We’re excited to announce the speaker lineup for Acumatica Summit 2017!
Ajoy Krishnamoorthy Cloud xRP Division, Acumatica
Ajoy has over 15-plus years of experience in the industry in technical, marketing and leadership roles. For the last 10 years, Ajoy has been at Microsoft driving business success across a wide range of product management and marketing roles, including most recently serving as Director for OEM Segment Marketing where he and his team were responsible for the go-to-market strategy across commercial and consumer audiences. In a prior role, Ajoy was part of the product management and product marketing team in Microsoft Developer Tools division.
Ajoy has co-authored half a dozen books on various MS technologies including ASP.NET and Visual Studio. Previous to working at Microsoft, Ajoy spent five years in enterprise technology consulting. Ajoy has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from MS University in India, Masters in Computer Science from BITS, India, and also earned his MBA from The Ohio State University.
Ali Jani Vice President, Product Management and Services, Acumatica
Ali has 20 years of experience in software industry and a successful track record as a high-tech entrepreneur with multiple successful start-ups. In 2001, Ali founded Everest Software and pioneered the first all-in-one ERP solution for multi-channel small and medium businesses.
As founder and VP of Product Management at Everest Software, he was responsible for products and the business direction of the company prior to its successful sale to Versata Software in 2009. Before Everest, Ali founded Accel Inc, a white-box PC Manufacturer; and iCode Inc, an ERP Software Company. ERP solutions built by Ali at iCode provided Accel a scalable solution enabling rapid growth and sale of the $35-million company in 1994.
He graduated from Virginia Tech with two bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
Anacarina Calvo Product Manager of the Service Management, Acumatica
Prior to the acquisition of the Service Management by Acumatica, Anacarina worked for more than two years at Devesoft (M5) as a Sales Engineer, Roadmap Manager, leader of Implementations and leader of QA and Testing. She was also in charge of Documentation, Demo Data and Trainings of the Service Management. Now Anacarina is Product Manager of the Service Management and is very enthusiastic about the changes and improvements coming to the Services suite.
Anacarina holds a Bachelor or Engineering Degree in Computer Science from Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela.
Anand works on the support and implementation services team at Acumatica. With over 10 years of experience in the mid-sized enterprises, Anand has successfully spear headed several projects and helped numerous customers through their Go Lives.
Prior to joining Acumatica, Anand wore multiple hats in the customer operations division at Everest Software Inc., a product based ERP company. He was also instrumental in implementing iSeries based Manhattan’s Warehouse Management System for Feld Entertainment’s distribution center.
Anand holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai, India.
Annita joined Acumatica in 2010 and has been working in the software industry for over 16 years. She has extensive experience in business, accounting and software implementation. And in more recent years, Annita has been involved in project management where she implemented and trained clients of all sizes on new ERP software packages. Annita also taught at Oracle University and has held titles such as CFO and Controller and has owned several businesses.
Annita graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Accounting.
Christian Lindberg Vice President, Partner Solutions, Acumatica
Christian has more than 20 years of experience with business solution software, selling to and supporting customers and partners developing solutions. Prior to joining Acumatica, Christian was responsible for Solution Sales and Marketing Strategy at Microsoft, within the Microsoft Dynamics Partner team, and was the owner of the Certified for Microsoft Dynamics (CfMD) program and the Dynamics Marketplace.
In particular, he focused on partners either building or selling packaged IP products and vertical solutions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.
Connie Turman Partner Marketing and Program Manager, Acumatica
Connie joined Acumatica bringing over 8+ years of marketing, project and event experience in various consulting roles with Microsoft. This includes the last six years focusing on strategic marketing and field readiness campaigns, Windows Azure, Office for Students, USSMB Partner Marketing and the Microsoft Cloud Power campaign. Prior to Microsoft, Connie drove retail marketing campaigns for Eddie Bauer and spent several years in retail store management, training and development for Nike, Lucy and Ann Taylor.
Connie graduated from Washington State University, where she received honors as a varsity student-athlete in addition to her Bachelor degree in Education.
