Ultra Management and Consultants

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Jeff Carr
President, Chief Executive Officer

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.

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Charlie Schloff
Chief Business Officer

Charlie Schloff

Chief Business Officer

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.

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Scott Hanson
Chief Revenue Officer

Scott Hanson

Chief Revenue Officer

Scott Hanson is responsible for all of Ultra’s sales and marketing programs. Prior to joining Ultra in 2016, Scott’s 25+ year B2B software career included sales, marketing, and industry alliances, along with the delivery of consultative services to SMB and mid-size enterprises. He has held numerous senior marketing and sales leadership roles at ERP companies, including Epicor Software and Activant Solutions. Scott has extensive experience in building customer-focused sales teams that provide technology solutions, services and strategies to drive business process improvements and corresponding financial performance. With a consultative sales approach, Scott’s team collaborates with the customer in providing a compelling ROI proposition and long-term business partnership. Scott’s areas of expertise include enterprise software, supply chain, business intelligence, and professional & customer services. Originally hailing from Central Minnesota, Scott attended the University of Minnesota. He is an avid golfer, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Kevin Stack
Practice Leader - South

Kevin Stack

Practice Leader - South

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.

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Dennis Gilhooley, Jr.
Practice Leader - North

Dennis Gilhooley, Jr.

Practice Leader - North

Dennis Gilhooley has two decades of leadership experience in business process improvement, management consulting, ERP implementation, lean manufacturing, project management, portfolio management, sales management, education and technology training, and supply chain management. He has implemented growth strategies and innovative technology solutions for clients in private and public sectors. He was vice president of a precision manufacturer, managing all aspects of business management and company operations including strategic planning, staffing, new business development, communications, marketing, competitive positioning, and client management. Dennis led the company through a successful ERP implementation helping to increase sales by 80% while leading a lean manufacturing initiative, increasing employee productivity by 45%. As a management consultant in the Public Sector Operations Supply Chain Management service area with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Global Business Services, Dennis was part of a team that managed a $500M IT Portfolio for the US Transportation Command. He provided strategic sourcing best practices for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), managed web-based procurement for the DLA, helped develop the mission-critical DLA Enterprise Portal, and provided business process improvement strategies for the US Navy Network Centric Innovation Center. Dennis has a BBA in Marketing from Loyola University, Chicago and a M.Ed. (Computer Science) from DePaul University. He is APICS – CSCP certified, PMI – PMP certified and an IBM trained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Carolyn Wilson
Director of Marketing

Carolyn Wilson

Director of Marketing

Carolyn Wilson is an experienced strategic marketing leader with more than 15 years in the manufacturing, higher education and software sectors. Carolyn is passionate about lead and demand generation strategies to drive increased pipeline and revenue through a data-driven and multi-channel account based marketing (ABM) approach. Prior to Ultra, Carolyn led the marketing team at ProShip, Inc. where she helped grow strong, double-digit growth in sales pipeline and software revenues. A proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Carolyn received her bachelor’s degree in Information Technology before finding her passion for marketing. In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys spending it with friends and family and being active outdoors, watching Wisconsin sports (Go Pack!), reading and travel.

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Dylan Howard, PMP
Practice Leader - West

Dylan Howard, PMP

Practice Leader - West

Dylan Howard graduated from ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business and is currently Business Development Manager at Ultra Consultants, helping mid-market manufacturers and distributors effectively tackle projects with process re-engineering, enterprise technology selection, change & risk management, program design, and implementation management services. He also holds a PMP Certification and understands how to organize and effectively run projects per PMI standards. Dylan has spent the last 15 years in both the sales and management fields. As General Manager of Timberline Fire he managed the day-to-day operations of the organization. He held the responsibility for developing partnerships and securing contracts with the Department of Agriculture and Arizona State Forestry, along with private organizations. As a certified NWCG trainer he is used to teaching in front of large groups. As Director of Sales at Ecolink Energy, he developed the sales program, managed the sales team, and developed sales strategy based on both environmental and fiscal feasibility.

