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At Acumatica, we love our developers. Meet our featured developers and read their stories – where they work, what they do, and what makes them tick.
Developer of the Year for 2020
Brendan Hennelly
Brendan Hennelly
Director of Technology & Development,
JAAS Systems
Why did we pick this person?

A Software engineer with 13 years of ERP and software development experience designing, developing, and integrating various business systems with partners, ISVs, and end users. Brendan is experienced with application development related to various business processes linked to accounting, distribution, manufacturing, and external systems. In 2014, Brendan joined JAAS Systems as a developer, a partner (acquired by Acumatica in 2020) in the manufacturing industry. In his role at JAAS, Brendan was responsible for much of the development and leadership in their Acumatica manufacturing application. His skill as an Acumatica developer is of the highest level anywhere in the world. He became one of the first Acumatica Certified developers in 2015.

What contributions did he make to the community?

Given Brendan’s experience and expertise, he has made many contributions over the years – especially to the Acumatica Developer Community on our StackOverflow forum, which you can see if you visit his profile page there. During this year was not different, answering over 80 questions during 2018 – nearly 4 times the number answers by his nearest “competitor”. He participated in every Hackathon we have had at our Summits, including this year, and has contributed much of the code for his team’s solutions which is available of GitHub. He was also generous in participating in a series of videos produced at our Summit which you can view here to learn his thoughts on the Acumatica xRP Platform from a developers perspective.

Besides these contributions, he was always volunteering to help other developer MVP with any developer issues they had – which isn’t surprising given how many people he helped on stackoverflow.

Yuriy Zaletskyy
Yuriy Zaletskyy
Solutions Architect,
Kensium Solutions
Why did we pick this person?

Beginning in 2013, Yuriy has been actively developing applications using the Acumatica xRP Framework, developing solutions for many clients over the years. His main responsibility at Kensium is troubleshooting of complicated issues for Kensium Acumatica customers - usually it is related to performance optimization, doing code reviews, leading in finding solutions. Yuriy was recruited into the Developer MVP Program in early 2019 because of his reputation and high-level developer skills with the Acumatica xRP Platform. Given that there are a number of contribution requirements in the program, Yuriy exceled and went above in this regard contributing developer-focused blogs that we published, presented at our Virtual Developer Conference, and at this past year’s summit. He also contributed in our stackoverflow forum answer a number of questions that our partner developers had over the course of the year.

What contributions did he make to the community?

As outlined above he made many contributions – exceeding expectations. Specifically this past year, his two part series of blog posts on Improving Performance was outstanding: Part One: Asynchronous/Synchronous Operations in Acumatica and Part Two: C# Multithreading Operations in Acumatica illustrate this quite well. He provided a very useful session at our 2019 Virtual Developer Conference last June on Updating your Codebase with FBQL, discussing his first-hand experience in using the new Fluent Business Query Language as well as demonstrate some real performance data improvements you will likely see by injecting it in your existing code base. You can find a recording of this session here. There are among the tangible examples of his excellence as a Acumatica Developer. Besides these, he was always generous with other of our Developer MVPs in offering developer advice and sharing his experiences in our bi-monthly meetings. Always quick to volunteer for helping anyone who needed it.

Developer MVPs

van den Heever Gerhard
Gerhard van den Heever
Astraia Technology, Technical Director
Gerhard van den Heever

Gerhard is the Technical Director at Astraia Technology (VAR) & FBA Software (ISV). He is responsible for the successful creation and delivery of the organisations’ solutions deployment and products for Acumatica. He has over 10 years’ experience developing software in the ERP space and typically involved as a system’s architect during projects.

Being born and raised in Africa, Gerhard enjoys going out to nature and takes every opportunity to go on a safari with his family or enjoy the Winelands of the Cape.

Bélanger Stéphane
Stéphane Bélanger
Asgard Alliance Software, CEO/Developer
Stéphane Bélanger

Stéphane’s career, spanning more than 25 years, started as an ERP developer on a 4GL language called Miracle. After a few years, he was sent to Philadelphia to work with Weyerhaeuser for a 10-day contract that lasted 4 years, where he helped re-engineer the Transportation and EDI modules. He created, among others, nearly a dozen new EDI transactions. He then wondered through the desert of customizations and Java middleware in search of his ERP Graal. In 2016, he was hired by the video game studio Behaviour Interactive where he selected, implemented, and integrated an ERP with other cloud applications. Which ERP? Acumatica of course. In 2018, he decided to come back to his roots as an ERP developer and started working for top-tier Acumatica Gold partners to share his knowledge, passion, and ideas. He has been happy ever since.

