Shane Conner

Lebanon, IN

INDUSTRY: ELECTRICAL AND COMMUNICATION
BUSINESS: ATEC INC
YEAR FOUNDED: 2005
PROGRAM: 2015 EMERGING LEADERS INDIANAPOLIS
On contracting with the National Football League to power Superbowl XLVI: “You have to embrace how hard running a small business is. Hard work pays off.”
BUSINESS OVERVIEW
ATEC provides key electrical and telecommunications support for America’s most-watched sporting event. “Working over 100 hours in a single week to deliver for the Super Bowl, I’m challenged mentally and physically, but it’s an event like none other.” ATEC has contracted on every Super Bowl since 2012, as well as the NFL’s London Games in 2014, and the NFL Draft in 2015. ATEC has scaled to achieve $8 million in annual revenues, installing wireless communication systems for the NFL in Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Tennessee and Indianapolis. Other clients include Purdue University, the U.S. Military, and Ezkenazi Health. In 2015, Shane was named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Indiana Small Business Person of the Year.

MAKING IT TO THE BIG LEAGUE
In 2011, Shane took part in the NFL’s Emerging Business program, known today as Business Connect. Business Connect links local minority-owned businesses to Super Bowl procurement, networking, educational, and business development opportunities. Through Business Connect, ATEC landed its first Super Bowl contract to take charge of the game’s camera systems in Indianapolis. “The five weeks leading up to my first Super Bowl were the hardest weeks of my life.” ATEC has held the Super Bowl contract every year since. “I always told people that I had no chance of playing in a Super Bowl.” Instead, Shane has become the game’s “MVC.” In January 2017, ATEC was named Business Connect’s Most Valuable Contractor.

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