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Can You Achieve More by Doing Less?

April 5th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Community, Newsletters, Staff 0 thoughts on “Can You Achieve More by Doing Less?”

The eternal quest to achieve perfect work-life balance. We all know it. We all want it. None of us ever seem to get it. But maybe, just maybe, that’s not the point.

 

What if merely trying is?

We all have a tendency to throw ourselves into our work – time out to do the things we love slides further and further down the list as the real world demands that you ‘live your business’.

On the other hand, we all know that a more rested mind is a more productive mind – psychological studies have proven it time and again. And it stands to reason that more well-rounded individuals with a good social network are more resilient to the obstacles life throws our way.

The rub lies in how to (realistically) fit it into the busy schedule that is modern life.

However, taking a step back to give yourself some ‘me time’ can do a world of good. Here are a few tips and suggestions on how to charge those batteries.

 

Let it go

The first step to reclaiming your life – and maybe even growing your business – is to let others help. We’re all guilty of ‘de-delegating’, asking a team member to complete a task and then doing it ourselves ‘because it’s easier’, but trusting your team to look after things while you take time to focus on yourself is the only way to successfully build your business. Ask yourself if you really need to be doing repetitive tasks and try focusing your workload down to the essentials. If you don’t have a team, you might be surprised how many apps and cloud software solutions can help you move tedious admin work off your desk.

 

Face to face

Social media is a blessing and bane. It both widens and shrinks our world. Remember to take time each week to reconnect with those nearest and dearest in person, perhaps through hobbies, sport or just over a coffee. And make sure all phones are out of the way (first one to pick theirs up also picks up the tab!).

 

 

Just do it

An iconic line with a great deal of truth to it. However daunting the idea of a new exercise regime may be, moving your body can be one of the best ways to turn the mind off. It boosts moods, trims waists and helps you sleep better. Just 15 minutes a day can do wonders!

 

 

Silence the mind

Speaking of wonders – ever tried meditation? Think of it like defragging the hard drive of your brain. Meditation doesn’t mean chanting monotonously in some far-flung monastery somewhere; just five minutes (mid-commute even) of closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing will do. Let all other thoughts slip away and feel your breath. You’ll be amazed how focused you are after.

The modern world is packed with things that demand our time and energy, and it can be all too easy to get swept away. The next time you’re feeling daunted while planning your day, try to remember, time you enjoy wasting is never wasted time.

Let the Think specialists help you and your company! Please contact our sales team at sales@thinknettech.com if you would like our recommendations or a quote.

Think Network Technologies Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®

March 29th, 2017 Posted by Awards, Best Practices, Cloud, Community, Data, Desktop, Hosted Services, Services, Staff 0 thoughts on “Think Network Technologies Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®”

Durango, CO, March 29, 2017 – Think Network Technologies announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has added Think to its 2017 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors, scaled to their company size.

To compile the annual list, The Channel Company’s research group and CRN editors work together to identify the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the North American IT channel. Solution providers that have obtained these elite designations—which enable them to deliver premium products, services and customer support—are then selected from a pool of online applicants.

Technology is evolving at lightning speed and to stay competitive, businesses and organizations require partners that are not just current, but cutting edge.  It is a top priority for Think to ensure staff maintain a strong command on the latest IT solutions. The company illustrates a dedication to training with a technical team rich in certifications from leading IT vendors.  The company encourages its technical team to follow an elite learning path that will continually enhance their skills and knowledge.

“This exclusive, ambitious group of solution providers boasts some of the most advanced IT certifications available from top technology suppliers,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “They have adapted impressively to major changes in the IT channel, especially the shift to a more services-driven market, by expanding their skill sets and sharpening both their technical and customer service expertise. Congratulations to our 2017 list, whose robust investment in their organizations has earned them yet another elite designation—the CRN Tech Elite 250.”

“We are grateful to be recognized by CRN and The Channel Company,” says Melissa Glick, CEO of Think Network Technologies. “Our growth and success over the years continues to be fueled by the talented team we have here and their commitment to their craft.  This award validates our promise to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients.  Our team’s deep level of expertise is a differentiator for Think, and we will continue to invest in training and education that enables our consultants to deliver leading edge solutions to our clients.”

Coverage of the Tech Elite 250 will be featured in the April issue of CRN, and online at www.crn.com/techelite250.

