Serving companies in North America, and those with global operations, smart organizations turn to our team of ERP consultants to minimize risk, accelerate the selection and implementation process, and increase the success and value of ERP. Our ERP consulting team is focused on delivering value to your ERP project.
Ultra Management and ERP Consultants
Jeffrey F. Carr – Managing Partner
Jeff Carr is a sought-after expert in manufacturing technology. As a leading independent voice in ERP system selection and implementation, Jeff’s organizations have helped over 1,200 manufacturing companies select and implement new information systems, earning him a reputation as the leading expert on manufacturing software vendors and their products. Jeff’s results-focused career spans four decades serving process and discrete manufacturers. As founder and manager of Ultra Consultants, he leads his organization’s high-impact business process improvement programs that leverage today’s modern ERP technology. Jeff is a graduate of University of Illinois. His businesses have won accolades by KPMG Peat Marwick High Tech Entrepreneur organization; the Arthur Anderson Small Business Institution; Young Presidents Organization, Chief Executive Officers Association, and World Presidents Organization. Jeff regularly garners high praise from manufacturers who achieve better business outcomes such as improved operations, increased quality and higher profitability. He regularly speaks, presents and writes about ERP best practices and manufacturing technology trends.
George Trudell – Partner
George Trudell has over 25 years supply chain and technology experience helping mid-sized manufacturing and distribution companies improve their businesses. He worked in industry for 15 years as a Corporate Director of Supply Chain, Planning Manager, Strategic Planning and Master Scheduler. He has worked in consulting for almost 15 years, from Senior Consultant to Partner at Grant Thornton, McGladrey, and now Ultra Corporation. George has selected and implemented ERP systems at each step in his career, leading ERP projects from both perspectives (industry and consulting). In 2010, George re-joined Ultra after working for Ultra for 3.5 years in the early 2000’s. As a consultant he has led over 40 ERP Selection and Implementation projects, working with all major ERP and CRM vendors including SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, Infor, QAD, Epicor, IFS, Sage, and Consona. His ability to lead his clients through process change enabled by ERP systems is his strength. George has deep experience with both process and discrete clients and ERP projects. George has his BBA from The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School. He is APICS certified, and taught classes and spoken at conferences and dinner meetings, on the topics of Business Process Improvement, ERP Selection and Implementation.
Richard Sides – Partner
Richard Sides has over 20 years technology-related operational experience assisting manufacturing and distribution organizations by improving their business processes and supporting information systems. Richard’s experience includes operational responsibilities, management consulting, ERP system implementation, and serving in a variety of senior executive management roles. Richard’s background includes significant experience in process and discrete manufacturing as well as logistics, distribution and supply chain management. Richard started his career in 1990 with Kraft Foods and was part of the pioneering efforts to introduce integrated supervisory and process control systems to Kraft’s production lines. He finished his 6-year career with Kraft by serving as the systems lead on the pilot implementation of Kraft’s Marcam Prism ERP rollout. In the late 1990’s Richard became APICS certified and moved into management consulting, working exclusively with manufacturing and distribution companies. This experience included developing IT strategies, designing production and inventory systems, implementing business process improvements, and ERP implementation project management. He has also served the role of Senior Vice President of Information Services for a multi-site manufacturing and logistics company where he implemented a more current system infrastructure and corresponding best business practices. Richard has also served as Senior Vice President Manufacturing and Supply Chain for a leading software provider. Richard has a BS in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from DePaul University.