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Aaron Olin
Senior Consultant

Aaron Olin

Senior Consultant

Aaron Olin brings over 20 of years of combined Corporate and Consulting experience across a wide range of verticals and company sizes. He started with a solid foundation in Logistics and 3PL management leading fast-paced air freight operations, trucking fleets and warehouses before advancing into Supply Chain and manufacturing. Aaron has a knack for organizing the complexities of warehouse and shop floor processes and building solutions to help all levels of the organization succeed. He is passionate about health and wellness and worked early in the initial high growth phase of the organic sector. Aaron has been involved in several complete supply chain redesigns as a Director of Supply Chain in Organic ingredients and cosmetics. Aaron's Consulting engagements include highly successful early stage nutraceuticals, complete business process improvement for several established eCommerce retailers as well as organizational development, coaching and mentoring from entry level staff to executives and founders. Aaron has spent his entire career as an early adopter of new technologies to solve real supply chain problems; using the simplest most elegant solutions available to achieve strategic objectives. Having years of experiences managing large, global teams in manufacturing, demand planning and customer service; he also understands and anticipates challenges across many functional areas in the organization. With a mix of experience in Private and Public companies Aaron is aware of how different actions in the Supply Chain affect Accounting, Reporting and Regulatory considerations. Aaron has a BA in International Relations from University of Southern California and GLS degree from California State University Long Beach. In his spare time he likes back country skiing, trail running and mountain biking.

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Andrew Schmidt
Business Consultant

Andrew Schmidt

Business Consultant

Andrew Schmidt is a supply chain professional with experience working for ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel producer. Andrew has a wide range of experience in supply chain including sales and operations planning, material flow planning, inventory management, material movement and logistics. Most recently, Andrew was responsible for the supply chain portion of the Manufacturing Execution System upgrade project. Andrew led the project team responsible for implementing the new planning and scheduling system as well as creating new business processes and procedures. Andrew is a graduate from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He graduated with a degree in Supply Chain Management and International Business with a minor in Spanish.

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Andrew Demetres
Senior Consultant

Andrew Demetres

Senior Consultant

Andrew Demetres is a certified Project Management Consultant offering more than 29 years of experience in Information Systems and Technology specializing in ERP transformations. He brings over 20 years of expertise in enterprise systems including 15 large scale multi-national SAP implementations since 1995. Andrew is best used in the roles of Senior Program & Project Manager, Analyst, Solutions Architect, and Change Management Specialist. He delivers from the beginning to the end of the transformation journey to ensure that strategic business initiatives are successful. Andrew is equally comfortable interacting at all levels of the organization and brings outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. Andrew has a thorough understanding of business and technology making him the correct choice for projects requiring executive sponsorship and cross-functional team leaders. He is adept at integration requiring change in business critical operations where adoption is key to success. Andrew has a deep background in implementing large scale systems and business change in major consumer products and retail companies such as Ralph Lauren, L’Oreal, Marc Jacobs, Nestle, Unilever, and Colgate Palmolive. He has hands-on experience with a range of ERP systems including SAP, JDA, Microsoft Dynamics AX/NAV/GP, and many other tools. Andrew obtained his MBA at Dowling College and holds a BS In Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. His is PMI certified.

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Art Travis
Senior Consultant

Art Travis

Senior Consultant

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.

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Brad Staats
Senior Consultant

Brad Staats

Senior Consultant

As a 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 advisory board for the NE Indiana Lean Network and enjoys playing classical music (percussion) and volunteering at an exotic animal sanctuary.

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Brantly Chavis
Senior Consultant

Brantly Chavis

Senior Consultant

Brantly Chavis is a 20+-year manufacturing, business development and supply chain industry veteran with extensive experience in managing supply chain / manufacturing improvement projects, building sales teams and building/leading international teams. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. His experience cuts across industrial, distribution, retail and manufacturing. Brantly serves manufacturers with deep domain experience in Supply Chain / Operations Process / manufacturing engineering as well as Lean Six Sigma Continuous improvement. Brantly led a team with the newly purchased Camus Hydronic business into total transition from current processes, financial documentation and HR practices to newly implemented business processes. As a Business Development leader, he helped drive annual sales increases at an industrial manufacturer by 20%. In all, he has been involved in 50+ Lean Six Sigma projects across multiple industry sectors. Brantly holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Brent Soderstrom
Senior Consultant

Brent Soderstrom

Senior Consultant

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.