Caruana Joseph
Joseph Caruana
Computime Software, Senior Solution Lead
Joseph Caruana

Joseph started his career with Computime Software back in 2007 as a software developer. During his 12+ year career, he has been involved in several large scale implementations in various industry sectors. He leads a team of software developers and is also directly involved in programming, verifying source-code quality, and ensuring successful delivery of business solutions. He and his team have been developing solutions on the Acumatica platform for the past 3 years, including an ISV solution titled ‘Orbis DSD’. Joseph is particularly interested in how the synergy between technology and business can help organizations achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. He believes that Acumatica empowers both developers and consultants to maximize their productivity and efficiency in delivering business solutions. Joseph also has special interest in Cloud Computing, writing clean code, DevOps and the Microsoft technology stack. When not coding, he spends most of his free time with his wife, son, and daughter – enjoying the beautiful weather in sunny Malta.

Stevens, CRL  Brian
Brian Stevens, CRL
SETECH, Lead Developer
Brian Stevens, CRL

Brian is the lead developer for SETECH Supply Chain Solutions, LLC.  SETECH provides tailored solutions based on best practices to improve the availability of indirect materials while reducing the total cost of ownership for their clients.

For more than 20 years, Brian has customized and supported a legacy ERP application written in PROGRESS 4GL.  As a recent convert to C# and the Acumatica xRP Framework, he relates to both experienced developers as well as those just getting started.  Brian enjoys learning from questions posted to stackoverflow and answering some when he can.  Likewise, he maintains a personal developer blog at Acumatica.dev to document some of his experiences as a new developer.  Having participated in the Hackathon at the Acumatica Summit in 2019 and 2020, Brian is an advocate for making contacts at the Hackathon as the most valuable activity a new developer can do all year.

During a lengthy period of extensive travel, Brian spent his downtime staying connected with his sons via Minecraft.  Although travel has slowed and his sons are nearly grown, he still enjoys playing the game with them.  Once in a while, you might even find him at the skating rink with his younger son trying not to break anything!

For more information about SETECH, visit https://www.setech.com.

 

Ronchetti Nicole
Nicole Ronchetti
DSD Business Systems, Technical Consultant
Nicole Ronchetti

Nicole Ronchetti is a Senior Technical Consultant within the Acumatica practice at DSD Business Systems. Prior to her role at DSD, Nicole spent 15 years as an ERP end-user, managing all aspects of their ERP software throughout a thriving organization in the sporting goods industry. In 2010, she chose to focus on consulting full time with an emphasis on development over the last five years.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys Netflix, playing with any new tech gear that’s on the market, and working outside in the garden.

Chen Patrick
Patrick Chen
SPS Commerce, Senior Software Engineer
Patrick Chen

Patrick is a Senior Software Engineer with SPS Commerce, a full service EDI vendor. He is the lead engineer for the SPS Commerce Fulfillment EDI product for Acumatica. He has over 15 years’ experience developing software in the ERP space and has managed every aspect of the development cycle. In his free time, he enjoys gardening and wine making.

Waite Robert
Robert Waite
APS Payments, Lead Developer
Robert Waite

Robert Waite is the Lead Acumatica Developer at APS Payments, a REPAY company, a leading provider of omni-channel B2B integrated payment solutions. Robert’s passion for programming started in grade school doing projects on the Apple IIe, and he checked out all the library books he could on the topic to appease his voracious appetite for learning how to code. Robert started working with ERP platform software in 2003, where he automated distribution tasks on a green screen apps called PICK, which he later replaced with Sage 100.  Since then, he has expanded his expertise to many other ERP systems, including Acumatica. Prior to joining APS Payments, Robert worked for Accounting Systems, Inc. (ASI Focus), where he was an ERP Software Developer.

Outside of programming, Robert is passionate about dancing, where you will find him spending a lot of time looking for any opportunity to West Coast Swing, Hustle, Salsa, as well as many other styles of dance. In his spare time, he enjoys soldering together racing drones and IoT home automation projects. Robert volunteers his time at a local high school maker space and has taught classes on programming Arduinos and other IoT development boards like the Raspberry Pi.

Hardgrove Chris
Chris Hardgrove
NexTec, Senior Developer
Chris Hardgrove

At university, Chris pursued 3 years of accounting studies until the laboratory instructor showed him MAS 90.  After seeing how accounting could work in conjunction with computer systems, he changed his degree to information systems.  This lead to Chris to his first professional position with a major health care company and he used that experience in tailoring early versions of SAGE, along with SQL server, to produce KPIs and custom forms for the key decision makers.

He was introduced to the world of Dynamics, but Acumatica came knocking in 2012.  In those early years for Acumatica, he received “countless” one-on-one instruction from “the” Mikhail Chtchelkonogov via Skype, learning all about the Acumatica and the xRP Development Framework.

