack Foundation.

Ed Knott and Andrew Hoffman were originally introduced in 2006 when Applied Connective Technologies became the managed technology service provider (MTSP) for a law firm at which Andrew practiced. Ed and his team established great relationships with the firm’s partners and staff, so it came as little surprise when Hoffman hired Applied Connective when he established his own practice, Hoffman Law, PC, LLO, in Atkinson in 2015.

Having done business together for several years, Ed and Andrew’s business relationship graduated from friendly professionals to professional friends, so when Hoffman’s son, Jack, was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer in 2011, there was a strong desire to help in some way. Opportunities would soon find them.

Background

As Andrew and Brianna Hoffman watched their son continually suffer from tumor-related seizures, attend an endless series of appointments, and undergo countless treatments and surgeries, they became determined to find better treatments and, ultimately, an effective cure for this awful disease.

For reference, only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s annual budget is allotted to pediatric brain cancer research. Identifying a huge need—and one that was obviously very close to their hearts—the Hoffmans went to work bridging the gap. Enter the Team Jack Foundation.

Andrew & Brianna began partnering with CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a national non-profit foundation which funds children’s cancer research to raise money for their research fund, and in 2012, the Team Jack Foundation was born. Through dedicated fundraisers, hard work, and a blossoming friendship between Jack and then-Husker running back Rex Burkhead (who granted Jack’s wish of meeting ahead of one of his life-threatening brain surgeries), the Team Jack Foundation has gained national notoriety and raised millions of dollars to date to enable life-saving research.

 

Team Jack

Photo courtesy of teamjackfoundation.org

 

The year of its inception, Team Jack had its first of what would become an annual event to raise crucial dollars for the cause. This is where Applied Connective gets involved.

A Tough Opponent: Taking On Pediatric Brain Cancer

The big idea was to put on a telethon that would engage radio stations from throughout Nebraska to reach the broadest audience possible. The Hoffmans needed a unique technology system to support such an event. So Hoffman approached Knott and his business partner, Tom Krings, and without hesitation, Applied Connective offered to donate time, services, and equipment to the event.

During the annual Team Jack Radiothon, more than 15 radio stations across the state dedicate the day to supporting the cause by raising awareness; collecting donations; and broadcasting interviews, testimonies, and stories from families affected by pediatric brain cancer as well as prominent Nebraska public figures, from government officials and oncologists to local celebrities like former Huskers and comedians. A percentage of the foundation’s yearly contributions are collected through this radiothon.

It’s a wonderful event that unifies businesses, families, and media outlets throughout the state—it showcases Nebraska values and the decency of humanity.

“The first Team Jack Radiothon took place in the Hoffmans’ hometown of Atkinson, Nebraska,” says Knott. “The following years, we set up shop in Lincoln’s Haymarket, the next few years on UNL’s campus, and most recently, the 2018 radiothon took place at South Pointe Mall in Lincoln. It grows substantially from year to year, and it’s neat to be a part of something that brings so many together in charity and hope.”

Team Jack Foundation
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Applied Connective’s involvement, chiefly that of the company’s voice manager, Will Zoucha, is tantamount to this production. Their contributions (along with those of Tom Krings & Clearfly) include: supplying all necessary technologies, coordinating phone systems, establishing Internet connections, volunteering, and donating time and services throughout the day for the event each year. After setup is complete, Zoucha remains onsite throughout the day, accompanied by Tom and/or Ed, to lend a hand and oversee the day’s events.

“It requires a good amount of behind-the-scenes time, setup, and configuration to support an event of this caliber,” says Zoucha. “But this is a cause that Applied Connective is passionate about, that we believe in wholeheartedly, and that we are privileged to be able to contribute our skill set and services to.”

Knott adds, “We’re very proud to be involved in the Team Jack Foundation in this way. What started as a grass roots movement in Atkinson, Nebraska, by a loving family going through a parent’s worst nightmare has grown into something much bigger. We admire the Hoffmans’ resilience and ability to turn their trauma into triumph—channeling it into something that makes such an impact for so many.

“We’re very proud to stand beside the Hoffmans, the Team Jack Foundation, and all the brave children and their families in the valiant fight against pediatric brain cancer.”

