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, Operations
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.
Scott Hanson – Partner, Sales & Marketing
Scott Hanson is responsible for all of Ultra’s sales and marketing programs. Prior to joining Ultra in 2016, Scott’s 25+ year B2B software career included sales, marketing, and industry alliances, along with the delivery of consultative services to SMB and mid-size enterprises. He has held numerous senior marketing and sales leadership roles at ERP companies, including Epicor Software and Activant Solutions. Scott has extensive experience in building customer-focused sales teams that provide technology solutions, services and strategies to drive business process improvements and corresponding financial performance. With a consultative sales approach, Scott’s team collaborates with the customer in providing a compelling ROI proposition and long-term business partnership. Scott’s areas of expertise include enterprise software, supply chain, business intelligence, and professional & customer services. Originally hailing from Central Minnesota, Scott attended the University of Minnesota. He is an avid golfer, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dennis Gilhooley, Jr. – Regional Manager, Central
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 – Regional Manager, East
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.
Kevin Stack – Regional Manager, West
Kevin Stack has over 30 years of experience in Leadership, ERP, Retail Operations, Application Delivery, and Business Intelligence. Kevin spent thirteen years at Revco as Manager of Retail Systems Development, where he was responsible for the development of the retail supply chain and merchandising operation system. He successfully managed the completion of multiple system transitions as a result of business acquisitions and worked with business units through a multi-step, detailed reorganization. Kevin continued on to serve as Vice President, Infrastructure and acting CIO for OfficeMax, Inc. where he was responsible for all facets of Information Technology operations. Kevin streamlined technology operations, improved delivery and support quality, all while managing team of 235+ resources in multiple locations. During his overall time at OfficeMax, Inc., Kevin significantly reduced operating costs, increased service quality, improved server/storage consolidation, and work with a high availability ERP architecture. After OfficeMax, Inc., Kevin went on to be Vice President/CIO of Jo-Anne Stores, a $2 billion retailer, where he reported directly to the Chief Executive Officer. Kevin had responsibility for overall IT governance, performance and systems delivery, all while managing staff of 115. Kevin has led or been involved with successful major software implementations while at Jo-Ann Stores, OfficeMax, cSHARE Solutions, and his own company, KMStack Consulting. Kevin has many specialties, including executive leadership, strategic planning, ERP planning & implementation, business process management, project management, change management, and business intelligence. Kevin attended the ICM School of Business, where he focused on Computer Science and Business Administration.
Michael Ali – Manager
Dr. Michael Ali’s most recent position was SVP and CIO at W. W. Grainger. While at Grainger, he led several initiatives including the extension of the SAP platform used for the US business into Grainger subsidiaries in Canada and Mexico, enabling sharing of processes, expertise, and information across North America. Prior to Grainger, he was Senior Vice-President, Application Services and PMO at US Foods, responsible for software development, quality, and support. At US Foods, he led the development of a new eCommerce platform. Prior to US Foods, Dr. Ali was CIO at Harman, where he led the upgrade of their ERP and eCommerce platforms. Dr. Ali has also held the position of CIO of Jaguar Land Rover, and was responsible for aligning their IT organization to the Ford One-IT model. Dr. Ali has also held IT management roles at the Ford Motor Company in product development systems and infrastructure. Dr. Ali’s other experience includes managing systems engineering at GE, and R&D engineering at Rensselaer, NASA, and NIST. He has a PhD in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University.
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.
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.
