Kent Bettisworth has over thirty years of experience creating new organizations as well as implementing and managing information systems. Since 1993 Kent has consulted for many Fortune 1000 corporations across all industries and is well-regarded for his business and technical expertise in SAP’s Project System, Fixed Assets, and Investment Management modules. Kent has 15+ years of active leadership with Americas SAP User Group (ASUG) educating members and influencing SAP products. In addition, his company is a premier Winshuttle partner providing simple SAP data integration solutions. Find more information at www.bettisworthassociates.com.
Bill Blakefield is a Senior Consultant with Deloitte and is a SAP Finance, S/4 HANA, Business Intelligence, and HANA Analytics generalist, with practical experience using and implementing SAP leading edge technologies. He’s been an Architect responsible for designing, planning and directing Finance and Business Intelligence implementation projects. His experience includes developing Self-Service reporting programs and enabling data in HANA. He’s also participated in multiple SAP mergers, implementations, and upgrades. Bill holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and an MBA with an accounting concentration from Loyola University. He is an active CPA in the State of Maryland.
Steve Brazeal is a Principal Consultant with TruQua Enterprises. Steve is a strong leader and solution architect with multiple full life cycle implementations and more than 25 years of financial systems experience focused on planning and consolidations solutions in an SAP environment. Steve functions as a program/project manager and also hands-on architect/developer. Steve has more than 15 years of SAP software experience and has been implementing BPC for the past 7 years. Steve has participated in Ramp-Up projects for versions 7 and 10. Prior to BPC, Steve worked on BW at large enterprise clients, implemented SAP ERP FI/CO and Product Costing, and also developed custom Microsoft.Net solutions. Steve has excellent communication skills and the ability to work in any environment, he has experience architecting solutions and then delivering the technical implementation and functional change management activities, both as a hands-on developer and project manager.
Scott Cairncross is a Partner Principal and co-founder of TruQua Enterprises, an SAP Analytics software development and services company based in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to starting TruQua, Scott was formerly a Senior Director of the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Regional Implementation Group (RIG) in the Americas. As a part of his management role at SAP, Scott led various product launches (ramp up), as well as other strategic initiatives. cott has passionately worked with customers across industries to architect enterprise solutions solving complex business problems. Scott has a deep knowledge in a broad cross-section of applications and solutions, including but not limited to SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA, SAP BusinessObjects Cloud, SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP NetWeaver BW, SAP BusinessObjects, and the SAP EPM suite. Scott has participated in numerous SAP go-lives and has spoken at SAP TechEd, ASUG, SAPPHIRE, CFO.com, and SAPinsider events including most recently the S/4HANA Finance Bootcamp. Scott also co-authored the book, “SAP Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Add-In” as well as articles published in SAP Professional Journal and SAPInsider.
Ross Christoph is primarily responsible for the processes and solutions for Product Costing at Eli Lilly and Company on a global basis. Eli Lilly has manufacturing plants located in 13 countries and products marketed in 125 countries. Ross has been with Eli Lilly since 1999 and participated in the implementations of the SAP for product costing and other CO module functionality in many plants and countries around the world. Previously Ross has worked at other manufacturing companies focusing on internal accounting and financial roles since 1979 until becoming involved with SAP projects beginning in 1992. Ross has been a Certified Management Accountant since 1981.
Massimo Ciotola is a Senior Director with the North America Finance Center of Excellence team, focused on SAP’s Finance innovations within the office-of-the-CFO portfolio. Massimo spends his time working with customers across North America helping them transform their Finance organization to become strategic business advisors to the business, leveraging SAP’s modern finance capabilities and innovations to sustain a competitive advantage.
Christina Crone is Sr. Vice President of Strategic Communities and Relationships at ASUG, with the team’s current focus on S/4, HCM, IoT, DT and foundations for running SAP. Prior to joining ASUG, Chris was VP of Delivery for an SAP Service Partner, providing cloud and on premise hosting/managed services solutions. Additionally, Chris held Global IT/SAP leadership roles for several manufacturing companies and served 7 years on the ASUG Board of Directors.
