Serving companies in North America, and those with global operations, smart organizations turn to our ERP consulting team 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 Consulting Team
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, Carr’s organizations have helped over 1,200 manufacturing companies select and implement new information systems which have earned him a reputation as the leading expert on manufacturing software vendors and their products.
Carr’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.
Carr 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.
Carr 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 has over 25 years supply chain and technology experience helping midsized 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. And he has worked in consulting for 10 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. In his ten years as an 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 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, taught classes and spoken at conferences and dinner meetings, on the topics of Business Process Improvement, ERP Selection and Implementation.
Richard Sides - Partner
Richard has over 20 years technology-related operational experience assisting manufacturing and distribution organizations improving their business processes and supporting information systems.
Richard Sides experience includes operational responsibilities, management consulting, ERP system implementation as well as 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 up 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.
Sides has a BS in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from DePaul University.
Charlie Schloff – Partner
Charlie is a 25 year veteran of the manufacturing and IT industry serving in several executive and consultative positions. He is versed in technology and business improvement methods across the full spectrum of operational activities including multi-site and international businesses. He is an accomplished performance improvement expert with a broad background in implementing comprehensive large scale technologies across multi-site organizations worldwide.
Charlie has deep experience within the Automotive Industry with 20 years of experience working for Ford Motor Company. While at Ford, he held a range of progressive executive positions in the areas of IT Operations, System Architecture & Development, IT Security & Compliance and serving as an internal implementation consultant and program manager on a range of large scale projects including ERP, CRM, HRIS, PLM, BI, and Engineering Systems. He also served as the Divisional Director of Six Sigma and Lean Implementation and Operations focused on quality, cost reduction, and overall business process improvement.
Charlie further diversified his background by serving as Director of Information Technology and Process Improvement for an International Food & Beverage Manufacturer for 2 years and most recently as VP of Information Technology and Corporate Quality for a Global Industrial Equipment Manufacturer for 6 years.
In parallel with his operational responsibilities, he has been serving on Ultra Consultants Advisory Board for the past 3 years before joining Ultra as a full time Partner. Charlie has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Detroit. He holds the following certifications: Six Sigma – MBB, CISSP, SOX, ITIL, COBIT, PMP.
Jeff Stevens – Partner
Jeff Stevens has 18-years of related experience focused on business process improvement, supply chain management and production and inventory control.
Jeff began his career in industry as a Director of Production/Inventory Planning for Imperial Home Décor Group, a major manufacturer of residential and commercial wall coverings, developing forecasts and planning production for 5 manufacturing plants and a distribution facility. He also was Manager of Demand Planning for a $2.5B producer of electronic connectors where he was instrumental in implementing a new planning tool and procedures.
Jeff has also managed and headed up supply-chain consulting practices at Experio, Headstrong and SAP focused on streamlining supply chain operations through the implementation of technology and improved business processes.
Additionally, Jeff also has spent several years engaged as a Business Development Executive developing, growing and managing industry consulting practices.
Jeff has his B.A. in Business from the University of Cincinnati and is certified Ollie Wight Sales & Operations Planning and Project Management.
Jim Deeter - Principal and Business Development Director
Jim has over 25 years sales and marketing experience working with technology solution providers that assist manufacturing and distribution companies in improving their information systems and business processes.
He began his career in the early 1980’s with NCR focusing on providing mid-range systems to manufacturing and distribution companies. In 1991 Mr. Deeter helped open the Chicago Office for Symix Computer Systems that became a leading ERP manufacturing software supplier to mid-sized companies. In his 10 years at Symix (later purchased by Infor), Jim served in a variety of sales capacities (eventually becoming the Regional Manager) in growing that office to the #1 producer in the company.
Additionally, Jim has also worked in sales and sales management related roles with such industry leading ERP companies as J.D. Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Oracle. He has spent his entire career assisting mid-sized manufacturing organizations, which has given him both industry depth as well as an extensive knowledge of the available solution landscape.
Jim has both a bachelor degree and an MBA degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He also obtained his APICS CPIM certification.
Andrew Bolivar - Senior Consultant
Andrew Bolivar is a 12 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; 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.
Dennis Gilhooley Jr. – Senior Consultant
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, supply chain management, and project 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 lead the company through a successful ERP implementation helping to increase sales by 80% while leading a lean manufacturing initiative which increased 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 Gilhooley 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.
Gary McGregor – Senior Consultant
Gary has over 30 years of business experience helping manufacturing and distribution companies improve their operations and the underlying business processes with considerable experience in implementing lean principles both as a consultant and industry practitioner.
Gary couples deep backgrounds in engineering, manufacturing operations, as well as implementing business process continuous improvement programs in a variety of manufacturing operations. He has specific industry experience in the production of heavy equipment, aerospace and defense contracts, consumer products, plastics and electronics.
