Your EarthBend Distribution Team

The EarthBend team of account executives and engineers have collectively amassed years of experience in technologies such as virtualization, networking, middleware, operating systems, wired/wireless, telephony, data storage and much more. When you partner with EarthBend, you tap into our full range of experience in these areas. Our expert staff can help you identify the specific solutions that will enable you to win business, then map those unique capabilities to satisfy the technology requirements of your customers.

Rob Beyer
Rob BeyerPresident & CEO
Rob Beyer, President & CEO of EarthBend, has held various top executive level positions with several technology companies from large Fortune 500 to start-ups including: Mainline Information Systems, Datalink, Tonka-Tek, McData, CNT, ATT/NCR and Teradata. He has been instrumental in over 20 mergers and acquisitions and led worldwide operations focusing on delivering end-to-end solutions. Rob spent four years in the United States Marine Corps then received an electrical engineering degree at South Dakota State University, where he ran cross country and track. He then completed his MBA at the University of St. Thomas.
Jeff McConnell
Jeff McConnellAccount Executive - Northeast Territory
Jeff joined EarthBend in 1982, when it was then known as ComputerLand, after graduating as an Electronic Technician from Southeast Area Vocational Technical School. Jeff manages EarthBend’s Northeast territory and helps his partners design WAN, LAN, wireless, server, virtualization, storage and voice system solutions. He is happy when he can help customers to solve their techology challenges.
Chris Neu
Chris NeuAccount Executive - Southeast Territory
Chris has been with EarthBend since April of 2010 and has been working in the data and telecom industry since 2003. His primary job role is to help his customers grow their business and increase their success by assisting in all aspects of the sales cycle. Chris holds Bachelor’s Degrees from Dakota State University in both Management Information Systems and Marketing. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his daughter, Emma and cheering on his favorite sports teams.
Adam Blackwelder
Adam BlackwelderAccount Executive - North, Southwest & Canada Territories
Adam joined EarthBend in 2011, and is is responsible for managing the North, Southwest and Canadian territories. Adam is most satisfied when he can help his customers solve their technology challenges, and he strives to provide proactive service and exceed expectations. Adam attended college at South Dakota State University and graduated with a degree in Business Economics.
Ryan Riley
Ryan RileyAccount Executive - Central Territory
Ryan joined EarthBend in 2006. He previously held a position as a Technology Consultant with CDW and GHA Technologies. Ryan prides himself on having a keen understanding of vendor partner pricing programs and holds numerous certifications from leading technology manufacturers.
Kevin Hansen
Kevin HansenAccount Executive
Kevin joined EarthBend in 2014 from Condre Storage and Consan Storage Solutions, and has been providing the reseller channel data storage and SAN solutions via distribution since 1997. He specializes in the design of complete SAN, RAID storage and server solutions to meet customer requirements. He offers extensive product knowledge to provide resellers with a complete solution and a competitive advantage.
Jason Mills
Jason MillsAccount Executive
Jason joined Earthbend in 2014. Previously, Jason spent 12 years with Condre, Inc as a Sales Representative, servicing IT resellers, integrators and OEMs. Jason specializes in enterprise data storage, server, and SAN IT solutions and their implementation in various industries and markets. Jason studied Computer Information Systems and Small Business at University of Phoenix and Montana State. Jason is married with twin boys attending grade school.
Patty Frantz
Patty FrantzInside Sales Manager
Patty joined EarthBend in 1988. Along with overseeing and managing the EarthBend Inside Sales Team, Patty’s other responsibilities include order processing, customer service and support, returns handling, shipment tracking and basic quoting. She has spent her career supporting channel business partners across the United States, and prides herself on building strong, productive relationships with her customers.
Danica Johnsen
Danica JohnsenInside Sales Representative
Danica joined EarthBend in April of 2015, and has several years of experience in sales and customer service. Her primary responsibilities include quoting, ordering, customer service and support. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.
Jennifer Thompson
Jennifer ThompsonInside Sales Representative
Jennifer joined EarthBend in August of 2016, and her responsibilities include order processing, customer service and support, returns handling, shipment tracking and basic quoting.
Savannah Holloman
Savannah HollomanInside Sales Representative
Savannah joined EarthBend in September of 2016, and her responsibilities include order processing, customer service and support, returns handling, shipment tracking and basic quoting.
Stephanie Cox
Stephanie CoxInside Sales Representative
Stephanie joined the EarthBend team in 2004, and specializes in pricing, quoting, ordering, and NetSuite/CNET Support. She has been instrumental in various projects and initiatives within the company, and works with hundreds of vendors to ensure accurate pricing programs are in place. Prior to her employment with EarthBend, Stephanie worked for several companies doing accounting and bookkeeping, and she has a degree from Minnesota West Technical College.
Brock Gordon
Brock GordonSales Operations
Brock joined the EarthBend team in 2004, and has been working within the tech industry since 1998. Brock manages Sales Operations for EarthBend’s purchasing portal and our internal CRM platforms. He is also responsible for sales, ordering, pricing and technology solution design for customers, and works closely with partners to educate and train them in the use of the EarthBend Storefront. Brock graduated from South Dakota State University, where he majored in Psychology and minored in Economics.
Mark Bannwarth
Mark BannwarthBusiness Development
Mark joined EarthBend in 1996, when it was then called Datanet, and has held several positions within the company since that time. In his current role, he is responsible for the EarthBend Partner Program, onboarding new partners and training. Mark attended Mitchell Technical Institute and has an Associate’s Degree in Computer Systems Technology. Mark served in the South Dakota National Guard artillery unit for 15 years and is an active part of the American Legion, supporting veterans in the community. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Bill Johnson
Bill JohnsonMarketing Manager
Bill joined EarthBend in 2014, and is responsible for all facets of marketing for the company’s distribution operations, including promotional development, vendor relations, digital marketing and demand generation. Before joining EarthBend, Bill was the Director of Marketing for OAISYS and Senior Channel Marketing Manager for Inter-Tel (now Mitel), where he led all corporate marketing efforts. He earned his B.S. in Marketing from Arizona State University, where he graduated with honors.