Keith Helfrich, Senior Lead Consultant—Growth Services, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Doug Hockenbrocht, Partner, Plante Moran
Cindy Jutras, President, Mint Jutras
Eric Kimberling
, Managing Partner, Panorama Consulting Solutions
Richard Sides, Partner, Ultra Consultants

Keith Helfrich

Keith Helfrich

Senior Lead Consultant—Growth Services
Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Founder, Vice President–Operations, Growth GPS

Keith Helfrich is a globally minded business- and product-development leader with expertise in delivering strategic and tactical solutions to complex business issues. He is a growth catalyst passionate about motivating organizations and employees to identify opportunities, innovate products and develop customer advocates to build sustainable top/bottom-line growth results.

Keith offers a unique blend of leader and team-builder skills, and is a market analyst who identifies growth opportunities and garners stakeholder support. He holds a master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas, and Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University. Keith also authors the Innovation Intersection column for Fabricating Product News.

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Doug Hockenbrocht

Plante Moran

Doug is a partner in Plant Moran's management consulting practice. He assists manufacturers and private equity firms in assessing the cost, time, and risk involved in enabling information technologies. More particularly, he assists manufactures in cost-justifying investments in information technology to help drive operational improvement. Doug has extensive experience working with manufacturers in matters including:

  • Inventory accuracy improvement
  • Supply chain visibility
  • Costing accuracy
  • Production scheduling
Most recently, Doug has advised manufacturers on how and when to migrate legacy ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems to newer platforms, including cloud computing, to increase service levels, control costs, and provide a scalable foundation for their growing organizations.

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cindy jutras

Cindy Jutras

Mint Jutras

Cindy Jutras is a widely recognized expert in analyzing the impact of enterprise applications on business performance. Utilizing over 35 years of corporate experience and specific expertise in manufacturing, supply chain, customer service and business performance management, Cindy has spent the past 8+ years benchmarking the performance of software solutions in the context of the business benefits of technology.

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Eric Kimberling

Managing Partner
Panorama Consulting Solutions

After 15 years of ERP consulting at large firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers and SchlumbergerSema, Eric Kimberling realized the need for an independent consulting firm that really understand both ERP and the business benefits it can enable.

Eric is the founder and Managing Partner of Panorama Consulting Solutions, an independent ERP consulting firm in Denver, Colorado, and is recognized as a leading expert in the international ERP and enterprise systems market. Eric has broad experience and expertise in ERP software selection, project management, organizational change management, contract negotiations and expert witness testimony. His background includes Big Four consulting experience and working with more than 150 global clients in manufacturing, distribution, retail, energy, utilities, non-profit and government.

Throughout his career, Eric has helped dozens of high-profile and global companies with their ERP initiatives, including Kodak, Samsonite, Coors, Duke Energy and Lucent Technologies. In addition to his extensive ERP experience, Eric has also helped clients with business process reengineering, merger and acquisition integration, business process optimization, lean manufacturing, strategic planning and Six Sigma and value stream analysis. Eric holds an MBA from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

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Richard Sides

Richard Sides

Ultra Consultants

Richard Sides has more than 20 years technology-related operational experience assisting manufacturing and distribution organizations by improving their business processes and supporting information systems. Richard’s experience includes operational responsibilities, management consulting, ERP system implementation, and serving in a variety of senior executive management roles. Richard’s background includes significant experience in process and discrete manufacturing as well as logistics, distribution and supply chain management. Richard started his career in 1990 with Kraft Foods and was part of the pioneering efforts to introduce integrated supervisory and process control systems to Kraft’s production lines. He finished his 6-year career with Kraft by serving as the systems lead on the pilot implementation of Kraft’s Marcam Prism ERP rollout.

In the late 1990’s Richard became APICS certified and moved into management consulting, working exclusively with manufacturing and distribution companies. He has also served the role of Senior Vice President of Information Services for a multi-site manufacturing and logistics company where he implemented a more current system infrastructure and corresponding best business practices. Richard has also served as Senior Vice President Manufacturing and Supply Chain for a leading software provider. Richard has a BS in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from DePaul University.

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