Our breadth of knowledge and experience, combined with our passion for the industry, are some of the main reasons clients choose us over the competition. Whether you are looking for Fiber Optics, Voice & Data, Data Centers, Fire Alarms, Sound Systems, Security Systems or Riser Management, NTI has the team and the capabilities to get the job done!
National Technologies will be the optimal national provider of mission critical deployment services for Fiber Optic and Data Center infrastructure by providing superior customer service through rapid response, quality, knowledge and innovation.
Provide service unparalleled in the industry (Shortest turnaround time on quotes, installation time, redline documentation and test results).
Provide a positive attitude towards the customer, vendors and coworkers. Solve problems that arise for our customers.
Provide ongoing premium material, craftsmanship and documentation on all projects. Use state of the art equipment on all projects.
Provide ongoing superior training to our employees.
Help the industry to develop new products to provide our customers with the latest technology.
Ensure compliance with all applicable safety standards, procedures and regulations, paying specific attention and applying the utmost commitment to exceed our customer’s safety expectations when working at their job sites.
Commit to continuously improve our health and safety training programs and performance.
Deliver operational excellence to meet or exceed our customer’s expectations for confidentiality and physical & data security safeguards.
Maintain a partnership with our customers from field techs to management to ensure our behaviors support both their current and future needs.
Develop and maintain long term relationships by demanding uncompromising ethical standards in all we say and do. Live by our word to our customers, suppliers and each other.
National Technologies NTI has one of the most experienced communication teams available nationwide.
Certifications: RCDD Certified, BICSI Installer, Amp Certified, Comscope Uniprise Certified, FOA Certified, OSHA 30, OSHA Confined Spaces, as well as many other Data/Communication/Fiber Certifications.
Brian James has over 20 years of experience as a low voltage electrician coupled with 14 years as a certified instructor for the IBEW Local 701. He excelled early on as an apprentice, quickly moving up the ranks. In 2007, a multimillion-dollar electrical company entrusted Brian to launch a low voltage division from the ground up. After successfully fulfilling his obligations in 2009, Brian along with his wife Tenesha founded National Technologies (“NTI”). While Brian built the technical side of the business and developed relationships with major customers, Tenesha established the foundation of the company by handling all accounting and administrative functions. With the help of his wife and three key employees; Tim White, Jim James and Jeff White, they have made NTI what it is today by setting the standard of “best in class” service among the fiber optic and data center industry.
Because of his dedication to fiber optics Brian is always furthering his education. In 2008, he earned RCDD recognition, the highest design credentials in the information technology systems (ITS) industry. Today Brian holds many industry and fiber-supplier certifications.
When Brian is not working he enjoys traveling with his wife and their four children. He most enjoys watching his children participate in organized sports. Brian’s favorite pastimes are playing in card tournaments and watching the Chicago Cubs.+
Steve Barry has 20 years of experience in the low voltage technology industry. He started out as an IBEW Local 134 apprentice working in the field. After a couple of successful years in the field he became an Estimator and progressively advanced to a Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and then eventually became a Vice President of the Technology Division for one of the largest electrical companies in the Chicagoland area. Steve now utilizes his many years of managerial experience by leading NTI’s operations nationally as our Chief Operations Officer. He is responsible for large customer accounts, fiber technician resources, safety compliance and many other operational matters.
When Steve is not working, he spends most of his time with his wife Lori and their three children. He also enjoys coaching travel baseball, golfing, skiing and numerous other activities with his family.+
Ryan Kasten has an extensive background in accounting, finance, and treasury, internal controls, due diligence, human resources and information technology across a variety of industries and in association with significant private equity firms. He has successfully grown a variety of early stage businesses in the past and joined NTI in 2015 to help lead the organization by establishing a national footprint in order to serve NTI customers nationwide. Previously, Ryan served as the Chief Financial Officer for a technology company, Chief Accounting Officer for a pharmaceutical manufacturer and Chief Financial Officer of a financial services firm.
Ryan earned an MBA in Finance from DePaul University and a B.S. in Accounting from DeVry University.
When Ryan is not working he spends his time with his wife, their three children and their Labrador retriever. Ryan enjoys playing and coaching basketball and is an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He is heavily involved in his community contributing much of his time to charitable causes.+
Meritt Barina has over 20 years of experience in office management and customer relations. She began her career with a marketing company in Chicago as a receptionist and worked her way up to office management in a very short time. Meritt’s most recent work experience covered a variety of administrative and management functions within the insurance and banking industries. In 2014, she brought her well-rounded background to NTI’s corporate office where she manages our bookkeeping needs, payroll, and accounts payable/receivable with a dedicated focus on our customers’ needs.