Dhiren has over 16 years of experience in software engineering, specializing in design, development and deployment of Windows and web-based systems. Dhiren is a distinguished professional with a proven track record as Technical Lead, Project Development, Architecture design, Framework design, Component modeling and building, release management and developer support. Past experience includes developing .NET based rich internet application client working with JMS-based message-driven SOA design and one of the core developer at Everest Software INC focusing on ERP product development and later product customizations. As Senior Applications Developer, Dhiren works on ERP development and also closely with partners on ERP customizations.
Dhiren holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Surat in India.
Dinesh Jain Senior Partner Development Manager, Acumatica
Dinesh has been in solution selling and consulting for 18+ years. He joined Acumatica over 3 years ago and supports partners and customers in the North Eastern US, Eastern Canada and UK. Prior to joining Acumatica, Dinesh co-founded Arctern, an IT Consulting/Outsourcing company which was later acquired by Volt Corp. Before Arctern, Dinesh worked at Everest Software, as developer of a mid-market completely integrated ERP Product.
Dinesh holds a degree in Law and an MBA from Symbiosis University, Pune, India.
Doug Johnson Solution Consultant, Acumatica
In this role, Doug Johnson is in charge of showing people what makes Acumatica’s Cloud ERP software awesome for our customers and partners. As the first US-based employee, Doug has unique insights into the progression of Acumatica from stealth-mode company to ERP powerhouse.
Prior to joining Acumatica Doug was Vice President of Marketing at Parallels, where he focused on the delivery of billing and automation software in a service model through hosing partners. Before that he worked at GigaMedia Access Corporation at the VP of Marketing where he lead a team to deliver enterprise security software based on digital rights management technology.
In addition to software, Doug has vast expertise in telecommunications from employment at AT&T, Teleglobe, and The Global TeleXchange.
Mr. Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Duke University and a master of business administration degree from New York University.
Ekaterina (Kate) Stepalina Product Manager Distribution & Project Accounting, Acumatica
Kate has been working as an analyst in the software engineering industry for more than seven year. While at Acumatica, she has designed and developed the training courses in Financials, Distribution, and Platform areas of the product. She has built the team of training course developers and contributed to the product quality and education.
Kate holds a Bachelor's Degree in System Analysis and a Master's Degree in Software Project Management from National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow.
Gabriel Michaud Director Product Management, Acumatica
I have been into computers since I was born. It’s been said that I was born with a keyboard in my hands — I taught myself programming at the age of 10. Raised in Quebec City, Canada, I launched my first company at the age of 16, designing EZ Fence, an innovative business solution for the fence industry. In 2000, I joined Dynacom, developing the first entry-level accounting solution with full customization capability, and was quickly promoted from developer to Director of Development. From 2006 to 2013, I ran my own consulting business, pioneering cloud ERP by bringing Acumatica to Canada, localizing it and launching an integrated Canadian payroll solution, nubis.ca.
These day, my focus is fully on Acumatica, where I manage the product line life cycle, collaborating with our employees, partners and key stakeholders to understand and communicate product direction and business requirements. My goal is to drive innovation and to take the cloud ERP experience to the next level.
Jason LaBaw Founder and CEO, Bonsai Media Group
Jason LaBaw is the founder and CEO of Bonsai Media Group, a full-service Internet Marketing Firm ranked as one of the top 15 SEO companies in the world by Top SEOs. LaBaw holds certification in web management and web development from Western Washington University, as well as being AdWords & Google Analytics certified. LaBaw's in-depth knowledge of digital marketing communications combined with his technical experience as a certified web developer, make him uniquely capable of driving both technology focused and marketing focused solutions. Based in Seattle, LaBaw regularly speaks at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business and at Western Washington University School of Business on a variety of topics, including: Web Development and Design, Usability Enhancements, Conversion Rate Optimization, Search Engine Optimization (both paid and organic) and Social Media.
Jason Steblay Partner Account Manager, Acumatica
Jason has been helping partners grow their Acumatica business since 2014. Prior to joining Acumatica, Jason worked as a business analyst for the Corum Group, a boutique M&A advisory firm, and the US Chamber of Commerce.