Charlie Schloff – Partner
Charlie Schloff is a 25+ year veteran of the manufacturing and IT industries with extensive experience in executive management and consultative positions. He has led initiatives across a wide range of activities, including global business acquisition and integration, project/program management, enterprise IT strategy, and change management. Charlie is a high performance, quality focused, results-driven executive/consultant with a progressive career demonstrating collaborative leadership, vision, and business acumen. Charlie is energized by complex challenges and is committed to delivering client value, satisfaction, and overall business success. He is a true leader and has successfully managed several organizations with P&L responsibilities throughout his career. His business acumen is supported by a broad background in designing and implementing comprehensive large-scale business transformation initiatives and pervasive technologies across multi-site organizations worldwide. On top of Charlie’s traditional business and technology leadership, he also incorporates experience in managing organizations with responsibilities in product & service design, marketing, sales, finance, human resources, engineering, and manufacturing to complement his business acumen. For his clients, Charlie is dedicated to delivering sustainable value through people, process, and technology initiatives that drive the achievement of the business goals, objectives, and expectations. Charlie has deep experience within the Automotive Industry with 20 years of experience working for Ford Motor Company. While at Ford, he held a wide-range of progressive executive positions in the areas of IT Operations, System Architecture & Development, IT Security & Compliance and served as an internal implementation consultant and program manager on a range of large scale projects including ERP, CRM, HRIS, PLM, BI, and Engineering Systems. Additionally, he held responsibilities for managing advanced vehicle program development and planning activities along with serving as the Divisional Director of Six Sigma and Lean focused on quality, cost, and overall business process improvement. In the second half of Charlie’s career, he diversified his background by serving as Director of Information Technology and Process Improvement for an International Food & Beverage Manufacturer and more recently, prior to coming to Ultra, held the positions of VP of Information Technology and Director of Corporate Quality for a Global Industrial Equipment Manufacturer. In parallel with his business responsibilities, Charlie served on Advisory Boards for two major software companies and also Ultra itself before joining as a full time Partner. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Detroit. He holds the following certifications: Six Sigma (MBB), CISSP, SOX, ITIL, COBIT, and PMP.
Dennis Gilhooley Jr. – Senior Manager
Dennis Gilhooley has over 15 years of experience in business process improvement, management consulting, ERP implementation, lean manufacturing, project management, portfolio management, sales management, education and technology training, and supply chain management. He has implemented growth strategies and innovative technology solutions for clients in private and public sectors. He was vice president of a precision manufacturer, managing all aspects of business management and company operations including strategic planning, staffing, new business development, communications, marketing, competitive positioning, and client management. Dennis led the company through a successful ERP implementation helping to increase sales by 80% while leading a lean manufacturing initiative, increasing employee productivity by 45%. As a management consultant in the Public Sector Operations Supply Chain Management service area with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Global Business Services, Dennis was part of a team that managed a $500M IT Portfolio for the US Transportation Command. He provided strategic sourcing best practices for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), managed web-based procurement for the DLA, helped develop the mission-critical DLA Enterprise Portal, and provided business process improvement strategies for the US Navy Network Centric Innovation Center. Dennis has a BBA in Marketing from Loyola University, Chicago and a M.Ed. (Computer Science) from DePaul University. He is APICS – CSCP certified, PMI – PMP certified and an IBM trained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Ernie Eichenbaum – Senior Manager
Ernie Eichenbaum brings over 30 years of project management, enterprise software application and business operations expertise to his Senior Manager position. His background has afforded him the ability to truly understand how businesses can combine process improvements with their end-to-end business processes via software technologies, resulting in increased corporate performance and a competitive advantage. Prior to joining Ultra Consultants, Ernie led consulting projects and operations at nexDimension Technology Solutions. He also previously held the position of VP Consulting at Infor Global Solutions, where he led multiple large-scale projects and consulting practices. At Avanade and Baan/SSA Global, Ernie held increasingly responsible project and management positions ranging from Supply Chain Consultant to Vice President in charge of a regional Project Management Office that governed over 400 concurrent projects in 20 practices. Ernie’s consulting experience centers on project and executive program leadership within industrial enterprises that have complex make, move and service operations. Ernie is known for leveraging his leadership skills and ability to recognize and respond to business challenges while providing his teams with the discipline, tools, methods, and materials necessary to meet client needs and project goals. Prior to his roles in consulting, Ernie worked in industry positions ranging from Production Planning at Scitex to Manufacturing Plant Management at Telrad, a multi-national High-Tech/Telecomm firm. Ernie holds a B.Sc. in Management Engineering and Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Tel Aviv University and has studied Constraint Based Planning with Eli Goldratt. He is on the board of Conexx (The Israel-America Chamber of Commerce), an Executive Board Member of the Briarlake Community Forest Association, and served as a Major in the Israeli Army as a Company Commander in a Tank Battalion.
