Get to know us. Kanabec Systems is a locally owned and operated technology service and consulting firm serving the Mora area and beyond. Because we aren’t a big company (or a part of one), you can rest assured that we’ll be right here tomorrow – just like we have been for more than a decade.
You’ll be able to work with the same person throughout the entire process of doing business with us, and you’ll able to call that same person any time in the future if you have questions. No one else can offer the level of personal service that we do.
A little background. When we say “us” and “we”, it’s really more like “myself and the company” (old habit). You know who the company is, but who am I?
That would be me, Keith Thelen, the owner and proprietor here at Kanabec Systems. I’ve been “hacking” on computers (in the ‘creating, tinkering and problem solving’ sense, that is – anything else would be properly referred to as cracking) since grade school, and started out in the repair business a decade ago with a bunch of old machines and a bench in the garage.
Needless to say, things have changed a bit since then. I now do repair and consulting work full-time here at my shop near Mora. My customers range from individuals and home users to small businesses and mid-sized companies, so there’s always something new to work on (which is what I really like about my job).
Besides working with computers, I’ve taken lots of short trips into various other fields as a consultant, a volunteer, or just a curious helper. I’ve been a layout editor and graphics designer, held a variety of positions in broadcast-related projects (from announcing to engineering), worked on a number of wireless communications projects (two-way, paging, microwave, etc.), and spent time on a telephone system or two.
Some say I’m a die-hard tech nut, or even a computer geek. But I believe there are few things that can compare to the thrill of learning, of creating something that works – it’s one of the things that keep me going, and something I’ll never grow tired of pursuing.
I’ve had lots of great experiences, and look forward to many more in the years to come. If you still want to know more, you can read up on where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to in the Awards & Press section.
Pronunciation Guide: Lots of people have a tough time saying our company’s first name and our owner’s last name. So, for your reference, here’s how to pronounce them properly:
- Kanabec is said like “ken-eh-beck” (with the ‘eh’ said as a long ‘a’, like the Canadians do). Most locals do not approve of the pronunciation “can-uh-beck”, although a few insist on saying it that way. Such pronunciation is usually associated with cidiots, or weekenders.
- Thelen rhymes with what you might do with apples or potatoes before you eat them (peelin’) or what used car dealers spend their time doing (wheelin’ and dealin’), not the fruit you grow in the garden (melon) or the activity which the car dealer is hoping to partake in (sellin’).