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About Think Network Technologies

Think Network Technologies is a provider of on-premises and cloud solutions for both the private and public sector.  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(CO), Denver(CO), Farmington(NM) and Scottsdale(AZ), Think is strategically aligned to better serve the greater Four Corners region. www.thinknettech.com

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The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com

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Create a Workstation with Purpose

March 17th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Data, Desktop, Newsletters, Staff, workstation 1 thought on “Create a Workstation with Purpose”

Eight hours a day, five days a week – we all know what it’s like to feel tied to our desk. Considering we often spend more time at work than we do with our own family, how we feel at our desk has a huge influence on our day.

The build and set up of a workstation can make a real difference – better workflows, better ergonomics and better tool sets can prevent physical and emotional issues. It’s surprising how a few small changes can have a dramatic effect on employee productivity, mental health, and physical well-being.

Every workplace (and workstation) is different, but there are a few common denominators that should be considered across the board.

Me, Myself, and My Workstation

Let’s pause for a moment and focus on you. Most likely you’re at your desk right now. Think about your body. Any aches? Perhaps in the neck, shoulders, or wrists? Melt away discomfort with these easy ergonomic tricks:

  • Imagine how you sit in a car – knees level with hips, shoulders upright and your backside sticking out slightly. This is close to your body’s natural pose, forming your lumbar spine into slight ‘S’.
  • Reach out and touch your screen with your fingertips – any closer or further away and you run the risk of eyestrain.
  • The top of your desk should be roughly level with your elbows so that you’re not hunching to reach up or down to the keyboard and mouse.
  • Keep the phone within arm’s reach. If you spend a lot of time on the phone, consider investing in a headset to save crunching your neck.
  • Keep the monitor at eye level so you’re not craning your neck downwards. (Hint – close your eyes, when you open them they should fall on the address bar in your browser.)

Tension Points

While these ergonomic principles will go a long way towards easing the work day, there are ways to adapt office-wide furniture situations to cater for individual needs – all with the benefit of boosting productivity.

For example, recent studies have shown that having multiple monitors can dramatically boost productivity by streamlining workflow and processes – showing that multi-screen arrays are no longer the domain of programmers and filmmakers. An ergonomically sound multi-screen setup can help any employee work across multiple programs, track email and documents, monitor data flows, and transcribe or check information. With the cost of flat-screen monitors continually dropping, this can be a surprisingly low-cost way to increase productivity.

Another thing to consider when it comes to monitors is eye strain. In the same way that Apple’s iOS now automatically shifts to ‘night mode’ after a certain time of night, many computer monitors have settings that reduce blue light emissions. Look for monitors with a range of settings for different situations, so employees can set the brightness and light type for their own comfort. One thing to note here is the tendency of workers to sit down at a desk and accept their computer’s settings as they are. Make sure everyone is aware of the options available, and encourage them to make changes to settings, positioning and format to suit their needs.

Foot rests, ergonomic mouse devices, screen stands and standing desks, while perhaps once considered a luxury, are fast becoming the norm. These ease pressure on the back, neck, wrist, and anything that can enable staff to keep focus for longer and perform more effectively pays for itself in the long run.

A lot of people are increasingly focused on wellness, and sitting has been widely denigrated as ‘the new smoking’: bad for your back, bad for your heart, and bad for your life expectancy. Offering staff members the option of a standing desk will not only help them focus and keep them well, they will appreciate the gesture of concern for their wellbeing.

To summarize, a carefully designed workstation pays for itself many times over in productivity and efficiency, so ensure you put the time in during the planning stage to get the most from your investment.

Let the Think specialists help you and your company! Please contact our sales team at sales@thinknettech.com if you would like our recommendations or a quote.

Think Outside the Box: Soren Thompson

January 17th, 2017 Posted by Community, Newsletters, Staff 1 thought on “Think Outside the Box: Soren Thompson”

This is volume four of the “Think Outside the Box” series and we’re introducing you to the newest addition, Soren Thompson! We’re so excited to bring Soren on the team and you can see why below.

Get to Know Soren

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Escondido, CA but moved to Ruidoso, NM at a very early age. It’s a beautiful mountain town just like Durango!

What are your professional certification(s)?
I have my CCNA Routing and Switching and I am currently working towards my CCNA Wireless.

How long have you been at Think?
One whole week!

What is your role at Think? (In plain English, please.)
I am currently the IT Support Manager for our level 1 support team. I have the privilege of learning from and assisting our core group of skilled technicians. On the engineer side, I will be working with a lot of the Cisco, Microsoft and other issues that happen to come my way.

Outside the Box: Lightning Round

What 80’s movie/song would you say best describes you?
Back to the Future – Can’t get enough of those self-lacing Nikes!