Heiko Deelwater is a Senior Consultant with ConVista Consulting, a leading IT and business consulting company, in the area of Finance and Controlling. He works with various multinational companies to improve their cost accounting and internal planning and budgeting processes. Focused on the financial sector, Heiko has worked on SAP FI/CO, S/4HANA, and innovative planning projects and has a wide range of experience in the fields of architecture, financial processes, and the newest technologies. He leverages SAP BW and SAP BPC functionality with innovative HANA capabilities to facilitate enterprises to benefit from technological developments and functional and process best practices.
Julien Delvat is a Principal Consultant SAP S/4HANA at Bluefin Solutions. He has more than 10 years of experience in SAP Controlling and got his start as a developer for CO maintenance and development at SAP Labs France. Julien is a frequent speaker at SAP conferences and is the Chair of the ASUG Managerial Accounting Special Interest Group. He lives in Miami, FL with his wife and two children.
Tanya Duncan is a Senior SAP FICO Consultant with Deloitte, the world's largest private professional services firm. She previously worked for Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 global building materials company in Toledo, OH. She is experienced in global SAP deployments across Consumer Products, Energy, and Life Sciences industries. Tanya authored The Essential SAP Career Guide, a beginner’s guide to SAP careers for students and professionals, and Practical Guide to CO-PC (Product Cost Controlling). Her third publication, The Essential SAP Career Guide - Hitting the Ground Running was published in July 2016.
Alok Gupta is an experienced leader and manager at Deloitte. He has expertise in combining business, finance, and technology to shape and deliver positive changes across an organization, while ensuring alignment with executive goals. He is a recognized thought leader in the field of Activity Based Costing, Profitability Analysis, Enterprise Analytics, and Reporting. Alok is deeply involved with SAP in the ongoing design and evolution of the SAP S/4HANA On Premise Enterprise Solution, SAP Simple Finance, Central Finance, and Central Journal deployment. He has delivered innovative SAP business solutions across a wide variety of industries and competencies over the last 13 years. He is an empowered executive with strong international program management experience across a variety of Fortune 500 enterprises.
Michel Haesendonckx is the Global Solution Owner Financial Planning & Analysis, Financial Solutions at SAP SE with a broad expertise in the area of finance & performance management, primarily focusing on management accounting & reporting. He drives the go-to-market strategy in this area and is highly involved in key innovation topics. Michel has 20 years of experience in the area of financial processes as well as analytics, 17 years of which are with SAP solutions. He built his functional experience as an external auditor, controller in the oil sector, and CFO in the port logistics industry, and extended his view in this field through his leadership position in FP&A in a globally operating consulting organization.
John Jordan is founder and principle consultant at ERP Corp, which provides expert SAP consulting and training services. John regularly speaks at conferences, publishes articles, and is the author of SAP PRESS bestsellers:
• Product Cost Controlling with SAP (3rd Edition) (2016)
• Production Variance Analysis in SAP Controlling (2nd Edition) (2011)
•100 Things You Should Know About Controlling with SAP (2nd Edition) (2015)
Andrei Kholodov is a Senior Specialist with Deloitte Consulting. As a CPA, he leverages his previous experience in financial accounting and audit to deliver timely, high quality solutions built on a foundation of broad SAP knowledge. Some of his recent projects include CO-PC SME at a global life science company, a CO lead at a consumer product manufacturer, and a CO-PS and FI-AA SME at a leading US food service distributor.
Tom King is a Senior Business Analyst at Milliken and Company, a leading innovative manufacturer of specialty textiles, floor covering, and chemicals based in Spartanburg, South Carolina with manufacturing facilities in the US, Mexico, UK, Belgium, France, China, India and Australia. He has more than 30 years of experience at Milliken working with manufacturing systems and product costing systems. Since 2007 Tom has been the lead CO analyst on the SAP FI/CO team and heavily involved with his company's SAP implementation worldwide. His knowledge of manufacturing and product costing played a major role in the design of controlling solution in Milliken. He has an article published by Financials Expert and has presented at ASUG. Tom is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Jeff Klabish is the Practice Director for Alta Via’s Organizational Change Management Practice. Mr. Klabish has over 20 years of management consulting experience providing organizational change management and continuous improvement solutions to global clients. As a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Mr. Klabish has personally realized over $300 million in career cost savings for his clients. In addition to Lean Six Sigma, Mr. Klabish has also provided organizational change management services to several global organizations including NASA, The United States Army, BJC Healthcare, General Dynamics, AT&T, Nokia Mobile Phone, Eli Lilly, and PwC.