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Brian Puz
Service Delivery Manager

Brian Puz

Service Delivery Manager

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.

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David Buck
Senior Consultant

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.

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Dave Lechleitner
Senior Consultant

Dave Lechleitner

Senior Consultant

As a manufacturing and operations professional with a broad foundation of experience, Dave Lechleitner has worked for the past 30 years assisting small and mid-market manufacturers leverage technology and automation to increase performance, productivity, throughput, quality, efficiency, revenues and profitability. His experience includes serving as vendor project manager on over 1,000 manufacturing ERP implementation projects. He managed the training program for a Tier 3 ERP solution and re-developed the entire program from instructor-led, face-to-face instruction to a hybrid, blended approach leveraging web-based video and self-paced instruction. Dave has extensive background in manufacturing cost accounting and assisted organizations in establishing financial cost controls. He also has experience in adapting and implementing lean methodologies specific to high-mix, low volume environments. He has been active in national manufacturing associations including serving as a chair to several standing committees of the National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA) and the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association. His is a regular presenter at both the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) and Fabtech. He has a Bachelors Degree in Business Education with a specialization in cost accounting. Dave is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Lean Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management from Kettering University.

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David Mainor
Senior Consultant

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.

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David Saunders
Senior Consultant

David Saunders

Senior Consultant

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.

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Debbie Watson
Senior Consultant

Debbie Watson

Senior Consultant

Debbie is an award winning, results-driven leader with over 20 years of exemplary accomplishments managing global adoption/change initiatives for Fortune 100 and 500 companies. She is recognized for creating industry “best practice” solutions, and as an articulate communicator with the ability to convey complex technical information in user-friendly terms and ready to tackle challenges and solve problems. Debbie has experience working within the manufacturing, utilities, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, and government sectors. She brings extensive experience in identifying stakeholder needs, readiness, and risks associated with implementations and the solutions to help achieve optimum adoption of the initiative. She has experience leading the change management effort for JDE, Oracle, Microsoft, and Maintenance Connection implementations; as well as major business process changes not related to software changes. Debbie has a B.S. in education from Murray State University; a Master of Education (M.ED.) and a certificate in Human Resource Development (HRD) from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Erik Hay
Senior Consultant

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.

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Ernie Eichenbaum
Senior Consultant

Ernie Eichenbaum

Senior Consultant

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.

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Gary McGregor
Senior Consultant

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.

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Jodi Foster
Project Manager

Jodi Foster

Project Manager

Jodi Foster is a highly skilled executive consultant and practice leader with over 16 years of expertise leading enterprise strategic software development and business process initiatives. She is a recognized thought leader with advanced stakeholder and end-user relationship-building proficiency. Jodi brings extensive experience in project strategy, needs assessment, and gap analysis. She is focused on fostering relationships and providing seamless execution while yielding exceptional customer satisfaction. As a strategic client consultant with a solid business acumen and overall project vision, Jodi creates value-added innovative solutions to critical business needs and exceeds established business objectives. Jodi specializes in implementing ERP through complex, at-risk projects while creating critical phase measurements and establishing best practices. Jodi has a proven record of furthering and advancing the progress of overall project results. She has overseen projects and programs with budgets in excess of $70M.

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Joe Velez
Service Delivery Manager

Joe Velez

Service Delivery Manager

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.

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Jonathan Tompkins
Service Delivery Manager

Jonathan Tompkins

Service Delivery Manager

Jonathan Tompkins brings over 20 years of experience improving business results through ERP software and business process redesign. He has executed duties as lead Manufacturing Consultant and Project Manager on multiple ERP implementations from beginning to end. Working extensively with manufacturing companies and job shops, he has led teams to discover ways to map current processes and identify better processes to more effectively align with company priorities and goals. Jonathan is familiar with all areas of the manufacturing enterprise, working in various roles from cost accounting, to procurement management and business process improvement. He is particularly strong in helping companies with the Scheduling, MRP, and Production Management functionalities of ERP software. As both Project Manager and Consulting Manager, Jonathan has managed highly effective teams towards successful completion of both small, department-focused projects and enterprise-wide projects. Jonathan has been called in to help lead project turnaround efforts when others were struggling to gain ground. Jonathan enjoys cultivating productive relationships with customers leading to clearer communication, greater discovery of the best ideas, and a sense of partnership and excitement over what can be accomplished. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Accounting and Human Resource Management from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.