Andrew Demetres – Senior Consultant & Project Manager
Andrew Demetres is a certified Project Management Consultant offering more than 29 years of experience in Information Systems and Technology specializing in ERP transformations. He brings over 20 years of expertise in enterprise systems including 15 large scale multi-national SAP implementations since 1995. Andrew is best used in the roles of Senior Program & Project Manager, Analyst, Solutions Architect, and Change Management Specialist. He delivers from the beginning to the end of the transformation journey to ensure that strategic business initiatives are successful. Andrew is equally comfortable interacting at all levels of the organization and brings outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. Andrew has a thorough understanding of business and technology making him the correct choice for projects requiring executive sponsorship and cross-functional team leaders. He is adept at integration requiring change in business critical operations where adoption is key to success. Andrew has a deep background in implementing large scale systems and business change in major consumer products and retail companies such as Ralph Lauren, L’Oreal, Marc Jacobs, Nestle, Unilever, and Colgate Palmolive. He has hands-on experience with a range of ERP systems including SAP, JDA, Microsoft Dynamics AX/NAV/GP, and many other tools. Andrew obtained his MBA at Dowling College and holds a BS In Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. His is PMI certified.
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).
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.
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.
David Buck – Senior Consultant
David Buck has over thirty years of experience managing the technical delivery of Information Technology projects. His professional experience relates to solutions architecture, program management, project management, enterprise architecture, methodologies, software package selection, integration, implementation, and software development. David is an experienced IT professional who maintains technical knowledge of current IT standards, methodologies, software frameworks, and architectures. He has extensive project delivery experience from active participation in the IT industry since 1983. David was an early leader in delivering business solutions using the Internet throughout the 1990’s. He is a team player who has managed consulting organizations up to 75 people. David joined Zweave as the company’s CEO and managed the development of the company’s PLM product offerings, technical infrastructure, and professional services offerings. David sold and managed 9 software development projects for the U.S. Government where he designed and built custom PLM and related technical specification software solutions. Prior to Zweave, David worked for leading technology and consulting firms including IBM, Deloitte, Symbolics, and NeXT Computer. He also founded Advis, an early Internet and web solutions companies where he led the delivery of over 50 custom object oriented web-based applications for large corporations throughout the 1990’s. David earned a BS in MIS & Computer Science from the University of Dayton. He also received an Executive Leadership Certificate from MIT. David has founded an INC 500 Consulting Company, and a PLM Software Company. He is a member of EO, TEC, APICS, NDIA, and ASTM.
Ed Govett – Senior Consultant
Ed Govett is a 25+ year experienced consultant with practical/hands-on experience managing and executing information technology projects in multiple industries such as retail distribution, medical device, food & beverage, automotive, steel, high-tech, aviation MRO and e-commerce. Ed’s target areas include ERP software selection and implementation, IT assessment and IT Strategy. After spending several years as a Wireline Engineer in the oil field, he began a long career with Electronic Data Systems with duties ranging from plant floor system engineer to IT Director for a General Motors plant to multiple IT leadership positions in the steel mini-mill and semiconductor industries. After EDS, he joined a small consulting firm in Austin Texas, where he developed and led ERP software selection and strategy processes. Ed then founded Govett Consulting LLC, where for the past 10 years he specialized in ERP software selection and implementations within various industries using multiple ERP software solutions. Ed has a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) from the Association of Operations Management (APICS). He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University. Ed has presented at local APICS meetings and been an instructor for an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional class.
Erik Hay has over 20 years of experience within Fortune 500 Companies leading large scale Global process and technology programs in areas of Field Service, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Sales Operations. Erik has worked in both IT and Functional Leadership positions, allowing him to quickly address complex process and technologies integrations while balancing short and long term organizational goals. Erik is an excellent communicator at all levels of the organization and works with a high level of inclusiveness, energy and curiosity. Erik has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue 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.
George Bechtold – Senior Consultant
George Bechtold has over 30 years of finance, HR, supply chain and technology experience in all market segments, including Small, Mid and Enterprise. In addition, he has worked in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, transportation, banking, chemicals and health care. George worked in finance for 7 years and held positions as a Corporate Controller and Tax Manager in industry and as a Senior Consultant and IT Director in public accounting. He has been a consultant for over 20 years and has implemented ERP, CRM, BI and reporting systems. As a consultant, he has led dozens of ERP implementation projects, working with most major ERP and CRM vendors including SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, Lawson, CA, Sage, and others. George prides himself on his strong functional background combined with his technical ability. He also has deep experience with data warehousing and BI solutions, has developed implementation methodologies and has taught MS Excel and MS Project classes. George has his BBA from Georgia State University in Accounting, Economics and Finance.
