Ultra Team

Enterprise Software and Digital Transformation Experts

Our ERP consultant implementation team is comprised of manufacturing, distribution, and ERP supply chain executives with wide-ranging expertise across nearly every vertical and a variety of disciplines. Our deep bench of full-time consultants lets us find expertise and experience for all situations and desired outcomes, from supply chain to shop floor to warehouse management to customer care and everything in between…because if it’s manufacturing or distribution, we’ve walked in your shoes. And we can help you. Call, email, or schedule a time via Calendly for an initial consultation. We look forward to taking the next steps with you.

Executive Team

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Jeff Carr

Chief Executive Officer
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Dylan Howard

President
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CFO
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Kevin Stack

Strategy and Performance Officer
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Professional Services

Tony Abel

Tony Abel

Managing Director,
Delivery Services and Operations
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Joe Velez

Joe Velez

Managing Director of Strategic Accounts
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Client Services Director
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Client Services Director
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Client Services Director
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Joseph
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Client Services Director
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Adriana Rapolla

Adriana Rapolla

Senior Consultant
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Amy Timmons

Amy Timmons

Resource Planning Manager
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Art
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Practice Lead
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Brad-Staats

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Senior Consultant
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Brent Soderstrom

Practice Lead
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Cheryl Boerjan

Cheryl Boerjan

Senior Consultant
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Dan Cooper

Dan
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Project Manager
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David
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Senior Consultant
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David
Gonzalez

Project Manager
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David Mack

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Mack

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David Mainor

Senior Consultant
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Erik
Hay

Senior Consultant
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Ernie-Eichenbaum

Ernie Eichenbaum

Program Manager
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Gary McGregor

Senior Consultant
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Senior Consultant
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Jeff
Crossman

Project Manager
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Jennifer Gahman

Jennifer
Gahman

Project Manager
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Senior Consultant
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Project Manager
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Joe Runowiecki

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Jonathan Valencia

Senior Consultant
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Maryl Wesolowski

Maryl Wesolowski

Senior Program Manager
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Matt Hull

Matthew Hull

Senior Consultant
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Nadine Brewer

Nadine Brewer

Senior Consultant
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Pamella Roebuck

Senior Consultant
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Paul Denmark

Practice Lead
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Rafael-Calderon

Rafael Calderon

Senior Project Manager
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Roberto Aguilar

Roberto Aguilar

Project Manager
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Rounak Nischal

Rounak
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Consultant
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Sarah
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Practice Lead
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Sean Hull

Sean
Hull

Technical Consultant
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Sean Schuster

Sean Schuster

Program Manager
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Sokol
Bojaj

Senior Consultant
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Van
Dang

Senior Consultant
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Bill Coletta

Enterprise Solutions Advisor
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Ehren Highfill

Sales Account Executive
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Eric Wilson

Senior Sales Account Executive
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Tim Griffin

Business Solutions Consultant
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Marketing

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Kelly Hale

Managing Director of Marketing and Growth
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Brian Denton

Director of Digital Marketing
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Wendy Stanley

Wendy Stanley

Marketing Content Manager
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Human Resources

Camisha Walker

Camisha Walker

Senior Recruiter
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Dennis-Gilhooley

Dennis Gilhooley, Sr.

Senior Recruiter
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Nicole Gilhooley

HR Director
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Finance

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Gayla Cook

Controller
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Tia Mac

Finance Manager
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Board of Advisors

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Jeff Carr

Chief Executive Officer
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Richard Reck

Advisor
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Verinder Syal

Advisor
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Rick Halperin

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Lean: This training develops a set of management practices to improve efficiency, effectiveness and quality by eliminating waste through continuous improvement. It is often closely associated with and combined with Six Sigma, a continuous improvement methodology. 

Six Sigma: This training develops a thorough understanding of enhanced problem-solving skills, with an emphasis on the DMAIC Business Process Improvement model (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control).

Green Belt: The Six Sigma Green Belt Certification denotes an individual who possesses a thorough understanding of the entire Six Sigma Body of Knowledge. In addition, this individual is trained to serve as a team member within his or her function-specific area of the organization. This focus enables the Green Belt to work on carefully defined Six Sigma projects.

Black Belt: The Six Sigma Black Belt Certification denotes an individual who possesses a thorough understanding of Six Sigma philosophies and principles, including supporting systems and tools. It reflects an understanding of team leadership, team dynamics and the ability to successfully assign team members with roles and responsibilities. This focus enables the Black Belt to manage Six Sigma projects.

PMP: The Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification denotes an individual who has an ability to manage the people, processes, and business priorities of a professional project. Additionally, this person has had at least 35 hours of project management training and 7,500 hours of Project Management experience.

MBA: The Masters in Business Administration is a postgraduate degree denoting an individual who has completed at least 36 units of higher education specifically related to leadership and management of organizations.

Experience: Here we list the number of years a team member has actively worked in either manufacturing or distribution or a combination of both, including their years managing projects at Ultra Consultants. 

Jeff Carr

President, Chief Executive Officer

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.

Dylan Howard, PMP

President

Dylan Howard graduated from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business and is currently Chief Sales officer at Ultra Consultants, helping mid-market manufacturers and distributors effectively tackle transformation projects involving process re-engineering, enterprise technology selection, change & risk management, program design, and implementation management services. He also holds a PMP Certification and understands Project Management best practices. Dylan has spent the last 15 plus years working in Leadership, Sales and Project Management capacities. He founded Timberline Fire in 2008 and worked to develop partnerships with State and Local Governments to provide fire protection and disaster recovery operations. He then took his passions into the technology field and has worked in Sales in the Tier 1 ERP space and electronics industries prior to finding Ultra Consultants. He has helped 100’s of leadership teams in the mid-market develop plans on how best to prepare and execute technology fueled transformations and continues this work in his current capacity.

Piero Broccardo

CFO

Piero Broccardo serves as Chief Financial Officer, overseeing finance, accounting and treasury management.  With over 25 years of experience in technology, entertainment, software, and consumer products, Piero is a financial and operational thought leader. 

Piero holds an MBA in International Business and Finance from Pepperdine University, a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Math from California State University Fullerton, an Executive Certificate in Board Room Management from UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business, and a Certificate in Production and Inventory Management.  