Gary began his career in engineering and was promoted to the 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 in manufacturing symposiums on topics related to Lean Manufacturing and Business Process Improvement.
Gary McGregor has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Toledo University and an MBA from the University of Dayton and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
Dave Saunders – Senior Consultant
Dave has over 25 years of business experience helping mid-sized and large manufacturing and distribution companies improve their operations and the underlying business processes.
Dave Saunders has extensive experience in Information Technology plus he also combines a strong background deep in assisting organizations improve 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 depth of knowledge of many industries and process areas.
Dave began his career with Kraft Foods and spent 10 years working extensively in distribution, 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, as well as serving as Director of IT Governance for a $19B global leader in consumer and industrial products.
Mr. Saunders has a BS in Computer in Management from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Illinois. Dave also received a Management Business degree from IESA Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
Tom Rodgers – Senior Consultant
Tom offers manufacturers extensive business analysis and project management experience in multiple industries. He is a passionate teacher and coach of management teams implementing Change through Constraint Management/Lean/Six Sigma processes and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) strategies for ERP selection and implementation.
In previous roles, Tom served as a Senior Business Consultant for a major enterprise software vendor, leading business consulting projects in conjunction with ERP software implementations. He was also founder and principal of his own independent consulting company specializing in strategic Decisive Competitive Edge (DCE) and leading change initiatives that resulted in performance improvements in Distribution, Manufacturing, and Service companies. He brings significant experience in business strategy, enterprise technology and competitive analysis.
With decades of experience in supply chain design, service, and manufacturing, Tom’s focus is on applying technology to deliver business performance, driving change initiatives, leading high-performing teams, as well as establishing Key Performance Indicator (KPI) benchmarking and goal setting
Tom has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, from University of Missouri, as well as a Masters in Business Administration, Honors Graduate, from Avila University in Kansas City. Tom has served as an adjunct Professor of Business for several universities and colleges.
Martin T. Moor – Senior Consultant
Marty is a 25+-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 companies 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 a 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
Billy Arora – Senior Consultant
Billy Arora is a broad-based operations executive with a proven record of streamlining processes and maximizing efficiencies resulting in increased revenues and reduced costs.
Billy offers Ultra clients deep experience in Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Operations Management, Global Sourcing/Procurement, Demand Planning and Forecasting and other key business processes as related to ERP selection and implementation.
Billy previously served as Director, Global Commodities of GOJO Industries, where he managed new product development, and was responsible for global dispenser platforms and Health Care Compliance systems. In the role, Billy successfully drove cost optimization and inventory reduction projects throughout the supply chain. He also served as Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain for a number of private equity companies (from$300Mto $2.5B) with responsibly for strategic sourcing, operations, quality, design, engineering, DFM (Design for Manufacturability), costing, supply chain, demand and inventory planning and logistics.
Billy also draws upon his extensive experience in Operations, Materials Management, Finance, Lean Manufacturing and other key areas. Billy holds an MBA in Finance & MIS with Honors from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India. Billy is Green Belt Six Sigma and holds certification in Demand Flow Manufacturing (JIT)/APICS.
Ultra Business Team
Beth Trudell – Business Development Specialist
Beth serves the Ultra team as an inside sales and business development specialist, with expertise in developing client relationships through consulting and proactively identifying and meeting client needs.
Beth’s professional experience includes serving as Sales Director and Research Director for consumer market research, media and telecommunications organizations. Beth is accomplished in all aspects of sales execution and account management.
Beth has a B.A. from Bowling Green State University.
Deborah Rice – Business Development Specialist
Deb is an Ultra inside sales and business development specialist whose priority is building strong client relationships that yield trusted referrals. As a 20+ year veteran sales and marketing professional, she began her sales career in the Publishing industry as well as educational technology, while an English Lit Major at Wayne State University.
As a Senior Account Executive for a major educational technology publisher she earned multiple President’s Club sales honors. Deb has specific experience in tech-oriented sales for Enterprise Software, Network Security and ERP/CRM marketing and business development.
Julie Rogier – Director, Marketing Programs
Julie directs Ultra’s marketing programs, and manages content marketing and social media. Julie draws upon her significant experience in business-to-business marketing, communications, PR and social media management. As principal of her own marketing communications agency, Julie has served a wide range of manufacturing, high tech and professional service organizations, with a specialized focus in enterprise systems.
Julie is the recipient of several Awards of Merit and Awards of Honor in Technical Marketing from the International Association of Business Communicators – Detroit Chapter; and has presented at Internet User Experience conferences.
Julie has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from Michigan State University; and a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing, Honors Graduate (Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society) from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.
Gary Larkins – Senior Marketing Consultant
Gary has over 30 years’ 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’s market trends provide 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 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 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.