Andrew Bolivar – Senior Consultant
Andrew Bolivar is a 15-year manufacturing and technology industry veteran with experience within manufacturing, management consulting, and the software industry. Andrew’s professional experience includes leadership in the redesign and implementation of plant floor procedures across multiple production facilities, and working in concert with operations and IT groups. Andrew also brings significant experience as a Presales Consultant for a leading software provider within the manufacturing and logistics channel. Andrew was the supply chain lead in a global JD Edwards implementation. Later he worked to develop and implement a formal S&OP cycle for a global retailer and manufacturer operating in over six countries. Andrew project managed the implementation of the forecasting system to support the planning processes. Andrew has extensive experience in ecommerce, including the full development and go-live of multiple consumer facing ecommerce sites. He managed the integration of ecommerce through the ERP implementation process. With Ultra, Andrew continues to provide leadership and project management for our clients seeking selection and implementation assistance. Andrew has conducted multiple, full scope ERP selections for both process and discrete clients in F&B, CPG, plastics, distribution, and other MTO/MTS industries. He has project managed full cycle ERP implementations, most recently with MS NAV for a national e-tailer with a global supply chain. Andrew holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign.
Cindy Linam – Senior Consultant
Cindy Linam brings to Ultra 20 years of experience in distribution and manufacturing. Focusing on building infrastructure to support company growth, she leads teams to be more efficient and institute best business practices. Cindy began her career with Georgia Pacific as a Plant Controller, and her responsibilities expanded to include Customer Service, Human Resources, Information Technology and Production Scheduling. She also served as Corporate Controller at a privately owned manufacturer and distributer of OEM Fasteners, Cindy worked extensively with ERP implementations and Acquisitions. Prior to joining Ultra, Cindy worked with a privately owned company with various operating units. Managing all IT and Accounting functions, the company completed several acquisitions and Cindy was the Project Manager for ERP Implementations. Heavily involved in Industrial Supplies distribution, other business units included Plant Services, offering onsite managed MRO Storeroom contracts with large manufacturers (often interfacing with various ERP systems). Leading cost savings initiatives through procurement and E-payables initiatives, Cindy turned the Accounting department into a revenue generator and served on MasterCard vendor’s Customer Advisory Board representing Mid Market companies in E Payable Technology Initiatives. Cindy holds a B.S. in Accounting from Auburn University.
Gary McGregor – Senior Consultant
Gary McGregor has over 30 years of business experience helping manufacturing and distribution companies improve their operations and underlying business processes. Both as a consultant and industry practitioner, he has considerable experience in implementing lean principles. Gary’s background couples experience in engineering and manufacturing operations and implementing business process continuous improvement programs in a variety of manufacturing operations. He has specific industry experience in aerospace and defense contracts, consumer products, plastics and electronics, and the production of heavy equipment. Gary began his career in engineering and was promoted to Division Manager of Industrial Engineering at General Dynamics. He also spent 5 years at Case Corporation as the Manager of Assembly Strategy where he introduced the framework for the use of lean techniques into the Case worldwide manufacturing operations (over 26 plants). Additional positions include working as Director of Manufacturing Operations, Director of Production, and Lean Manufacturing Manager. Gary has experience teaching manufacturing and business process improvement techniques at the college level and is also a regular speaker at manufacturing symposiums on topics related to Lean Manufacturing and Business Process Improvement. Gary has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Toledo University and an MBA from the University of Dayton and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
Martin T. Moor – Senior Consultant
Martin Moor is a 20+-year manufacturing and technology industry veteran with deep experience in managing complex information technology projects, teams and change initiatives. Marty helped to integrate Invacare Corporation into the global supply chain as the Director of Systems Development, where he developed and implemented cost-effective solutions that drove consistent improvements across the company’s 11 manufacturing and distribution facilities. Marty headed the North American IT operations of Ridge Tool Company as Manager of Global Business Applications. His leadership led to implementation of JD Edwards One World XE, driving savings of $13.5 million and an ROI of 53.4%. As the previous Director of Information Technology for Henkel Corporation, he lead a team to stabilize critical systems platforms including JD Edwards, Manhattan and Kronos that served to dramatically improve system uptimes. He managed eleven legacy ERP environments for Henkel with a staff of 36. Marty has his BA in Business Administration from Baldwin-Wallace College and an MS in Organizational Development from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He has been certified in APICS CPIM and in ITIL Foundation v3.0
