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“Software publishers are too focused on just selling software. As an independent solutions provider, we have to be laser-focused on the success of our clients, so we track their unique business metrics for improvement. I think that’s a key differentiator and the primary reason for our success.”
Bruce founded The Estes Group, Inc. (“EstesGroup”) in 2004 and serves as CEO. He enjoys solving client problems with advanced technology, and initially formed the firm to provide ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solutions. Beginning around 2012, and due to client demand, Bruce expanded EstesGroup’s offerings to include managed hosting and managed IT services, which have now become a primary focus. As the leading cloud provider for businesses running ERP systems, EstesGroup builds private and hybrid clouds that support manufacturers and distributors across the globe. Bruce began his career as a programmer and project leader, later embracing the role of technology management consultant. He served as a director with Cap Gemini and subsequently became president and co-owner of The RSI Group. In 1999, he also co-founded Luminant Worldwide, a public technology services company. In 2001, Mr. Grant was elected President of the TechServe Alliance (www.techservealliance.org), and in 2003, he was elected Chairman of the Board (2003-2005) of Engineers Without Borders – USA (www.ewb-usa.org).
Bruce is an avid outdoorsman and adventurer. He is active in numerous philanthropic organizations, including Rotary International, and he also supports employee involvement in local and national charities.
Brandon joined EstesGroup in 2004 and became a partner in 2007. Brandon focuses on matching the key technical skillsets and resources to the demands of IT, ERP, and cloud implementation projects. Brandon builds top teams to serve EstesGroup’s customers in Colorado and across the nation. In addition to recruiting and retaining talent, Brandon has at one time or another been involved in every aspect of the successful growth at EstesGroup, including sales, operations, and project delivery. Brandon has twenty-plus years of experience in the technology industry and has worked with business organizations varying in size from venture capital, private equity, and startup companies to the Fortune 1000.
Brandon has led teams specializing in professional and technical recruitment, executive search, contract sales, and strategic business direction, including industry-specific consulting and training. Brandon enjoys interpersonal client and team interaction and can often be found on the phone with a prospect or an employee – when he is not fishing a Colorado stream.
Brad Feakes joined the EstesGroup in 2014 and currently manages daily operations, focusing on the convergence of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and cloud technologies. Brad has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing, construction management, supply chain, and ERP systems, and has helped companies over the decades embrace emerging technologies to stay competitive and drive business value. To that end, Brad works to help organizations plan and execute cloud migration strategies as a vehicle for process improvement and business optimization. His experience includes systems analysis, Six Sigma, Lean, Business Process Management, and Value Stream Mapping. He leverages his background to help companies, especially manufacturers and distributors, benefit from the simplicity of private and hybrid cloud solutions for complex business environments. With his focused mission of implementing and managing business applications in an increasingly cloud-centric environment, Brad enjoys helping clients deploy new technology as the vehicle for business process improvement.
When not behind a desk, Brad can be found hiking and biking. His favorite hike was on Horsetooth Mountain, near the EstesGroup headquarters in Loveland, Colorado.
The EstesGroup provided all of the necessary and contiguous consulting resources that we needed, including technical training and support along with custom development of the ServiceConnect feed of BOM data. The EstesGroup also provided manufacturing production consulting, financial consulting, warehousing and inventory consulting, business transformation guidance. We relied on The EstesGroup for Project Management throughout, including task / timeline definition, activity reporting, status updates, and project management that was critical to reaching the project finish line. The EstesGroup personnel were an integral part of our ERP transformation team. Achieving our goal of leveraging the power of Epicor 10 ERP was in large part the result of our joint, collaborative team efforts.
EstesGroup provides the strategic expertise and consulting services necessary to tackle a variety of complex categories. In the recent past I have enlisted Estes for Epicor upgrades, project management, equipment purchasing and IT staffing. Their staff is well trained with broad skill sets. They are pleasant to work with and customize their approach to fit the unique needs and culture of their customer. I will continue my relationship with Estes and would recommend their services to all. - Ann-Marie Laird, CFO, Walton Enterprises, LTD
From day one, the EstesGroup consultants have been so helpful, knowledgeable and eager to provide us with the best Epicor solution for our business. We initially were just looking for help building out our configurators, but as soon as we realized the caliber of people we were working with, we quickly sought after more of their consulting services — project management, finance and report writing. EstesGroup does not under or oversell the product, but rather seek to understand the business problem and suggest realistic solutions. Our team cannot speak highly enough about our experience so far. We are beyond thankful that we brought them to our project a few months before our go-live as we know they will be instrumental in our cutover as well. EstesGroup has been a game-changer for our deployment, and we would recommend them to any other business going through an Epicor deployment.
We currently use EstesGroup for our Epicor hosting as well as hosting our B2B website. Both instances have been virtually seamless for us and support has been wonderful to work with. I would recommend them to anyone. - IT Manager, Advanced Wireless
I was tasked with finding an impenetrable managed IT service, and I did my homework and made a lot of phone calls and did a lot of intros, and I circled back around to my partnership with EstesGroup and realized that they had exactly what I was looking for.
Soooo happy with EstesGroup. I've had a few technical issues over the past few months and the support I've received has been nothing but perfect! Response time has ranged from soon to immediate, which is often critical in any business. The tech support staff I've worked with have all been terrific - knowledgeable, professional, and actually fun to work. One of your techs found and restored three of my "lost" Quickbooks company and backup client files that even Intuit couldn't find. This saved me not only time but a critical client relationship. First class service... I recommend your company whenever I can.