Jodi Foster – Senior Consultant
Jodi Foster is a highly skilled executive consultant and practice leader with over 16 years of expertise leading enterprise strategic software development and business process initiatives. She is a recognized thought leader with advanced stakeholder and end-user relationship-building proficiency. Jodi brings extensive experience in project strategy, needs assessment, and gap analysis. She is focused on fostering relationships and providing seamless execution while yielding exceptional customer satisfaction. As a strategic client consultant with a solid business acumen and overall project vision, Jodi creates value-added innovative solutions to critical business needs and exceeds established business objectives. Jodi specializes in implementing ERP through complex, at-risk projects while creating critical phase measurements and establishing best practices. Jodi has a proven record of furthering and advancing the progress of overall project results. She has overseen projects and programs with budgets in excess of $70M.
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.
Jonathan Tompkins – Senior Consultant
Jonathan Tompkins brings over 20 years of experience improving business results through ERP software and business process redesign. He has executed duties as lead Manufacturing Consultant and Project Manager on multiple ERP implementations from beginning to end. Working extensively with manufacturing companies and job shops, he has led teams to discover ways to map current processes and identify better processes to more effectively align with company priorities and goals. Jonathan is familiar with all areas of the manufacturing enterprise, working in various roles from cost accounting, to procurement management and business process improvement. He is particularly strong in helping companies with the Scheduling, MRP, and Production Management functionalities of ERP software. As both Project Manager and Consulting Manager, Jonathan has managed highly effective teams towards successful completion of both small, department-focused projects and enterprise-wide projects. Jonathan has been called in to help lead project turnaround efforts when others were struggling to gain ground. Jonathan enjoys cultivating productive relationships with customers leading to clearer communication, greater discovery of the best ideas, and a sense of partnership and excitement over what can be accomplished. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Accounting and Human Resource Management from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.
Karen Lewis – Senior Consultant
Karen Lewis is a customer-oriented leader with deep experience in several industries. She has spent the majority of her career in consumer packaged goods companies and consulting, working with suppliers as well as grocery and specialty retail interests. Karen has held a number of roles in operations, supply chain, finance, planning, program and project management, process improvement/design, merchandising, and systems management leading to impactful results for companies. Karen’s major strengths include team building, leadership, and strategic problem solving. She has an ability to break large-scale change into smaller incremental wins to gain traction and move towards longer-term goals, always balancing the tactical and the strategic interests of her customer. Karen is particularly successful at persuading, consensus building, and negotiating compromises that keep projects moving forward in a timely manner. With extensive experience in value-based process improvement and business transformation in both financial analysis and controls, Karen has worked cross-industry in systems design and prototyping. She has program managed large-scale Business Transformation projects and major retail logistics re-engineering efforts. Karen’s portfolio includes work with major grocery companies; American Stores, Lucky Stores, Roundy’s, and with retail, The Gap, as well as, consulting projects with CPC/Manufacturing companies Nabisco, Nestle, Johnson and Johnson, MGM Mirage, and Kerry Ingredients on process and systems alignment and business solution implementation. Recently, Karen leveraged her cross-industry mindset into a multi-year, multi-project supply chain/operations excellence consulting assignment within the oil and gas industry. Developing and managing the process to roadmap supply chain processes, facilities, and systems, she established guidelines and strategy for Materials Management and for a Supplier Management program. She enlisted the company internal team and its third party provider in developing process and layout, leading to vital construction of a new warehouse and marshaling yards. Additionally, Karen guided transformation in transportation, creating a strategy and implementing it with a new key partner for the new company. She provided process and financial audit for supply chain improvements in ordering, fulfillment, payment, and billing, ensuring transparency in end-to-end order-to-cash partnerships. Karen received a B.S from San Jose State University, an M.B.A from the University of Santa Clara and a Certificate in Food Industry Management from the University of Southern California. She is Six Sigma Green Belt trained.