Dave Saunders – Senior Consultant
Dave Saunders has over 25 years of business experience helping mid-sized and large manufacturing and distribution companies improve their operations and underlying business processes. Dave has extensive experience in Information Technology. He also has a strong background assisting organizations in improving their efficiencies through more effectively utilizing people, processes and technology. His background combines depth in both operational responsibilities and management consulting, and has provided him with a vast knowledge of many industries and process areas. Dave began his career with Kraft Foods and spent 10 years working extensively in distribution and logistics, as well as sales and operations planning. He had various responsibilities at Kraft, the final being a Distribution Center Manager. Additional experience includes Manager of Logistics and Planning for a global electrical supplier, Director of Business Processes at a major international manufacturer of tape and other adhesive products, and Director of IT Governance for a $19B global leader in consumer and industrial products. Dave has a BS in Computer Management from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Illinois. He also received a Management Business degree from IESA Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
Salli Churchill – Senior Consultant
Salli Churchill has over 20 years of experience in a variety of positions, including financial planning and analysis, business process improvement, software selection, project management, and ERP implementation. Prior to joining Ultra Consultants, Salli worked as a consultant for BDO Seidman and ISG helping clients improve business processes by evaluating, selecting, and implementing ERP and other business applications. Her experience spans a wide range of companies and industries. Most recently, Salli worked as an IT Project Manager for a mid-size manufacturing company in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she led a three-phased implementation of Oracle E-Business Suite R12. During that time, Salli also led the organization through several lean process analysis workshops, as well as implementations of their ADP Payroll, ADP Time and Labor, and Concur expense applications. Prior to consulting, Salli held various positions in financial analysis and financial planning and budgeting. Salli holds a BA degree in Finance from Michigan State University, and an MBA in Information Systems from Kennesaw State University. Salli is also PMI-PMP certified and is active in the West Michigan PMI chapter.
Joe Velez – Senior Consultant
Joe Velez has over 30 years of experience working in large, multi-national manufacturing companies. His background includes all aspects of supply chain management, program management, strategic planning, operations management, business process re-design, ERP implementation management, and Lean Transformation. Joe began his career with ALCOA as an engineer and held numerous positions across sourcing, operations planning, manufacturing, maintenance and strategic planning functions. During Joe’s tenure as the Chief Industrial Engineer for the ALCOA Mill Products business unit, he was intimately involved in design, development and roll-out of the ALCOA Production System which adapted to the tenants of the Toyota Production System to the process industry. As Director of Supply Chain for the ALCOA Aerospace, Commercial Rolled Products business unit, Joe led initiatives to transform a high-mix job shop into a virtual flow shop, reducing inventory by 25% while improving customer service by 30%. In addition, Joe successfully led the re-design and replacement of end-to-end business processes across all ALCOA’s North American rolling mills, completing a total of 11 ERP deployments delivering inventory and cost reductions. After leaving ALCOA, Joe joined Rio Tinto’s ALCAN division where he served as Director of Supply Chain, Procurement, Distribution and third party logistical partners in North, Central and South America. During this time, Joe led implementation of a new corporate Sales & Operations Planning process and led lean transformation initiatives which improved customer service by 27%, reduced procurement costs by $3MM and simplified raw material management driving an inventory reduction of 46%. After, Rio Tinto, Joe served as Vice President of Supply Chain at Oystar, a Packaging Equipment manufacturer, where he leveraged end-to-end supply chain simplification and lean concepts to improve customer service by 30% while growing the business by 30% year over year. Over the last four years, Joe has served as Director of Business Systems Transformation for HNI Corporation, an office furniture manufacturer, which leverages ERP to develop an end-to-end integrated business process framework across all operating companies to drive best in class performance levels. Joe holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and has done extensive graduate research in the areas of lean manufacturing / transformation, factory physics, theory of constraints and High Performance Leadership. He has served on ALCOA’s Science and Technology advisory council, on the governing board of MIT’s Leaders for Manufacturing program as well as on advisory boards at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Wisconsin Quick Response Manufacturing Center. Joe is a founding member of the Industrial Engineering program at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Joe has achieved certifications from Oliver Wight in S&Op, from APICS (CPIM) and is an ALCOA trained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Chris Devault – Senior Consultant
