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Think Outside the Box: Darrell Brooks

June 29th, 2016 Posted by Staff 0 thoughts on “Think Outside the Box: Darrell Brooks”

In Volume Two of our “Think Outside the Box” series, we’re introducing you to one of our Senior Engineers, Darrell Brooks. He’s one of Think’s highly-trained experts, and probably qualifies for official nerd-hero status. Read the interview below, and you’ll see why.

Get to Know Darrell



Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the very small town of Capitan, NM, which is known for mainly for one thing –it is the home of Smokey Bear. Notice, I didn’t say Smokey the Bear. People who grow up in Capitan are anal about the fact that his name is Smokey Bear, not Smokey the Bear.

What is your education / professional certification(s)?
I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science degree with a minor in history. I am also a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) in Routing and Switching, along with being a Cisco Certified Network Associate(CCNA) in Voice.

Speaking of voice and collaboration, I am also a certified Shoretel Systems Installer, and just recently attained by Shoretel Unified Communications Support Engineer certification. As far as Microsoft goes, I am a Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator. Also, last, but not least, I am a System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP).

How long have you been at Think?
I have been at Think for a little over 2 years now.

What is your role at Think? (In plain English, please.)
I basically work with the equipment that connects all your computers, servers, phones, and other gadgets and devices together so they can all communicate with each other. I also work quite a bit with next-generation network phone and collaboration systems from Cisco and Shoretel.

Outside the Box: Lightning Round



What 80’s movie would you say best describes you?
I would have to say either ET or The Goonies.  Both of these movies evoke that sense of being a child in a small town where you can truly be a child and run around having adventures.  I was fortunate to get to grow up that way still try to keep the spirit alive today even as an adult.

If you could bring back a popular 80’s fad, what would it be?
I don’t know if this would be considered a fad, but I wish I could bring back the style of 80s movies.  From the Goonies, to ET, to the Empire Strikes Back, to the Indian Jones trilogy, to the Back to the Future trilogy, and so many more, the movies from the 80s just had this overall fun, naïve, adventurous, child-like feeling, that you just don’t find that often from current movies.

Who is your inner Super Hero? What is your super power?
My inner super hero, would have to be Spider Man.  He was always my favorite, because I like the idea that a nerdy, geek like me could all of a sudden get powers from an accidental spider bite, and then get to fly around the city and save people.

If you could be a Star Wars character, what would your name/angle be?
My Star Wars character name would be RareDare.  I would be a mechanic/engineer for Rebel droids, such as R2D2. I feel right at home when working and tinkering with technology, so that wouldn’t’ change even if I was in the Star Wars universe.  I would work for the rebels, because as we all know, technology doesn’t always work correctly, and I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a Sith choke grip when my droid blue screens.

If you could be an animal, what would it be and why? 
I would be a penguin.  My favorite season is Winter and I love snow, so it would be awesome to be a penguin and get to play in the snow and ice all the time.

What is your favorite thing about Durango?
If I had to pick just one, I would say it is the overall vibe of the town.  Durango has this laidback vibe where just about everyone you run into is happy, and no one takes life too seriously.  This definitely makes it a great place to work and live.

What is your favorite material thing that you own and why?
I would say my house.  What can I say, I like to stay warm and dry.

If you were running for office what would your campaign slogan be? 
Together we can turn it off and then back on again!

What was the worst thing you ever had to wear to school?
I accidentally wore two different shoes to high school one time, and spend the rest of the day trying not to look at my feet, because if I didn’t look at them, then obviously, no one else would notice as well, right?

What was the worst haircut you have ever had? 
I have had several bad haircuts over the years.  I rocked a full on mullet in the early 90s and also the best flattop a white guy could manage.  I even had lines and designs cut on the sides.

What is your favorite acronym? 
TCP/IP – Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol – This is the protocol that the Internet runs on and just about every modern business network.  Without this, you wouldn’t have a working business network, and I wouldn’t have a job that I love.

Think Wins Colorado Companies to Watch 2016

June 17th, 2016 Posted by Awards 2 thoughts on “Think Wins Colorado Companies to Watch 2016”

Think Network Technologies Named a Colorado Companies to Watch Winner

We are excited to announce that Think has been named a Colorado Company to Watch, acknowledging our drive, excellence and influence as a growing company in the state. Colorado Companies to Watch honors second stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities, and create new industries throughout Colorado.

