Aureon is a business solutions provider who connects possibilities to productivity by providing unique and scalable business support services for organizations — small and large. Headquartered in the heart of the Midwest, and serving clients nationally with a presence in 48 states, Aureon offers a comprehensive suite of support services, with a focus on human resources, talent acquisition, technology, contact center and consulting services. Aureon’s unique combination of talent, technology, and tools enable clients to focus on their core business.
For 30 years we’ve been bringing reliable, high-quality services to back office support functions for the clients we serve. Consider us your business outfitter, providing network support, voice and data communications, human resources expertise and staffing assistance, quality customer care solutions, project management, and IT consulting, so you can focus on what you do best.
It all started in the '80s with the divestiture of the Bell System and competition of long-distance companies. The game changed and consumers now had a choice of long-distance providers — however, not everything was equal. So a group of visionaries came together and formed a company to build a communications network and hub that would provide one central location for all the long-distance carriers and independent telecommunication companies to connect. This innovative idea was the birth of Iowa Network Services and the creation of the first Centralized Equal Access (CEA) network in the United States.
The INS network delivery model has not only survived, but thrived; all in the midst of industry regulation and change. And change the industry did. As the calendar continued to turn, technologies and the way people communicated began to expand exponentially and the needs of both the independent telecommunication companies and the end user began to alter.
The old way of doing business was no longer necessarily the best way of doing business. Once again, there was a driving force to reinvent. INS chose to leverage their historic connectivity to small and mid-sized businesses to ensure the success of the company moving forward. To do so meant to continue to diversify beyond the realm of telecommunications and find new ways to help clients enhance revenues, simplify their operations and keep people connected.
A common theme fueled the diversification strategy: unify business support solutions in order to help clients handle the complexities of doing business, so they can focus on their core purpose and passion. The talent, technology and tools were the core tenants that defined each business.
Collectively, these traits served each individual business well. But to fully realize the value of all this diversification, and to move into the future with purpose and clarity, we needed only to look back to our own unique history for guidance.
Multiple connections. One central hub.
Aligning synergies to increase efficiencies.
With that purpose, Aureon was born — with one unified workforce, focused on collaboration, common processes and technologies.
We are Aureon. Welcome to the next chapter.
As the President and CEO of Aureon, Keller is responsible for the strategic oversight and direction of Aureon and its business units. He joined Iowa Network Services, Inc. (INS) as President and CEO in 2011, and successfully guided the INS Family of Companies as they continued their strategic diversification and expanded their suite of business support services.
As the President of Aureon Consulting, Rice is responsible for the company's strategic leadership and business operations.
Prior to being appointed President of Aureon Consulting, Rice was the Vice President of Aureon Consulting, previously Midwest Project Partners. He was a founding partner of Midwest Technical Partners, where he was responsible for the operations, business development and strategic growth of the company. He also spent nearly 14 years with an international IT consulting firm, in various positions such as recruiting, business development, and local/regional leadership.
Rice holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Communications from the University of Northern Iowa. In his personal time, he enjoys golfing, networking, and spending time with his family.
As the Senior Vice President of Corporate HR for Aureon and the Senior Vice President of Aureon Staffing, Smith is responsible for developing and implementing world-class strategic and operational human resource systems. These attract and retain the top talent in our industries necessary to ensure that Aureon delivers its service delivery promises to its clients.
In January 2017, Smith was named the successor to the President of Aureon Staffing Division within Aureon HR.
Smith has more than 20 years of experience developing and leading HR, Staffing and Recruiting strategies and systems. She joined Merit Resources as Director of Human Resources in 2013. She was named Vice President of HR Operations in 2014 and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Corporate HR for the INS Family of Companies, which is now Aureon, in 2015.
Smith is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and was named part of the 2004 Des Moines Business Record 40 Under 40 Class. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Professionals, West Des Moines Rotary, and the Metro Women Connect Inaugural Steering Council.
Smith earned a degree in Journalism with emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Kansas. She also received a Juris Doctorate degree with honors from Drake University.
As Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance, Schill is responsible for achieving corporate financial objectives, defining and implementing the Corporate Finance organizational structure, and employing best practice finance and accounting processes throughout the organization. Schill has more than 30 years of experience developing and leading financial strategies and processes. He joined Iowa Network Services in 2005, now known as Aureon, as Controller/Manager-Budgeting, Forecasting, Cash and Investments. In 2014, he was promoted to Vice President-Finance.
Prior to joining INS, Jeff served as the Business Manager for Meredith Corporation’s broadcasting group headquarters for eleven years. Schill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa and is a CPA.
January 17, 2018
Aureon and Talari Networks partner together to discuss myths and truths about SD-WAN.
December 18, 2017
Up to $10,000 in scholarship funds to be distributed to six eligible students. Aureon is pleased to announce they have recently increased the Aureon Network Services Scholarship Program funds from $5,000 to $10,000.