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CNT Staff

Ted Brandt, President

Ted is the founder and owner of CNT Group. A senior level technology consultant, he has been involved in planning, configuring, supporting, and diagnosing networks for over twenty years. In addition to being an instructor in network technologies, Ted is a former member of Novell's National Gold Council, and holds certifications with Microsoft, Cisco, and numerous other vendors. Ted specializes in wide area technology, branch offices, remote computing, wireless networking, and cross-platform integration. 

Ted understands his clients’ business models and creates infrastructure to support the goals and development of those clients. He avoids cutting edge, untested products, and integrates changes as needed for CNT Group clients. His commitment to community building and social justice, based on Jewish law, is reflected in the CNT Group’s dedication to ethical computing.

A classically trained musician with a Masters degree in Clarinet Performance and Music History, Ted taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Naropa Institute. Married to Jayne, an occupational therapist and flutist, they have four children: Daphna, Yael, Shifra and Nachum. Ted also owns the CNT mascot dog, Bingo. Ted spends lots of time with his family (both outdoors and indoors), volunteers for his synagogue and several community organizations, runs the Jewish music group Klezmer V’od, and loves to cook and bake. He finds time for the business at unusual hours, which is why you may get email from him at 4:00 in the morning!

Cliff Woodward, Operations Manager

Cliff  joined CNT Group in 2011, bringing experience and expertise in small and medium sized businesses. Before joining CNT Group, Cliff experienced success as an entrepreneur in the SMB technology market at the age of 22. Before pursuing a career in Information Technology, Cliff sought a future in education as an English teacher. Cliff has since dedicated himself to furthering his education in various fields of technology and takes great joy in learning the newest technical tools. His technical focus is in Windows servers and virtualization, along with network infrastructure and a pleasant end-user experience.

Outside of technology, Cliff coached Heritage High School’s in-line hockey team for four years through CHSIHL.  He enjoys teaching Taekwondo and has earned his 3rd degree black belt. He is happily married and has three sons.

Mike Garcia, Senior Network Engineer

Mike has been working in IT consulting for over ten years. Mike graduated from Missouri State with a business degree in computer information systems and has lots of hands on experience. Prior to coming to CNT Group, Mike spent three years doing end-to-end IT in Springfield, Missouri. Mike also has extensive knowledge about VOIP systems..

Mike likes to spend time with his wife, two sons and their daughter. Together they go for bike rides and enjoy the outdoors. He also enjoys woodworking and spends time remodeling his home.

Nick DeGirolamo, Senior Network Engineer

Nick recently moved to the Denver are and joined CNT in 2014 . He lived and raised his son in the Long Island area of New York. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering at Stony Brook University and found a natural talent in the computer field while working as an engineer at Grumman Corporation. Certified as a Novell Engineer in the mid 90’s, he pursued network engineering as a career and has never looked back. “I was that guy with a backpack taking the New York City subway from office building to office building”. In the meantime he racked-up 20 years of consulting experience in the streets of New York and the Tri-State Area. His Information Technology passions include Business Continuity and VMWare and is thrilled to be able to share his background helping our clients.  

An avid skier from the age of 12, he recently learned snowboarding with his son Nicholas and makes frequent trips into the high country during the winter season. Biking and Golf are two other passions. He also spends his free time learning more about technology.   

While his heart will always be in New York, he is very excited to call Colorado his new home. 

Katie Schneider, Office Manager

Katie has known the CNT group for several years. Katie spent three years as a customer and now enjoys the position on staff as Business Manager, having quickly become a key individual at CNT Group. Working in the small business sector has always been Katie's niche. 

Outside of business, Katie enjoys family, traveling and backpacking during the beautiful Colorado summers. 

 

Jeff Wedgle, Technical Services Manager

Jeff started in the IT industry with the CNT Group in 1995.  He later took an opportunity to join US West as a software developer since he had a passion for software development.  Jeff was with US West/Qwest/CenturyLink for 19 years as a developer working mostly in VB.Net, Java, JavaScript, XML, HTML5, and vbscript.  Taking an early retirement from CenturyLink in November of 2016, Jeff re-joined CNT in January of 2017.  As a hobby Jeff develops software for the Android mobile device OS and has roughly 10 applications published on the Android Play Store.

