Apr. 14, 2021 – OTTAWA, ON – Application Specialist Kompany (ASK), a Lansing-based managed IT services and cybersecurity provider, today announced that it will join forces with Convergence Networks / Grade A.
The merger will be done in partnership with private equity firm Riverside Partners and will see the companies combine their leadership teams and staff. The merger will bring ASK together with leading MSPs in their respective markets and formalize a long and fruitful relationship between likeminded peers.
“From the beginning, we have been focused on building an IT company that would consistently create opportunities where our people and our clients could grow, succeed, and thrive,” said Mike Maddox, President and CEO of ASK. “Joining the Convergence Networks / Grade A family takes our goals to the next level. We now have the capabilities to provide our staff additional career paths and opportunities and our clients with a greater breadth of services and a deeper bench of technical talent.”
Maddox added that for ASK to consider merging with another organization, their values and goals needed to be in complete alignment. “As a company, ASK has high standards in how we do business. Our core values are ingrained in every part of our operations and client relationships. I am thrilled to know we will be working with the likeminded team at Convergence Networks / Grade A.”
Key leaders of ASK and Convergence Networks / Grade A have been peers and long-term partners for over ten years. With similar beliefs and goals to create a culture that provides award-winning customer service, the combined company will continue to help companies maximize their technology investments while providing local, personalized support.
“We have known Mike Maddox and the ASK team for many years,” said Mat Lafrance, CEO of Convergence Networks / Grade A. “Combining is a natural extension of the informal collaboration we have enjoyed together over the years.”
“As a result of this transaction, the combined company continues to further differentiate itself in the market with its technology leadership and people-first culture,” added David Del Papa, a General Partner at Riverside Partners. “We look forward to continuing to support the combined management team as they continue to build upon their platform in the years to come.”
About Convergence Networks / Grade A
Convergence Networks / Grade A is an industry-leading managed IT and cybersecurity service provider in North America. With over 20 years of success, it is focused on attracting talented and passionate people who work with their SMB clients as strategic partners to drive results. They offer a full spectrum of solutions covering strategic planning, end user support, cloud, cybersecurity, hardware, and project-based services. For more information, visit https://convergencenetworks.com/ and https://www.gradea.ca/.
About Application Specialist Kompany (ASK)
ASK is a world-class provider of best-of-breed IT hardware, software, services, and cybersecurity solutions. Founded in 1993, ASK’s combination of personalized customer attention, technical excellence, and project efficiency has resulted in its reputation as a leading provider of technical solutions. For more information, visit https://justask.net/.
CONVERGENCE NETWORKS / GRADE A
Mathew Lafrance, CEO
Office: 613‑721‑3331 ext 8113
April 14, 2021