ETS - Erb's Technology Solutions, Connecting People with Technology

Our Team

Our Team

Leadership Team

 

Jim Koch – President & CEO/Principal

Jim Koch

 

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.

Jim is active in the community and participates on the boards of Jr. Achievement, Willis Dady Prevention & Shelter, and is a member of Downtown Rotary.

Jim graduated from the University of Iowa with a major in Economics and a minor in Business Administration in 1990.  He enjoys watching Hawkeye football and basketball, participating in “40 & over” basketball leagues, hanging out with family and friends, and traveling.

 

 

Kevin Torner – Executive Vice President/Principal

 

Kevin Torner became a Sales Executive for ETS back in 1982. During his tenure 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 raise 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 – Executive Vice President/Principal

 

Steve Bateman joined ETS 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 ETS 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 ETS Management Team, Steve held the position of Iowa District Service Manager for Best Buy Company based out of Des Moines (1986-1996).

Steve 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 – Service Director

 

Martin Thenhaus joined ETS 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 family. Martin recently became a Grandfather and loves to spoil his Grandson.

 

 

 

John Walton – Controller

 

John Walton joined the ETS team in November of 2016 as their Controller.  John graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas with a BBA in Accounting in 1986.  He has spent the majority of his accounting career working with small to medium sized service organizations. His experience spans trucking companies, law firms, service integrators and the recreational pool industry.

When he is not pouring over financial data at the office, John enjoys spending time with Lisa, his wife of over 30 years and their children.  John enjoys jogging and bowling with his son and every once in a while a round of golf.