Outside of work, Jeff's passion is playing golf (primarily in Scottsdale, AZ) and enjoys but usually doesn't have time for skiing, biking, fly fishing and anything outdoors.

Boris Bless, Account Manager

Recently returned to Colorado from a 4year stint in the Pacific Northwest, Boris lived for nearly 30 years in the Front Range, yet still retains a “back east” identity.

Turning to IT after a career in restaurants, Boris has worked in User Support and Network and Systems Administration for over fifteen years in support of non-profit, social-services organizations. With networking and security backgrounds in Novell, Cisco and Checkpoint, among others, Boris looks forward to bringing an enterprise perspective to smaller environments.

Primarily an urbanite instead of the more typically outdoors-oriented Coloradoan, he tries to keep his motorcycle on the pavement and enjoys exploring new restaurants, live jazz, cooking and doing the New York Times crossword puzzle at campsites

Brie Cook, Account Manager

Brie joined CNT Group after working as an independent IT Consultant for a few local Colorado Law Firms. She is a Colorado native and began her career in IT at the age of 15 as an IT Associate for her school district.  After attending college in Hawaii she moved back to Colorado in 2004.  She has a wide background in technology ranging from Front-End User Experiences to Network Engineering.  Currently she holds a master’s degree in Business Management with additional specializations in Computer Information Systems and Online Learning Technologies.  She also holds certifications in Computer Security & Enterprise Management, CISCO Networking, Google IT Support, Comp TIA A+, UX/UI Design, Six-Sigma, and is a certified Dell Computer Technician. 

Brie has a passion for ocean conservation.  When she is not in the office you can find her scuba diving around the world.  She is also a certified PADI dive master.

 

Max Hyman, Account Manager

Max recently moved to the Denver area and joined CNT Group after completing his BBA in upstate New York. He started his career in IT in college, where he worked in the IT department at the school he was enrolled in. Max was responsible for aiding day to day tech issues that students had on campus, including: PCs, Macs, Tablets, Android phones, iPhones, printers, and more. Before getting his business degree, Max went to the Culinary Institute of America where he was classically trained as a chef. Following his graduation from culinary school, Max pursued his interest in IT and the business world.

When Max isn’t working, he enjoys spending his time with his significant other and their two dogs. For hobbies, Max takes pleasure in skateboarding, cooking, hiking, swimming, and playing video games.

 

Sara Dodson, Account Manager

Sara has been in the IT field for over 10 years.  Having earned her degree in Computer Information Systems from Metro State University in 2004, Sara has enjoyed a well rounded career in IT ranging from high level NOC’s to hosting and telecommunications.  Sara has had a lot of experience working with schools and non-profits and enjoys working with small to medium sized companies meeting all their IT needs.  Recently Sara obtained her Comp TIA A+ certification and hope to get her MCP when time allows.  Sara enjoys being on the cutting edge of technology and always learning new things.

Sara enjoys spending time with her son and dog and loves anything having to do with the outdoors or live music.  Sara also enjoys travelling and considers herself a ‘collector of experiances’.

 

Dennis Holgers, Lead Desktop Support

Dennis was born in Wisconsin but lived in Texas most of his life.  He joined CNT Group in 2018 after moving from Pagosa Springs to the Denver area.  He got his start in IT after enlisting in the US Navy and serving 10 years in that capacity, mainly staying in the Norfolk, VA area, with a 2-year stint in London, UK.  He then worked for several defense contractors before eventually moving into the civilian side of the Department of Defense.  Family and the lure of Colorado eventually led him to Pagosa Springs and then on to Denver, which is where he is now.   

Dennis graduated from the University of Maryland University College in 2015 with a degree in Computer Networks and Security.  In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family, going for hikes, and occasionally playing video games.

 

Donyo Turner, Desktop Support

Described as a “PC whisperer” by his peers, Donyo Turner made his way into the world of technology by fixing and maintaining his own computers before the age of 10.

Donyo is a self-taught expert in IT Support with several certifications. His widespread knowledge base and imagination helps meet a great variety of technical needs.

Born and raised in Colorado, Donyo still resides there with tons of family. Donyo has a great passion for music of all kinds. In his spare time, Donyo loves to create digital art, attend comedy shows and travel to warm places with palm trees.

 

Debbie Ratner, Desktop Support

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