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Golden West Technologies Named Member of Ingram Micro's Prestigious VentureTech Network

World's Largest Technology Distributor Selects Golden West Technologies to Join Elite Group of IT Solution Providers

RAPID CITY, SD, May 27, 2015 - Golden West Technologies, a local technology solution provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Golden West Telecommunications, has been selected to join Ingram Micro's VentureTech Network™. Ingram Micro is the world's largest technology distributor. The community is an exclusive national network of technology service providers who specialize in addressing the technology business needs of both small to midsize businesses (SMBs), as well as midmarket organizations in the U.S. and Canada.

"As a member of the VentureTech Network, we are able to quickly expand our technical expertise and customer service offerings by partnering with other network members and IT vendors who complement our existing services and solutions," said Jim Haar, Executive Vice President of Golden West Technologies. "The resources, knowledge sharing and exclusive benefits offered as part of the VentureTech Network provide us with a competitive edge and enable us to better service our customers and differentiate our value in the marketplace."

Ingram Micro's VentureTech Network community represents many of the industry's top-performing technology solution providers. Recognized as an elite group, members of the VentureTech Network have achieved a high level of expertise in deploying technology solutions and services in their local markets. In addition, VTN members receive special support from major technology vendors through Ingram Micro.

"Ingram Micro is proud to welcome Golden West Technologies as a new member of the VentureTech Network," said John Fago, senior director of channel marketing, Ingram Micro North America. "The VentureTech Network maintains a reputation of excellence by providing exceptional IT service and support to SMBs and midmarket organizations throughout North America."

Members of the VentureTech Network enhance their businesses by collaborating, sharing resources and delivering exceptional IT service capabilities and support to businesses throughout North America.

As a VentureTech Network member, Golden West Technologies receives best-in-class technical and sales support, exclusive information and business development resources, valuable credit and leasing programs, as well as access to the world's largest portfolio of customized technology solutions and services designed to benefit their customers.

Golden West Technologies & Internet Solutions Achieves Type 1 SSAE 16 (SOC 1) Compliance

Rapid City, SD - February 4, 2014 - Golden West Technologies & Internet Solutions, a subsidiary of Golden West Telecommunications, has announced that it has successfully completed a Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 (SSAE 16) reporting on Controls at a Service Organization (SOC 1) Type 1 examination for its Data Center Hosting Services. Golden West provides colocation, data backup and network virtualization in its Rapid City data center.

"Voluntarily pursuing the SOC 1 examination is another example of our commitment to providing the best possible service to our customers," said Jim Haar, General Manager of Golden West Technologies. "We are pleased to have validation of our ability to maintain and deliver on these high standards."

Golden West Technologies' SOC 1 examination was performed by independent licensed Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm, BrightLine CPAs & Associates, Inc. on November 30, 2013. Golden West Technologies underwent a rigorous independent evaluation on the fairness of the presentation of the description of their Data Center Hosting Services system and the suitability of the design of the controls to achieve the following control objectives: physical security, environmental security, and systems and services availability monitoring. Upon completing the examination, Golden West Technologies received a Service Auditors' Report with a clean opinion.

The SSAE 16 examination is an internationally recognized attestation standard published by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) that examines the controls at a service organization that are likely to be relevant those user entities' internal controls over financial reporting. This examination superseded the Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70 (SAS 70) standard on June 15, 2011.

Golden West Technologies and Internet Solutions is based in Rapid City and has locations in Aberdeen, SD, Mitchell, SD and Gillette, WY. Established in 1984, they are a regional leader in business technology solutions. Golden West Technologies employs over 150 employees and specializes in managed network services, security, communication and call center solutions. For more information, visit www.gwtis.com.

Golden West Technologies & Internet Solutions Announces Acquisition of Apex Technology Solutions Group

Rapid City, SD - November 30, 2012 - Golden West Technologies & Internet Solutions, a subsidiary of Golden West Telecommunications, has announced that effective December 1, 2012 it will acquire Apex Technology Solutions Group, a leading provider of IT services for K-12 education.

As part of Golden West Technologies' continuing expansion, the new acquisition of Apex will improve business growth and enhance solution offerings in the market. The combination of two regional technology leaders will bring increased breadth and depth to business and education in South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska.

"I am happy to continue our business journey as part of Golden West Technologies. Since 2003 we have prided ourselves in providing support for K12 schools, county government, and businesses," said John Hohn, owner of Apex. "We are going to start a new era of services and product offerings with Golden West Technologies that meets customer needs in the most effective manner possible."

"To meet the ever changing needs of our customers, we continue to align ourselves with leaders such as Apex," said Jim Haar, General Manager of Golden West Technologies. "We are excited to acquire their knowledge and talent and offer these resources to our new and current customers."

Apex Technology Solutions Group has been a premier full service technology solutions provider in the tri-state area for nearly a decade. Headquartered in Hill City, South Dakota, Apex specializes in IT consulting, staff development, one to one laptop initiatives, and server architecture for businesses and school districts. For more information, visit www.apextsg.com.

Golden West Technologies and Internet Solutions is a subsidiary of Golden West Telecommunications. Established in 1984, they have become a regional leader in technology solutions with locations in Rapid City, Aberdeen, Mitchell, and Gillette, Wyoming. Golden West Technologies employs over 125 employees and specializes in managed network services, security, and call center solutions. For more information, visit www.gwtis.com.