Her studies include a degree from University of South Florida where she grew up. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, two children and two step children. Whenever possible Meritt escapes Chicago’s winters to visit her family in Florida and spends time boating and at the beach.+
Cathriona Barrett has over 16 years of experience as an IBEW Local 134 low voltage electrician. She started her career with a large electrical company and spent 13 years working in the field overseeing large Structured Cabling, Data Center and Central Office projects. During that time she worked closely with several national telecom companies on the design and build-out of many different telecommunication platforms. Due to her vast experience in infrastructure design and build-outs, equipment installation, DC power and fiber optics she was recruited by another major electrical company as a Project Manager in 2013. Cathriona joined our team in 2015 in order to better serve her customer base through NTI’s established presence in and outside of Chicago. Today, she fulfills our national customers’ needs by offering the superior NTI quality installations that they have grown accustomed to in Chicago and nationwide. With the addition of the travel team that she coordinates, NTI can now serve a diverse client base across multiple States simultaneously.
In her free time Cathriona enjoys traveling, especially to Ireland where she grew up to visit her family and friends. She is also a huge Chicago Blackhawks fan and takes advantage of any opportunity to see a hockey game at home or when traveling.+
Brian Albus has 20 years of experience with construction and electrical services. He started his career with a demolition company and after only two years in the field he was promoted to Project Manager. After 15 years with the demolition company, Brian spent the next five years with NuWave Electric in the pipe and wire division of the business. During his time at NuWave he played a key role in completing a major project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the creation of an electric fish barrier on the Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal. While at NuWave he also partnered with NTI and collaborated with Brian James on many successful projects. After seeing the superb quality of NTI’s work firsthand it was an easy decision for Brian to utilize his management expertise and join the NTI team as a Project Manager in early 2014.
Brian enjoys spending quality time with his wife and four children. They spend their time boating or nervously watching him race a stock car every Saturday night during the summer. Brian is a dedicated Chicago Bears and Blackhawks fan.+
Rick Danca serves as a Project Manager in NTI’s Fiber Optic division. He entered the telecommunication field back in 1998, working with fiber optics on the majority of his projects. Rick was responsible for installing significant miles of fiber optic cable from state to state. He eventually moved on to OSP Construction management and became an expert on managing jobs focused on fiber optic splicing. Rick brought his extensive wealth of fiber knowledge and management experience to NTI when he joined our team in 2014.
Rick together with his wife and their daughter enjoy their family trips to places with warm weather and cool water. When he can find the time Rick enjoys a good game of golf and on occasion he still picks up his bass guitar. During the summer he spends his weekends surrounded by his numerous grills, flat tops and smokers barbequing extraordinary meals for his family and friends.+
Kevin Czerwinski starting his low voltage career in 2011 as an Estimator with a large electrical contractor in downtown Chicago. He quickly worked his way up to project managing low voltage tenant build-outs and eventually taking on the role of managing the Riser Division for downtown Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Kevin joined our team in 2016 as a Project Manager to help serve a variety of customers in Chicago as well as nationally through our nationwide project team. From estimating to managing jobs from ISP, OSP fiber optics and even data center build-outs, Kevin is extremely well rounded in the low voltage industry.
In his spare time he enjoys traveling, playing golf, watching Chicago sports, skiing and spending time with family and friends.+
William Lough has over 20 years of experience in the fiber optic telecommunication industry and has served as NTI’s DC Metro Area Manager since 2012. He started his career in the early 90’s in the DC Metro area with a national engineering company. He later continued his career with MFS-NT (Worldcom) to further his knowledge and expertise in the telecommunication industry. During his tenure there, he was responsible for the implementation and completion of major fiber optic projects. Prior to joining the NTI team, William worked for AboveNet where he was a member of the field engineering team, his responsibilities included OSP, equipment implementation, trouble shooting, testing and emergency restoration projects. William also has an extensive background in utility locating, subsurface utility engineering, permitting, route design and OSP engineering.
When William is not working, he spends his time with his wife Rebecca and their two children. He enjoys fly fishing, hockey and his many backyard projects ranging from beekeeping to gardening.+
In 2014, Al Franzen joined the NTI team and brought with him decades of experience in high level management. During his career he was responsible for multimillion-dollar operations and spearheaded several prominent company initiatives in both cost savings and gross profit. His previous titles include Inventory Control Manager, Risk Management Specialist, Regional Trainer, Customer Solutions Manager & Human Resource Expert to name but a few. In his last role he was recognized nationally for Inventory Control and Operational Excellence with Best Buy before making his transition to NTI Fiber Optics. Al is best described as a highly motivated, self-starter with a passion for creating efficiencies to help businesses run better.