If you could bring back a popular 80’s fad, what would it be?
Oh… The afro! (not sure if this is an 80’s thing, maybe 70’s?)

If you could be an animal, what would it be and why?
I’d have to choose an Eagle, it just fits my name!

If money was no object and you could buy anything you wanted, what would it be and why?
I’d purchase all my family and friends’ debts so they could help me take care of my newly owned island!

What is your favorite thing about Durango (Durango area)?  
Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Not sure if this is a Durango thing, but I’ll count it as such!

If you could choose to meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?
Nikola Tesla – So far ahead of his time.

What is your favorite season and why?
Autumn – the chill in the air and the beautiful colors remind me that in Spring we get to see them all come back.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Rattlesnake jerky… It’s true that most things DO taste like chicken

Have you ever been told you look like someone famous?
Even though I don’t agree with the perception, but I’ve got Rob Schneider more than a few times!

What was the worst haircut you have ever had?
I had a girlfriend in high school that once recommended I frost my tips… “Copper top” they called me.

Volunteering at Manna Soup Kitchen

January 17th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Community, Newsletters, Services, Staff, Volunteer, VTO 0 thoughts on “Volunteering at Manna Soup Kitchen”

Think Gives a Helping Hand

Recently, the ladies at Think Network Technologies put on their aprons, so they could help out the less fortunate at Manna Soup Kitchen. It was a wonderful experience for them, but also an eye opener because we found it really takes a village to make Manna work so well.

The moment you walk into Manna you feel welcomed by everyone. You can tell that the staff truly have a passion for the work they do, especially when you see their clients with big smiles on their faces. It’s a very busy place at Manna, but also warm and pleasant.

 

Chop, Stir, Whip and Mix!

McKenzie is the culinary manager and she was the lead chef while we were there. We all made our introductions brief since we had to get started right away! Kitchen duties were split between the four of us which consisted of slicing onions, cleaning and cutting cauliflower, prepping the salad and mixing the roux for the sauce. There were a few tears (thanks to the onions), some bloodshed (somebody cut their finger!) and a lot of laughter!  It took us a few hours, but we finally finished preparing lunch for the hungry folks waiting in the dining area.

 

Today’s Menu is Brought to you by…

The ladies at Think along with the other volunteers were able to make the following thanks to McKenzie’s guidance:

•Apple Cider Pork

•Blue Cheese Au Gratin Cauliflower

•Power Salad with Lemon Creamy Dressing

•Banana Chip Cake

•Lemon Brownies

After we were done serving everyone, we got to sit down and eat the food that we had prepared… and it was DELICIOUS!

Manna Soup Kitchen Isn’t Just a Soup Kitchen

Manna is so much more than a soup kitchen in our community. In collaboration with The Salvation Army, Manna Soup Kitchen provides vouchers for people in need. Services offered include; thrift store vouchers, haircut vouchers, eye exam referrals,  bus passes, and more.

Solving the immediate problem of hunger is only half of the battle, so in addition to serving wonderful meals seven days a week, Manna is getting to the root cause of hunger by providing a Culinary Job Training program. They are collaborating with SCCC to prepare unemployed, underemployed, and homeless adults for careers in the food service industry.

Thank you for everything you do Manna Soup Kitchen! You help make our community be a wonderful place to live!

Think Employee VTO

November 17th, 2016 Posted by Community, Newsletters, Staff, Volunteer, VTO 1 thought on “Think Employee VTO”
Think Network Technologies loves to give back to the community. One of the ways that we give back is by having our employees get out there and volunteer! Recently, our very own Kenneth Horne utilized his Volunteer Time Off (VTO) to help out at the Hesperus Ski Swap.

If you know Kenneth then you know that he absolutely loves to SKI! That’s why this was the perfect way for him to use his VTO by helping the good folks over at Hesperus Ski Patrol at their 53rd annual Hesperus Ski Swap.

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Think Outside the Box: Jonell Jones

October 3rd, 2016 Posted by Staff 1 thought on “Think Outside the Box: Jonell Jones”

Here is Volume Three of our “Think Outside the Box” series and we’re introducing you to the newest addition, Jonell Jones! She’s already fitting in great with the Think team and you can see why below.

Get to Know Jonell

A Girl and Her Dog

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in central Minnesota in a little town called Princeton. The Land of 10,000 Lakes! I went to college in St. Cloud, MN and as soon as I graduated I left and moved to lovely Durango! I’ve been a resident here for 10 years now and I’m happy to call this place my home.

