Our Story

A national corporation with a Midwest mentality, Prime Communications, Inc. provides customized technology solutions to protect and connect your people and facilities. 

In 2001, Brian Kenkel and Steve Kanne sought to build a business where people felt they were part of something bigger than themselves. A vision for growth branched the partners out of their roles in cabling sales and they set up shop in a 10 by 10 office space in Eastern NebraskaPrime Communications, Inc. opened their doors on July 2nd2001 with perseverance as their guide. While the company’s origins were rooted in cabling, Prime’s founders aspired to offer a complete suite of technology solutions. After executing projects for large hospitals and fast food chains, they expanded their product offerings in 2005 when their paths crossed with Jamie Bumgardner, who believed in the potential to provide advanced, security solutions and ongoing client support. 

With the addition of talented team members and continued growth, Prime created dedicated business units centered on its core product offerings: Prime ConnectedPrime SecuredPrime Deployed and Prime Managed. By 2020, Prime Communications had provided a solution in all 50 states for national enterprises and local entities alikeAnd while the Prime owners are excited about where they have been, they are even more excited about where they are going. 

Our Leaders

  • CEO / Founder
    Brian Kenkel

    Brian Kenkel CEO / Founder

    As CEO, Brian Kenkel is a hands-on leader who oversees the strategic direction of Prime Communications. Brian founded the organization in 2001 and quickly grew it from a Nebraska-based company to a highly sought-after national technology integrator. Brian unceasingly strives to grow the organization and is known for prioritizing each and every team member within the company. 

  • Founder/ VP of Sales
    Steve Kanne

    Steve Kanne Founder/ VP of Sales

    As Vice President of Sales, Steve Kanne is an insightful technology solutions expert and successful business leader. He, alongside Brian Kenkel, co-founded Prime Communications in 2001 and has risen to achieve numerous industry certifications from leading technology manufacturers and trade organizations. Steve has also served on the board of directors of a global entrepreneurship organization, chairing its strategic alliance partner program.

  • Chief Operating Officer
    Jamie Bumgardner

    Jamie Bumgardner Chief Operating Officer

    As Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Prime Communications, Jamie Bumgardner provides almost 20 years of experience in the security and automation industries. In 2006, Jamie joined the Prime team in an effort to expand the company’s technology offerings. Jamie is an ASIS Board Certified Physical Security Professional (PSP) and is a strong advocate for the proper protection of assets through technology convergence and the application of advanced technology.

Our Crew