With Qnect, Steel Just Got Smarter.

Qnect delivers Software as a Service to provide fast, intelligent, digital engineering and optimization of steel connections for overall reduction in operational costs.

We used Qnect on a 4,300 ton project, and were pleased with many aspects of the speed and quality of their engineering, optimization, and detailing. The responsiveness of the Qnect team was very impressive, and included a custom, skewed, single angle solution. 
— Chief Draftsman, Cives Steel

At Qnect, we are helping to build a strong and sustainable construction economy. Located in the technology corridor of Western Massachusetts, our applications and services are designed to improve accuracy, speed, consistency, efficiency and safety. Our goal is to revolutionize productivity in the construction industry and throughout the world. This goal starts with us.

Qnect's management team is comprised of business, engineering and software experts with over 100 years of combined experience. We believe in the importance of investing in people, encouraging excellence and optimizing creativity. It is by working together, with common goals and values, that we can achieve world changing breakthroughs while enjoying the journey. This is why we state our Core Values publicly. It's here for you to read. It's within each of our employees for you to experience.  Learn more about our Core Values and Social Responsibility

Our Team

The Qnect Founders have a winning combination of technical experience, software development excellence and 44 continuous years of steel industry domain experience. They have used these assets, plus a great team of engineers, software developers and support staff to build QuickQnect®. Jef Sharp, CEO; Henry Lederman, CSO; and Jeff Hausthor, COO have built 8 companies and have once again surrounded themselves with a world class team of contributors.


Jef Sharp


"Qnect is the perfect company. Amazing technical talent, groundbreaking ideas combined with practical market driven solutions in an industry that has unlimited potential to benefit from software productivity."

With over 35 years of experience leading and growing tech companies, Sharp is perfectly positioned to maximize the potential of Qnect’s groundbreaking products.

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Josh Hines

Manager of Technical Field Support

"The amount of early-onset data that is achieved with Qnect during a proposal phase is incredible. During my 15 years in the industry, I have never seen anything this fast and powerful."

With a background that includes steel detailing, project management, estimating, BIM, 4D scheduling and much more, Josh has the industry knowledge to approach each situation and provide the maximum help and guidance for Qnect’s clients.

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Sophie Sharp

Manager, Social Media & Marketing

"Working for Qnect has been an exciting experience. It is rewarding to support the company's growth by implementing social media strategies that boost user engagement and appeal to our customers."

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Jeff A. Hausthor


"Delivering world class software is what I do. In the past, I’ve delivered solutions for startups and Fortune 500 companies, so scale and security are no object."

With over 30 years of experience creating systems and disrupting inefficiencies, Hausthor has the big picture, the work flow and the system architecture down to a science.

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David Kowalski

Account Manager

"Qnect offers exciting technology I strongly feel will change the way the steel industry manages and advances their business practices. I find it to be very rewarding to work for a company that has the ability to do so much for the steel industry."

David has 20 years of sales experience in business development, operations, sales management and retail sales.

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Pearl Burgoff

Director, Global Marketing & Sales

"Qnect enables an explosion of efficiency for those in the engineering, fabrication and detailing professions. Exciting opportunities are ahead for the company as we contribute significant innovation in the AEC and Industrial workflow."

A recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Business, Pearl’s focus involves creating and implementing strategies that enable Qnect to better meet the needs of its customers while supporting the company’s long-term growth.

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Henry Lederman


"I dreamt up this software to stay competitive in an industry that has cut costs by outsourcing work to cheaper labor markets. The first step was recognizing there was room for improvement in the three-dimensional system used by steel-detailing companies."

With over 40 years of experience in the structural steel industry, Henry is uniquely able to strategize the best solutions and paths forward to successfully commercialize Qnect.

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Brian Griffin

Account Manager

"Qnect is changing the industry. Get on board. I’m excited to be a part of this change and working with folks who think forward and want to better their business."

Brian has over 11 years of sales experience with a focus on developing new business. He is an exceptional teacher when it comes down to product knowledge and client development.

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Our Supporting Cast

In addition to Qnect’s amazing programmers, engineers and detailers, our support staff and advisors are paramount to the success we’ve enjoyed:

Laura Patrick, Office Manager and Logistics Guru
We are intensely focused on systems, organization, scalability and customer service. Patrick tracks every detail and keeps the team on point, on budget and laughing.

Hans Ehrnrooth, Consultant, Advisor
Qnect is the only company with technology to help everyone in the steel fabrication ecosystem. Hans served as President of Tekla North America for 12 years, Nokia Corporation and Nokia Ventures for 11 years. Strategy, sales and marketing have been part of Hans’ responsibilities.

Tim Fraser, PE – Chief Engineer
Fraser sits on three AISC committees and is the go-to-engineer for connection design of any kind. His current committee assignments include the Committee on Manuals, Seismic Design Considerations and Connection Design.

Our Advisory Board

  • Erleen Hatfield, P.E., AIA 
  • William A. Thornton, PhD, P.E.
  • Irwin M. Heller, J.D.
  • Todd Mitty, PhD
  • Rajeev Surati, PhD
  • Alex Ray
  • Sam Mawn Malau
  • James S. Page