About us

Your Call Center Strategic Partner

The Connected Hive, Your Trusted Contact Center consultants Minneapolis, MN:


As your trusted advisor, The Connected Hive is your bridge to a clear contact center partner solution, in a process that can involve a sea of complexities in the contact center and BPO industry. We advise, guide, and assess your business holistically and strategically to balance your business goals, culture and brand. With the right competencies and BPO vendor network, we recommend high performing call center partners that consistently deliver world-class results. We conduct needs assessments that address critical issues and provide solutions to resolve problems and qualify those that will be great contact center partners.

Our Unique Approach

With a highly competitive market, we approach our clients with utmost attention and awareness. Our outsourced strategies are designed to serve you in the highest possible way with impeccability, professionalism and personalization. We listen to your needs first and pair it with our careful assessment and core services. We follow up with a quality review and project development evaluation to synch with your requirements and guide you through the rest of the process.


However, we are not just about providing an array of contact center services, but we are about being of service to our business community. Serving our community is one that we can take pride in our work and social contributions.


Every human relationship is valuable. Every conversation stimulates a bigger discussion. Your voice matters. We lead with strategy, process and discernment and gain empathy and a keen understanding of your needs.


Our personalized approach blended with decades of extensive industry experience will equip and fortify you with the necessary contact center partner and vendors for greater success and longevity.

About Tim Austrums, Founder and CEO of The Connected Hive – contact center consultants Minneapolis MN:

With twenty years of executive and leadership experience in the BPO and contact center industry, Tim is an expert in the healthcare field, leading top companies such as Humana to greater success in enrollments, and member experience. He also helped elevate customer experience for existing members.  Working with a diverse list of clients ranging from State of Louisiana, Office of Group Benefits, and Louisiana Dept. of Children and Family Services, FEMA, to Humana and to Blue Cross/Blue Shield , Discover, and Ameriprise, he has met urgent needs on the fly with strategy and agility. His professionalism and extensive industry-related experience has made him an asset and trusted partner for top clients.


Negotiating multi-million dollar client/vendor relationships have lead to long-term success for everyone.

Tim’s Highlights:

  • 20 years of executive sales and expertise in the contact center industry with strong, established relationships with contact centers, vendors, etc.
  • Wealth of knowledge and expertise in navigating the complexities of the industry and discerning top criterias to source for in a contact center provider.
  • Personalized style in client/consultant relationship where full transparency, understanding and great communication is key.
  • Sharp negotiator and closer of $5-6 million dollar deals and have shortlisted top healthcare clients. Landed and worked with corporate healthcare companies such as Blue-Cross/Blue Shield.
  • Knowledge of HIPAA- Complaint and PCI Compliant laws and regulations vital to the industry.
  • Proven track record of large corporate accounts and longevity with clients over 20 yrs.
  • Board of Directors for MWCAA and Association Member of HIMSS and PACE.

Memberships & Affiliations:

MWCCA, Board of Directors.

PACE, Association Member

SOCAP, Association Member

Community Involvement:

  • Participant and Volunteer Special Olympics
  • Fund-Raising and Runner Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Fund-Raising Alzheimer’s Association
  • Turkey Day Run