The Team Jack Foundation has raised $65,000 for pediatric brain cancer research at this year’s radiothon (and more than $5 million and counting since its inception) and continues to lead the fight for improving treatment options for children with brain cancer—a wonderful testimony to the great things that can be accomplished through “team” work.  Click here to donate or learn more about this incredible organization.

Applied Connective receives Diamond Clear Choice Award

September 2018 – SUNRISE, OR. – Applied Connective Technologies was one of only 30 select partners throughout the nation who were invited to attend an exclusive Clearfly event in the Pacific Northwest on September 14th, 2018. President Ed Knott and Voice Manager Will Zoucha, along with their wives, traveled to Sunriver, Oregon, for the event, where they received the coveted Diamond Clear Choice Award for “Excellence in Customer Satisfaction & SIP Deployment!”

When we say we’re serious about providing exceptional customer service, we mean it! Thanks, Clearfly! And special congratulations to our Voice Crew to whom going above and beyond is standard procedure. Well done & well-deserved, guys!

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Applied Connective is the Columbus Chamber of Commerce’s Member of the Month

Applied Connective was featured as the Member of the Month for the Catalyst (Issue 404, June 2018). Company materials are being displayed in the lobby at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce throughout the month of June. Read the full article on page two of the issue here or see the content below.

 

Applied Connective Technologies (Columbus, Albion, Fullerton) has been working with customers throughout Nebraska for years and has recently been experiencing a renewed surge in business in the Columbus area.

As a one-touchpoint provider of managed technology services, Applied Connective offers virtually all the tech solutions a business needs under one roof, including managed IT, phone and voice, surveillance, access control, infrastructure, and high-speed wireless.

The unique appeal of this group is that they offer the wide range of skills, services, capabilities typically found in a bigger city while still maintaining the unrivaled customer care you’d only find in small town. They believe it’s this marriage of innovative solutions and Midwestern service that has attracted so many customers from Columbus.

“We love working with businesses here in Columbus. It’s a booming place to be with all the offerings of a bigger city, but the people still have that small-town friendliness, work ethic, and humility. That’s a formula that sounds very familiar to us. Applied Connective really appreciates that about Columbus natives, and we’re grateful to say it seems the feeling is mutual.”

Call 866-358-0109 or visit www.AppliedConnective.com to find out more.

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Applied Connective Technologies Receives Top Industry Award from Clearfly Communications

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ALBION, NE — May 24, 2018 — It was announced today that Applied Connective Technologies, a leading managed technology services provider, received Clearfly’s top award at the 18th Annual TAG Convention held in Rancho Bernardo, California, in April.  Technology Assurance Group (TAG) is an international organization of independently owned managed technology services providers in the United States and Canada.  Clearfly selected Applied Connective Technologies as the winner of the Clearfly Gold Clear Choice Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction and SIP Deployment.

After 2017, Clearfly analyzed a great deal of information, including overall customer satisfaction, their partners’ ability to coordinate timely ports, their ability to move, add or install a new system with minimal to zero down time and how frequently the partners were able to coordinate all of these tasks seamlessly.  The result was very high customer satisfaction and so they chose to award their top partners.

 

“The importance placed on one’s ability to communicate over today’s IT infrastructure couldn’t be more critical to a business, and we are proud to say these partners performed excellent,” said Sam Johnson, Channel Account Manager for Clearfly.  “Coincidentally, a majority of award winners were also members of TAG.”  The award was received by Ed Knott, President of Applied Connective Technologies. “We are honored to accept this award.  Applied Connective Technologies always strives to stay on the leading edge of technology, and the hallmark of our business has always been our commitment to exceptional customer service,” said Mr. Knott. “Clearfly provides industry-leading Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) trunking to our customers, and we’re proud to be their business partner.”

 

ABOUT APPLIED CONNECTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Applied Connective Technologies is a locally owned and operated company that has been providing communication solutions to greater Nebraska since 2004. Applied Connective has offices based in Albion, Fullerton and Columbus, Nebraska. We make it our priority to provide the highest quality service to our clients throughout greater Nebraska as well as Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas.

 

Applied Connective serves a number of industries, including; agriculture, finance, healthcare, government, education, hospitality and small to medium sized businesses of any affiliation. Applied Connective is experienced in all facets of telecom, Datacom and other emerging technologies so we are able to give our customers a one-point contact for all of your technical needs. While our service area has no boundaries, the focus has always been toward the underserved markets outside the Lincoln/Omaha metros. The foundation of ACT has always been built upon great products coupled with unmatched customer service. For more information on Applied Connective, call (858) 358-0109 or visit www.appliedconnective.com.

