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Brent Atwood

Project Manager

Brent Atwood serves as Project Manager for Connected Nation. In this role, he will assist in the development and diffusion of a project management culture throughout the Connected Nation enterprise. Brent will have a lead role in Connected Nation project management activities including implementation efforts for our Connect State engagements and provide project management support for identified Connected Nation deliverables including eCS activities and assist in the facilitation of the governance process for Connected Nation’s Project Management methodology.

Brent joined Connected Nation with over ten years experience in materials management, production management, and sales and marketing. Prior to joining Connected Nation, he was a Senior Account Executive for Data Records Management Services in Paducah, Kentucky. In this role, Brent led sales efforts to achieve a 60% increase in customer base in both government and private sector industry. He also developed a regional sales initiative for state-of-the-art records management software program meeting all required HIPPA compliance standards for medical facilities as well as spearheading the design and development of a document management software program for safety engineering industry resulting in an initial 22% increase in revenue to corporate profits.

Brent holds a B.S. in Managerial Economics and Marketing from Liberty University.

David Daack

Community Technology Advisor

David is a Community Technology Advisor for Connect Iowa. In this role, David coordinates and manages the activities of the Iowa local community planning teams. He identifies and trains local champions to bring together representatives from local government, education, business & industry, agriculture, healthcare, and other sectors to serve as dedicated participants in the local planning process.  In addition, he provides “train-the-trainer” activities to the local community planning teams to spur digital literacy activities in each region. 

Prior to joining Connect Iowa, David served as Director for TC Networks, Inc. He was a member of the executive team of this cross platform IT consulting company. In this role, David consulted owners on a variety of business initiatives and functions and provided strategic insight. He headed special projects and was the PR, HR and business face of the organization. David also serves as an adjunct instructor for Clarke University located in Dubuque, Iowa.  David holds a BA in Communications from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa and a MA in Integrated Corporate Communications from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

Shawn Wagner

Community Technology Advisor

Shawn Wagner is a Community Technology Advisor for Connect Iowa. In this role, Shawn coordinates and manages the activities of the Iowa local community planning teams. He identifies and trains local champions to bring together representatives from local government, education, business & industry, agriculture, healthcare, and other sectors to serve as dedicated participants in the local planning process. 

In addition, he provides “train-the-trainer” activities to the local community planning teams on the broadband landscape to spur digital literacy activities in each region. In addition to his work with Connect Iowa, Shawn serves as CEO for IOTIS Inc., a web development consulting company. Shawn is also an Adjunct Instructor / Lecturer on Real Estate and Business at Grand View University in Des Moines. Shawn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Systems from Clarke College and a Master of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver.