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Tech Edge by Nex-Tech—Great Fit for Tony’s Pizza Events Center

180 attendees make the 6th annual IT and marketing event in Salina a hit
 
Salina, Kan, 06.11.19 —Nex-Tech, a leader in technological connectivity, recently wrapped up its 6th annual Tech Edge conference at Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina, KS. This one-day IT and marketing conference aimed at new and upcoming technology education provided 180 attendees from the public and private sectors an information-packed day full of sessions, vendors and networking opportunities.
Featured speakers were:
 
Dave Kinsey, President of Total Networks, spoke about his book, The Blockchain Code: Decrypt the Jungle of Complexity to Win the Crypto-Anarchy Game, describing blockchain, cryptocurrency and the impact technology-based currency structure has on society.
 
Mark Matthews, ATG CEO, (Bromsgrove, England) focused on corporate culture, defining exactly how his dedication to empowering employees was key toward realizing record and sustainable growth at his award-winning IT company.
 
“Nex-Tech provides the latest and best-performing technologies to rural America,” said Jimmy Todd, Nex-Tech CEO and General Manager. “Tech Edge is a place where the brightest minds in business converge to discuss and explore cutting-edge technology, ultimately defining for themselves the best ways to incorporate it into their own businesses.”
 
Throughout the day, 27 breakout sessions and 26 vendors representing 14 national manufacturers kept attendees engaged. The day ended with Prize-A-Palooza excitement as randomly selected attendees won over $11,000 in tech-savvy gadgets.
 
“The amount of value a person gets from this $75 conference is phenomenal. It doesn’t matter what business you are in, or how involved you are with technology, you will take home something essential to moving your business forward, said Steve Riat, Director of Sales, Nex-Tech. “Add a reminder to your calendar for 2020! Planning for the 7th annual Tech Edge is already in the works.”
 

Nex-Tech Announces Step Forward in Rural Broadband Network Advancement Act

Lenora, Kan, 06.5.19 —On May 22, 2019, Congressmen Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) introduced HR 2929 the Rural Broadband Network Advancement (RBNA) Act, which would invest in expanding and maintaining broadband access in rural areas. The act was orchestrated by Nex-Tech and five independent telecoms.
“Internet access is important to every person in America, whether living in a large city, or living on a rural farm, producing food for the nation. All consumers deserve the bandwidth necessary to deliver educational opportunities, telemedicine care, work from home opportunities and we need more markets that can support business growth and development,” said Jimmy Todd, CEO/General Manager of Nex-Tech, a rural telecommunications cooperative in Kansas.
 
The six independent telecoms that joined to write the RBNA Act, EATEL, SilverStar, Nex-Tech, Smithville, Totah and Chickasaw, recognized that the current USF funding support is capped while Internet usage continues to increase and the funding reform has failed to recognize the increasing data usage. Edge providers, specificially over the top video providers, are the biggest impact on network usage today. These providers utilize rural broadband networks without paying any transit fee and the ever-increasing capacity leads to network investments and upgrades by the rural broadband providers. “It is essential to address how the level of rural broadband infrastructure investments can continue to support the ever-increasing data growth. Companies, like Netflix and Amazon Video, use the networks of these rural telecoms daily for free, profit from their usage, yet pay none of the necessary infrastructure upgrades or upkeep costs of these networks,” explained Rhonda Goddard, Chief Financial Officer of Nex-Tech.
 
The RBNA Act establishes a new program at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would collect Network User Fees from edge providers such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video, based on the data transported over the last mile of networks. User fees would then be invested by the rural broadband providers to help build, maintain and operate robust broadband networks in high cost rural areas. All rural broadband providers would be eligible for the program if they provide broadband access in high cost rural areas to fewer than 100,000 customers within a state and provide the speeds required by the FCC.
 

Nex-Tech announces 2019 scholarship recipients

Lenora, Kan, 05.21.19 —Nex-Tech is proud to announce its ten scholarship recipients for the Nex-Tech Scholarship. Each will receive a $1,000 award for excellence in demonstrating their passion and how that has led to their chosen career.
Tiffany Pfeifer, Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. Tiffany is the daughter of Gerald and Marcia Pfeifer of Hays. Her career goal is to teach high school math. Tiffany will attend Kansas State University to earn a dual major in Secondary Education and Math.
 
Ethan Lang, Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. Ethan is the son of Greg and LaNae Lang of Hays. Ethan is fascinated with finance and wants to become a Certified Financial Planner. He will attend Fort Hays State University studying finance in pursuit of his career goal.
 