Nita Luiz is a Senior SAP Product Lifecycle Management Analyst, working in the Enterprise Applications space at Varian Medical Systems. In her role, she is responsible for Application Support and executing projects in the sphere of SAP PLM Applications, namely SAP Engineering Change Record, SAP PLM CAD Integration, SAP Device Master Record and SAP Visual Enterprise. She has recently been instrumental in rolling out the SAP Product Lifecycle Costing Tool at Varian. Prior to joining Varian, Nita was a Consultant with the SAP practice at Deloitte Consulting.
Sydnie McConnell is the lead SAP business systems analyst for Finance at Woodward, which integrates leading-edge technologies into fuel, combustion, fluid, actuation, and electronic control systems for the aerospace and energy markets. Sydnie has over 14 years of experience with SAP Financials, both as a cost accountant and a systems analyst. She has worked on a variety of complex projects, focusing on SAP Controlling, including several global SAP ERP and BPC implementations.
Todd McElhatton is the chief financial officer (CFO) for SAP North America and oversees the financial activities of the United States and Canada, including forecasting and planning, driving efficiencies, and leadership of the Commercial Finance team, to ensure the overall financial health of the region. Todd brings a 25-year career in finance management, leadership, and business growth with a number of high profile names in the technology space to his role on the SAP North America executive team. As vice president and CFO of VMware’s Hybrid Cloud business, he led a global team overseeing all finance functions including long-range strategic planning, capital investments, business development, and pricing. During his tenure at Oracle as vice president of business, sales, and finance operations for Cloud Services, Todd was a key member of the team instrumental in improving the business unit’s profitability, and personally managed a broad array of finance functions that included forecasting and pricing strategy, while leading a global team. After serving in a series of regional and global operations and finance-based roles at Hewlett Packard, Todd assumed overall financial responsibilities as vice president of finance and CFO of Managed Services. He was also previously vice president of finance at WebMD, and started his career as a bank consultant.
Sateesh Minnikanti is a Cost and Management Accountant (CMA) with extensive industry experience in cost accounting, accounting, and SAP FI/CO implementations. He has been with Deloitte Consulting for 6 years and specializes in solutions for product costing, material ledger, and COPA.
Birgit Oettinger is Product Owner for Management Accounting at SAP SE. In this role she is closely involved in key innovation topics for S/4HANA Finance. Birgit has 20 years of experience in the area of SAP Financials and got her start at SAP as an FI/CO consultant with focus on product costing and integration topics. She has been responsible for a wide range of products and areas in Financials and gained deep insights into various Cloud and On Premise solutions.
Paul Ovigele is the founder of the consulting platform, ERPfixers. He has worked as an ERP financials consultant since 1997 in both North America and Europe, specializing in implementing the Financial Accounting and Controlling modules along with their integrated areas for companies in industries such as consumer goods, chemicals, logistics, pharmaceuticals, apparel and entertainment. Paul has delivered numerous training sessions to finance professionals at both the functional and managerial levels, is published in FinancialsExpert where he also serves as a technical adviser, and has presented at various SAP financials conferences around the world. Paul is also the author of 100 Things You Should Know About Financial Accounting with SAP (2011) and Reconciling SAP COPA to the General Ledger (2014).
Manthan Peshne has 15 years of experience in SAP application space leading business transformation initiatives and providing ERP solutions. He currently leads SAP Product Lifecycle Costing (PLC) team in North America as GTM lead. He has been instrumental in working with NA customers evaluating PLC, proposing solution approach and architecture. He is also a recognized PLM solution architect and have help architect many custom innovative solutions for customers.
