TecNet 2017

Kathy Boelter, President of Arrow Solutions Group, welcomes everyone to the first quarterly event of the year

First Interstate hosted the event at their Operations Center, while local cuisine (catered by Café Rio), beverages, and prizes were sponsored by High Point Networks and Arrow Solutions Group. A drawing was held for two incredible prizes, which included an Amazon Echo and Beats Wireless Headphones by Dr Dre.

Winners, Justin Rieker and Zach Rooney, stand displaying their prizes alongside sponsor, High Point Networks

The first TecNet event of the year was a great hit last night with over 100 technologists in attendance. The affair is held quarterly throughout the year to invite those working in the regional tech industry to network and share in their interest of technology in a relaxed environment.

High Point Networks Team

We thank all our attendees and sponsors, both new and old. Come join us next time at our TecNet events later this year!

Arrow Solutions Group is excited to be an exhibitor at the MIDTECH Mid-Market IT Summit in Las Vegas.  MIDTECH is the leading executive-level summit for I.T. Leaders from mid-size companies. Their program is a unique mix of strategic presentations, panels from industry leaders and meetings between attendees and leading solution providers.

The event on April 23-25 in Las Vegas, NV represents an opportunity for Arrow Solutions Group to showcase their skills on a national level and to network with industry peers and cutting edge industry leaders.

MIDTECH Mid-Market IT Summit

April 23-25, 2017

Las Vegas, NV



Allied Health Building meeting

Monday afternoon the Billings Chamber Board and Big Sky Economic Development EDA/EDC Boards met in a joint session to hear from MSUB Foundation CEO, Bill Kennedy.  Kennedy gave an update on the fundraising efforts for the Yellowstone Science & Allied Health Building, as well as unveiled a new “laser focused” communications campaign to accelerate the fundraising and progress to a summer ground breaking.  The foundation needs to raise a little over 6 million to accomplish that goal.  Part of those funds may come from the Bonding Bill at the legislature for capital projects through the state.  All boards agreed to the importance of MSU Billings for the success of the community and as an economic driver, employer and workforce pipeline.

It is gratifying when state media recognizes the importance of high-tech companies to Montana and the revenue it brings to the state. The statewide coverage of this story highlights the importance of the work being done by the Montana High Tech Alliance in bringing more high-paying technology jobs to Montana.


Billings Technology Community turns out to meet Ken Fichtler.

Ken Fichtler, the new Chief Business Development Officer for the State of Montana, recently met with some of the Billings technology community at Angry Hanks to get a feel for technology opportunities and the direction for technology business development for Billings and the state. A lively discussion was held about technology and how Billings could be positioned as a tech leader.

Governor Bullock recently selected Fichtler as the Chief Business Development Officer which directs the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.  Ken has spent his career in high-tech business management and marketing.  He is also an entrepreneur and business investor, having started several Montana companies, as well as co-founding the first and largest TEDx event in the state, TEDxBozeman.

Some of the tech folks who met with Ken at Angry Hanks:

“For the past three years, Montana’s high-tech companies have said in this survey that finding enough skilled technology talent is their number one barrier to growth. This report underscores the growing need for technology workers in Montana. But it also shows potential job candidates the strength of our tech industry and hopefully gives them more confidence to consider opportunities in Montana.”
Kathy Boelter, founder, Arrow Solutions Group, Billings