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Katrine Maguire
Senior Consultant

Katrine Maguire

Senior Consultant

Katrine Maguire serves as Ultra’s Senior Consultant with deep domain experience in industry sectors including manufacturing; telecom; healthcare; food service and other industries. In her previous career roles, Katrine managed the Finance and HR systems implementation and operations for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company. She also directed the organizational change management program for the ERP implementation for the largest US for-profit higher education institution. With expertise in Enterprise Technology Support, Implementation, and Organizational Change Management, Katrine’s tenure also includes leading multiple large-scale reengineering projects for Deloitte and Touche. Katrine holds an MBA in Finance from the Booth School of Management (University of Chicago); a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Chicago; and she is PMP certified and served as a presenter at the 2018 Global PMI Conference. She is a former member of the Board of the Midwest Automated Clearinghouse for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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Kyle Breunlin
Senior Project Manager

Kyle Breunlin

Senior Project Manager

Kyle Breunlin, Ultra Senior Project Manager, is a highly experienced IT project/program manager, driving profit for industry leading corporations using best business standards, agile methodology, and in-depth technical system knowledge. As part of his successful career, Kyle secured multimillion-dollar contracts at Fortune 500 companies including Sony Electronics and Home Depot. Kyle consistently demonstrates top tier operations management skill backed by strong staff leadership and motivational strategies. Seasoned in recruiting and organizing top-performing cross-functional teams through comprehensive project lifecycle management expertise, Kyle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – graduating with honors in Management; Management Information Systems and a minor in Spanish. Kyle holds certifications n the following areas: PMI - Project Management Professional, PMI-San Diego Member, PMP; Agile Certification – Certified ScrumMaster ® (CSM); Project Management Connection, Executive Board Member; Microsoft Certified Professional, 2004-Present; Formal SAP Software Certification, (HANA, PPM, BI, IM, PM, SD, HR, SEM, CRM, SCM, SRM)

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Marty Moor
Service Delivery Manager

Marty Moor

Service Delivery Manager

Martin Moor is a 20+-year manufacturing and technology industry veteran with deep experience in managing complex information technology projects, teams and change initiatives. Marty helped to integrate Invacare Corporation into the global supply chain as the Director of Systems Development, where he developed and implemented cost-effective solutions that drove consistent improvements across the company’s 11 manufacturing and distribution facilities. Marty headed the North American IT operations of Ridge Tool Company as Manager of Global Business Applications. His leadership led to the implementation of JD Edwards One World XE, driving savings of $13.5 million and an ROI of 53.4%. As the previous Director of Information Technology for Henkel Corporation, he led 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

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Matthew Hull
Senior Consultant

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.

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Matt Santori
Senior Consultant

Matt Santori

Senior Consultant

Matt Santori has over 22 years of experience in ERP where he has held multiple roles such as: Consulting, Project Management, Business Development, Solution Architecture and Leadership. Prior to joining Ultra, Matt served as the VP of Consulting at an Oracle partner organization where he led the efforts of expanding their Oracle consulting practice. Amongst other initiatives, Matt created an assimilation methodology which achieved proven results of enhancement within organizational alignment, governance, communication models and team structure. Matt was also a Director at Accenture where he was responsible for sales and growth of the Oracle ERP business in North America, as well as responsible for redeveloping the Oracle / JD Edwards Practice from the ground up. Matt’s leadership and practice development techniques helped facilitate the negotiations and closing activities for consulting engagements with Archer Daniels Midland, Disney and Pixar films. Matt was responsible for establishing qualification and win strategies for multiple prospects, while coordinating the efforts of the consulting practices. He feels privileged to have the opportunity to partner with both prospective & existing customers, as well as his colleagues, finding the right mix of people, process, and technology needed to meet strategic objectives.

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Nadine Brewer
Senior Consultant

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 a being a trusted partner. She has successfully applied her analyst and problem-solving skills as a solutions architect with JustFood ERP.