He has led companies globally in the practice areas of Finance, Operations, and Human Resources in positions such as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, Head of SEC Reporting, Chief Pricing Officer, Global Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.  Piero had led transformational change in organizations such as Fantastic Sams, Accurate Background, Mavenlink, Syspro, and Millennium Entertainment.

Piero has received recognition as one of the top 10 business leaders to watch in 2023, was nominated as CFO of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal in 2023 and again in 2024. He has also been recognized in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Kevin Stack

Strategy and Performance Officer

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.

Tony Abel

Managing Director, Delivery Services and Operations

Tony is a distinguished consulting executive with over 25 years of experience delivering performance improvement solutions to Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries. His background includes extensive experience in supply chain & operations, process automation and ESG/sustainability, with a critical focus on cost reduction, risk management, and enhanced operational effectiveness. He has led transformational initiatives across a variety of business functions, including technology design and implementation, acquisitions and integration, cost management, organization effectiveness and change management. These qualifications have been achieved through experiences in industry, management consulting and outsourcing environments.

Joe Velez

Managing Director of Strategic Accounts & Transformation Excellence

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.

Brian Puz

Client Services Director

As Ultra’s Service Delivery Manager, Brian leverages two decades of experience in continuous improvement, ERP implementation, business process improvement, business and technology integration, release and change management, value stream and process mapping, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, application test management, ERP training, and project management. 

In addition, Brian has also led initiatives on design for manufacturability and concurrent engineering. Brian was the Integration Manager of a successful $75M+ global re-implementation of SAP ECC 6.0 from 4.7 across all business processes, and system modules in the nuclear power industry which included over 250 business users and internal and outsourced ERP team members. Brian’s experiences have spanned various manufacturing industries from nuclear power to global safety equipment, and from consumer electronics to metal stamping, injection molding, and tool and dies industries. 

His project management and integration activities have included SAP (FI/CO, MM, PP, SD, CRM, PS, HR, LSO, PM, QM, BW, Portal, ESS, MSS, MDM, BPC, GRC, and Solution Manager), SAP Business One, and BaaN (Now the engine behind Infor LN) Brian has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Penn State University with a Minor in Engineering Mechanics. He is ITIL Certified from APMG International, Six Sigma certified from Sony and Fintek Consulting, and spent 2 years focusing on ERP lean manufacturing techniques working directly under a lean manufacturing consultant.

Charlie Schloff

Client Services Director

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 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 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.

David Saunders

Client Services Director

David 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.

Joseph St Amant

Client Services Director

Joe is an accomplished transformation leader with 15+ years’ expertise managing cross-functional business and technology teams to design and deliver projects that drive the top- and bottom-line. With experience as both a management consultant and corporate transformation executive, he has led software implementations, performance improvement engagements, and change management strategies across a variety of business functions at small, mid-size, and global organizations.  He has a track record of success in pivotal roles at market leaders in industrial distribution, power tool manufacturing, professional services, and marketing communications. Joe holds a BS in Interdisciplinary Engineering & Management with focus in Global Supply Chain Management, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), both achieved with academic distinction. 

Adriana Rapolla

Marketing Content Manager

Adriana Rapolla is an accomplished Change Management and Transformation Professional with 20 years of experience and a background in Information Technology, Psychology, and Executive Education. Adriana helps clients develop their change capabilities to positively impact their bottom line. She strategizes to help organizations through transformational processes and develops customized programs that align employees’ growth plans with organizational goals.
Throughout her career, Adriana has managed the Organizational Change Management and Training workstream of several global, multilingual projects in various industries. In addition to successfully implementing long-term projects throughout the US, Canada, and Latin America, Adriana has worked in several countries of Western Europe, China, and Africa. Her multilingual abilities, understanding and sensitivity to diverse cultures, combined with her executive coaching skills makes her an asset in global endeavors where managers, directors, and executives are involved. Adriana has managed Change Management projects for SAP, Oracle, and Workday implementations, among other technologies, for thousands of users across the globe.
Adriana studied Computer Science at Universidad de MORON in Buenos Aires, Argentina; completed courses in Psychology and Education in the US, and holds certifications on Change Management (PROSCI), Project Management (PMP), Emotional Intelligence Assessment and Coaching (Six Seconds) and coaching (Ontological Coach).

Amy Timmons

Resource Planning Manager

Amy has over a decade of experience working with executive leadership to ensure the deployment of resources is aligned with the company’s strategic and financial goals. Amy has supported IT, professional services and product development teams at multinational software, services and consulting companies including Hewlett-Packard and BMC Software, as well as one of the largest technology companies in the world, Cisco (AppDynamics).
While at Cisco AppDynamics, Amy created a core global resource management function within the professional services organization, leading to a 337% revenue increase over a period of 1.5 years.
Amy uses her extensive background in resource capacity planning and demand management to maximize resource utilization, thus retaining the best talent in the market to service and support customers and consistently exceed expectations.
Amy resides in the Greater Houston Metro Area and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. She is RMCP certified by the Resource Management Institute and is ITIL Foundation certified.

Art Travis

Practice Lead

*Q3 2021 Employee Recognition Award Recipient

Art Travis has a broad and diverse background, spanning a 30-year interwoven career across Finance, Supply Chain, and Operations Planning Systems. He began his career managing labor and quality intensive, time-sensitive hub operations at United Parcel Service. Additional roles included leading a high volume shipment data analytics team responsible for regional incentive pricing. Art lead and or supported Operations Change Management special projects from a Logistics Finance capacity to outsource global logistics operations in China, Singapore, Canada, U.S. South America, and Europe. As Director of Logistics Controls and Solutions at Goodman Mfg., lead the team to develop warehouse and shipment optimization solutions. Also formed and led Goodman’s Business Process Improvement team. Additional Corporate Finance/Investment Banking roles included leading 15 middle-market industrial equipment manufacturers and service companies through the M&A acquisition process.