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
Peter Johnson has over 25 years of information technology and project management experience in manufacturing and distribution companies. Peter’s experience includes leading large projects for ERP, E-commerce, Business Intelligence, and PIM (Product Information Management). As Director of Information Technology for two leading Midwestern manufacturing companies, Peter was actively engaged in improving business performance by aligning technology to company strategy. Peter’s ERP implementation experience includes Microsoft Dynamics AX at Ariens Company and SAP at Paper Converting Machine Company. Peter also has significant business process improvement experience, having acquired Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training from the University of Texas and later graduating from the Ariens Lean University. Peter has a B.A. in Economics from Ripon College.
Rod Fuess has over 30 years of experience in helping clients achieve their information technology and business practice goals. He is a proven business solutions professional who has been recognized for developing and implementing Information Technology and Enterprise Resource Planning systems. Rod also has expertise in business software selection, integration and migration. In addition to Rod’s skills in ERP, he has experience in IT communications, infrastructure, data centers, managed services and IT outsourcing. He excels at gathering the requirements and analysis necessary to facilitate the design of current and future state strategies in information technology and business process engineering with the objective of alignment to corporate goals. Rod began his career in the manufactured homes industry in Materials Management and then spent several years providing technology solutions to the construction materials industry to clients like Prairie Materials and Ozinga. In the early 1990’s, he became Director and then Partner of a Top 20 US Accounting firm where he was responsible for building the team of consultants to provide his clients with business process and change management solutions, selection, design and implementation of ERP applications. His clients in this engagement included mid-range firms in the accounting, distribution, manufacturing and E-Commerce industries, where he ultimately earned the firms Practice Development Award. During this time, Rod completed the APICS – CPIM certification training. For the next 12 years, Rod’s focus included needs assessment, strategic planning, and deployment of IT infrastructure solutions in Unified Communications, Network/Server Infrastructure, Data Center/Cloud, Managed Services, and Mobile Device Management. He enhanced his work by completing several Cisco Certifications in voice, network infrastructure and data storage. Rod specializes in the development of strategic business partner relationships that provide clients with comprehensive integrated solutions to mitigate risk, reduce costs and increase profitability. Throughout Rod’s career, he has conducted several presentations to CIO groups on current and future technology initiatives. Rod’s former client base includes US Cellular, Baxter International, Coeur Mining, Sloan Valve and Tecta America. Rod is a highly effective communicator and negotiator skilled with the “sixth sense” of how to successfully complete projects on-time and on-budget. As a trusted adviser and advocate, he is known for his ability to truly listen and understand client culture, challenges, and objectives with the necessary experience in business and technology to yield positive solutions.
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.
Steve Benz – Senior Consultant
Steve Benz has over 25 years of experience in developing leading edge processes for manufacturing, distribution and operations companies. Steve has worked in both industries as a plan procurement specialist, business analyst and supply chain manager. Steve has extensive experience in implementing leading business solutions. Steve has worked in a variety of industries, including Consumer, Computer Electronics, Automotive, Distribution, Pharmaceutical, Oil and Gas, and Utilities, where he helped deliver Lean and detailed business processes improvement projects. Steve has worked across purchasing, production control and project management on various business and technology solutions. Steve spent over 20 years at Hewlett Packard, splitting time between their internal consulting and supply chain organizations. The variety of successful solutions Steve has helped implement brings a wealth of different views that offer clients a wide and deep review of their operations for rapid return on investment. He has educated and provided deep detailed business solutions for companies with real dollar savings. Steve has a B.S. in Production and Operations Management and an M.B.A from Colorado State University. He has also earned various certifications from APICS.
