Speakers & Session Leaders

Get to Know the Speakers and Session Leaders

Throughout the week, you’ll hear from a number of speakers including QAD President Pamela Lopker and other executives. Important topics will be addressed, ranging from the state of the business to what’s new in product development and technology and how QAD services can help you become a more Effective Enterprise.

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Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.”

Among Kurzweil’s many honors, he received the 2015 Technical Grammy Award for outstanding achievements in the field of music technology; he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds twenty-one honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents.

He is Co-Founder and Chancellor of Singularity University and a Director of Engineering at Google heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.


Angela Hoon, General Motors

Executive Director, Strategic Risk Management
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Angela Hoon joined General Motors as Executive Director, Strategic Risk Management, in May 2015. Hoon leads GM’s Global Strategic Risk Management program, and is responsible for improving risk governance and culture by driving a “risk” thought process into strategic and cross-functional decision making. She has championed a standardized, global approach that is practical and relevant across all layers of the business, and includes early identification of risks and analyses of their interdependencies. Hoon provides regular updates to the Executive Leadership Team, and the Risk Committee of the GM Board of Directors.
Prior to joining GM, Hoon was a principal in the risk consulting practice for KPMG USA. During her tenure there she was one of the national partners focused on the implementation of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) across industries. She is a recognized leader with over 20 years of experience in ERM and GRC services.
Hoon started her career at KPMG South Africa where she performed external audit services in the manufacturing sector. She holds bachelor’s degrees in commerce and accounting from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. In addition she is a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance.

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Lawrence (‘Larry’) Lapide, Ph.D.

Lecturer, College of Management, University of Massachusetts: Boston
Research Affiliate, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL)
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Dr. Lapide has over 40 years of experience in industry, consulting, business research, and academia. Most recently he was the Director of Demand Management at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL). He also managed the launch of MIT’s Supply Chain 2020 Project.
Dr. Lapide is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Business Forecasting & Planning Award bestowed by the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning in 2012. Dr. Lapide — a recognized leader in supply chain management — is a frequent presenter at supply chain events and has written numerous publications including his co-authorship of a Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) book, “E-Business: The Impact on Supply Chain and Logistics”. He holds a BSEE from The Cooper Union, an MS in EE from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Seth Page, DataRPM, a Progress Company

Executive Vice President, Corporate & Business Development
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Seth Page is an experienced tech entrepreneur, operator, deal maker and corporate financier in the technology industry with particular focus on IOT, Machine Learning, Data Science, AI, Enterprise, mobile, video, telecommunications, ad tech, cloud, and security sectors. Mr. Page is the EVP of Strategic Partnerships, Corporate & Business Development at DataRPM in the Cognitive Predictive Maintenance in the Industrial IOT. Previously he was COO + CorpDev for UniKey Technologies, the largest Smart Lock & Access Control Cloud Solutions Provider int he work. Before that, he was EVP for the Americas for RayV Inc., which was acquired by Yahoo. Previously he was COO / Head of Corporate Development & Co-Founder of PV Media Group, an online advertising firm acquired by Blinkx, as well as CEO/Co-Founder of Oyster Optics Inc., a technology provider for 40G/100G fiber optic transmissions, which was acquired by Techquity. As a Partner at CFP, a cross-border investment bank specializing in the tech & comm sectors for M&A, private equity & VC placements, Mr. Page most recently completed Samsung’s acquisition of mSpot.

Before that, Mr. Page was a Member of myGeek.com’s Advisory Board, where he stepped in to oversee Operations & Product Development and which was acquired by PV Media Group. He was also Chief Strategist & Co-Founder of Trade.com Global Markets, a cross-border financial network with investors including ABN AMRO, Compaq, Thomson Kernaghan, Bank of Butterfield, Standard Chartered and Raiffeisen Bank of Austria. Before that, Mr. Page was VP of Corporate Finance at BlueStone Capital Partners, an NYC-based boutique investment bank, and directed Investment & Business Relations for the State of California’s European Offices of Trade and Investment in Frankfurt, Germany.


Pamela Lopker, QAD

President and Chairman of the Board/span>

Pamela Lopker is responsible for shaping QAD’s vision and strategic direction and driving the company’s global research and development efforts. Lopker has long been recognized as a leader and entrepreneur in advancing manufacturing software. She has received many accolades, including “Hero of U.S. Manufacturing” from Fortune and “Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Los Angeles area” from Ernst & Young. Lopker holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Karl Lopker, QAD

Chief Executive Officer

Karl Lopker oversees all business aspects of QAD, including operations and market expansion, with strong regional and industry-specific development focus. Lopker formerly served as president of Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NMS: DECK), which he founded in 1973. After he joined QAD in 1981, Lopker continued to hold a board of directors’ position with Deckers, now a multimillion-dollar company including Teva, Simple and Ugg footwear brands. Lopker serves on the QAD Board of Directors. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) from the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).


