Bruce Grant – President and CEO
Bruce Grant is the founder and currently serves as CEO of EstesGroup. He began his career as a programmer and project leader, and advanced as a technology management consultant. He served as a Director with Cap Gemini and subsequently became President and Co-Owner of The RSI Group through 1998. In 1999, Mr. Grant also co-founded Luminant Worldwide, a public technology services company. Mr. Grant was elected 2001 President of the TechServe Alliance (www.techservealliance.org). In 2003, Mr. Grant was elected Chairman of the Board (2003-2005) of Engineers Without Borders – USA (www.ewb-usa.org). Currently, Mr. Grant directs overall EstesGroup strategy and serves on numerous small corporate boards as well as community groups and non-profit organizations.
Michael Bittner – Vice President of Professional Services
Michael has been with EstesGroup for the past five years and is a Senior Management Consultant and has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing, supply chain, and accounting systems development and implementation. Michael’s prior work experience includes ERP and other software systems implementation consulting, as well as development manager for several premier software providers. Michael has also worked as a research analyst for manufacturing and supply chain. Michael earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Accounting at the University of Massachusetts. He has authored numerous articles and research papers on Supply Chain for the Industry Analyst community. Michael has assisted over 30 clients in the implementation of their software solutions. Michael has also served as a consultant to the analyst community, having authored various research papers for consumption by the software user community. Michael can find the needles hidden in your business processes through an Estes Business Process Review and provide guaranteed results.
Brandon Haave – Vice President Operations
Brandon Haave has been a part of EstesGroup since 2004. During this time Brandon has had the responsibility of building top teams in EstesGroup’s ERP and Technology. In addition to finding, recruiting and retaining talent, Brandon has at one time or another been involved in every aspect of the successful growth at EstesGroup. Brandon has twenty plus years of experience in the technology industry. He has worked with a variety of different size business organizations from venture capital/start-ups to large Fortune 1000 type companies. Brandon has a strong background in traditional staffing, professional/technical recruitment, permanent placement, executive search, contract sales, management, client negotiations, strategic business direction as well as industry consulting and training.
Ben Nixon – Vice President Enterprise Technology
Ben is a respected global business and technology leader with strong cloud and on-premise expertise in complex business and technology environments. Ben’s solutions-focused approach and creative problem-solving skills have established him as a go-to expert in the ERP industry. With over 17 years of Epicor ERP consulting experience, Ben is recognized nationally and internationally as a value added advisor to his peers and the Epicor customer base. Ben and his teams provide solutions to allow customers to remain on the leading technology edge and be competitive in the global marketplace, including database management, performance management, virtualization and disaster recovery planning. As a virtual CIO to EstesGroup’s clients, and as EstesGroup’s Enterprise Technology VP, Ben drives value-added solutions and supports IT infrastructures from planning through implementation and on-going support.
Jeff Klaubert– Vice President, Marketing & Business Development
Jeff has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, 16 of which were with Cisco Systems. At Cisco, he was a global lead for partner cloud go-to-market strategy. Upon leaving Cisco he founded VARsInTheCloud LLC, a business and sales strategy consulting company focused on helping traditional IT Solution Providers make the transition to digital business models. Jeff focuses on how technology is used to create business outcomes. Having a technical background, he has the ability to rapidly absorb new information and translate it to how it connects to specific business use cases. Jeff draws on his experience working with hundreds of companies worldwide, helping them adapt to the biggest shift in modern times, which is the move to digital technologies and business models. Jeff has a passion for helping companies develop new capabilities and profit from technological change.
Miley Ramirez – Director Enterprise Solutions
Miley combines a real passion for people and learning, which results in helping organizations make strategic decisions that have meaningful impact on their business. With over 17 years’ experience, Miley has worked with multiple enterprise software systems in a variety of industries including, manufacturing, wholesale and retail distribution, telecommunications, not-for-profit, financial services and professional services industries. As an ERP specialist, Miley enjoys utilizing his skills to solve challenging problems for businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Daryl Sirota – Director, Technical Services
Daryl leads EstesGroup’s technology delivery for our managed services clients. Daryl has over 25 years of experience supporting technology platforms of all kinds, including networks, databases, systems and servers. He began his career performing “break-fix” work on early personal computers and programming them for small business use, then migrated into network and enterprise support. He is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) in SharePoint, Exchange and Hyper-V technologies and is a certified Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for Hyper-V, Vista, Server 08, SharePoint, Exchange 2007, SQL 2000+. In addition, Daryl is a Security Certified Network Professional (SCNP) and an HP Master Accredited Systems Engineer in Messaging & Collaboration..
Kerry Streck – Controller
Kerry started as a bookkeeper handling small business management progressing up to an Accounting Auditor working alongside CPA firms acting as the client liaison. Her background in management and team building, along with lean principles and Six Sigma training, plays a vital role managing our office headquarters and finance team. Kerry graduated Magna Cum Laude with Phi Theta Kappa honors with a degree in Accounting. She continues her college education to earn her Master’s in Accounting with a minor in Human Resources. Kerry, recently promoted to Controller, leads the finance team for The Estes Group focusing on Accounting, Payroll, and Human Resources.