How did you get started in technology?
I’ve been a gamer since as long as I can remember and friends that know me well call me the “Game Queen”. I started tinkering around with Photoshop, HTML coding, and other programs when I was 15 years old, so I was pretty advanced by the time I got into college.

What is your role at Think? (In plain English, please.)
I am the NEW Office & Marketing Manager at THINK! My role is to make life a little easier for everyone else here, so that they can give our clients their full attention. I handle most administrative tasks, but I also use my creativity to help market all the wonderful things about THINK!

Outside the Box: Lightning Round

Husband and Wife

Jonell & Cole

What 80’s movie would you say best describes you?
Probably the Labyrinth because the main character (Sarah) was able to figure her way out of any dilemma in the movie (most of my favorite 80’s movies were kids movies because I was born in ’84!), but my favorite movie now would be The Breakfast Club.

If you could bring back a popular 80’s fad, what would it be?
Video Arcades.

Who is your inner Super Hero? What is your super power?
I would be Cat Claw! I’d have the appearance of a humanoid cat with super cat abilities and I would fight crime, but only for a few hours since the rest of the time would be reserved for cat naps.

If you could be a Star Wars character, what would your name/angle be?
My name would be Jaya and I would use the force for good, but I imagine myself to be like Han Solo. Traveling around in my own ship and I would use a dual lightsaber since I’m actually trained on using the bo staff.

If you could be an animal, what would it be and why? 
After reading about my super hero power you probably could guess that I’d be a cat! I’ve always loved cats (don’t worry, I love dogs too!) since I was little. I just think they have unique personalities, they’re cute and they like to sleep… a lot! Plus, they’re adventurous (sometimes…) and they don’t take crap from nobody!

If money was no object and you could buy anything you wanted, what would it be and why?
I would buy a house by the ocean for my parents, then I would buy a house for my in-laws, and I guess I’d buy a new house for me too. I’ll stop there since this list could get pretty long!

What is your favorite thing about Durango?
What is there not to love?! I’m a big foodie, so Durango is almost perfect in that sense (they need a Korean restaurant). I’m very adventurous and I absolutely love the outdoors! Exploring opportunities are endless in this area! Go in any direction around Durango and you’ll find plenty of hiking & biking trails along with other outdoor activities.

What would you choose as a slogan for your life?
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ― Hunter S. Thompson

What is your favorite material thing that you own and why?
My house because it has all my other favorite stuff in it.

What is your favorite season and why?
I love all the seasons! I couldn’t live in a place that was always warm or cold. There’s something special about them all.

What is your pet peeve?
My absolute biggest pet peeve is WASTING FOOD! I just hate the thought of throwing food away when there’s people and children out there that haven’t eaten anything for days.

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Hongeohoe is a Korean dish. You either love it or hate it and I love it! This is how Wikipedia describes it: Hongeohoe is made from skate (a type of ray) and emits a very strong, characteristic ammonia-like odor that has been described as being “reminiscent of an outhouse”.

Who is your role model?
My Korean Grandma because she’s always helping others. My mother told me that even when she was little, my grandmother would bring homeless people into their home to feed them. She goes to the veterans hospital and does acupuncture for the vets. She also visits orphanages to help children without families feel cared for and loved. She’s received multiple awards for the work that she does.

Entry-level Workstation is the Way to Go

August 24th, 2016 Posted by Best Practices, Devices, Staff 0 thoughts on “Entry-level Workstation is the Way to Go”

There’s something about that label. An “Entry level” workstation is seen as insufficiently powerful, marginally useful, and substandard when placed on a professional’s office desktop.

This characterization might have been accurate years ago. But today, even entry-level workstations can be capable, powerful computing devices that, under the right circumstances, can be “cool” for users to work with.

Moving entry-level systems from stigma-inducing to cool requires properly making a handful of critical decisions. Get them right, and your organization could save significant money, while boosting user satisfaction with new systems.

What is an entry level workstation?

It usually starts with a modestly powered CPU (often one generation behind the current market leader) and continues to have the following:

  • Minimal RAM (generally 4 GB at this point)
  • Basic graphics capabilities (sometimes, those on the motherboard; other times, those available from an inexpensive graphics board)
  • Gigabit Ethernet

Wrap it all in a basic box with a standard keyboard, mouse, and video monitor, and you have your entry system.

apple-692186_640It might be the perfect system

As companies race to embrace cloud services, it can be argued that the entry workstation is the perfect system for most employees to use.

