We are OptConnect

Here at OptConnect, we continue to innovate and simplify connectivity for our customers. We like to say we are striving to “connect the world.” Through our hard work and dedication, we’ve acquired multiple accolades over the years for our products and services. Guided by a strategic leadership team composed of industry experts, our employees are innovators and mountain movers that work together and have enabled us to become the #1 trusted partner in fully-managed connectivity.

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Whatever Your Thing, We Keep it Connected™

In the Internet of Things, without a reliable internet connection, your “thing” breaks and your business suffers. No matter what you are trying to connect, we have the right hardware bundled together with all the services and support to give you the best connectivity possible with the industry’s best customer service. Our fully managed solution is like hitting the “easy” button for your device connectivity needs.
  • Parking & EV Charging
  • Vending
  • Point of Sale
  • Custom Solutions
  • Cash Automation
  • IoT
  • Kiosk
  • Digital Signage
  • Commercial Laundry
  • ATM/Bitcoin

Over 3,500 Customers

As an industry leader in managed wireless solutions, we work with a diverse customer base across a wide range of industries, connecting wireless kiosks, ATMs, smart safes, micro markets, digital signage, and many other IoT/M2M applications. See what they have to say about how OptConnect has helped their business.
"I recommend OptConnect because the support is the best in the industry and they do a great job communicating with customers. Uptime means everything to us, and OptConnect is a vital part of keeping our uptime where it needs to be."
Tony Mercer
Director of Operations at ATM USA

Executive Team

Chris Baird

President and CEO

Chris started with OptConnect in 2009, as an ATM repair specialist and worked his way up through the ranks into leadership and management roles. After years of hard work and dedicated leadership, Chris was appointed CEO of OptConnect in October of 2018. His various roles within the company over the years have given him a deep knowledge and experience of the connectivity business while also giving him a unique ability to relate to what each employee is asked to do, what challenges exist, and how to best empower each employee to be successful.

Christie Kent

Chief Financial Officer

In her role, Christie is responsible for Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis, and Human Resources. Prior to joining OptConnect, Christie was the CFO at SirsiDynix and has held executive and senior leadership positions in the software and technology industries for over ten years. Her 20+ year finance career has involved investment banking, strategic growth, and M&A activity, as well as consulting and leadership roles in corporate finance focusing on financial planning and analysis. Christie received her Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Iowa, and her MBA in finance from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Kevin Dalton

Chief Experience Officer

Kevin is responsible for overseeing the entire customer experience at OptConnect that includes Customer Care, Marketing, Operations, and Special Projects. Prior to joining OptConnect, Kevin spent 6 years in management positions within the Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment organization and 10 years in marketing management roles in the financial services and consumer goods industries. Kevin received his Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in Communications with a minor in Business Management and his MBA from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

Steve Garrett

Chief Product Officer

Steve has been instrumental in all product-related strategies and execution since joining the team in 2012. In his role, Steve owns the entire strategic development for all OptConnect products. Before joining OptConnect in 2012, Garrett was the CIO at Navigator Telecommunications. In his career, he has held CIO positions in both Healthcare and Telecom. With over 40 years of experience in the technology industry, Garrett brings an extensive knowledge of product technology and sales to OptConnect.

Todd Christensen

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

In Todd’s current role, he leads the software engineering and network infrastructure teams that deliver our product offerings. He also workes closely with our Chief Product Officer to bring new products to the market. Todd joined OptConnect in 2014 as Vice President of Technologies. Todd has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Utah State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in Business Management.

Wayne Vandekraak

Chief Sales Officer

In his current role, Wayne oversees business development, new customer acquisition, sales, and account management. Wayne holds a BA in History and an MBA from Portland State University. His previous positions include management roles at Wells Fargo Bank and E*TRADE Financial. Before OptConnect, Wayne was the Founder and President CEO of Solvport, an IT services company based out of Portland, Oregon.

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