Chris Devault has been in the ERP Industry for over 15 years. He has managed the relationship between software vendors and VARs in numerous ways, including managing the negotiations and purchases of software for nearly 100 ERP projects and implementations. Chris has managed the relationship and procurement of software with several vendors, including Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Infor, Sage, Epicor, NetSuite, SYSPRO, QAD, IQMS and ABAS. He has managed ERP projects of varying sizes and budgets, from the tens of thousands up to multi-million dollar software acquisitions. Chris has served as a lead consultant and Subject Matter Expert for numerous manufacturing and distribution business process improvement and solution definition projects. He has identified multiple opportunities for process improvement in areas of production scheduling, MRP, supply chain, warehouse management and shipping for many clients, including Driscoll’s Berries, Trinidad Benham, Bob Evans, Enstrom Candies, Stephany’s Chocolates, New Age Beverage/XINGTea, Spyderco and Kernel Season’s. Chris has been on both sides of software acquisitions as a sales manager and a consultant. This unique perspective gives Chris the ability to look at a broad spectrum of attributes to add to the negotiation strategy. Knowing the best time of month, quarter, or year to purchase software along with complete licensing, maintenance and support, and phasing definition has given Chris a proven strategy to reduce the initial and on-going costs of software. In addition to software acquisition, Chris has matched experience in managing and negotiating costs and terms with VARs (Value Added Resellers) and SIs (System Integrators). Chris’s assistance in refining implementation plans and phases, end-user roll-outs, training, data conversion and service rate negotiation has led to many cost-effect contracts with VARs and SIs. Chris has years of experience in improving business processes, optimizing supply chains, implementing business development strategies and identifying ERP system solutions for manufacturing and distribution companies. Throughout his various roles, he has also managed cross-functional teams and coordinated relationships with multiple enterprise software vendors. Chris holds a BA in Economics from Colorado State University and is certified as a Supply Chain Analyst (APICS Northern Colorado).
Danielle Brasher – Business Consultant
Danielle Brasher is a recent graduate of Babson College where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, double concentrating in Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics. While at Babson, she was involved in many courses that involved hands-on leadership projects, some of which allowed students to analyze a business and propose potential improvements to top executives, including classes covering: operations research, case studies in business analytics, supply chain management, and strategic problem solving. Danielle has also worked at Ocean Spray as a Supply Chain Intern. In this role, she built an Excel model to be used for costing and other financial reconciliation activities. She also analyzed transportation logistics and communicated with multiple corporations to facilitate a smooth transition to a new distributor while ensuring minimal costs and fulfilling the company’s upcoming demand needs.
Rob Henry – Marketing Director
Rob Henry is an ERP industry marketing veteran, with accomplishments in marketing and corporate communications for software manufacturing, industrial asset management, and Cloud management industries and services. With extensive experience in integrated marketing, business development and change management, Rob brings a combination of disciplined analysis, strategy and creativity to Ultra. Rob built his marketing career with Inso Corporation, BlueMeteor Inc., and Seismiq Inc., working in publications management, product management and marketing management roles. Prior to joining Ultra, Rob spent 10 years with AST Corporation, where he was Director of Marketing, and established the foundation for the company’s high volume proposal department and change management practice. His leadership in these areas helped AST grow to be a premier, award-winning Oracle systems integrator. Additionally, Rob was Change Management Lead for AST’s ERP implementation of Oracle E-Business Suite for both Pinellas County, Florida and Polk County, Florida. Rob received his Bachelors of Arts in English from DePauw University, and a Masters in Business Administration from North Central College. He is a Certified Change Management Practitioner in the ADKAR methodology.