Brad Staats

Senior Consultant

*Q3 2021 Employee Recognition Award Recipient

As broad-based manufacturing and operations professional, Brad Staats has over 30 years of experience contributing to performance improvements that can be measured by increased productivity, efficiency, quality, throughput, revenues, and profitability. His experience includes retail management, operations management, executive management and consulting for large and small firms in steel, musical instruments, heavy equipment, apparel, furniture, construction materials and other industries. He has experience with turnarounds and startups as well as improvements at well-established companies with revenues ranging from millions to billions of dollars. Brad has experience in ERP, Supply Chain/Materials Management, Lean Manufacturing, Project Management and integrating business and process systems in highly automated manufacturing environments. Half of his career has been in the steel industry involving systems integration and operations planning, and one third of his career has been in consulting in the areas of business process improvement with a focus on ERP implementations and Lean Manufacturing. At one point, Brad was instrumental in integrating seven steel plants into a single supply chain as part of an overall automotive strategy. The balance of his career includes being the President of one company and General Manager of another, which was a start-up business where they achieved steady state operations with international sales in under three years. Brad earned a BS in Administrative Management from the University of Arkansas and an MBA in Operations Management from DePaul University. Early in his career, he earned the CPIM certification from APICS. He currently serves on the NE Indiana Lean Network advisory board and enjoys playing classical music (percussion) and volunteering at an exotic animal sanctuary.

Brent Soderstrom

Practice Lead

*Q2 2021 Employee Recognition Award Recipient

Brent Soderstrom is a 20+-year manufacturing and distribution industry veteran with extensive experience in managing supply chain / manufacturing improvement projects and building and leading teams. Brent built and led a company-wide supply chain improvement team at HD Supply, delivering $20MM of benefits to the enterprise. He also led supply chain, distribution and logistics at Crown Bolt, a division of HD Supply. Brent held various roles at General Electric businesses, including GM of Logistics, Materials Manager, and Manager of Manufacturing Engineering. He has led or participated in 100+ projects to improve supply chain and manufacturing operations. He also led the start-up of four distribution centers and capacity expansions of three others. Brent is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Cheryl Boerjan

Senior Consultant

Cheryl brings 33 years of leadership experience in supply network, warehouse, and manufacturing operations roles at Procter & Gamble. As Supply Network Operations Director, Cheryl led operations and improvements across production planning, finished product and raw / pack material warehousing, and display pack customization for a multi-site manufacturing campus. She governed contracts for third party logistics providers with over $30M spend and 400 associates and launched direct to consumer shipment capability, reducing cost per order 50% and enabling capacity to triple eCommerce sales. As Distribution Center Site Leader for a third-party logistics operation that received, stored, picked, and shipped to over 1K retail customers, Cheryl earned P&G’s “Best DC” recognition three times through rigorous PDCA execution to improve flow, reduce touches, and deliver best-in-class productivity and unit cost. Cheryl Boerjan is a creative and dedicated change agent with high capacity and “can-do” spirit that permeates organizations to make seemingly impossible feats possible. She focuses on big goals and combines data and insight to influence and make brave decisions. Cheryl is known as a results-oriented servant leader with passion for developing others and energizing teams. Cheryl is experienced using SAP, Kinaxis, and WMS systems and holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota along with an MBA from the University of Iowa. She enjoys raising horses and is a certified volunteer mentor for SCORE.

 

 

 

Dan Cooper

Project Manager

Dan Cooper is a 20+ year project management professional specializing in Information Technology and Aerospace manufacturing and integrations. Projects have included private equity acquisitions, restructurings, and integrations of manufacturers of Aircraft interiors, composite structures, and machined parts resulting in a fully integrated aircraft interiors portfolio offering to Triumph Aerostructures, subsequently supplying over 70% of Boeing model aircraft interiors and strategic entrance into high volume Airbus interiors programs. Led design and implementation of manufacturing infrastructure for a global design to build platform for the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 interiors programs spanning North America, Asia, and Europe resulting in highly flexible rapid design change incorporation strategies and >30% cost reductions. Dan has a BS in Applied Technology from BYU- Idaho, has attended SAE Aerospace Executive Academy and is PMI certified.

David Buck

Senior Consultant

David Buck has more than thirty years of experience managing the technical delivery of Information Technology projects. He offers expertise in solutions architecture, program management, project management, enterprise architecture, methodologies, software package selection, integration, implementation, and software development. In past years, David served as CEO of Zweave and managed the development of the company’s PLM product offerings, technical infrastructure, and professional services offerings. David 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. 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.

David Gonzalez

Project Manager

David Gonzalez is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of experience spanning a diversity of industries including manufacturing, distribution, business process outsourcing, and facilities management. He has managed projects that address multiple business and IT disciplines including ERP implementation and customization, Business Process Improvement, and IT and Cyber Security management and Consulting.  He has also implemented solutions that generated annual revenues in excess of 1 billion dollars. 

Throughout his career, David has built his reputation on delivery of results while never losing focus on client expectations.  He cultivates and leads top performing teams providing staff with the leadership, resources, and motivation to achieve successful delivery of IT and non-IT projects.  Through his leadership and consensus-based approach, David establishes, manages, and improves the quality and efficiency of project teams, both onsite and remote.

David studied at the United States Naval Academy, completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of South Alabama, and is a Certified Scrum Master.

David Mack

Senior Consultant

David Mack is an experienced supply chain professional with a focus on organizational transformation through continuous improvement. After earning his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he worked for large ($10B+) consumer products and chemicals manufacturers including SC Johnson and Ecolab. An analytical problem-solver and effective communicator, David has effectively built teams, mapped and improved processes, and executed cross-functional multi-million dollar projects. These experiences have enabled him to develop robust waterfall and agile project management skills as well as to build his capabilities in methodologies such as Lean Manufacturing, Lean Six Sigma, and the Toyota Production System. A few of his accomplishments include improving YOY capital forecasting accuracy by 80%, developing KPI dashboards and project execution processes leading to the execution of $15M/year in net structural savings projects, and achieving vertical startup of new packaging lines by implementing a metric-driven approach to startup processes.

David Mainor

Senior Consultant

David Mainor brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience in manufacturing operations in Fortune 100 companies, business process improvement, management consulting, NAFTA compliance, project management, negotiating, supply chain management and logistics optimization from his career spanning over 25+ years. A veteran change agent, David has enjoyed using his skills in successful ERP and WMS implementations, incorporating methodology to support people who are embracing new technology. He has implemented numerous innovative improvement strategies including Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) projects in bi-lingual environments that have saved his employers and customers millions of dollars in operating costs. Additionally, David served as a leader on a corporate task force charged with assessment of total transportation spending at multiple subsidiaries where he developed a streamlined procurement model yielding more than $12M in annualized savings. David earned his BS in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA from the University of West Florida and is a Certified Green Belt. As a retired Naval Flight Officer, David has logged more than 1,000 hours in the F-14 Tomcat with over 300 carrier arrested landings. He and his wife reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

Erik Hay

Senior Consultant

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.