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Neil Brody
Senior Consultant

Neil Brody

Senior Consultant

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.

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Paul Denmark
Senior Consultant

Paul Denmark

Senior Consultant

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

Rafael Calderon
Project Manager

Rafael Calderon

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.

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Rizwan Ahmed
Project Manager

Rizwan Ahmed

Project Manager

Rizwan has over 15 years of project management experience including SAP Leadership & Delivery Executive roles at large multinational companies. Responsible for delivery of complex SAP global projects, setting up and leading SAP Center of Excellence (CoE), Business Intelligence Competency Center (BICC), and development of high performance SAP teams for Energy, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Banking, and Medical Device clients. Extensive knowledge in global SAP Implementations, Support, Upgrade and Projects Delivery. Significant experience with rolling out a global SAP ERP roadmap across multiple regions: United States, Canada, Asia Pacific, and Europe. Extensive experience working on multiple SAP practices in a variety of SAP environments (ECC, APO, CRM, BI, HANA, BPC, QIM, S/4 HANA) with annual revenue of $10 million or more.

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Scott Cabrera
Business Consultant

Scott Cabrera

Business Consultant

Scott Cabrera holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Logistics and Supply Chain from Bradley University. He has been exposed to numerous business functions in the distribution industry while employed at the nation’s largest food redistributor. This experience has allowed him to develop strong analytical skills while managing multiple projects and a team of workers. Some of his achievements include optimizing fleet performance reports which led to a 90% reduction in reporting time, developing a forecasted headcount for a warehouse expansion, increasing order picker productivity by 40%, and designing an ETA tool leading to a 44% reduction in process time. Additionally, Scott has valuable experience in statistical process control, lean manufacturing, and business process improvement from his degree. Scott is proficient utilizing analytical tools such as Minitab, R, Python, and Excel-VBA.

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Sean Hull
Senior Consultant

Sean Hull

Senior 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.

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Shannon Harrop
Business Consultant

Shannon Harrop

Business Consultant

Shannon has valuable project management, lean manufacturing, and supply chain process improvement experience in the chemical and medical device industries. She has worked on optimizing continuous flow manufacturing systems by employing strategies to eliminate down time and increase employee efficiency. During her time at a Fortune 300 chemical company, Shannon spear-headed a 7% improvement in OEE and 20% increase in productivity, resulting in $2.2M of annual savings. She has utilized her technical abilities and leadership skills to manage large capital projects from ideation to completion, which has sparked her passion for change management in fast-paced environments. Shannon earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Bioengineering from Pennsylvania State University where she graduated cum laude, with a minor in Engineering Leadership Development.

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Steve Stropes
Senior Consultant

Steve Stropes

Senior Consultant

Steve Stropes has two decades of data analyst and process improvement expertise. His skillset resides in the areas of developing financial and performance analysis as well as building reporting capabilities that provide visibility and transparency into operations for improved decision making. He has successfully applied his analyst and problem-solving skills as a Systems Architect and Data Analyst in the commercial and residential lending industry.

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Tony Chalet
Senior Consultant

Tony Chalet

Senior Consultant

Tony Chalet is a highly accomplished supply chain professional with more than 27 years of combined progressive management roles and consulting experience with top ERP software products. Tony offers dynamic skills in strategic planning, organizational leadership, and project management. A tactical problem solver with a history of distinguished performance in successfully establishing more efficient methodologies, improving quality, and producing a positive impact to the bottom line, Tony has worked for industrial manufacturing organizations, medical device manufacturers and other leading manufacturing companies. Practical business application use coupled with multiple consulting roles for agile solutions. Well versed in ERP system functionality from top vendors, Tony is also a skilled leader in project management, vendor negotiations, training, shop floor control, warehouse management systems, production and inventory control and other key manufacturing and distribution functions. Tony has an MBA from Cleveland State University, a BBA in Operations Management from The University of Toledo, and is APICS Certified Production Inventory Manager (CPIM)

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Tony Young
Senior Consultant