Ultra Business Team
Dylan Howard – Business Development Manager
Dylan Howard has over 8 years of inside sales experience. While at Timberline Fire he developed lasting partnerships and secured contracts with the Department of Agriculture and the Arizona State Forestry, along with private organizations. As Regional Sales Director of Ecolink Energy he helped develop marketing/sales strategies to align industry needs with Ecolink’s strengths. Dylan received his Bachelor of Science in Management from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business.
Jud Price– Business Development Specialist
Jud Price serves Ultra as a business development specialist with a focus on developing relationships with ERP vendors and reps in order to expand Ultra’s view of the ERP marketplace. Jud has held a number of sales and marketing roles throughout his career, and has experience in many facets of sales including writing sales copy and collateral material, developing and delivering presentations and proposals, negotiating and executing contracts, and account retention and maintenance. His past experience with an ERP and MES vendor has given him a strong insight and understanding of the ERP marketplace.
Kristen Renda– Business Development Specialist
Kristen Renda is an Ultra inside sales and business development specialist whose focus is in cultivating new clients and optimizing customer satisfaction. With over 10 years of sales experience, Kristen has been involved in many areas of the sales spectrum including direct market, business development, and corporate events planning. Kristen has excelled at identifying client needs and creating lasting working partnerships. Kristen earned her BFA from Bowling Green State University.
Eileen Forman – Business Development Specialist
Eileen Forman is an Business Development specialist with over 23 years of distribution and manufacturing experience. She has worked in a large distribution company as Sales Director and was able to successfully implement an ERP project allowing for an increase in sales of 68%. Eileen furthered her career, joining an ERP Software provider as a Business Development Manager where she built a strong business relationship with her clients and shared an in-depth understanding of ERP capabilities while providing customers with a clear direction in Best Business Practices.
Gary Larkins– Senior Marketing Consultant
Gary Larkins has over 30 years of experience working in the high-tech industry, leading sales as a senior executive with IBM, as well as several global ERP and Warehouse Management software companies. Throughout his career, Gary has worked with clients in the manufacturing and distribution industries engaged in enterprise transformation projects. Gary brings extensive software industry knowledge and substantial experience in negotiating close to 2,000 software license agreements. His expertise and understanding of software company market trends provides value to the companies he represents. Gary earned his Bachelor of Science Marketing degree from Saint Joseph’s College.
Terry Maternowski – Marketing Operations Lead
Terry Maternowski leads Ultra’s marketing operations and supports the business development team. Terry brings over 20 years experience in manufacturing and technology marketing operations, project management, and event management, with specific expertise in marketing automation systems and Salesforce. Her focus is on delivering results-driven direct marketing programs. Her professional experience includes serving the sales and marketing function at a variety of manufacturing-related enterprise software developers.
Rebecca Gill – Head of Website Development
Rebecca Gill is responsible for Ultra’s website development and search engine optimization. She has over ten years of experience with technology marketing. As an early adopter of blogging, her online marketing efforts have been highlighted by media outlets such as Wired Magazine, Ziff Davis, and IT Toolbox. She has appeared on Detroit2020 and has presented and guest lectured at the University of Toledo, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University and local WordPress MeetUps. Rebecca graduated from Central Michigan University’s School of Accounting with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Analiese Trimber – Marketing Coordinator
Analiese Trimber contributes to the Ultra team via a wide variety of tasks, including writing blog posts and managing the blog schedule, website management, social media management, general recruiting, and webinar facilitation. She also maintains a support role to the entire consulting, sales, and marketing staffs. Analiese graduated from Northwestern University in 2013, with majors in Music Performance and Business & Marketing.