“We are pleased to recognize Think Network Technologies for their outstanding contribution in fueling the economic fire of Colorado. Thank you Think,” says Sean Nohavec, Colorado Companies to Watch Board Chairman.

CCTW and Think logosColorado Companies to Watch works to recognize the driving economic forces in the state by focusing not merely on growth, but on the true impact and influence of an organization. By focusing on second stage companies across the state, the program offers distinct insight into the state’s economic landscape and recognizes organizations often overlooked for the critical impact they have in their industries, communities, and regions, as well as our state as a whole.

About Think Network Technologies

Think Network Technologies is a provider of on-premise and cloud solutions for both the private and public sectors. Think excels at delivering technology solutions that optimize productivity, strengthen customer relationships, enhance data sharing, and drive profitability. Since 2002, the family-owned business has become the outsourced IT department and trusted advisor for hundreds of businesses. With offices in Durango, Colorado, Farmington, New Mexico, and Scottsdale, Arizona, Think is strategically positioned to conveniently serve the greater Four Corners region.

“Being named a Colorado Company to Watch is truly an honor”, says CEO, Melissa Glick. “It’s always exciting to be recognized, but our placement on this important list is a testament to our growth that is fueled by the dedication of our team and the solutions we provide. Our clients have come to view us as their trusted and strategic partner for all their IT initiatives. This award acknowledges the value we’re continuing to provide our growing client base.”

For more information, visit, connect with Think on Facebook, and follow @thinknettech on Twitter.

About Colorado Companies to Watch

Colorado Companies to Watch, presented by CapitalValue Advisors, is an awards program honoring 2nd-stage companies headquartered in the state of Colorado. The 350 companies that have been honored since the program’s inception demonstrate high performance in the marketplace or exhibit innovative products or processes. The program is designed to seek businesses from a wide range of industries throughout the state, not just the major metropolitan areas. The 50 companies selected each year make an astounding impact on Colorado’s economy by collectively providing thousands of jobs and contributing millions of dollars in revenue. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) launched the program in 2009 in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation and valuable community partners from across Colorado.

For more information on Colorado Companies to Watch, visit

Account Manager/Sales Exec. (Durango, CO)

May 31st, 2016 Posted by Job Listings 0 thoughts on “Account Manager/Sales Exec. (Durango, CO)”

Think Network Technologies is looking for an IT Sales Executive/Account Manager:

You will report to and work with VP Sales and Business Developent.

Sales territory includes the greater Four Corners region. Travel required. Base salary, bonus plan and no cap commission offered.

We offer full support to our sales staff. You will have direct support from Infrastructure & Pre-Sales IT Solution Architects and Project Management, to ensure you can focus on what you do best.

You will:

  • Build relationships with Vendors ( new and existing) Including Dell, Cisco, Vmware, Microsoft, Barracuda, Symantec,    Shoretel, Ingram, ScanSource.
  • Prospect for new business within all vertical industries.
  • Offer a consultative sales approach when selling Cisco/Shoretel IPT, Microsoft, WLAN , security, storage solutions.
  • Must have previous technical knowledge and 2 yrs IT sales experience.

Please send both a cover letter and resume to

Systems Administrator (Durango, CO)

May 31st, 2016 Posted by Job Listings 0 thoughts on “Systems Administrator (Durango, CO)”

Job Description

Employee is responsible for maintenance, operations, documentation and planning of network infrastructure. He/she will support production systems and help with new implementations. He/she is responsible for all servers and workstations on physical and virtual environments and must be able to perform backups and restoration of data/images. The employee is responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction and the smooth flow of information. Employee must be a team player and self-motivated.

The successful candidate will have a complete understanding and application of principles, concepts, practices and standards in regards to systems administration of Microsoft servers including, but not limited to: distribution of permissions, server maintenance, software application installs, virus protections and patch management; maintenance of server backups, hardware, firmware updates; tier 4 helpdesk support; develop solutions to a variety of complex problems.

Employee must be experienced with:

  • Microsoft Office Suite up to 2013.
  • Microsoft desktop and server systems, including Windows Server 2003-2012, Exchange 2003-2013 messaging, and Active Directory Services 2003/2012 (single and multiple site environments)
  • MS SQL experience
  • Backup technologies (CA, Acronis, Veeam, etc.)
  • Anti-virus
  • Software deployment technologies
  • Virtualization platforms for server and desktop. Hypervisors; ESX, Hyper-V ( single host and clustered) Fault Tolerance and HA
  • Networking (TCP/IP, DNS, routing, subnetting, VLANs etc.)
  • Remote access technologies (VPN (client and web app) terminal services, published apps etc.)