Eli Reling, Quinter Junior/Senior High School. Eli is the son of Jessica Reling, Quinter and Daniel Reling, Topeka. Eli will attend Cloud County Community College and transfer to Kansas State University to pursue a Mechanical Engineering degree.
 
Kourtney Davidson, Quinter Junior/Senior High School. Kourtney is the daughter of Darrin and Amy Davidson, Park. Kourtney will attend Fort Hays State University to pursue a Business Management degree. Her goal after college is to own and operate a hair salon with her sisters.
 
Keaton Schlaefli, Hays High School. Keaton is the son of Dustin and Kristy Schlaefli of Hays. Keaton’s chosen career is Diesel Mechanics. He will attend NCK Tech, Beloit Campus, enrolling in the Diesel Technology program.
 
Ashlyn Windholz, Victoria High School. Ashlyn is the daughter of Jared and Andrea Windholz of Victoria. Ashlyn’s career goal is to become a Nurse specializing in Pediatrics. She will begin her studies for two years at the University of Kansas and apply her sophomore year to the University’s School of Nursing in Kansas City.
 
Ricole Blecha, Northern Valley High School. Ricole is the daughter of Lisa Brown, Long Island and Robert Blecha, Garfield. Ricole has a great love for animals and aspires to be a Veterinarian. She will begin her studies at Hastings College and hopes to transfer to Kansas State University.
 
Dylen Trecek, Trecek Academy. Dylen is the son of Troy and Marla Trecek, Alton. Dylen’s love for engineering, especially robotics has led him to pursue a Mechatronics degree at Wichita State University. Focusing on Robotic Engineering, Dylen wants to help people with physical disabilities. His studies will begin at Cloud County Community College for one year to obtain a Pre-Engineering degree.
 
Sienna Wingerson, Smith Center Junior/Senior High School. Sienna is the daughter of Steve and Annette Wingerson of Smith Center. Sienna will attend Kansas State University majoring in Marketing with a minor in Journalism and Mass Communications. Her future goal is to become a multi-media manager for a rural Kansas business.
 
Kallie Leiker, Hays High School. Kallie is the daughter of Corey and Kenda Leiker of Hays. Kallie aspires to become a Pharmacist. She will attend Fort Hays State University to obtain a Pre-Pharmacy degree, then transfer to the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy to earn her Doctorate.
 

Nex-Tech consolidating locations in Osborne

Hays, Kan, 05.15.19 —Nex-Tech is currently in the process of consolidating its two store locations in Osborne, Kansas. In early summer, all Nex-Tech operations in Osborne will be moving to the downtown location at 103 E Main Street. The remodel is already underway and the building will be the new home for 3 Osborne-based employees. When a move date is confirmed, Nex-Tech will notify its customers.

Video series launched to promote Ellis County

Hays, Kan, 02.12.19 —Nex-Tech is pleased to announce the launch of a series of videos that encourage tourism, shopping, dining, education, relocation, industry and economic development in Ellis County. The six videos were produced as a partnership between Ellis County, City of Hays, Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hays Area Chamber of Commerce, Ellis Chamber of Commerce and Nex-Tech. The videos feature dozens of local businesses, restaurants and attractions, and are intended to help showcase Ellis County to prospective businesses and residents.
Ellis County Administrator Phil Smith-Hanes said, “Ellis County is a great place to live, work, shop and play, and I’m so excited to show off a few of our gems through this video project. Whether it’s our German and Wild West history or our modern healthcare and economic opportunities, these videos are sure to offer something for everyone.”
 
The project took more than a year to complete and couldn’t have been accomplished without the partnering organizations and other businesses that chose to sponsor the videos.
 
“In this highly visual world we live in, it is crucial that our community presents itself in manners that appeal to the public,” said Tammy Wellbrock, Executive Director of the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce. “These promotional videos truly show off the beauty in Ellis County while being both entertaining and informative.”
 
The videos are available to view at www.nex-tech.com/elliscounty.
 
“It was great to be involved with this collaborative project that will be a fantastic public relations tool for Ellis County, Hays, Ellis and Victoria. Thank you to the businesses that helped sponsor the project,” said Dustin Schlaefli, Nex-Tech’s Director of Customer Engagement.
 
Wellbrock added, “Thanks to the creative crew at Nex-Tech for taking this project on to completion; having a local company produce this video aided greatly in highlighting the nuances that make Ellis County so special.”
 