Jason holds a BA from the George Washington University.
Jessica Gadbois ISV Enablement Manager, Acumatica
Jessica has spent the entirety of her career in the ERP space supporting a variety of presales functions. She joined Acumatica from NetSuite where she was responsible for vertical market expertise in the distribution vertical as a presales solution consultant. Today Jessica works closely with Acumatica ISV Partners to manage their solution development and guide them through the steps to a successful ISV partnership. She also remains actively involved in sales activities and demonstrations related to CRM, Distribution, Manufacturing, and ISV add-on applications.
Jessica holds a bachelor of science in Business Administration from Bryant University in Rhode Island.
John Gabrys Director of Sales, Crestwood Associates
John Gabrys is the director of sales at Crestwood Associates and has been in the business systems industry since 1983. Prior to that, he held various positions at LTV Steel including: property accounting, inventory control, manufacturing and cost accounting for 10 years. He was a system engineer for IBM mainframe applications with Dun & Bradstreet Software. With Oracle Corporation, John’s positions included system engineer and area manager for Oracle ERP applications. He was also a Software 2000 engineer and Regional Manager for AS400 based applications. Additionally, he worked as an Account Manager and Regional Manager for Platinum Software (now Epicor Software) on MS SQL Server and Sybase applications. With ABS Solutions (eventually, ePartners), John was a partner for the first multi-software vendor dealership specializing in middle market solutions. John has a B.S. in Accounting, Economics, Management and Programming.
John Schlemmer Chief Operating Officer, JAAS Systems
John is responsible for the overall strategic direction and vision of JAAS Systems; as well as leading the product development, professional services, marketing, channel and direct sales departments.
John has over 30 years of experience in the sales, marketing, and services of Manufacturing ERP and Supply Chain Execution software; marketing these technology products and services to high-growth, emerging, mature and competitive enterprises. His specialty is in building and managing sales and services organizations; both direct and through channel organizations. He has held leadership roles for a variety of software companies which has given him both industry expertise as well as extensive knowledge of available solutions in the marketplace.
Jon Roskill Chief Executive Officer, Acumatica
Jon has 25 years of leadership experience in the software business. He joins Acumatica after a 20-year career at Microsoft where he led efforts in many areas including product development for developer tools, as well as the business operations, strategy, and marketing for all of Microsoft US. Jon’s most recent role was Corporate Vice President for the Worldwide Partner Group where he led a global sales and marketing team of more than 5,000 employees and Microsoft’s 640,000 partners.
Jon has a Bachelor of Applied Science, Computer Engineering, from University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and an MBA from Boston University.
Kathy joins us from Microsoft, where she spent the last 10 years, most recently as the Senior Director of Global IT Professional Strategy, driving all aspects of brand, marketing, storytelling and evangelism for the technical audience business. Previously, she led the Marketing Engines and Analytics team for the US Central Marketing Organization where she was responsible for the marketing strategy and execution across all commercial product offerings. She has held leadership positions at PeopleSoft Corporation and Huber Marketing Group.
Katie Martin Partner Account Manager, Acumatica
As Partner Account Manager, Katie works very closely with Acumatica’s partner resellers in the Midwest territory. She began her sales and channel career in the ERP space 12+ years ago, working for SoftBrands, an ERP publisher and manufacturing ISV. Prior to joining Acumatica, Katie developed her solution selling skills at SPS Commerce, a SaaS EDI provider. At SPS Commerce, she worked her way up as a top sales rep before moving to their channel sales team to help grow partner relationships within the NetSuite and Exact Macola markets as well as help drive new business revenue.
Katie has a BA in Communications from Webster University in St. Louis, MO and is expected to graduate summa cum laude from Concordia University’s MBA program next summer.