Anton Chilton, QAD

Chief, Global Field Operations

Anton Chilton currently leads QAD Global Field Operations and is dedicated to providing new and current customers with a positive experience implementing QAD. Before joining QAD, Chilton held senior roles in global systems integration companies for more than 12 years. He has extensive experience in Asia, Africa and Europe, managing business consulting and global account management teams and has built an extensive knowledge of the design and delivery of high value software and outsourcing solutions. Prior to his consulting experience, Chilton designed software and infrastructure solutions to support for British Steel. He received his Global Executive MBA from INSEAD and also served in the British Royal Navy’s Submarine Service.


Bill Keese, QAD

Senior Vice President, Research & Development

Bill Keese is responsible for overall product direction and overseeing the research & development organization and development process. Keese has held various roles within research and development and product management organizations. He has 26 years of experience in the software industry. Keese has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo.


Carter Lloyds, QAD

Chief Marketing Officer

Carter Lloyds is the Chief Marketing Officer for QAD. He is responsible for overseeing marketing and sales operations, market research, marketing communications, web marketing, customer research, analytics, pricing and events, particularly developing initiatives that drive customer value. Prior to joining QAD, Lloyds spent 10 years consulting, teaching and researching business strategy. Carter holds a B.S. in accounting and a Ph.D. in business strategy from the University of Southern California.


Tony Winter, QAD

Chief Technology Officer

Tony J. Winter is responsible for driving the company’s long-term technology, architecture and product release strategies. Winter oversees a global Research & Development team, manages all technical relationships with QAD global partners, and innovates on QAD’s key technology initiatives, including its mobile computing and QAD Cloud ERP.  Winter holds a bachelor of science degree in physics and computer science from Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom.

Andrew Amstutz, L&W Group

Director of Information Technology

Christian Baldwin, Adient

Sr. Manager, Industry 4.0 Leader

René Bergkamp, QAD

Vice President of Research & Development, Financials

Amanda Black, CoorsTek Medical

Quality Manager

Brett Baumeister, QAD

Senior Solution Consultant

Scott Blaska, Vit-Best

CIO, Kingdomway USA (Parent company of Vit-Best Nutrition)

Lora Cecere, Supply Chain Insights

Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights

Luke Collis, Freedom Foods

Group General Manager – Commercial Finance

Steve Dombroski, QAD

Senior Marketing Manager – Consumer, Food & Beverage Markets

Jon Edwards, QAD

Senior Project Manager

Frank Feustel, QAD

Director, Product Management

Jonathan Fitchett, QAD

Product Manager

Carlos Garcia, QAD

Technology Consulting Senior Director

Glenn Graney, QAD

Senior Marketing Manager – Industrial & High Tech Markets

Steffen Grill, Wander AG

Head of IT

Nicole Groves, QAD

Director of Research and Development, Manufacturing

Mary Ann Guthrie, QAD

Vice President, Research & Development – Customer Management

Luc Janssen, QAD

Vice President, Research and Development – Supply Chain

Rob Jeremiassen, QAD

Managing Director – Australia and New Zealand

Bengt Johansson, QAD

Software Engineer, Architect

Cindy Jutras, MintJutras


Kim Knickle, IDC

Research Vice President, Manufacturing Insights, IDC

Mike Lane, QAD

Product Manager

David McCarthy, Adient

IT Project Manager

Nancy Majure, QAD

Practice Director

Sylvia McFadden, Harris Corporation

Manufacturing Engineer

Bas van Nistelrooij, QAD

Team Lead, Business Consultants

Michael Ochi, QAD

Services Consultant Associate

Helmut Oehring, CoorsTek

Chief Information Officer

Terry Onica, QAD

Director, Automotive

Prof. Alexander Pflaum, Fraunhofer Institute

Head of the Fraunhofer Center for Applied Research on Supply Chain Services, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS

Jeff Phillips, CEBOS

VP of Product Development

Joan Profetta, Harris Corporation

Senior ERP Support Analyst

Bart Reitter, QAD

Director, Life Sciences

Robin Riordan, QAD

Vice President, Global Services Delivery

Mike Rogers, Nexteer Automotive

Manager, Data Management / Business Intelligence

Astrid Rommens, QAD

Director QAD Automation Solutions

Rob Straight, Progress

OpenEdge Product Management

Alicia Tolen, Laerdal Medical

Supply Chain Operations Manager, Laerdal Medical

Guido VanDenBroeck, QAD

Director, Product Management

Dan Waugh, Comvita

General Manager – ICT