Hans Kolbe, Chair
Mr. Kolbe is the managing partner for Celantra Systems. He has more than sixteen years experience in the design and implementation of financial, manufacturing, and distribution for U.S., European, and Asian corporations. He has developed a broad expertise in international legal and tax compliance for most European, many Asian, Latin American and Middle-East countries as well as the U.S. advising multi-national corporations on IT and ERP systems structure and implementation parameters. Over the last 8 years this has included Sarbanes-Oxley compliance assessments and improvements, especially regarding international subsidiaries and inter-company processes. Mr. Kolbe has developed multi-country and global implementation solutions for international companies from global high-tech manufacturers, consumer goods or chemical goods producers through service and consulting companies to large investment and banking firms. He combines a thorough understanding of business processes with a firm grasp of the accounting, manufacturing and legal perspectives. He is intimately familiar with the international and national requirements for global and regional accounting and financial reporting system, ERP and Supply Chain Management systems.
Mr. Kolbe has experience in program and project management for system implementation and global rollouts including data base conversions, custom programming, internal and external training and technical support organizations. He has an excellent knowledge of Oracle Applications in finance, manufacturing, logistic and CRM operations. Mr. Kolbe has actively participated in and managed the entire life cycle of large multi-national projects, including software and consulting pre-sales, scoping and proposal management, project planning and supervision, as well as implementation and post go-live management. In addition to Oracle applications, Mr. Kolbe has a working knowledge of other ERP Systems (SAP, Peoplesoft, and MfgPRO) and the integration issues between divergent ERP and corporate reporting systems.
Mr. Kolbe comes from a background of European legal training and practical experience in coordinating and integrating European and U.S. legal standards. He is a passionate cello player and loves sailing.
Thomas Simkiss, Co-Chair
Thomas Simkiss is currently the Vice-President of Consulting for Aces High Consulting, LLC, an Oracle Platinum partner based in Niwot, CO, overseeing a consulting staff of 75 functional and technical resources across the United States, thanks to a merger between Denovo and his former company, BizTech. While at BizTech, Thomas served as the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Office and Applications Practice Director at BizTech, a mid-Atlantic Oracle Partner based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. While at BizTech, the Thomas over saw revenue growth in consulting of $8m in 2008 to $13m in 2014, while expanding both an onshore and offshore delivery team.
Thomas has 20 years Oracle Applications experience both as an end-user and implementer across many industries, including Telecom, Membership Organizations, Healthcare, Government, and Social Services. Thomas has had a wide range of roles both utilizing and implementing Oracle Financials, Supply Chain, Discoverer and Business Intelligence as a business analyst, team lead, and project manager. Thomas became an Oracle ACE in 2014 and is currently a member of the New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar Association.