Formation / Ownership

In the spring of 2011, the owners of Communication Consultants, Inc. and Communication Network Engineers, Inc. proposed selling their engineering firms to four of their key employees. They felt this would be in the best interest of the existing clients and employees. Selling to another engineering firm may lessen the commitment to the clients and jeopardize some of the staff's existing positions.

Communication Network Engineering, Inc. (CNE) was formed on December 29, 2011 in order to acquire the assets of the two former companies. This formation was started by four long- term employees of these two firms. As a team, they have worked together for the past twelve years effectively serving their client base. The ownership group is comprised of the following:

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

CEO, Owner
Blake has has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from NDSU. He has extensive experience in general operations, RUS contracts and loans, OSP engineering, COE engineering, facility mapping, data networking, and information technology.
Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis

COO, Owner
Steve has an Associates Degree in Drafting from Minnesota State Community & Technical College. He has extensive experience in telecommunications OSP design, construction installation supervision, and drafting.
Bradley Feir, P.E.

Bradley Feir, P.E.

CFO, Owner
Brad has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from NDSU. He has extensive experience in OSP engineering, COE engineering, computer programming, and CAD.
Glenn Ottesson

Glenn Ottesson

V.P., Owner
Glenn has an Associates Degree in Drafting from Willmar Area Vocational Technical Institute. He has extensive experience in telecommunications OSP design, construction installation supervision, and drafting.

Team

Not only is the ownership group long-term employees of the two former firms, so is the staff. Consisting of a dedicated and experienced staff, CNE strives to keep our clients in the forefront of this fast-changing telecommunications industry.

The key personnel own and operate the firm.  They feel this is important in order to provide quality services to their clients. A technical staff of 15 persons provides services to our clients. We currently provide services for clients in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Comprising the staff are expertly trained, technical employees with "hands on" experience. CNE provides special attention to the client through the cutover and implementation phases of a project. All personnel are kept abreast of current state of the art developments by periodic attendance at manufacturers’ schools and industry seminars.

The mission of Communication Network Engineering, Inc. is to keep our clients in the forefront of this fast-changing telecommunications industry. We wish to do so at affordable prices for our clients.