Ernie Eichenbaum

Program 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.

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.

Gloria Cervantes-Hay

Senior Consultant

Gloria has over 20 years of expertise as a transformative force in executive leadership, product/program management, and supply chain operations. Throughout her career, she has spearheaded large-scale global programs, showcasing exceptional technical acumen and team leadership, built innovative products, and devised strategies for achieving aggressive goals. Gloria’s differentiated career path includes success in designing, building, and delivering customer solutions and products, with a focus on complex systems integrations and process improvements for Fortune 500 clients.

 

Gloria’s progressive career path is marked by impactful roles, notably as the VP of Customer Solutions & Digital Experience at Baxter Planning (M&A with Entercoms). In her 12 years at the company, she championed the creation of customer solutions, delivering efficiency gains and cost reductions. As Business Operations Leader at T-Mobile, she drove operational improvements resulting in increased shipping capacity and employee satisfaction. Her tenure at General Electric showcased her expertise in manufacturing, planning, procurement, new product introduction and transfers of work, resulting in substantial efficiency gains and cost savings. Armed with a rich blend of executive leadership, strategic vision, and language fluency in English and Spanish, Gloria is poised to drive innovation and transformative success for any organization.

Jeff Crossman

Project Manager

With a career spanning over three decades, Jeff Crossman is a seasoned Project Manager with a rich background in ERP systems and 18 years of expertise in Project and Program Management. Jeff brings a unique blend of experience around refinement of processes, development of effective project cadence, and a distinctive management style ensuring both projects and individuals under his purview achieve unparalleled success. Jeff’s industry experience includes Supply Chain, Construction, Horticulture, Food & Beverage, Pharma, Automotive, Life Sciences, and more.

Jeff is well-versed in multiple ERP systems and methodologies, with adaptability and proficiency in leveraging cutting-edge technologies to drive project success. He is able to deconstruct complex issues into manageable components, Jeff’s leadership style is characterized by pragmatism, effective communication, and a realistic outlook on the constraints inherent in project management. His ability to empathize with clients and team members fosters a collaborative atmosphere, aligning everyone towards a common goal.

Jennifer Gahman

Project Manager

Jennifer Gahman is an experienced Professional Services manager and leader with more than two decades of proficiency in Cloud and SaaS Program Management, Stakeholder and Customer Success within the realm of ERP Software and Project Management. She is a certified Change Management expert, adept at fostering Business Relationship Management and cultivating robust internal and external teams. Leveraging strong business acumen, she has implemented over 200 customers from start, upgrades, mergers, and acquisitions for multimillion-dollar strategic initiatives. 

Her industry background includes the following areas:  Distribution, Wholesale, Retail Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Jan San, Chemical, Paper Products and Packaging, HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Fastener, Flooring and Flooring Supplies, Medical, Petroleum, Carrier, Tile, Food Distribution, Healthcare, and Pharmaceutical, B2B, Retail and Life Sciences. 

Jim Rowe

Senior Consultant

Jim Rowe has nearly four decades of experience in technology modernization, change management, digital transformation, organizational design and global strategy.  He is a strategic advisor, executive coach and an organization evolution expert uniquely adept at perceiving change in the marketplace while pivoting strategy and retooling an organization for success.  Jim is a certified Change Management Professional (CCMP), and a Prosci certified ADKAR expert with over a dozen full cycle project successes including global and multicultural projects.  He started his career in consumer packaged goods (CPG) working his way up through Thomas J Lipton (sales, marketing, operations/logistics, trade planning) and then moved to the service side of CPG working with Information Resources, News America and Bristol Technology before moving into Consulting. Jim built out the Organizational Change Management (OCM) pillar while at Perficient Inc. consulting, developing the OCM methodology and guiding principles. He led SAP change at Archer Daniels Midland and Cadbury Schweppes and Microsoft Dynamics 365 change at Howden and HPS LLC in the UK. Jim has additional ERP experience with Workday, Oracle, Syspro and BPCS.

He attended Bentley University where he focused on business marketing and business management.

Jim Wilson

Project Manager

Jim Wilson brings 25 years’ experience as an ERP Consultant and Project Management Professional. He is proficient in vendor selection, IT infrastructure, and ERP implementation projects, specifically in the food & beverage sector. Jim has led approximately 30 successful ERP go-lives throughout North America. During his professional life, he has worked on multiple ERP platforms, including EPICOR, Great Plains, and Microsoft Dynamics NAV/BC. Jim earned his MBA from Queen’s University, his PMP from the Project Management Institute and his Senior Project Leadership Certificate from EDS Global Learning & Development.

Joe Runowiecki

Senior Consultant

Joe Runowiecki has over 25 years of manufacturing experience in both large corporations and private companies. He is a creative supply chain professional with a distinguished history of contributions in the areas of ERP management, production scheduling, purchasing, negotiations, customer service, warehouse management, increased productivity, cost reduction, and inventory accuracy. Joe has experience in the plastics, building products, automotive, and chemical industries. His previous clients include P&G, Home Builders, Home Depot, Caterpillar, John Deere, Chrysler, Intuitive Surgical, Walmart, and Amazon. Joe has managed supply chains utilizing a variety of ERP systems including JD Edwards, Oracle, QAD, SAP, Aptean, and Infor. Joe graduated with a BA from Eastern Illinois University. He is involved with the local community, coaching youth sports, and is the past president of Sycamore Youth Baseball.

Jonathan Valencia

Senior Consultant

Jonathan Valencia has 10 years of progressive leadership experience in supply chain operations. Jonathan has served in leadership roles for the Automotive industry and Food & Beverage CPG. He has experience as a champion user and trainer for multiple ERP systems including SAP and Microsoft Dynamics D365. He leverages knowledge of lean principles (Toyota), APICS CPIM, and operations best practices to support scaling high growth environments. Jonathan has direct experience in inventory planning, process development and implementation, distribution network optimization, 3PL vendor management & selection, KPI and scorecard development, and global logistics. He has also led large scale projects including launching and closing high velocity distribution centers. For the last 6 years, Jonathan utilized his operations knowledge to lead transportation at PepsiCo, logistics at Hometown Food Company, and the Americas supply chain for Voss Water of Norway. Jonathan graduated from the University of New Hampshire with BA in Anthropology and a minor in leadership studies. He resides in northwestern Ohio with his family.