Job Requirements:

  • 5+ years industry network/server support experience
  • 5+ years Windows desktop OS experience
  • Experience managing multiple datacenters across WAN
  • Relevant certifications (MCSA, MCP, MCSE, MCITP, CCNA, VCP) Microsoft, Cisco, Vmware
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Reliable personal vehicle
  • Ability to demonstrate organization and documentation skills
  • High energy level, comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities
  • Professional appearance and attire
  • Resourceful, well organized, highly dependable, efficient and detail oriented
  • Authorization to work in the U.S.
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree or significant field experience and certifications

Please email both a cover letter and copy of your resume to

Senior Network and Systems Engineer (Durango, CO)

May 31st, 2016 Posted by Job Listings 0 thoughts on “Senior Network and Systems Engineer (Durango, CO)”

Job Description

Senior Network and Systems Engineer performs installations, maintenance, troubleshooting and administration of existing network systems including Windows 2003/2008/2012, Exchange 2003/10/13, storage appliances (EMC, DELL and EQL), virtualization ( Vmware and Hyper-V), and backup. Our managed network contains well over 150 servers, 250 network devices, 500+ workstations, spread over 50 different sites. He/she troubleshoots network problems, monitors the network and reports and remedies system failures. He/she performs installations of assigned network components, performs backup maintenance and restores, administers patch management systems and performs patch and updates testing.

Other tasks include: performs upgrades and maintenance often during after-hours maintenance windows; assists in system engineering projects as assigned; provides 2nd and/or 3rd Tier support to the end user helpdesk; provides after hours on-call services in a rotating schedule. He/she is responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction and the smooth flow of information.

Employee must be experienced with:

  • 5-7+ years of experience in multi-location IT environments.
  • Strong understanding of AD forests, trees, domains, replication, etc.
  • Understanding of networks, subnetting and static routing.
  • Knowledgeable working in CLI such as PowerShell, Cisco IOS, Etc.
  • Virtualization experience a must, preferably in VMWare 5.x
  • Proficient in the compete Microsoft stack including Exchange, Server, SharePoint, SQL, etc
  • Experience with NFS, iSCSI. Provisioning volumes, LUNs, and experience with SnapMirror, SnapVault, FlexClones, SnapManager and other EQL technologies a must.
  • Comfortable working on multiple projects and issues simultaneously
  • Batch, php, perl, bash and PowerShell scripting experience preferable
  • Willingness to be “go-to” – remote support and on-call 24/7
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Microsoft desktop and server systems, including Windows Server 2003-2008, Exchange 2003-2010, and Active Directory Services (single and multiple site environments)
  • Backup technologies (CA, Acronis, Backup Exec, etc.)
  • Anti-virus
  • Software deployment technologies
  • Virtualization Technologies. Hypervisors; ESX, Hyper-V (single host and clustered) Fault Tolerance and HA
  • Networking (TCP/IP, DNS, routing, subnetting, VLANs etc.)
  • Remote access technologies (VPN, both client and web app, terminal services, published apps etc.) Maintain, troubleshoot, and improve Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, RADIUS, Network Policy Service, Active Directory Federation Service, Rights Management Service, Certification Authority, and other Windows services
  • Responsible for Exchange / SharePoint / TFS / Lync / SQL Server platform stability, maintenance and advancement
  • Proactive systems, services and network monitoring
  • Design, implement & maintain infrastructure in multiple international locations
  • VMware ESXi and vCenter management, deployment and troubleshooting
  • Implementation & support of IDS/IPS, active intrusion system
  • Research & recommend new technologies and solutions to improve IT services
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or manager

Job Requirements:

  • 5-7+ years minimum experience
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree or significant field experience and certifications.
  • Relevant certifications a requirement (MCP, MCSE, MCITP, CCNA, CCNP, VCP) Microsoft, Cisco, Vmware
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Reliable personal vehicle
  • Ability to demonstrate organization and documentation skills
  • High energy level, comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities
  • Professional appearance and attitude
  • Resourceful, well organized, highly dependable, efficient and detail oriented
  • Authorization to work in the U.S.

Please email both a cover letter and copy of your resume to


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