High Point Networks Announces Acquisition of EarthBend, LLC’s Value Added Reseller Division
High Point Networks finalizes its acquisition of EarthBend, LLC’s VAR Division

August 14, 2017 – West Fargo, ND - High Point Networks today announced that the acquisition of EarthBend, LLC’s VAR division was final.  In July, the company announced its intent to purchase the assets & Employees of the South Dakota based technology company.  This transaction represents a unique and significant opportunity to boost the level of technology services offered across all of High Point Networks coverage area.  EarthBend brings complimentary technology products and services to the already enhanced technology portfolio offered by High Point Networks. 

Transaction Highlights:

  • The transaction is a positive strategic fit for both companies

  • The Intent to purchase was announced on July 10, 2017

  • The transaction was final at 12:01am on August 12, 2017

  • The combined engineering teams make up one of the largest in the region

  • Organizations across SD, ND, MN, MT & CO will benefit greatly from the combined technology offerings

  • The announcement to purchase came just before Mitel announced their purchase of ShoreTel which greatly increases High Point Network’s ability to offer best in class telephony solutions with a deep bench of expertise on both sides

“We are thrilled to welcome the EarthBend VAR division to the High Point Family,” says President & CEO Tom McDougall. “We value the longstanding success that EarthBend, LLC has built over the last 36 years and are committed to providing employees the resources they need for continued success.  Every step in this process has been positive, and I am most excited about how we can together have a measurable impact on the customers, communities and families we serve.”

Over the next 30 days, both companies will be working through strategic integration items and will be communicating additional details to their employees, customers and vendor partners.

Press Release | PDF

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Unified Communications Companies to Merge

July 27, 2017 – Mitel and ShoreTel announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Mitel will acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of ShoreTel common stock.

"This is a very natural combination that enables us to continue to consolidate the industry and take advantage of cost synergy opportunities while adding new technologies and significant cloud growth to our business," said Mitel CEO, Rich McBee. "Together, Mitel and ShoreTel will be able to take customers to the cloud faster with full featured, cloud-based communications and applications."

High Point Networks's rich history as a ShoreTel Champion Partner and the recent acquisition of EarthBend LLC, an exclusive Mitel Partner, will significantly enhance our ability to support your business going forward. Our combined teams will provide more value and opportunities, as well as solid solutions for almost any business size. The combination of companies will provide a level of scale that will enable us to accelerate our level of service in the upper Great Plains.

"High Point Network's pending acquisition of the EarthBend VAR division in Sioux Falls will make our Unified Communications team at High Point Networks even stronger," said High Point Networks President & CEO, Tom McDougall. "With expertise from top telephony engineers from both Mitel and ShoreTel, we can say with great confidence your Unified Communications strategy will be top notch."

Announcement | Webpage

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Two Major Technology Companies Sign Letter of Intent

High Point Networks signs letter of intent to acquire the Value Added Reseller Division of EarthBend, LLC

July 10, 2017 – West Fargo, ND – High Point Networks, announced their intent to purchase the assets and operations of the South Dakota based Value Added Reseller division of EarthBend, LLC. The EarthBend acquisition and integration of employees into the High Point Networks family will allow the organization to better serve their operating markets. The EarthBend team comes with a solid foundation of trust in the information technology industry and the newly joined teams will provide unmatched technology offerings. Customers will benefit greatly from the added services and technical expertise the company provides.

This acquisition includes all assets and employees across the VAR business units of EarthBend’s Minnesota & South Dakota locations.  They will join High Point Networks to become one of the largest technology resource teams in the region. EarthBend, LLC will retain their Value Added Distributor and newly launched EB 360 cloud divisions.

“The addition of the EarthBend team elevates the level of offerings we provide to the organizations we serve,” says President & CEO Tom McDougall. “This expands our technical expertise, market reach and adds to our already strong foundation of service.”

“This is exciting news for both companies,” says EarthBend President & CEO Rob Beyer. “We see this as a way to further invest and expand our IoT Security and Cloud based offerings. We are particularly excited to launch our EB 360 cloud division later this month.”

High Point Networks offers organizations best-in-class voice and data networking solutions, supported by the best professional services team in the region. Their comprehensive suite of services solve challenges and provide measurable return on investment for the organizations they serve. With many collective years of business, technical and industry experience, High Point Networks leverages core competencies across key IT areas such as infrastructure & network management, security services, unified communications, data center technologies, and others to ensure successful customer deployments.

