Mike Brogan began his journey with Erb’s back in 1978 as a Sales Executive selling typewriters, dictation equipment and calculators. Since than, his responsibilities and roles have included Sales Manager and Vice President of Sales before joining the ownership team in 1984. As President/CEO of Erb’s, Mike has seen 20 consecutive quarters of profitability, engaged in a number of community service activities including the ‹Extreme Technology Makeover›, Flood Relief and the Cooksley Benefit and in the past five straight years logged revenue growth in spite of a troubling economy. He is an active member of the community and has sat on many boards including IBM, Lenevo and LEXMARK and currently the Varnex Board of Directors and the HP SMB Council.
He graduated with a Business and Marketing degree from the University of Northern Iowa and is a an avid football and baseball fan. Before Erb’s, Mike was a professional caddie on the PGA Tour and has been immortalized in a book called, “The Great the Grand and the Also Ran.” In his free time you can find him cheering on Xavier High School, the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Chicago Bears and the New York Yankees. He enjoys traveling with his wife and participating in whatever interests his two daughters at that particular time in addition to cooking and hosting large family meals.
Jim Koch joined the ETS team in August of 1998 as a Sr. Account Executive. He received his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago the next year. During the first 8 years of his career with us, he focused most of his energy in growing relationships and revenues in the Public Sector arena as well as strategic commercial accounts. In 2006 Jim became VP of Sales at ETS and in 2008 became an owner in the company. In January of 2014, Jim became President & CEO of ETS.
Prior to ETS, Jim served as District Sales Manager at ASAP Software Express in Buffalo Grove, IL (a company that has since been acquired by Dell). Jim is active in the community and participates on the boards of Jr. Achievement, Willis Dady Prevention & Shelter, ETS, and is a member of Downtown Rotary. Jim graduated from the U of I with a major in Economics and a minor in Business Administration in 1990. He enjoys watching Hawkeye football and basketball, watching his sons play Kennedy HS football, participating in “40 & over” basketball leagues, hanging out with family and friends, and traveling.
Kevin Torner became a Sales Executive for Erb’s back in 1982. During his tenure with Erb’s he has been the one who’s introduced the company to new, dedicated markets starting with our supplies solutions focus to currently our healthcare solutions focus becoming an HIPAA Certified Professional. As Vice President/Principal he has served on Boards for IBM, LEXMARK, Synnex and Heartland Technology Group.
In addition he has been on the Four Oaks Golf Classic Board of Directors since its inception, and after 17 years he has helped raised over $1.5 million for kids and family services by Four Oaks in Cedar Rapids. Kevin is a Hawkeye fan graduating from the University of Iowa with a BA in marketing. He is an avid golfer, an Iowa Hawkeye, Green Bay Packer and New York Yankees fan. When he’s not working closely with our Vendor partners and distributors, Kevin likes working out, outdoor cooking including smoking, BBQ and grilling. He also enjoys entertaining and is a Labrador lover owning two of his own, a black one named Butch and a yellow one named Gus.
Steve Bateman joined Erb’s and the management team in 1996 accepting the position as the Technical Service Manager. After only a brief eight years, he joined his colleagues as a partner. Since his employment with Erb’s he has been responsible for technical services delivery including the Service Dispatch, Services Management Desk, Network Operation Center and Field Support. Prior to becoming a member of the Erb’s Management Team, Steve held the position of Iowa District Service Manager for Best Buy Company based out of Des Moines (1986-1996). During that time, he received his Associate of Applied Science degree with emphasis in Computer Technology in 1987 from the National Education Center in Des Moines Iowa.
Steve likes to spend his time outside the office with his wife and son. Together they enjoy a number of different things including spending time outdoors while sightseeing at Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center, Morgan Creek and Lake McBride; trips to local parks, golfing and fishing, walking their dog and spending time with friends are also among those things.
Martin Thenhaus joined Erb’s in January of 1981 as a Service Technician for IBM Typewriters, Kardex Filing Systems and Printers. Since then Martin has acclaimed accreditation for his outstanding performance in Service and was promoted to Practice Manager Team Lead of the Technicians Group in 2008. He holds certifications with CompTIA, A+ Certification, HP Printers, Lexmark Printers, Okidata Printers and Xerox Printers. In his free time you can find him outdoors either camping or boating with his two daughters.