ABOUT CLEARFLY

Clearfly Communications is a voice services and broadband provider serving a majority of the United States with a primary focus on solutions for small and medium-size businesses. At the core of Clearfly’s value proposition is a suite of services comprising scalable, wire-line broadband and a traditional business phone line replacement service.  Clearfly’s go to market strategy is founded upon the valuable relationships with Voice and Data Integrators such as TAG Members.  Clearfly recognizes and respects the reputation of the Integrator because it is the most important factor relative to the continued deployment and support of our SIP and data services.

 

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Columbus Telegram: IT company connecting with smaller markets

Ed Knott, founder and president of Albion-based Applied Connective Technologies, is looking to boost the business’ presence in Columbus in the next 18 months. Knott, left, is pictured reviewing IT security and networking equipment with Boone County Health Center staff.

COLUMBUS — Albion-based Applied Connective Technologies is looking to make more hookups from its Columbus office in the next 12 to 18 months.

“We want to expand our presence in Columbus,” said company President Ed Knott, who co-founded the fast-growing provider of information technology (IT), communications and security services targeting businesses, schools and municipalities in the Boone County community in 2004.

The company, which has satellite offices in Columbus and Fullerton, found its niche focusing on businesses in small towns and semi-urban cities that are too often ignored by larger service providers.

“I discovered early on that many of our clients felt undervalued and underserviced by their previous IT providers, whether because of their rural location or their company size,” said the 37-year-old Knott, a 2002 graduate of Doane College.

“We’re excited to get more involved with communities that are thriving, but underserved, and introduce them to technologies that will benefit their businesses and allow them to operate more efficiently,” he said.

Knott has the background to know what he’s talking about.

Knott, who grew up on a cattle operation in the Burwell and Ord area near Calamus Lake in central Nebraska, said Applied Connective’s aim is to expand its Columbus office staff to about a half-dozen full-time representatives, doubling staffing over the next 18 months.

He went to school in Taylor, a Loup County village of fewer than 200 people.

“I’ve always had entrepreneurial inclinations, and so I became very interested in working with local business owners that I felt I could relate to, with the goal of bringing the range of service and skill you’d typically find in a large city back to business owners in and around where I grew up.”

Applied Connective has experienced a surge of growth in recent years, and though it serves a range of clients in various industries throughout Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota, the business remains devoted to focusing on smaller markets outside the Omaha and Lincoln areas.

“Larger service providers often disregard and overlook Nebraska businesses and establishments to zero in on more heavily populated areas,” said Knott, “but businesses striving to remain competitive in smaller cities have the same needs as businesses in larger cities.”

He said company officials are excited to get more involved with communities that are thriving, but underserved, and introduce them to technologies that will benefit their businesses and allow them to operate more efficiently.

Applied Connective began putting down its footprint in Columbus about two years ago.

“We’ve already got a lot of commercial customers in Columbus,” Knott said, adding that the company has technicians operating in the community on a daily basis to serve business customers.

Applied Connective initially came to town to provide services at Sidump’r Trailer Co., a manufacturer of side-dump trailers used for agriculture and construction companies.

“They’ve been a long-time client,” said Knott, noting that Applied Connective provided the trailer producer with an IT network and servicing along with a camera surveillance system for all its buildings.

Other local commercial customers have included Pillen Family Farms, Great Plains State Bank’s three locations, Big Iron Auction and Prairie Village.

Knott said Applied Connective’s products include managed IT, networking, voice, security and surveillance services, and also the physical infrastructure these systems require.

“We can also provide the laptop and desktop computers for company staffers,” he said.

Ed Knott at work.

Grand Island Independent: Albion entrepreneur brings cutting-edge technology to rural areas

Small-town Nebraska native Ed Knott co-founded Applied Connective in Albion in 2004 as a two-person operation offering commercial phone systems and IT services to local businesses. The company has flourished into a full-service technology group with 19 employees and additional locations in Fullerton and Columbus.

Applied Connective now provides virtually all of the technological necessities required for business function, including Internet, managed IT services, phone systems, access control, surveillance and professional audio/video.