Maryl Wesolowski

Senior Program Manager

Maryl Wesolowski is an executive leader specializing in delivering complex, multimillion-dollar strategic initiatives – from planning through operational transition – for multiple Fortune 500 and top 20 privately-held companies, as well as mid-sized firms. Maryl applies the wisdom earned from 30 years of Big-4 consulting, corporate and business ownership experiences to help clients execute business transformations, improve and innovate business processes, implement enterprise-wide software solutions and develop new business applications. Maryl is skilled at knitting global, multi-cultural resources together into cohesive teams who deliver product and service excellence across all program workstreams, enabling organizations to realize substantive financial and strategic benefits. A certified Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, her versatility has included: directing a portfolio of productivity programs that realized over $100M in cost reductions; implementing ERP modules and WMS systems across various technology platforms which reduced order cycle time by 150% and returns by 42%; rolling out an export management application that delivered $100k ROI in the first two months; and building a custom SAP BTP credit tracking app shared across 26 supply chain centers and 7000 stores. Organizations include Siemens, Smithfield Foods, Reinhart Food Service (formerly Reyes Holdings) and Domino’s Pizza. Maryl holds a BA with honors in Math and Political Science from Northwestern University and a MS in Quality Management Systems from the New England College of Business.

Matthew Hull

Senior Consultant

Matthew Hull has more than 15 years of experience transforming businesses utilizing Lean methodology and effective use of technology. With successful tenure as both the user and as a 3rd party support in ERP Implementation, Process Improvement, S&OP, Matthew has deep professional experience as an Operations Manager, Business Transformation, Leader Global Supply Chain Manager, Lean Six Sigma Manager. Matthew holds a BS in Industrial Technology and Engineering from Ohio University; an MBA from Eli Broad College of Business – Michigan State University; Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certifications from University of Michigan, The George’s Group, and Black & Decker. He brings domain expertise in the areas of Automotive, Medical Devices & Products, Distribution, Industrial Equipment, Consumer Goods, Metal Fabrication, Electronics, Oil & Gas, including experience in internal and external consulting for Fortune 500 Company.

Nadine Brewer

Senior Consultant

Nadine Brewer brings over 30 years of accounting experience with 12 years in the Aquaculture industry, specializing in inventory management from egg to market. Her accounting experience includes due diligence for acquisitions and divestitures as well as an IPO, in addition to end-to-end accounting functions. Also, Nadine has 15 years of implementation experience as a Financial Business Analyst with Industrybuilt/JustFood ERP. In her career, she has implemented solutions for over 60 customers in the food & beverage space, focusing on best practices in accounting and being a trusted partner. She has successfully applied her analyst and problem-solving skills as a solutions architect with JustFood ERP.

Neil Brody

Practice Lead

*Q3 2021 Employee Recognition Award Recipient

Neil Brody is a Supply Chain professional with significant industry expertise in consumer-packaged goods, medical devices and telecommunications. Through his leadership positions at American Greetings, Telsource Corporation, Invacare and NeuroControl, Neil has successfully guided organizations through business process transformations. In many projects, Neil leveraged process improvement and change management methodology and applied to the business environment, positively impacting operational excellence, cost containment, continuous improvement and cultural growth. He offers excellent organization and planning skills with a customer service focus. With deep domain experience in ERP and enterprise technologies, Neil’s proven competencies include Business Process Improvement; Project Management; Organizational Change Management; Cost Containment / Reduction; Quality; Lean Manufacturing, Operations, Logistics and more. Neil holds an MBA in Operations from Bowling Green State University and a BS in Business Administration and Management from John Carroll University. Neil is APICS-Certified in Integrated Resource Management – CIRM and Certified in Production and Inventory Management – CPIM.

Pamella Roebuck

Senior Consultant

Pamella Roebuck has over 18 years of experience in change management, project management, process improvement, distribution, logistics and supply chain optimization. She has led change management, project management and process improvement efforts for ERP, HR, warehouse management and e-procurement system implementations in a wide variety of industries. Pam has worked with several ERP systems including Oracle, JD Edwards, Peoplesoft, Commerce One, and Lawson, as well as several warehouse management, operations management, and engagement systems. She is Prosci certified and uses her knowledge to customize and execute change management strategies that ensure client project goals are met and workplace environment changes are adopted.
Pam has extensive experience in the full suite of organizational change management activities including leadership alignment, employee engagement, communications, training development/delivery, and job/role redesign. She uses her excellent leadership skills to build relationships with all levels of stakeholder groups to become a client trusted advisor that supports successful organizational change. Pam has proven skills at identifying risks and developing creative solutions to keep projects moving forward to completion. Pam has a BS in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Paul Denmark

Practice Lead

*Q2 2021 Employee Recognition Award Recipient

Paul Denmark has more than 30 years’ experience as a senior supply chain management leader with broad-based global experience in driving benchmark performance throughout several diverse manufacturing environments on a global basis. Paul’s focus has been in driving new or enhanced ERP implementations, advanced supply chain planning and scheduling, demand management, procurement, distribution, engineering change control, and management of complex manufacturing operations across multiple plants, both as an industry practitioner and consultant. Paul has held positions as Industrial Engineering, Procurement and Planning Director at Eastman Kodak, Director of Supply Chain Strategic Initiatives at Avery Dennison, Director of Global Supply Chain at GrafTech (formerly Union Carbide), and VP of Supply Chain at the Elgin Fastener Group. He has extensive experience in make-to-stock, make-to-order and hybrid MTS/MTO manufacturing flows, as well as supply chain management, across multiple plants throughout the US, South America, Europe, Korea and China. Paul has led several major ERP implementations with an emphasis on driving excellence in supply chain planning and execution, not just by focusing on the software enhancements being implemented, but by upgrading the “thought-ware” of the organization to a higher level in order to take full advantage of the new capabilities being put in place. Paul holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University, an MS/MBA in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Management from Rochester Institute of Technology, and has been certified in APICS CPIM.

Rafael Calderon

Senior Project Manager

Rafael Calderon is a Project Management Professional specializing in Systems Implementation and Process Improvement in the Process Manufacturing sector, specifically Food & Beverage and Pharmaceuticals & Medical Device. Rafael has close to twenty years’ worth of implementation and consulting experience with over a hundred successful deployments under his belt. Throughout his professional life, he has worked with multiple ERP platforms, including PRISM/PROTEAN, PRMS/BPICS, EPICOR and MS Navision. Rafael started his career in Y2K compliance projects in the mid-to-late 90’s in Canada and the US, followed by a successful business consulting practice in the Pharma and Medical Device industry in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the mid 2000’s, Rafael became Senior Implementation Consultant/Project Manager for the implementation division of Bell Canada, where he led and delivered multiple enterprise-sized projects in Ontario. Later, he became a Senior Project Manager for IndustryBuilt/JustFoodERP where he successfully managed and completed over fifty ERP implementation cycles all throughout North America. Rafael has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from ITESM in Mexico City and a diploma in Systemic Thinking and Consulting Practice from the University of Humberside (now University of Lincoln) in the UK. Rafael holds CPIM and PMP certifications. In addition, he is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. He is a local food growth and preparation enthusiast. He is currently pursuing a degree in Culinary Sciences and a certification in Six Sigma.

Roberto Aguilar

Project Manager

Roberto is an accomplished project and program manager with more than 20 years of experience impacting the competitive performance, profitability, and overall success of diverse organizations around the globe.
With an impressive career launched with hands-on, senior management and technical roles in the areas of consulting, project implementation, and quality assurance, Roberto provides clients with the knowledge, support, and resources to exceed objectives. He has been commended for organizational contributions that range from renewal of multimillion-dollar contracts to implementation of advanced process improvement strategies.
While serving in a senior management role leading a team of 18 IT managers, in the US and India, Roberto played an instrumental role in the company’s globalization efforts. He also generated significant cost reductions, establishing a top performing offshore team comprised of 300+ members, and completing the refurbishment of support infrastructure. Roberto further impacted sales by advocating Six Sigma strategies.
In another key leadership role, Roberto ensured the continuous delivery of top-quality products, network support, software testing, and help desk assistance to an international client base. Through strategic direction of 35 leaders in multiple locations, he boosted sales by over 200% and slashed expenditures by 45%.
As director of project delivery of a PMO, he pioneered the implementation of best practices, new systems and tools, and highly effective processes and procedures, and elevated the performance of the PMO while orchestrating a project portfolio of up to 65 ventures at a time. He led global product penetration for Marketing acquisition tools and cemented a solid program management approach to product definition, team development and product implementation.
Roberto earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami. He also achieved Project Management Certification and completed advanced training in the areas of software development management, Six Sigma methodologies, SAFe Scrum Master, software quality assurance testing, Kaizen and Lean methodologies – areas he has put in practice in organizations including NextEra Energy, SouthernGlazers Wine & Spirits, Norwegian Cruise Lines Corporation, and Citi Group.

Rounak Nischal

Consultant

Rounak Nischal has a passion for supply chain management and helping clients succeed. He holds a Master’s degree in Supply Chain Data Analytics & Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Rutgers Business School. He most recently was in the Supply Chain Leadership Rotational Program at Campbell Soup Company. Rounak is experienced in many areas of supply chain including procurement, quality, distribution, manufacturing, operational excellence, continuous improvement, customer logistics, data visualization and automation. Throughout his career, Rounak has identified areas for process improvement and utilized process flows and value stream mapping to create cost saving initiatives for multi-million-dollar projects. Rounak also has great experience leading teams, managing multiple projects, and utilizing business intelligence tools such as Power BI & Robotic Process Automation to deliver needed information in a timely fashion to the customer. By combining his analytical tools and supply chain knowledge, Rounak is able to provide supply chain solutions that will have short-term and long-term success in many cross-functional situations.

 

Sarah Nickerson

Organizational Change Management Practice Leader

Sarah Nickerson is an organizational change management specialist who understands the intricacies of business and enterprise transformations. She is an accomplished program and consulting lead, spearheading global organizational change management (OCM) initiatives for companies including Amgen, Adobe, Autodesk, Costco, Sony, and Toyota. Her 20+ year career path is paved with work experiences from customer relations and marketing to leadership development and change management—across multiple industries.

 

Sarah holds two Bachelor’s Degrees from Dickinson College and a Master’s Degree from The University of Hartford. She also earned her PROSCI/Change Management and PMI/Project Management Professional certifications. Sarah took a career hiatus to travel around the world to discover and explore the world’s most beautiful remote tropical islands and beaches, and perfect her flexibility and adaptation. She thrives in situations that require new ways of working, collaborating, and learning—and is passionate about keeping it simple while bringing out the very best in others.

Sean Hull

Technical Consultant

Sean Hull is a seasoned Project Manager with twenty years of comprehensive experience in senior-level management, implementing best practices throughout rapidly changing, highly competitive growth environments. Sean offers the rare ability to serve as a liaison between developers, executive management and stakeholders to ensure expectations are clearly communicated and goals are met. He is skilled in client needs assessment, product specification, risk analysis, budgeting and client-vendor relations. With a mix of solid experience in program management, software development, and enterprise systems support and maintenance, Sean is well versed in driving digital transformation throughout retail, eCommerce, distribution and manufacturing sectors. Sean holds a BA from The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business; Management Information Systems.

Sean Schuster

Program Manager

Sean Schuster has 20+ years of a diverse business background, holding leadership positions spanning Distribution and Supply Chain, Materials and Manufacturing, Retail and eCommerce, CX and Contact Centers, Sales, Service and Business Strategy. Sean is trained in Kaizen, Six Sigma, Muda Dori, DMAIC, Lean, 5S, Gemba, and TPS. At one point recruited to Sony’s Global Muda Dori team, Sean practiced these disciplines globally including in the US, China, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil and Japan. Sean is committed to looking for opportunities between People, Process and Systems. He has experience with ERP, WMS, CRM, Telephony, Web Platforms, middleware and reporting solutions and on platforms ranging from Google Suites and QuickBooks to SAP and Salesforce.

Sokol Bojaj

Senior Consultant

Sokol Bojaj is an accomplished SAP and ERP Solutions Program/Project Manager, with more than 25 years of success in delivering business-critical, complex, Global ERP Solutions that align Enterprise IT strategy with Business Objectives. He has managed over 30 successful ERP Based Global Technology Transformation Programs, which also included complete Business Process Transformation, Organizational Change Management, Systems & Package Integrations (CRM, SCM, MES), Vendor Management, Application Development/Configuration, Program/Project Budget and Resource Management, Infrastructure, Data Migration and Testing, and Cutover Management across multiple industry verticals; including IT Consulting/Delivery, Automotive, Energy/Utility, Manufacturing, Life Science, Event Management, Staffing/Resourcing, IT Managed Services, Media, and Retail Industries. He is an effective and visionary Solutions Leader, with broad experience across multiple ERP platforms; including SAP (ECC6.0, S/4 HANA), JD Edwards, Workday, MS Dynamics, Plex, Oracle NetSuite, and Deltek.