Kevin Harrington Speaker, Coach, Celebrity Entrepreneur,
Known as the original Shark on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank Kevin Harrington is an internationally acclaimed speaker, coach, celebrity entrepreneur and one of the most successful business experts of our time. He has launched over 500 products and businesses, generating more than $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic celebrities such as: Jack Lalanne, Tony Little, George Foreman, Billy Mays, the Hilton Family, the Jenner Family and the Kardashian Family. Since the 1980’s he’s been pitched more than 50,000 times by people looking to turn products, ideas and businesses into the next pop cultural phenomenon.
Kevin’s real world knowledge and business acumen has landed him in the boardroom of several private and publicly traded companies, seeking his unrivaled global business perspective. A passionate proponent of giving back to his community, he has personally coached hundreds of people on how to create the perfect pitch.
Kevin’s influence has reached over 100 million people through his multi-media presence and industry dominance. A prominent business thought leader, he has written over 100 articles – and appeared in thought leadership videos – for Forbes Magazine (Forbes.com) and Inc. (Inc.com), and has published acclaimed books like Act Now!: How to Turn Ideas into Million Products as well as the Amazon best seller, The 5 Steps to Becoming a Key Person of Influence.
While he is perhaps best known as the Inventor of the Infomercial, pioneer of the As Seen On TV industry, and the investor from the Emmy Award-winning TV show Shark Tank, Kevin’s impact extends way beyond the small screen. In 1990 he founded the global direct to consumer organization and trade show, the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA), with Greg Renker, co-founder of the multi-billion dollar company, Guthy-Renker. Today ERA is the exclusive trade association to represent a global $350-billion direct-to-consumer market place in 45 countries.
The true heart of Kevin’s career, though, has been helping people realize their business potential; showing them how to turn their dreams and ideas into products and businesses; and teaching them how to develop pitches not just for raising money, but for life. In addition to giving hundreds of pitches himself, this master salesman has assisted executives and entrepreneurs in crafting pitches for their employees and sales force, company boards, potential new strategic partners, key employee/executive acquisition targets and, of course, investors.
Inspired throughout his life by the Paul J. Meyer quote, “Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass,” Kevin conveys a powerful message of perseverance and initiative, applicable to audiences everywhere. Overall, his legendary career has shown him that the one indispensable tool for everything meaningful in business, no matter the industry, is the perfect pitch and he can work with the people in your organization to get them there!
Luis Pingarron ERP Solutions Consultant, Acumatica
Luis Pingarron is an experienced professional with over 15 years in the ERP consulting industry. He has been with Acumatica for 4 years, first as a consultant and now a full time Support Consultant working with partners in their ongoing implementation and other support needs. Prior to joining Acumatica, Luis was based out of Mexico working as a Consulting Manager for SAP Business One and also has several successful implementations on Microsoft Dynamics SL to his credit.
Luis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems from ITESM in Mexico City.
Matt Heinz President and Founder, Heinz Marketing
Matt is a prolific author, nationally recognized and award-winning blogger, President and Founder of Heinz Marketing with 15+ years of marketing, business development and sales experience from a variety of organizations and industries. He is a dynamic speaker, memorable not only for his keen insight and humor, but his actionable and motivating takeaways. Matt’s career focuses on consistently delivering measurable results with greater sales, revenue growth, product success and customer loyalty. He has helped organizations such as Amazon, Seagate, Morgan Stanley, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and many others create predictable, repeatable sales & marketing engines to fuel growth.
Matt is a repeat winner of Top 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management and Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers.
Merrilee Schlemmer Director of Marketing, JAAS Systems
Merrilee is responsible for the strategic marketing efforts and maintaining media relations for JAAS Systems. Her ultimate goal is to provide brand recognition for both JAAS Systems and JAAS Advanced Manufacturing Software (JAMS).
Merrilee has over 25 years of marketing experience in the software arena, building marketing programs through brand awareness. Her specialty is developing comprehensive communications strategies for both direct and channel organizations. She also has expertise using social media to enhance the marketing strategy.
Michaela Terrenzio Campaign and Operations Marketing Manager, Acumatica
Michaela has over 7 years experience in marketing business software solutions for small and midsize businesses. Prior to joining Acumatica, Michaela worked as marketing manager for Jet Reports, a business intelligence solution for Microsoft Dynamics users.