Tony Young

Senior Consultant

Tony is an operations, supply chain and change management professional with extensive experience managing and delivering successful Cost Reduction, Process Improvement and Profitability Enhancement projects. Tony brings decades of experience leading process improvement, cost reduction, operational excellence and organization change management engagement projects in supply chain, manufacturing and fulfillment operations. His tenure includes leadership roles in supply chain and operations for Sears Holdings Corporation, Ernst & Young, Motorola and other industry leading companies. As Ultra’s Senior Project Manager, Tony draws upon his deep experience managing strategic initiatives at manufacturing and distribution organizations with proven success in the areas of Process Improvement, Change Management, Fulfillment Operations, Profitability Enhancement, Manufacturing, Project Management, and Supply Chain Management. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering Northwestern University and Master of Management, MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

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Van Dang
Business Consultant

Van Dang

Business 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.

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Julie Yarosh
Senior Consultant

Julie Yarosh

Senior Consultant

Julie is a transformational Leader with extensive expertise in building effective business and technology partnerships. Julie earned her PMP and has a proven track record in Program & Project Management, Technology Strategy and Operations, IT-Business Alignment, Organizational Development and Change Leadership. She guides creative, highly energized, focused teams in the delivery of cost effective, high performance solutions that address complex business issues. Julie is a customer-focused leader able to successfully orchestrate complex relationships across multiple organizational levels promoting partner loyalty and minimizing channel conflicts. Her list of successful engagements includes Creata (USA), Kraft Foods/Mondeleze International, USG (US Gypsum), Case IH as well as non-profits and technology consulting organizations. Julie enjoys solving challenging business and technology problems as well as mentoring team members. During her career she developed curriculum and taught seminars such as Projects in the Age of Digital Transformation, Management of IT Projects, Project Management for Non-Project Managers, and Foundations of Data Modeling: Meaningful Analytics. Having diverse professional interests assists her in building relationships with her clients, team members and colleagues leading to win-win business situations. Julie holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Science in Computer Science from DePaul University.

Business Team

Michael-Chesin

Michael Chesin
Strategic Alliance Director

Michael Chesin

Strategic Alliance Director

Michael Chesin handles all vendor relationships for Ultra. He has over 8 years of sales and relationship management experience. He began his career in advertising, working primarily in digital strategy. From the advertising world, he moved to a marketing automation company where he led the channel sales department. While working with channel partners to assist in client marketing needs, Michael developed a passion for helping companies grow through technology. He has worked closely with major software vendors including Microsoft, Sage, Infor, Netsuite and Salesforce. He received his B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

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Dennis Gilhooley Sr.
Senior Recruiter

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: Certificate in Distribution Management, DePaul University; B.A. Mathematics, Culver-Stockton College; He is Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) with APICS.

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Tim Griffin
Business Solutions Consultant

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.

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Kristen Renda
Marketing Program Manager

Kristen Renda

Marketing Program Manager

Kristen Renda serves as Marketing Program Manager, leading marketing programs including Ultra's webinar events, graphic design and multi-media content creation. Previously Kristen served as Ultra's inside sales and business development specialist cultivating new clients and optimizing customer satisfaction. With over 10 years of sales experience, Kristen has been involved in many areas of the sales spectrum including direct market, business development, and corporate events planning. Kristen has excelled at identifying client needs and creating lasting working partnerships. Kristen earned her BFA from Bowling Green State University and holds an MBA from Bowling Green State University's School of Business, nationally ranked among the top US business programs.

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Tim Green
Marketing Content Writer

Tim Green

Marketing Content Writer

Tim Green is an experienced IT solutions marketer who brings exceptional creative tools to the job. As Marketing Content Writer, he creates ebooks, whitepapers, case studies, blog posts, email, advertising and web content – and builds content marketing programs that drive lead generation. Tim’s career includes work in trade publications, advertising, PR and corporate communications – and stints as a marketing communications contractor for some of Chicago’s top organizations, including BP, Crain’s Chicago Business, IBM, Loyola University Chicago and Allied Van Lines. Tim earned a BS in Journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, and holds a number of marketing certifications.

