President of Applied Tech, Daniel Petersen, discusses the recent merger with Platte River Networks

Sam Hickler

VP of Operations

Sam was born and raised in Denver, graduated from Manual HS and earned his BS degree in marketing from Metropolitan State College. Sam also studied fine arts in college and founded the graphic design firm Studio H Creative in 2003.  It was when Studio H Creative was hired to create the Platte River Networks (PRN) logo that Sam was discovered by PRN. PRN recognized in Sam not only a talented artist and marketing professional but a man with a gift for providing great customer service. Sam agreed to join the PRN team and has brought his creative approach to serving clients and solving problems to the dynamic world of cutting-edge IT solutions.

Over his 15-year career at PRN, Sam has been on the front lines of department, process and product development. He has held multiple roles and helped build five separate departments after being the sole resource in many of them. Today, as the Vice President of Operations Sam oversees day-to-day processes across multiple departments including Procurement, Professional Services, Service Delivery, Technical Account Management and our Intuition Operations Center. He is also highly engaged with the executive team as Platte River Networks continues to manage growth and adapt to an ever-changing technical landscape.

Outside of work, Sam is an avid gardener, handyman, snowboarder and artist. A visit to Sam’s house will feature dozens of creative and constructive projects that he and his family worked on to turn their small house into a family friendly home. 


A tractor is an accurate representation of me as it is specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort. Like me, a tractor most commonly provides the power and traction to mechanize a great variety of tasks through a diverse array of tools and cooperative configurations. At work, I’m focused on simple and efficient process while constantly innovating new solutions to the ever-changing challenges we face as a company focused on technology. This requires that I lead, push and pull our team through complex issues with consistent and purposeful solutions.