Michaela graduated from the University of Washington with dual B.A. degrees in Economics and International Studies.
Michelle Heathers VP of Community Management, BrandGlue
Michelle has 8+ years of experience in the social media realm and a successful track record at executing on social for B2B companies, including Acumatica. Michelle heads-up the day-to-day management of social efforts for numerous top clients at BrandGlue. Detail-oriented, relational, content queen, idea generator and executioner are typical words used to describe her by her teammates and clients. In addition to Acumatica, Michelle has had the privilege of working with other companies on social media such as Intel, Microsoft, Dick's Sporting Goods, YouTube, Timex, and KAYAK.
Mike Chtchelkonogov Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Acumatica
Mike has more than 15 years of experience in software project management, ERP software design and implementation. He was Director of Engineering for Parallels, the leading provider of desktop virtualization, OS containers, and control panel software. He was responsible for the development of Parallels Business Automation line of products. Prior to joining Parallels, Mike was the CTO of SWsoft consulting division, responsible for the implementation of custom ERP solutions and providing customer support.
Mike received a Master of Science degree (1996) in Applied Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
Mike Gill President, Fusion Software
Mike is the founder of Fusion Software and manages all aspects of operations including product design, development, deployment and customer service. Prior to starting Fusion Software, Mike was the Sales Manager for MIS Group which was the largest reseller of Sage Software in North America. Before that he started or acquired several business including a six store retail chain and a furniture manufacturer / importer / distributor. Mike started his career spending ten years in commercial lending. Mike holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and a BSBA Accounting & Finance from the University of Missouri.
Nancy joined Acumatica in early 2016 and has been involved in the software industry for over 20 years. She has extensive expertise in sales, services, business, training/education, and accounting. Before joining Acumatica, Nancy owned an accounting and tax firm where she worked in multiple roles including management consulting and partner management. Nancy has also worked in numerous startups as well as larger organizations.
Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Business from San Francisco State University.
Nayan Mansinha Senior Developer, Acumatica
Mr. Mansinha has over 15 years of experience in IT related to business application development and professional services. Distinguished professional with a proven track record as Project Lead, Project Development, Architecture design, Framework design and Component modeling and building. Past experience includes developing custom modules in Dynamics SL at Lee Technologies, (now part of Schneider Electric) industry’s most trusted and respected data center solutions provider, one of the core developer at Everest Software focusing on ERP product development and later product customizations, and served as Senior Faculty member at National Institute of Information Technology, Panjim Goa. He holds Associate degree in field of Computer Technology from Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Technology, Pune, India. He is also MCITP in Installation & Configuration for Microsoft Dynamics® SL.
Philippe Bellefeuille Lead Software Developer, Acumatica
Philippe has been developing business solutions on the Acumatica Platform since its early versions. Having joined Acumatica recently, Philippe now assists developers with the VAR and ISV network, helping them troubleshoot any platform-specific hurdles that may arise to bring robust solutions to market. Philippe seizes the opportunities to address and resolve any needs and challenges that customers and partners may face. Prior to joining Acumatica, Philippe worked at NUBIS as the lead developer of their Canadian payroll solution which integrates with Acumatica.
Philippe received a Computer Science degree and also studied at HEC Montréal, receiving a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on IT and Management.
Rahul Gedupudi CEO, Kensium
Rahul is an entrepreneurial innovator with over 10 years experience in helping customers in areas of eCommerce, Internet Marketing, and ERP integrations. Having been a consultant, business owner, and a technical architect for startups as well as major companies, he understands how businesses operate, and has skills to focus on nearly every aspect of the ecommerce universe. A talented information technologies with a gift for translating ideas into technological reality, he has a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Illinois State University and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University, India. Rahul has over 15 years of IT development and Project/Program Management experience in various industries.