Al enjoys spending time with his fiancée Susan and his 10 year old Pomeranian, Titus. His family is spread across the country including two children in San Antonio, Texas, so Al always looks forward to traveling there whenever possible. His other hobbies include reading, movie-going and exercise.+
Rebecca Lough started working in the telecom industry over 20 years ago for a cable company as a customer service representative. She was quickly promoted to customer service manager where some of her duties included overseeing a team of fifteen employees, handling the most difficult and challenging calls, explaining customer billing and effectively relaying information between departments to ensure customer satisfaction at all times. Rebecca then moved to accounts receivable before taking time off to grow her family. Rebecca’s return to the telecom industry was in 2016 when NTI recruited her to join the DC Metro office. Today both NTI and our customers benefit from all of her previous experience of focusing on customer care and managing critical administrative functions.
When Rebecca is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 19 years, their two children and new daughter-in-law. She loves to read, take family vacations and long drives through the mountains.+
Brent Keating joined the National Technologies team in 2016. As Dallas Area Director, he leads NTI's aggressive expansion plans into the Texas market. He is focused on building the team with top talent, aligning with strategic partners, and pursuing market development activities. A veteran of both the telecommunications and data center industry, he has held a variety of technical and sales roles spanning 17 years in the Florida and Texas markets. Brent has been employed by several of NTI's key customers and brings a depth of knowledge of their operations. NTI's commitment to putting clients first and providing an unmatched level of service aligns with Brent's strategy for business development. Confidence in NTI's capabilities to become not just a service provider, but a strategic partner to its clients are what attracted him to the National Technologies team.
In recent years, Brent has been very active in the data center community, traveling globally selling colocation and managed services as well as working with data center operators, contractors, and integrators on data center infrastructure projects. He's been focused on customer deployment projects of all sizes and scopes, including those for many of the most recognizable cutting-edge technology companies.
Brent is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University and holds a BAAS degree in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement from the University of North Texas.
In his free time, Brent enjoys traveling with his wife, scuba diving, and is a die-hard Oklahoma State sports fan, historian, and contributor to several university museums.+
Jason Rahn has been part of the NTI team and the fiber optic industry since 2010. After only a year with the company, he quickly began running projects in the Chicago market. Jason then brought his field leadership and fiber expertise to the DC Metro market; he eventually relocated there to better address the high demand for NTI’s services. For 4 years, he directed crews as a General Foreman resolving many of our largest customers’ most critical needs. Jason was instrumental in building NTI’s reputation of “customer first” and “fiber optic experts” while rapidly growing NTI. Once again, Jason has utilized both his industry expertise and customer service approach as he now oversees our Dallas area market. As the Dallas Area Manager, Jason focuses on teaching our fiber technician team the “NTI Standard” while continuing to grow NTI’s business throughout the Dallas market.
Prior to working for NTI, he worked in sales, construction services, and general contracting. Jason earned his B.S. in Marketing from Northern Illinois University in 2001.
He spends his free time with his wife and their four children. He enjoys playing golf, attending his children’s activities and going to professional sporting events.+
Tim White has 17 years of experience as a low voltage electrician with IBEW Local 134. He has a very extensive and diversified telecommunication background and has specialized in fiber optics for the past 14 years. Tim joined NTI at its inception in 2009 and helped establish the culture of “customer first” and “whatever it takes” which ultimately set the standard for NTI going forward. In Tim’s current role, he manages a team of technicians who work on a wide range of projects from large OSP network installs to data center buildouts.
Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children when he is not working. They especially appreciate taking family vacations together. Tim also enjoys motocross racing – where for the past 27 years he has taken to the dirt track during some of his spare time.+
Ryan O’Shea has 10 years in the technology industry and over 20 years of experience in the construction trades. He is a certified IBEW Local 9 Lineman who spent the last ten years working on large outside plant projects. Ryan’s dedication and drive to become an expert with large customers such as the Illinois State Toll Road and Commonwealth Edison solidified him in the industry. These relationships have allowed him to quickly excel through the management ranks. His current role is to manage all daily outside plant operations within our Chicago office. Ryan is also often called upon to design and engineer physical layouts for new construction and relocation buildouts.
