(September 29, 2014, Lee’s Summit, MO) –HSMC Orizon Technology announces the acquisition of IT21, a perfect fit for the firm’s IT growth strategy. As the firm’s new leader, Michael Bohning’s first challenge was to find a technology consulting firm to strengthen HSMC Orizon Technology’s managed IT services business and, with the right opportunity, a firm that would increase their geographic coverage locally, nationally and internationally. He found both in Olathe-based firm IT21, founded by Chuck Nuffer and Rick Mentel.
Bohning, who was introduced to Nuffer and Mentel through a mutual acquaintance, liked what he saw in IT21, a consulting firm providing managed IT services and information systems consulting. After a couple of meetings, Bohning began due diligence, which included running IT21’s financials and other data through an industry benchmarking and modeling program so he could see how they stacked up against other technology consulting firms. The results projected them as one of the best in the technology consulting sector.
As of September 1, 2014, HSMC Orizon Technology acquired the assets of IT21, boosting the firm’s technology staff and services. Nuffer and Mentel will continue to consult and collaborate with HSMC Orizon Technology which has offices in Omaha, Nebraska; Lee’s Summit, Missouri; and now Olathe, Kansas.
“IT21 brings experienced staff, mature systems and proven procedures to proactively help clients manage technology. Their Quality of Service client service model fits perfectly with HSMC Orizon Technology’s client-centered approach to growing our managed technology services business,” explains Bohning.
Bohning was recently named President of HSMC Orizon Technology. Prior to his new position, Bohning was Director of IT Services for HSMC Orizon LLC. His professional background includes consulting services partner and managing partner for the Kansas City office of McGladrey (formerly RSM McGladrey).
Nuffer and Mentel are well respected in technology circles. As former information technology professionals at Western Auto / Parts America, both saw an opportunity to build their own tech practice when Sears Roebuck & Co. sold the Kansas City-based auto parts chain in 1998. As it became clear that many Western Auto corporate jobs were going to be eliminated, Nuffer and Mentel’s colleagues began leaving the company. However, they all stayed in touch, calling Chuck and Rick for help with business and technology challenges at their new employers. In the spring of 1999, Chuck and Rick decided to take the plunge to open their own firms, Heartland Solutions Group (focused on technology consulting) and IT21 (focused on managed services and network support). With just word-of-mouth marketing and trusted relationships, they built the business to 8 employees with revenues of just over $1,000,000 in 1998. Knowing the need to create new opportunities for their IT21 staff, making the decision to join HSMC Orizon Technology made sense to Nuffer and Mentel. “It’s important that we give our employees their next big challenge. When we met Michael and started talking about bringing our firms together, we knew our staff had the chance to work with a great leader, like Michael, while working with a broader customer base,” said Nuffer.
From Bohning’s perspective, IT21 brings a more formalized and proactive approach to managing technology for clients. “They’ve done a terrific job of building formal processes, policies and procedures for clients. Whether IT21 is managing a client’s servers, workstations, and security, or managing a more significant technology refresh project, Chuck and Rick have systems in place to manage all of the little things that often wind up costing a business owner time and money. They love helping clients get the most out of their technology instead of dealing with surprises and downtime,” adds Bohning.