Van Dang

Senior Consultant

Van Dang is a highly self-motivated and customer-oriented supply chain professional with strong analytical skills. Van strategically orchestrated cost effective and deadline-oriented supply chain procedures which exceeded business plans and manufacturing goals. With deep domain experience in manufacturing and supply chain for Schlumberger, Halliburton-Pinnacle and Bisco Industries, Van has successfully implemented continuous improvement projects including a project that lead to $1.7M in purchasing savings and another key project that increased GR/IR reconciliation by 300%. Van holds a B.A. in Economics from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, Maryland. Van also offers advanced proficiency in the following systems: Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PPT, Visio, etc.) SharePoint, SAP/ERP, SAP Business Objects BI, SAP Ariba, Tableau, Oracle. Van is Bilingual in English and Vietnamese.

 

Bill Coletta

Enterprise Solutions Advisor

Bill Coletta is a sales professional with more than 20 years of customer relations, marketing and project management experience. His main objective is to build relationships with potential clients and help them discover the benefits of an ERP implementation. Having worked in both distribution and the manufacturing sectors, he has good knowledge of ERP/CRM applications such as Epicor, SAP, and industry-specific software. Bill graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Marketing Communications & Advertising.

Ehren Highfill

Sales Account Executive

*Q3 2021 Employee Recognition Award Recipient

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.

Eric Wilson

Senior Sales Account Executive

*Q4 2021 Employee Recognition Award Recipient

Eric Wilson has over 25 years of global sales, business development, consulting, marketing, operations, alliance partnerships, and management experience. He is focused on identifying opportunities to deliver sustainable value to mid-market manufacturers and distributors in the key areas of business transformation, process improvement, change management, risk mitigation, enterprise technology selection, and implementation services. His diversified professional career began with multiple roles in international manufacturing and distribution. He then transitioned his extensive business acumen and related skillsets to the Enterprise Resource Planning software industry helping executives achieve their goals with enabling technologies and program management. He was later recruited by partners in both the Venture Capital and Private Equity communities to support strategic growth and operational improvement initiatives with a variety of investment portfolio companies. Over the years, Eric has passionately served clients in the domestic United States, Canada, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the United Kingdom across multiple industry sectors. He received his B.A. from John Carroll University and resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Tim Griffin

Business Solutions Consultant

Tim Griffin brings significant domain experience in enterprise resource technology in manufacturing and distribution. He joined Ultra after more than ten years at Infor Global Solutions where he held the position of Sales-Business System Consultant. Tim has also worked at Oracle. Tim holds a BS degree in Purchasing and Materials Management from Bowling Green University and is certified in Production and Inventory Management from APICS.

 

Kelly Hale

Managing Director of Marketing and Growth

With over 20 years of dynamic marketing experience, Kelly is a seasoned leader who brings a wealth of expertise to the Ultra team. His extensive background includes successfully spearheading sales and marketing teams, orchestrating the strategy, launch, and execution of large-scale go-to-market programs. With a keen understanding of digital marketing and strategic go-to-market approaches, Kelly has constructed high-performing teams and robust infrastructures that drive unparalleled success.

Spanning diverse industries and service lines, Kelly has honed his skills in crafting innovative marketing strategies that not only amplify brand awareness but also deliver impressive ROI. His proven track record includes overseeing the development and implementation of large-scale campaigns, from creating compelling content and assets to strategic content delivery. Additionally, Kelly has deep experience in project management, account management, technology implementation, and marketing technology management, underscoring his adaptability and proficiency in driving multifaceted initiatives.

In his role, Kelly leads the charge in designing launch strategies and executions, collaborating closely with cross-functional partners to generate insights and create comprehensive client journeys, market landscapes, and competitive assessments. He excels in fostering strategic communications, providing invaluable support for executive engagement, and driving key initiatives within marketing, all while championing best practices and standards for critical strategic planning and reviews. With notable skills in public relations writing, marketing copywriting, and software implementation, he is a leader with a keen eye for detail, adept at mitigating risks, resolving conflicts, and fostering collaboration and engagement among diverse teams.

Brian Denton

Director of Digital Marketing

Brian brings 20 years of marketing leadership to Ultra Consultants working as creative lead with clients like Mercedes-Benz, Allstate, eBay, and various public and private sector organizations working to effectively communicate with specific audiences. His work has been recognized for awards in the healthcare, education, automotive and non-profit sectors – including a series of distracted driving awareness campaigns developed with the California Highway Patrol and California Casualty. For the past seven years, Brian has worked in the fresh produce sector developing B2B messaging partnerships with large-scale growers, distributors, and clients throughout the foodservice industry. His work included developing Cultivating Change, giving hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to small family farms for infrastructure improvements, an annual Culinary Summit that brought together the perishable supply chain with the restaurants they served, and developing popular video and podcast series showcasing produce companies like Dole, Driscoll’s, and Sunkist to share their stories. Brian has served on the boards for United Fresh, the Produce Marketing Association, and the National Ad Council – and enjoys volunteering his time assisting Non-Profit Organizations in developing countries to share their message.

Wendy Stanley

Marketing Content Manager

Wendy Stanley brings 20+ years of marketing experience to the Ultra team including content and copywriting, customer communications, graphic design, marketing plans, campaigns and digital and print advertising. For the past 7 years, Wendy has worked in the software industry, promoting ERP, WMS, and MES solutions for clients across manufacturing verticals. As a marketing leader, Wendy has a background that includes overseeing the creation of editorial calendars, and managing and creating content for social media, blog posts and case studies. A skilled Content Manager, she is proficient in SEO, web design and editing. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Central Michigan University.

Camisha Walker

Senior Recruiter

Camisha Walker is a Senior Recruiter with Ultra and brings with her 12 years of experience in recruiting, sales and account management. She has a strong history of recruiting top consulting talent focusing on business process management, business analytics, project leadership, organizational change management, strategy execution, and M & A integration. Camisha is also knowledgeable in full life cycle recruitment processes. Prior to Ultra, she excelled as an Executive Recruiter in the pharmaceutical industry within the Medical Affairs arena. Camisha earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University.