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Lane Schilling
Sales & Marketing Operations Manager

Lane Schilling

Sales & Marketing Operations Manager

Lane Schilling is an experienced sales and operations manager with more than 10 years in the retail and B2B software sectors. Lane is passionate about process improvement and automation to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of sales and marketing teams alike. Prior to Ultra, Lane was with ProShip, Inc. where she spearheaded the design and adoption of the Salesforce environment and operations processes for the sales and marketing teams. Lane graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Marketing. In her spare time, Lane enjoys DIY home improvement and decorating projects, spending time with friends and family, and, most of all, being a toddler-boy mom.

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Nicole Gilhooley
Human Resources Manager

Nicole Gilhooley

Human Resources Manager

Nicole Gilhooley is a Human Resources Manager responsible for the administration of Ultra Consultants social media, webinar support and marketing content. She also assists in the management and coordination of multiple HR related activities. 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). Her work focused on business process improvement efforts with an emphasis on web-based environments. Nicole also has held a position of Assistant Director of Admissions and Marketing at The Avery Coonley School for academically gifted children. Nicole is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. She is a dedicated leader in her community serving her second term as an elected Village Trustee on the town council in Brookfield, IL. Nicole is also an active volunteer for several local youth-based organizations where she teaches art, coaches soccer and helps with community service projects.

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Jacob Kennedy
Finance & Business Analyst

Jacob Kennedy

Finance & Business Analyst

Jacob brings experience in accounting/finance roles in a variety of industries -- and as the founder and manager of an e-commerce business. Jacob prides himself in being a "techie" accountant -- a skill set that helps him bridge the gap between finance and IT. He excels at tasks that involve taking large sets of raw data and organizing them so the numbers tell a story that offers insight and value to the organization. Jacob has a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and singing in a cover band, volunteering at his church, and spending quality time with his two young daughters.

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Ehren Highfill
Business Development Manager

Ehren Highfill

Business Development Manager

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.

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Garrett Dandrea
Business Development Manager

Garrett Dandrea

Business Development Manager

Garrett Dandrea is a Business Development Coordinator with professional experience as an Applications Sales Representative at Oracle. As part of the Oracle HCM Sales team, Garrett helped its customers transform the way they use technology to engage employees, maximize performance and drive business results. Now with Ultra, Garrett connects organizations to the resources, knowledge, and practices that ensure ERP projects achieve maximum ROI. Garrett offers advanced technical and business skills in developing solution proposals for business applications software solutions and related services to prospective and existing customers. With his extensive knowledge and successful interactions with C-suite executives of mid-market companies, Garrett is a strong team player with effective interpersonal /communication skills. Garrett received his BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business. In his personal life, Garrett volunteers for "College Mentors for Kids" as their Head Fundraising Director and also as the Marketing Chair for "FisherCares Service Organization" both located in his alma mater hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

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Scott Parks
Business Development Manager

Scott Parks

Business Development Manager

As Business Development Manager for the Western United States, Scott is responsible for identifying and working with prospective clients, supporting their digital transformation endeavors. Working with Ultra’s best-in-class consultants, he helps his clients identify areas for improvement around current business processes and designing an ideal future state that minimizes risk exposure while maximizing value. Spending the last 5+ years working for vendors and third-parties, Scott brings a unique and diverse skillset, which includes activities such as software roadmapping, selection, implementation, and support. Having worked with mid-market and enterprise-level organizations across several industries and within their respective lines-of-business, he has helped organizations grow at scale, and realize rapid time to value. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Scott recently relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona. He attended Chico State University in Northern California and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology.

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Bill Coletta
Business Development Rep

Bill Coletta

Business Development Rep

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

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Jenni Wheeler
Creative Design & Brand Manager

Jenni Wheeler

Creative Design & Brand Manager

Jenni is a skilled Brand Manager and Graphic Designer with over 15 years of experience. She is an advocate for clean, consistent design that helps to connect brands to their audiences. She’s worked in a number of different industries including publishing and medical supplies and excels at refining corporate identities and utilizing social media to visually communicate brand values. At Ultra Jenni leads the brand vision and creates visual assets to create lead generation. She has a degree in Design and Visual Communications from the Art Institutes International and has specialized training in user experience and user interface design.

Board of Advisors

Dick-Reck

Richard Reck
Advisor

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.

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Verinder Syal
Advisor

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.

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Rick Halperin
Advisor

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.

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