It might be that what you need is an internal marketing campaign, not a larger budget for desktop workstations. It all depends on the job you’re asking systems to do and the way you present the systems doing the job.

Chromebooks are the very definition of minimalistic workstations. The barest entry-level workstation will be more powerful than the most powerful Chromebook, so the comparison should be frequently made when talking with employees.

Spend where it will be noticed

Spend a few dollars on the components that have the biggest impact on user satisfaction.

1. Keyboard

There is now a dizzying array of keyboards available for purchase. Most of the keyboards that make the “enterprise class” grade are within a few dollars of one another, so employees can be allowed to “customize” their system with little difference in purchase price and no difference in support costs.

2. Mouse

Management could offer employees their choice from a selection of mice or other pointing devices to be used at the desktop.  For minimal difference in price, the employee has a maximum feeling of personalization.

3. Monitor size

The enterprise standard has been twenty-one-inch or twenty-four-inch monitors for nearly a decade. But today, it’s possible to purchase twenty-seven-inch monitors for little to no more money.

The entry-level system doesn’t need to be a symbol of shame, for it can gain access to cloud-based services and information as equally well as much more expensive systems. And if Management will allow for some choice in monitors and accessories, the users will come away feeling more digitally empowered than ever before.

Please contact our sales team at sales@thinknettech.com if you would like our recommendations or a quote.

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

Darrell

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

Darrell

Darrell

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 Outside the Box: Kenneth Horne

April 18th, 2016 Posted by Staff 2 thoughts on “Think Outside the Box: Kenneth Horne”

We are excited to debut a new feature series, introducing the people behind the tech here at Think Network Technologies. You have probably worked with us by phone or in remote support sessions, but we’d like to show a bit of our personality.

We have some amazing people powering our business, and today we’re introducing a new addition to the Think staff: Kenneth Horne.

Meet Kenneth Horne

Where did you grow up?
I was born and spent the first several years of my life in the Atlanta suburbs, then moved to Durango as a young teenager.

How did you get started in technology?
All of my experience with computers is self-taught. I started building and repairing computers at a young age and it all progressed from there. I have been working in the IT industry for about 5 years.

What is your role at Think? (In plain English, please.)
In addition to fixing broken computery things, I assist our clients by dispatching their tickets to the appropriate engineer. I also help educate [our clients] on basic and advanced computer procedures.

Outside the Box: Lightning Round

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Kenneth in the snow

What 80’s movie/song would you say best describes you?
I hate 80’s music, horrible I know …but…. My favorite movie is The Goonies ’cause I’m a goofball!

If granted 3 wishes, what would they be?
World Peace … jk haha. One, I wish I could do magic like in the Harry Potter series (but without all that Voldemort nonsense!). Two, I wish that I had a super awesome spaceship that could travel to other planets & solar systems. Lastly, I would like to have anytime access to any/every book in the whole world.

If you could bring back a popular 80’s fad, what would it be?
One-piece ski suits!

If you could be a Star Wars character, what would your name/angle be?
I would totally be Yoda! He is super Zen and awesome and speaks funny.

If you could be an animal, what would it be and why?
I would like to be a Phoenix (not real, I know), because I love flying and being able to flash around in blazing flames is freakin’ cool!

If money was no object and you could buy anything you wanted, what would it be and why?
Well, since I can’t turn into a phoenix, I would want an airplane with unlimited fuel and my own airstrip so I could fly whenever I wanted.

What is your favorite thing about Durango?
Durango is awesome! I really love the sense of community here and the closeness to nature it provides.

What would you choose as the slogan for your life?
Don’t worry, be happy.

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Kenneth on the rocks

What is your favorite season and why?
This one is hard! I probably like summer a bit more than anything else because there’s so much to do. I love swimming and water sports (rafting, kayaking, bridge jumping, rope swings), rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, and just the general good feeling that comes with being outside and active on a warm, bluebird day!

What is your pet peeve?
My absolute hugest pet peeve is negativity. I am a super positive person that’s always looking at the bright side and hate to be brought down.

What is one of the first things you notice about someone when you first meet them?
The first thing I notice is someone’s smile. Love to see someone happy!

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Not weird to me, but maybe to some others: I absolutely love alligator. I lived on the Mississippi Gulf coast for a few years and one of my favorite restaurants made the best fried alligator po’boys that I’ve ever had!

If someone made a movie about your life, would it be a comedy, drama, romantic comedy, action film or science fiction?
It would totally be a Sci-Fi / Comedy!

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