Dennis Gilhooley Sr.

Senior Recruiter

Dennis Gilhooley Sr. has over 40 years of experience in supply chain management specializing in logistics and distribution management, third-party logistics (3PL), and demand planning. His experience includes managing transportation and 3PL projects for the Department of Defense and managing third party fulfillment for the US Mint. While at IBM, he managed a 70-person Logistics Service Area and led recruiting and training activities for the 800-person Public Sector Supply Chain Practice. While at a major consumer electronics firm, he managed all finished goods distribution activities including managing multiple 3PLs. His sales planning and marketing experience includes demand forecasting, product planning, market analysis, and market research. He has served on many marketing committees for the Electronic Industries Association (EIA) in Washington, D.C., and was the recipient of the EIA Marketing Services Award of Excellence. Dennis’s education and certifications include a Certificate in Distribution Management, DePaul University; B.A. Mathematics, Culver-Stockton College; He is Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) with APICS.

Nicole Gilhooley

Director, Human Resources

*Q4 2021 Employee Recognition Award Recipient Nicole Gilhooley is the Director of Human Resources for Ultra Consultants. She manages the employee lifecycle, including talent acquisition, benefits administration, performance management, employee relations, employee engagement, recognition and health and wellness. She is the administrator for LinkedIn Learning, LinkedIn TalentHub and the ADP Workforce Now portal. Nicole is also the co-leader of the Lean In Circle group for women at Ultra and is a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives across the company. Nicole is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and a member of SHRM.
Prior to Ultra, Nicole has a professional background in information technology and management consulting working for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Allstate Corporation and enterprise software vendor, Plumtree Software (now owned by Oracle). Much of her work in these capacities focused on business process improvement through business analysis and software solutions. Nicole also held the position of Assistant Director of Admissions and Marketing at The Avery Coonley School for academically gifted children and was the administrator for a cloud-based enrollment management system. She is a dedicated leader in her community having served for five years as an appointed Commissioner and is about to begin her third term as an elected Village Trustee in Brookfield, IL. She also serves as a Board Member of the Proviso Township Mental Health Commission serving 14 communities in the near west suburbs of Chicago.

Gayla Cook

Controller

*Q4 2021 Employee Recognition Award Recipient

Tia Mac

Finance Manager

Tia Mac has a strong financial management background working in Professional Services with billion-dollar clients in the insurance, retail, and nuclear industries. Her work has focused on financial analysis, financial forecasting, pricing, and portfolio management. Prior to Ultra she executed key financial recommendations while offering critical analysis and insights to evaluate risk. As a highlight in her career so far, Tia was able to save over $850K in a quarter under her portfolio, leaving project members positioned to deliver quality service while maintaining successful client relationships. Tia graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, and double minors in Management & Leadership, and Decision Analysis.

Richard Reck

Advisor

Richard Reck is the founder and President of Business Strategy Advisors LLC (BSA), a business strategy consultancy that focuses on serving technology-based and entertainment companies. Mr. Reck serves as a member of the Board of Directors for several companies, including tronc, Inc. (formerly The Tribune Publishing Company), Interactive Intelligence, a public communications software company where he serves on the audit and compensation committees, and SilkRoad Technology, a venture backed SaaS software Company. In addition to these board positions, over recent years he has served as Chairman of Greenbrier & Russel, an Information Technology Services Company bought by Fujitsu, Advanced Life Sciences, a public biopharmaceutical development company where he served as the chairman of the audit committee, Merge Healthcare, a public health care software and information company where he served on the audit and compensation committees and chaired the nominating and governance committee that was sold to IBM, and Sivox Technologies, an eLearning call center software company that merged with Bankers Edge. Mr. Reck is also a registered Certified Public Accountant and was a partner with KPMG LLP, a Big Four CPA firm, for nearly 30 years, where he served as the National Director of the Software and Information Technology and Services Practice for a variety of clients, including companies like BorgWarner Corporation, Zebra Technologies, Inc., and Magnavox Corporation. Mr. Reck received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from DePauw University and an MBA in accounting from the University of Michigan.

Verinder Syal

Advisor

Verinder Syal has over 40 years of experience in working with companies to deliver exceptional results. He has been an Adjunct Faculty member at Northwestern University since 2006 where he teaches two courses in leadership and entrepreneurship. Mr. Syal is also a published author, having written the book Discover the Entrepreneur Within – A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting It Done. Prior to Syal’s work as an author and entrepreneur, he served as the CEO of several companies, including Rhymer Seafood and Stella Cheese. Mr. Syal also spent 19 years at The Quaker Oats Company, where held a variety of positions, including VP of Corporate Planning & Strategy, CEO of Golden Grain, a privately held company acquired by Quaker where under his direction sales reached $300 million, and President of the $2 billion Quaker Breakfast Foods Group, whose brands included Quaker Oats, Cap’n Crunch, and Aunt Gemima. Verinder Syal is the Past Chairman of WPO Chicago, a worldwide business organization, where he developed award winning educational programs. He has an MBA from the University of Michigan and an Engineering degree from MACT, India.

Rick Halperin

Advisor

Mr. Halperin has served as CEO of Coherent Networks International Inc., a software company specializing in the telecom industries. Prior to that, Mr. Halperin was the CEO of JBA International, a unit of JBA Holdings and global ERP software company based in the U.K., where he oversaw a successful IPO. When Mr. Halperin was Vice President of Sales, Services, and Marketing for System Software Associates (SSA), a provider of extended enterprise solutions and services, the company also went public during his tenure. Mr. Halperin spent time as Area Director for Wang Laboratories, a mid-range computer manufacturer, where he was responsible for sales, support, and administrative operations covering nine Midwestern states. Prior to that engagement, Mr. Halperin spent nine years at IBM Corporation in various marketing and management positions. Mr. Halperin has served on the board of directors of several companies both private and public, including Story Inc., JBA International, Advanced Graphical Applications, Airborne Control Technologies, Made2Manage, Coherent Networks International, Epigraph, Interactive Intelligence, and multiple SSA affiliates. Mr. Halperin graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration, and acquired one year of credits toward an MBA in Marketing.