Ray Rebello Director of Product Marketing, Acumatica
With over 20 years of experience in marketing ERP and CRM, his professional experience includes leadership roles in sales, product marketing, marketing communications, product management, professional services, and software development. Prior to joining Acumatica he was VP of Marketing at a large Microsoft Dynamics VAR. Ray’s Microsoft experience includes US Industry Marketing Manager for Dynamics. He worked in both start-ups and larger organizations, including over seven years with J.D. Edwards & Company (JDE) and ten years with IBM. Ray has a M.S. in Engineering Management and a P.E. license in two states.
Roman Ozerskiy Partner Account Manager, Acumatica
With over 20 years of experience in technology sales and business development, Roman joined Acumatica to support Acumatica Partners in the South-West. Prior to joining Acumatica, Roman worked with IT hardware resellers and cloud software start-ups, focusing on go-to-market strategies and development of revenue channels. Roman’s professional experience includes sales across multiple industries, such as Manufacturing, Industrial and Commercial Equipment, Healthcare, Government, Automotive and Tools, Service Providers.
Ruslan Devyatko Technology Evangelist, Acumatica
Ruslan is a passionate evangelist and collaborator with over 7 years of experience designing and developing Desktop and Web Applications for enterprise business systems. Ruslan was also the founder and CTO of Innorage, a startup that specialized in the development of spreadsheet applications for small and mid-size businesses. Prior to Innorage, Ruslan was a project manager for AnswerPRO and was responsible for the development of a software product for the Russian government.
Ruslan graduated from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and also holds a Master of Science degree in System Analysis from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).
Sean Chatterjee Vice President, Partner Sales, Acumatica
Sean Chatterjee has more than 15 years of experience in the Business Applications space, but primarily in the ERP market for the SMB. Prior to Acumatica, Sean was the Director of Business Development at Altum, a consulting firm working with the Federal Government and Non Profits.
Before Altum, Sean was also part of the team at Sage North America as a National Account Manager and spent close to a decade at Everest Software, developer of a mid-market completely integrated ERP product. In his tenure at Everest, Sean worked in multiple roles – including being the lead Sales Consultant as well as the Director of the New Business Sales Team for North America.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) Degree in Electronics, from University of Pune, India.
Tim Rodman ERP Solutions Consultant, Acumatica
Tim Rodman began his career as a financial auditor at Deloitte and Touche in Los Angeles. In 2005 he switched gears, entered the world of ERP and never looked back. Prior to joining Acumatica, Tim worked with the Sage 500 and Dynamics GP ERP packages, first as a consultant for a nationally recognized mid-market ERP consulting firm and then as an analyst managing the Sage 500 ERP system for a global manufacturing company.
Tim's greatest passion within ERP is reporting and business intelligence. Tim understands the immense power of data for businesses and is a huge advocate of "data informed" decision-making. People are the real intelligence when it comes to "business intelligence", but they need timely information to be available at their fingertips in order to make informed business decisions.
Tim graduated from UCLA with a degree in Applied Mathematics.
Todd Kuhns Director Support and Services, Acumatica
Todd has over 14 years of ERP Consulting experience. Over the past 14 years, has worked with several ERP systems (Dynamics SL, Dynamics GP and Deltek) supporting Project Accounting, Distribution, CRM, and Manufacturing. Todd has an extensive consulting background participating in all phases of Implementation Life cycles including Project Management, Process Design, Customer Support, Application Development, Training and Data Conversions.
Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Wright State University and inactive PMI Certification.
Tom Costa Senior Partner Enablement and Presales Specialist, Acumatica
Tom Costa is a business management software expert with more than 30 years of industry experience. He has worked for SAP, INFOR, SAGE and Great Plains Software, specializing in solutions for small to midsized enterprises. He continually works with partners to assist them in presenting solutions to their prospects.
With over 20 years of experience supporting and implementing business solutions for the SMB market, Valerie's professional experience includes roles in product marketing, product management, project management, and professional services. She has worked with several business solutions spanning the Microsoft Dynamics, SAP and Demandware channels, and has extensive experience implementing and supporting Customer Relationship Management and eCommerce solutions.
Valerie graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in Business and Accounting.