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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
“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
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.