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Management Team


Jim Haar



Jim Haar, General Manager      

An accountant by trade, Jim uses his analytical skillset and natural leadership ability to keep Golden West Technologies on course for growth. Jim holds a B.S. in Accounting from Northern State University. He broadened his finance and management experience with positions in the banking and defense industries, before joining Golden West Technologies as Controller in 2000. Now General Manager, Jim sees his role as part talent scout, part director.

“I continuously look for the best; the best people, products and partnerships. It’s my job to bring them together and provide the right setting and structure so they can succeed. In doing that, Golden West Technologies will continue to be the IT leader and the preferred technology partner for businesses across the region.”


 James Van Loan



James Van Loan, Sales Manager 

With over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, James has worked with hundreds of organizations, of all sizes and industries.  He studied Business Administration at Black Hills State University and understands that technology can increase a business’ productivity and protect their valuable assets. As Sales Manager, James leads his team by example, helping them to serve as technology consultants and deliver results for their clients.  

“Every day I get a new opportunity to work with a talented group of individuals who share a common goal,” he says. “We develop business partnerships that are built on trust and innovation.”


 ben Grupe



Ben Grupe, Operations Manager

Ben began his IT career in networking; first as Hardware and Networking Manager at Martin Group and then as Network Administrator for Golden West Telecommunications. With a degree in Computer Information Systems from Dakota State University and years of hands-on experience, he’s well suited to lead the Operations Department. As Operations Manager, Ben ensures we deliver upon our promise of high quality technology, installation, service, and support.

 “I’m proud we’re always on the leading edge of technology,” he states. “Our technicians will continue to be exceptionally well trained and our products will the best available.”


 Jeff Plooster    

Jeff Plooster, Accounting Manager

Jeff brings over 20 years of financial management expertise to Golden West Technologies. He earned degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from Black Hill State University. His experience as Controller for organizations such as Forest Products Distributors, Inc., Concorde Gaming Corporation, and First Gold Hotel and Casino provide him with valuable insight in directing multi-million dollar budgets. Jeff manages the accounting team and excels at financial problem solving and forecasting.

“Through smart financial strategies,” he says, “we can be certain we’re positioned for future growth that best serves our customers.”