The company has experienced a surge of growth in recent years, and though it serves a wide range of clients in various industries throughout Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota, it remains devoted to focusing on smaller markets outside of the Omaha and Lincoln areas.

“Larger service providers often disregard and overlook Nebraska businesses and establishments to zero in on more heavily populated areas,” said Knott. “But businesses striving to remain competitive in smaller cities have the same needs as businesses in larger cities.

“We’re excited to get more involved with communities that are thriving but underserved and introduce them to technologies that will benefit their businesses and allow them to operate more efficiently. “

Ed Knott at work.

Albion News: Applied Connective Technologies marks 13 years of business growth

Ed Knott at work.

Ed Knott, owner of Applied Connective Technologies

As the use of technology has grown in rural Nebraska, the work of Applied Connective Technologies has evolved. State-of-the-art technology is now required by a variety of businesses in rural Nebraska, and Ed Knott and his team of technical experts at Applied Connective are providing it.

Knott, a native of Taylor, NE, established Applied Connective with Tom Krings in 2004 as a two-person operation offering commercial phone systems and IT services to local businesses. The business started in Cedar Rapids, and soon moved to an office space on Third Street in Albion in 2006. The first additional employee was hired in 2008.

Since that time, the company has steadily grown and evolved into a full-service technology group with 17 employees and additional offices in Fullerton and Columbus. Due to necessity and demand, Applied Connective has built upon its initial offerings and now provides a wide range of technology solutions, including Internet, managed IT, phone systems, access control, surveillance and professional audio/video.

The company will soon have 19 total employees with the addition of two new technicians in late March.

Ed Knott at work.

Boone County News: Area Native Brings Big-Time Technology To Local Businesses

A local business with an office in Albion is working hard to bring technology to other businesses.

Taylor, Nebr., native Ed Knott and his team of technical experts at Applied Connective are bringing state-of-the-art technology to area businesses. Locally owned and operated in rural Nebraska, Knott established Applied Connective in 2004 as a small two-person operation offering commercial phone systems and IT services to local businesses.

Since that time, the company has evolved tremendously and has flourished into a full-service technology group, with additional locations in Fullerton and Columbus. Due to necessity and demand, Applied Connective has built upon its initial offerings to provide a wide range of technology solutions, including Internet, managed IT, phone systems, access control, surveillance and professional audio/video.

After earning his degree in Information Systems and Business Management from Doane College in 2002, Applied Connective co-founder and current president Ed Knott began working at Lincoln-based Fiserv, installing and supporting Internet banking and ATM products throughout the nation.

Though the education and experience he acquired would’ve allowed him to be competitive in the densely saturated Omaha and Lincoln markets, Knott felt pulled to return to his roots in small-town Nebraska to focus on the largely ignored and under-served rural markets; thus, beginning Applied Connective Technologies, LLC.

“I discovered early on that many of our clients felt undervalued and under-serviced by their previous IT providers because of their rural location or company size,” says Knott. “I’ve always had entrepreneurial inclinations, and so I became very interested in returning to rural Nebraska to work with local business owners I felt I could relate to, with the goal of bringing the wide range of service and skill you’d typically find in a large city back to business owners in and around where I grew up.”

Though Applied Connective serves businesses in a wide range of industries throughout Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota, they remain devoted to focusing on rural markets outside of the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas.

“Increasingly, we’re committing more time and resources to remote counties, like Cherry, Valley, Custer, Holt and Brown. The IT needs of businesses striving to remain competitive in rural Nebraska are no different from the IT needs of businesses in more populated areas. We’re excited to get more involved with these communities and introduce them to technologies that will benefit their businesses and allow them to operate more efficiently.”

Commenting on the success their company has enjoyed thus far, Knott added, “I think the appeal of our company has been that we are also a small company with rural roots, so our clients know that we appreciate the importance of small business. We understand that any business, no matter the size, needs to be able to depend on current and functioning IT systems, and we’ve made it our mission to supply our clients with solutions that are not only state-of-the-art and cost-effective but also easy to maintain.”

While Applied Connective has enjoyed explosive growth in recent years, it seems they have no intention of slowing down any time soon.

“It’s a testament to the dedication of our staff that we’ve been able to expand to cover such a large territory,” continued Knott. “I feel extremely fortunate to be able to raise my family and make a living alongside honest, hardworking Nebraskans.”