Over the next 30 days, both companies will be working through strategic transition items and will be communicating additional details to their employees, customers and vendor partners.

Press Release | PDF

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High Point Network moves up 4 places to #381 in CRN SP500

High Point Networks, “Always Connected”, announced it has been named to The Channel Company’s 2017 CRN® Solution Provider 500. The SP500 list is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue. Solution providers are ranked based on revenue, determined by product and services sales during 2016.  High Point Networks placed #381 in the annual ranking, moving up 4 places from last year’s list.

Full List | www.CRN.com/sp500

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Top Employees Honored for 2016

High Point Networks honored its top employees at its annual meeting and company party on January 21, 2016 at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo, ND.

Tom McDougall, President & CEO, talked about the successes of the past year to all employees and guests in attendance, followed by a set of honors to top acheivers in the company.

  Tom McDougall (right) honors Patrick Fowler with the Teamwork Award for 2016 at the annual High Point Networks "Holiday Party."

The Lewis & Clark Award recognizes an individual who explored new markets and new technologies in order to achieve their goals and increase HPN market share.
Recipient: Matt Peabody, Systems Engineer (West Fargo)

The Growth Award recognizes the person who has shown the most growth in the past year. The growth can be knowledge on products, certifications, or sales. But most importantly, growth as a person.
Recipient: Jason Holly, Systems Engineer (West Fargo)

The Outstanding New Comer Award is for an individual who is new to High Point Networks, and has made an immediate impact. This individual has taken the initiative to dig-in to learn new technology, processes, tools and systems in order to increase or maintain our level of customer and employee satisfaction.
Recipient: Nicole Enkers, Marketing Coordinator (West Fargo)

High Point Networks strives to achieve the highest level of service with its customers, vendors and team members. The Extra Mile Award recognizes an individual who makes every interaction count by going above and beyond what is expected of them.
Recipient: Lynn Soeth, Project Manager (West Fargo)

The Teamwork Award recognizes an individual who puts team first. They are selfless with their own time to share their knowledge and expertise with those around them.
Recipient: Patrick Fowler, Network Engineer (Denver)

This person lives the mission and values upon which High Point Networks is founded, and goes out of their way to highlight the value of partnering with High Point Networks.
Recipient: Kelly Schlauderaff, Chief Financial Officer (Detroit Lakes)

Jason Herner (Bismarck), James Jerger (West Fargo), Ken Farnham (West Fargo)

Clyde Pickett (West Fargo), Damon Andrews (Billings), Paul Wold (Billings), Kyle Bishop (West Fargo)


Matt Peabody Jason Holly Nicole Enkers Lynn Soeth Patrick Fowler
Matt Peabody Jason Holly Nicole Enkers Lynn Soeth Patrick Fowler
Kelly Schlauderaff Jason Herner James Jerger Ken Farnham Clyde Pickett
Kelly Schlauderaff Jason Herner James Jerger Ken Farnham Clyde Pickett
Damon Andrews Paul Wold Kyle Bishop    
Damon Andrews Paul Wold Kyle Bishop    


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High Point Networks announces new Detroit Lakes, MN office location

High Point Networks announces its expansion into the Minnesota market with a new office location in Detroit Lakes.

High Point Network’s steady growth in the region now gives SMB and enterprise level customers a location in the Minnesota market local access to High Point’s products and professional services.

“We believe there’s no better way to build solid, long term relationships with our customers than to bring our resources into Minnesota with our new Detroit Lakes location which allow us to better serve our Minnesota customer base even better,” states Chris Reep, an Account Manager for High Point Networks.

The Detroit Lakes location will offer High Point’s complete portfolio of IT solutions. Detroit Lakes will be staffed with experienced sales, service and accounting staff, to give the Minnesota market immediate access to the best solutions to solve real challenges and provide measurable return on investment.

“High Point Networks already has a good footprint in Minnesota and we have a good representation of our workforce residing in Minnesota, it only made sense that we position ourselves to be better known in the territory through this additional office location, commented Kelly Schlauderaff, Chief Financial Officer,” High Point Networks.

The new office opened its doors on December 19 at 910 Lincoln Ave. #6 in Detroit Lakes.

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