When Ryan is not working, he spends his free time with his wife Lyndsey and their two boys. Ryan is a huge football fan and enjoys boating, camping and hunting.+
Jeff White is one of NTI’s most tenured and experienced employees, operating as a General Foreman since the company’s inception in 2009. Jeff has well over 20 years of specialized experience in electronics. He first served five years in the Marine Corps performing sophisticated aviation electronics before moving to telecommunications as a member of IBEW Local 134. Today Jeff leads NTI crews in some of the most trusted projects, specializing in data center infrastructure work. Additionally, he handles many inside and outside plant fiber installations.
Jeff enjoys his free time with his wife and their three children. He especially loves the outdoors, whether it is the excitement of watching sports or the relaxing pace and pleasure of fishing.+
Terry Rosenberger has a wealth of knowledge with 32 years of experience in the technology industry. He has over 28 years of involvement in project management and engineering for various projects throughout the United States. Terry operates his craft with a special distinction of RCDD (“Registered Communications Distribution Designer”). He also received his private alarm contractor license in 1998. Terry’s previous projects included CAD-based designs and engineering specifications from the ground up that have included training facilities, high rise buildings, manufacturing buildings and data centers. Combining his years of experience along with a special bond to his customers, Terry has had the privilege of offering critical suggestions for future expansions and ultimately allowing each customer to achieve their goals.
Terry’s time off mostly consists of spending time with family and friends or cruising the country roads on his Harley.+
NTI specializes in fiber optics with a division dedicated to this field, with more than 30 employees available 24/7. We are here to support your every need, any time, day or night.
More information can be found at: NTIfiber.com
We understand that fiber optics are the backbone of many network systems and that speed, latency and bandwidth are important to any business. We offer premier service with the most qualified and trained employees in the industry.
We will use our experience and expertise to install fiber optic cabling, splicing and testing using the latest equipment for businesses, small and large. NTI can tailor any job to fit your business model.
NTI offers unparalleled service and uses only the finest, most updated equipment. We will work to make sure your network is first class and within your budget.
Whether you are starting from scratch or looking to revamp your current voice and data offerings, NTI is here and interested in providing the best solutions for your business with technicians who are certified on many different systems.
NTI begins by assigning a BICI RCDD employee to evaluate your current services and by analyzing your future needs. We then develop a plan based on the size of your company, your budget and the latest voice and data technologies available.
At NTI, we hope to design and build a voice and data plan that is right for you in the present and can grow with you in the future. Our commitment is evident by our 24-hour emergency service. We're here for you at all times!
Data Centers are an integral part of keeping your infrastructure running smoothly and continuously. Our expertise lies in designing, installing and servicing advanced communication systems with the least amount of interruption to your business.
We specialize in data center and cage buildouts which include the installation of cable ties (fiber and copper), server cabinets, relay racks, fiber tray, ladder rack and grounding of the system. We also provide equipment and DC power installations. Our experience ensures that your data center will be a synergistic environment.
That is why we recommend the best fire alarm systems available to fit your location and budget. National Technologies will analyze your facility and design a plan that suits both your building and the codes of your local municipality
Once installation is complete, we will work with representatives from the municipality to test your system and address any concerns that are presented.
What makes us different from the others is that at National Technologies, we aren’t under contract with any one supplier of fire alarm equipment. You’ll get a system designed specifically for you, not a system we have to install to make sales quotas. We’ll do what’s right! The safety of your employees and/or products depend on it.
This is why we offer premium audio systems for your business. We also offer sound masking systems if privacy is what you desire.
If you are looking for overhead paging systems or a sound system to pump music through the building, our technicians can find a package that will suit your needs. We pride ourselves on quality and affordability because of our connections with the best manufacturers of audio equipment.
Be assured your sound system will be installed accurately by our expert sound technicians. Key members of your team will be provided training on all NTI systems so they can be used most effectively. That's our commitment. That's National Technologies Inc.
If you have sensitive information that cannot be divulged to the rest of the world, you're working on a new product or service that you don't want to share with the competition or you are looking to provide a safer workplace for your employees, NTI has a solution.
Our relationship with a variety of vendors ensures that you will not only be getting the best equipment, but also at the best value. At NTI, we strive to keep your business secure while keeping your budget on track.
Riser management is an essential part of your building's IT and overall communication strategies.
NTI is also committed to getting the most out of your telecommunication providers with a thorough review of your current services. We are capable of reworking out-of-date systems, working with existing network connections and adding additional cabling you may need to get your telecommunications systems in the best working order.