In late 1979, T. Dean Holm, Dixie Butler Holm, and Ron Griffith formed a company named SunHolm to install cabling and network hardware for business network systems in the Denver area. They had the advantage of completing their work after regular business hours or on the weekend, so they were not in the way of customer’s employees. Customers were delighted that they could provide a new system installed, tested, and operating in order to continue business as usual after business hours resumed with no down-time. Within a year the company purchased a van, hired additional installers and leased a small office space with a full time receptionist.
On February 13, 1980, SunHolm was officially incorporated with the State of Colorado. Dean became the president, Ron the executive vice president, and Dixie the secretary.
On May 19, 1982, the SunHolm corporation’s name was officially changed to American Datapath Inc. By 1984, the company had out-grown the small office and moved to a larger location at 2345 South Platte River Drive, and installed our own multi-user computer system.
The next few years at American Datapath Inc. saw steady growth and refinement. Ron was promoted to president, and Dean became treasurer and chairman of the board. American Datapath Inc. continued to evolve along with the industry which was becoming more standardized. In the early days, every computer vendor had its own protocols and our warehouse was filled with hundreds of cable and connector styles. Soon after, UTP (unshielded twisted pair) Category 3 became a de-facto standard and fiber optic came along with only two major standards. Eventually, the standards progressed and now we are utilizing various category standards for UTP and OM (Optical Multimode) standards for fiber.
In 1999, Dean and Dixie retired leaving Ron to continue managing the business. Ron continued to offer his excellent guiding hand and assistance in Denver until 2011 when he turned over key executive positions to Kristin Newman and Veronica Griffith. Kristin Newman became the president and CEO (chief executive officer), Veronica Griffith the vice president and CFO (chief financial officer), and Ron Griffith the treasurer.
In 2012, the corporate office relocated to Sheridan, Colorado. American Datapath Inc. continues to service the entire state of Colorado and occasionally travels to surrounding states. We have also had the rare opportunity to provide our services to U.S. government agencies located in Antarctica.
The people who are American Datapath Inc. continue to set the standards for service, experience and knowledge in the telecommunications industry. Two of the four people who joined the company in 1980 are still with us and several others have devoted 15 years or more.