Andrew Stein – Business Consultant
Andrew Stein is a recent graduate of Michigan State University where he gained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Supply Chain Management, while also completing many courses in Information Technology Management. Andrew’s course work and professional experiences combined have allowed him to gain hands-on experience in business analytics, system analytics and design, decision modeling, logistics optimization, source selection, procurement, and project management. Andrew has experience as a Procurement Specialist with Schlumberger, in the Oil and Gas Industry, where he delivered high-quality procurement services on a day-to-day basis adhering to defined procedures and regulations, respecting quantity, quality, and timing to provide upstream operations with the ability to better cater to downstream customers. In addition, Andrew has worked as a Customer Logistics Services Intern with the Kellogg Company in the Food Processing Industry, and a Supply Chain Management Intern with General Dynamics Land Systems in the Defense Industry. While interning at Kellogg, Andrew prepared an Impact Analysis and Work Force Transition training material for the implementation of a 3PL, which was expected to lead to $150M in Inventory Improvement and $100M in Logistics Cost Improvement. He also designed and maintained Excel-based algorithms for the weekly Consumer Demand Reports, optimizing over 2,500+ product SKU’s which led to potential cost savings in production, aged goods, storage space, and re-marketing or redeployment of goods to minimize product loss.
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.
Melina Moussetis – Business Consultant
Melina Moussetis is a recent graduate of Pepperdine University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics. While at Pepperdine, Melina participated in many courses that involved analyzing and problem solving within organizations. In addition, she studied and worked in Shanghai for a year, which allowed her to explore new ways of doing business and increasing efficiency within the workplace. Melina has also worked at PPG Aerospace as a Marketing Intern. In this role, she worked to streamline the company’s value-added packaging service through software and management problem solving. She also analyzed marketing avenues, supply chain management, and product development. Additionally, she was heavily involved in event logistics, lead prospecting, and developing new opportunities for the company.
Moju Oritsetimeyin – Business Consultant
Moju Oritsetimeyin recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, and minors in Economics and Entrepreneurship & Management. Moju initially pursued a concentration in Aerospace, but eventually switched to Biomechanics, which paved the way for his work as an engineer consultant for Johns Hopkins Pediatrics. At Johns Hopkins Pediatrics, Moju was contracted to redesign the safety system for EMTs during patient transport. Moju led both the design and implementation of a Data Acquisition system for client ambulances to highlight risk prone procedures during patient transport. Moju also has experience working for Oando PLC, the largest domestic oil and gas firm in Nigeria. During this engagement, he conducted a feasibility study and market entry strategy for Oando Gas and Power to enter a new industry. In addition to Moju’s domain experience, he is also an entrepreneur. Moju started a mobile app development company called UTapp, where he recruited a team of programmers, graphic designers and marketers to design and build a prototype of the product. An alpha version of this application was released to the app store. Moju is fluent in French and is in the process of learning other languages, including Python and Java.
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.
Ehren Highfill – Business Development Specialist
Ehren Highfill is a Business Development Representative with over 10 years of customer relations and advocacy experience. His focus is to connect with prospects, obtain knowledge of their goals and educate them on the opportunities associated with ERP implementation. While working in group benefits at Liberty Mutual, he worked closely with companies such as Toyota and Amazon which provided insight into the world of lean manufacturing and distribution. In addition, Ehren served as a site champion at Liberty Mutual and was a top resource for the group’s transition into a lean management system. He was specifically tasked with researching and diagnosing the current state of group benefits and reported back to leadership with key objectives, opportunities and a list of best practices. This information was positioned for deployment to help achieve the vision outlined by the future state target. Ehren graduated in the top 10 percent of his class at Arizona State University with a BA in Mass Communication and Journalism.
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.
Analiese Trimber contributes to the Ultra team through a wide variety of tasks. She manages the blog schedule, facilitates all of the logistics for Ultra’s many webinars, owns the accounts for Ultra’s social media platforms, and runs the entire recruiting operation. In addition, 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.
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.