Nex-Tech earns Google Partner status

Hays, Kan, 01.14.19 —Nex-Tech is pleased to announce that the Advertising Solutions division has achieved Google Partner status and is listed on the Google Ads partner page. The Google Partner badge is for businesses that demonstrate Google Ads skills and expertise. This requires the business have at least two employees certified in Google Ads products that maintain the latest product knowledge, and meet monthly criteria for the successful use of advertising options with Google.
Digital Marketing Specialists Aubree Broyles of Hays and Daniel Schwindt of McPherson are the Nex-Tech employees that maintain certification in Google Ads. They, along with a talented team of marketing specialists, web designers, audio and video production specialists and graphic designers, provide expert Google Ads services and wide variety of digital, design, web, social media and consulting services to nearly 100 businesses throughout the United States.
 
“This recognition from Google proves that even though we live in a rural area, we’re keeping pace with technology experts around the world and bringing powerful advertising tools to our local businesses,” said Broyles.
 
Schwindt added, “It’s really an honor to be trusted by so many clients to manage these complex campaigns and influence the digital presence of their businesses.”
 

Nex-Tech’s Schlaefli presents at events throughout the nation

Hays, Kan, 12.03.18 —Dustin Schlaefli, Nex-Tech’s Director of Customer Engagement, has been mentoring colleagues in telecommunications and marketing this fall. He presented two different sessions at two different events in September and October.
He was in Seattle for the NTCA Fall Conference from September 16-19. NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association represents independent telecommunications companies in rural and small communities in America. Schlaefli’s presentation was called, “Customer Feedback and Reviews—Your Most Unhappy Customers Are Your Greatest Source of Learning”.
 
At the Calix ConneXions Innovation and User Conference in Las Vegas from October 28-30, Schlaefli joined a discussion on service provider plans for the future of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). Calix is a leader in cloud and software programs and is a vital part of Nex-Tech’s Smart Home WiFi product. The title of the presentation was, “How Will Streaming Video Change IPTV and Drive Wi-Fi Saturation?”
 

Nex-Tech earns 2018 Calix Innovation Award

Hays, Kan, 11.09.18 —Calix, Inc. has announced the winners of its 2018 Calix Innovation Awards. The winners, who represent six broadband leaders from three different countries, were honored at the sold-out Calix ConneXions Innovation and User Conference in October, 2018. Now in its eighth year, the Calix Innovation Awards recognize Calix customers who demonstrate outstanding creativity when leveraging Calix technology to deploy best-in-class services over the past 12 months. The awards showcase innovation in the use of cloud and software platforms, systems and services to transform business models, networks and the subscriber experience.
The 2018 Calix Innovation Award winners for Innovations in Subscriber Experience are:
  • Nex-Tech, Hays, KS
  • ALLO Communications, Imperial, NE
  • ITS Fiber, Indiantown, FL
 
The 2018 Calix Innovation Award winners for Innovations in Next Generation Networks are:
  • CityFibre, London, England
  • Gibson Connect, Trenton, TN
  • Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Republic of Maldives
 
“Our partnership with Calix has been a vital part of our Smart Home Wi-Fi product, and it is an honor to be recognized as one of the 2018 Calix Innovation Award winners,” said Jimmy Todd, CEO and General Manager of Nex-Tech. “We can’t wait to take our service to the next level and cement our place as the smart home experts for our subscribers.”
 
“Calix ConneXions 2018 once again showed the event is the industry’s premier educational conference with record-setting attendance from broadband service providers around the world,” said Michael Weening, Calix Executive Vice President of Field Operations. “The Calix Innovation Award winners were a highlight of the conference as they serve as examples for others to take concepts that were once imagined and make them real, with exceptional results. Each of these broadband leaders has taken control of their future success by building next generation networks and showing a commitment to the subscriber experience that sets the pace for the rest of the industry to follow.”
 
More information and insights from Calix ConneXions, including video recordings of many of the keynote presentations, will be posted on the Calix ConneXions site at https://www.calix.com/events/calix-connexions.html.
 
Photo Caption: Jimmy Todd, Nex-Tech’s CEO and General Manager, accepts the 2018 Calix Innovation Award for Innovations in Subscriber Experience for Nex-Tech. Pictured left to right: Calix President and CEO Carl Russo, Jimmy Todd, and Calix Executive Vice President of Field Operations, Michael Weening.
 
“The accounting department collectively has more than 160 years of experience in supporting the various lines of business throughout Nex-Tech,” noted Lindenman. “It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to lead this excellent group of individuals.”
 
Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) – Innovative communications service providers rely on Calix platforms to help them master and monetize the complex infrastructure between their subscribers and the cloud. Calix is the leading global provider of the cloud and software platforms, systems and services required to deliver the unified access network and smart premises of tomorrow. Our platforms and services help our customers build next generation networks by embracing a DevOps operating model, optimize the subscriber experience by leveraging big data analytics and turn the complexity of the smart home and business into new revenue streams.
 

Nex-Tech’s Bieker, Lindenman, and Nickelson accept promotions

Hill City, Kan, 10-22-18 —Nex-Tech is pleased to announce the promotions of Mindy Bieker, Melissa Lindenman and Whitney Nickelson. Lindenman began her new position on September 9, 2018, while Nickelson and Bieker will assume their new responsibilities on January 1, 2019.
Bieker will be the Director of Accounting, Finance and Billing and also a member of the executive management team for the company. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Fort Hays State University. Bieker joined Nex-Tech as a bookkeeper in 1998, was promoted to Accounting Supervisor in 2001, then Accounting Manager in 2006.
 
“I am excited for the opportunity to grow and expand my knowledge in the finance and billing areas of the company,” said Bieker. “I have really big shoes to fill with the well-deserved retirement of the supervisors in these areas, but Nex-Tech has amazing people and we all work well as a team. I know with the help of their staff and my accounting team, this transition will be successful.”
 
Originally from Hoxie, Bieker lives in Hill City with her husband, James, and 13 year-old twin daughters, Gretchen and Grace. In her free time, she supports her children in sports and special interest activities, and volunteers for community organizations such as 4-H, County Extension, and Graham County Recreation. She has served as a cheer sponsor for every level of cheerleading in Hill City.
 
Lindenman has been selected as the Accounting Supervisor. Like Bieker, she started as a bookkeeper with Nex-Tech in 2001, and was promoted to Plant Accountant in 2006. After growing up in Dodge City, Lindenman earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Business Management from Fort Hays State University. She now resides in rural Morland with her husband, Shawn, her son, Jacob, a junior at Hill City High School, and daughter Leah, a freshman and dancer.
 
Lindenman serves on the booster club and as a cheer sponsor. She teaches Sunday School and has volunteered for the Graham County Recreation Commission. Most importantly, she is her kids’ biggest fan for their activities.
 
“The accounting department collectively has more than 160 years of experience in supporting the various lines of business throughout Nex-Tech,” noted Lindenman. “It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to lead this excellent group of individuals.”
 
Nickelson will advance to Human Resources Manager. She has been with Nex-Tech since 2008, when she started as the Administrative Coordinator for the Chief Information Officer. She transferred to Human Resources in 2011, serving as an assistant, then generalist, and most recently, coordinator. Nickelson lives on a farm near Hill City with her husband, Jay, and two beautiful little girls, Kimber and Remi. They enjoy time as a family checking cows and playing with the dogs.
 
“I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges this new leadership role will bring,” said Nickelson. “I feel blessed to be a part of this fascinating, growing and very important part of our business.”
 
Nickelson graduated from Weskan High School and Colby Community College before earning a Bachelor of Arts from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, where she played Coyote Volleyball and was recently inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame with her team. Before starting her family, Nickelson coached volleyball at Hill City High School.
 
Chief Financial Officer Rhonda Goddard will work with all three women in their new positions. Said Goddard, “I’m very excited for the future of these three talented, professional women. Growing this kind of expertise in our organization and being able to make these promotions from within is The Nex-Tech Way.”
 

Nex-Generation intern program impacts 68 students

Lenora, Kan. 8-21-2018 —Fifty-six businesses across northwest and north central Kansas hosted 68 high school and college interns through this summer’s Nex-Generation Student Internship Program. Participating students received an opportunity of a lifetime, preparing them for any future career path they choose.

Nex-Tech consolidating locations in Russell and Osborne

Hays, Kan, 05.20.19 —Nex-Tech is currently in the process of consolidating store locations in Russell, Kansas and Osborne, Kansas. In early summer, all Nex-Tech operations in Russell will be moving to the downtown location at 136 W 8th Street. Soon after that, the Osborne store will be joining the central office at 103 E Main Street.
The remodels are already underway. The Russell building will be the new home for thirteen Russell-based employees in a variety of departments, including Customer Sales, Technology Services, Field Operations and Business Services. The Osborne building will house three Osborne-based employees.
 
When a move date is confirmed, Nex-Tech will notify its customers.