Chris Ritterhern is the Sr. Director Solution Architects at Bramasol, Inc. and has 25+ year experience and has been helping business’s understand the impact and best utilization of application software. Most recently, Chris has been heavily focused on the impact of the new accounting regulations (leasing and deferred revenue), with their creation and deployment of new solutions to meet these regulations. Chris is an accomplished and frequent speaker in these areas and has amassed a strong expertise in their utilization and implementation considerations. Chris provides strong business solution process architecture together with easy and enjoyable communications; he utilizes these attributes to quickly communicate from C-level to Technical Accountant.
Adrian Rochofski is the Solution Leader for 3C Software, a leading provider of cost and profitability solutions. He is a hands-on, experienced Controller, as well as Product Costing expert and CxO advisor with a passion for Lean process building. He has successfully implemented budgeting, costing and profitability architectures at Fortune 500 companies across the globe.
Ashish Sampat is an experienced finance and costing professional with nearly two decades of industry experience in the SAP Finance and Controlling space. Ashish has been an SAP consultant for most of his career with various consulting organizations and now works as an independent SAP FI/CO consultant. He has provided solutions in several areas of SAP Controlling including product costing, material ledger, and cost center accounting to global clients in consumer packed goods, life sciences, and industrial sectors. Born and educated in India, Ashish now lives in suburban Chicago with his wife and two kids. Ashish is the author of a book published by Espresso Tutorials First Steps in SAP Controlling (CO) and Expert Tips to Unleash the Full Potential of SAP Controlling.
Rob Schell, Director of Accounting at Fabri-Kal Corporation, has more than 20 years of experience in SAP as a user in most all modules and as a configurator in FICO and Project System. Prior to that he worked as a Business Controller and Analyst for a fortune 500 company and spent several years in public accounting. He has had broad involvement and responsibilities in many areas of business. His in depth experience and responsibilities include business planning and product costing and has implemented and used multiple planning solutions.
Ekkehard Seiler, Managing Partner at Kern AG Germany, has more than 15 years of experience in SAP with focus on planning and reporting processes. He designed and implemented planning solutions for more than 50 companies worldwide in all industry sectors and in all SAP environments including S/4HANA. He has a profound knowledge in all relevant fields covering CO-OM, COPA, Project System, classic/new GL, and HR. Before he started working with Kern he was head of Controlling at an international company.
Matthew Smith is the President and Chief Executive Officer of 3C Software and sets the strategic direction of the organization. Joining 3C Software in 1993 as a salesconsultant, he gained experience in effective cost accounting practices across the many industries 3C Software serves. As his understanding of the costmanagement process grew, Matthew broadened his expertise by managing a number of successful implementations for the growing firm. Matthew continued to progress through the organization as Director of Business Development and Sales where he was responsible for forming relationshipswith new and existing cost management clients. From there, Matthew moved on to the role of Executive Vice President where he oversaw all operational areas including marketing, consulting, support, and strategic planning. He is consistently recognized for his expertise in developing and implementing enterprise cost systems and has been an invited speaker at manyindustry-specific conferences and trade shows. An alumnus of West Georgia College, Matthew infuses 3C Software with his own brand of passion and leadershipand provides insight to his employees in the area of enterprise cost management.
Marjorie Wright is the founder of SimplyFI-CO, LLC: a boutique SAP training consulting company. She is an accomplished subject matter expert in SAP ERP business process and customizing and is a highly respected education consultant in the components of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, and Financial Supply Chain Management. With over 25 years training and accounting experience across multiple industries including financial services, manufacturing, technology, utilities, telecommunications and healthcare: she has conducted training for over 3,500 learners in traditional face to face classrooms, as well as web based, or virtual, meeting rooms. Marjorie has held a variety of SAP Cost Accounting positions for companies like Bosch Rexroth. Recently, she held the position of Senior Education Consultant with SAP America. While working with learners, she developed a reputation for making the complex SAP processes and technical settings easy to understand by utilizing simple terms and phrases and leveraging her real world business examples. Marjorie holds an SAP certification in Management Accounting. Marjorie is the author of Practical Guide to SAP CO Internal Orders (CO-OM).