Eric Kimberling, Managing Partner, Panorama Consulting Solutions
Dan Faia, Executive Vice President, Datix
Keith Helfrich, Senior Lead Consultant—Growth Services, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Sheldon Needle, Owner, CTSguides


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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Dan Faia

Executive Vice President

Dan Faia is the Executive Vice President at Datix Inc, an enterprise software consulting firm that has specialized enterprise software implementation and ERP integration for 18 years. As a global executive in Sales and Marketing with over 20 years of business experience, Faia himself has been through multiple ERP and CRM selection processes and implementations in industries as far ranging as Industrial Automation, Metal Fabrication and Test & Measurement—servicing about any Marketyou could name.

As such, Faia is an expert in using technology and software to support business processes and is a firm believer in the power of integrating enterprise systems to realize their true value.

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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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Sheldon Needles

Sheldon Needle


Prior to creating created CTSguides in 1984, Sheldon Needle worked as a controller, software designer and consultant. CTS was the first service to publish independent research on accounting software for PCs, and eventually expanded into several industries including construction, professional services and ERP for manufacturing.

Thousands of consultants and end users have relied on CTS content for guidance in their software search. Needle has been widely published as a contributing editor to the Journal of Accountancy and been a frequent speaker at AICPA conferences. He has degrees from Syracuse University and American University in Finance and Accounting.

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