Petrosov Samvel
Samvel Petrosov
Information Integration Group, Inc., Software Architect
Samvel Petrosov

Samvel is a Software Architect at Information Integration Group Inc. (IIG). His career started as a C# developer and quickly merged into an analyst development role to resolve standard ERP limitations.

He has over 5 years’ experience developing software in the ERP space and has managed every aspect of the development cycle.
In his free time, he enjoys playing chess and reading books.

Richardson Keith
Keith Richardson
Haun Welding Supply, Application Systems Architect
Keith Richardson

Keith is an Application Systems Architect at Haun Welding Supply, a 4th generation business in the northeastern United States. At Haun, he has been working to extend the Acumatica ERP framework to provide added functionality specific for their business needs. Keith was a member of Team Epsilon at the Acumatica Hackathon 2019, which sparked his drive to do even more with the product.

Prior to working with Haun Welding, Keith spent many years as a consultant in IT and development. He has been developing solutions for businesses using the NET framework for the past 10 years. Most recently, he has been working with large companies automating business processes through Identity Management – by both customizing and extending the existing product as well as providing custom integrations and connectors using the One Identity suite of products.

Outside of work, Keith loves spending time with his family. He works as a mentor with the Honeoye Robotics 4H Team 3951, which is involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST was a major part of his life throughout high school and the experience was next to none. He is able to help promote the vision of FIRST by providing students similar experiences he gained in the program, including his two older children who are now a part of the team.

Jacob Joe
Joe Jacob
Crestwood Associates, LLC., Senior Software Engineer
Joe Jacob

Joe is a Senior Developer at Crestwood Associates. He has been designing and building ERP related software projects for over 14 years, originally with SSYH, Inc. that is now Crestwood Associates. Joe’s background includes more than 30 years of experience in programming in various anguages. He is proficient in VB.NET, C#, and SQL Server development as well as several web-based technologies. Since Joe started his career as a Corporate Controller, he provides valuable insights when working with Clients.

For the past year, Joe has aggressively embraced the Acumatica platform and framework. He now manages several projects ranging from simple customization projects to developing more client specific integrated solutions. Joe has also been a key performer in migrating Dynamics SL customizations to Acumatica for existing Crestwood Clients. This is Joe’s first year as an Acumatica Developer MVP and he looks forward to continued growth on the Acumatica platform.

van Hoesen Joshua
Joshua van Hoesen
ASI, Lead Software Engineer
Joshua van Hoesen

Joshua is Lead Software Engineer at Accounting System Integrators, a results-oriented provider of world-class software products and consulting services. He leads the development team, which built NonProfitPlus – business management software engineered with non-profit organizations in mind and powered by Acumatica ERP to deliver a suite of fully integrated applications.

As a developer who has worked with the Acumatica framework through years of its growth and refinement, Joshua has cultivated a deep knowledge of the framework and the systems that may interact with it, which has allowed proposals of innovative solutions to overcome challenging client requirements. He’s an active member of Stackoverflow.com who encourages fellow developers to share their questions and help each other out in the hopes of building a solid knowledge base for a solid framework. In his free time, Joshua enjoys being involved in his local community as well as politics, having run for public office in his spare time.

Joshua says: “Though I did amateur stand-up comedy at one point for kicks and giggles, the fun side of me outside my work with the community and politics (I think they’re fun lol) can be found working with an improv group during the week. I also do the occasional theatre performance, having recently been Baptista in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.”

Amadoz Fernando
Fernando Amadoz
SkyKnack, CEO
Fernando Amadoz

Fernando is the Founder and CEO of SkyKnack, an ERP solution provider that assists Acumatica partners in developing customizations, integrations and new products, as well as implementation and training services.

Prior to founding SkyKnack, Fernando was Head of Design and Development of the team that created the now Acumatica-integrated Field Services module. With a decade of experience in the development of ERP applications, Fernando and the SkyKnack team are now focused exclusively on the Acumatica ecosystem.

If you attended the 2017 Acumatica Summit in San Diego, you might have heard his Abba joke (…) He promises no jokes for 2018!

In the off hours, Fernando enjoys listening to U2 and watching Chris Nolan movies ‒ don’t blame him for being mainstream! He enjoys learning languages, relies tremendously on metacritic.com to select the next movie to watch, and is now pretty sure that Federer will win his 20th Grand Slam during the US Open this year.

If you would like to get in touch with Fernando and the SkyKnack team, visit their website or contact them at info@skyknack.com

Villaseñor Marco
Marco Villaseñor
Interastar, CTO
Marco Villaseñor

Marco is Co-Founder and CTO of Interastar, a technology company that helps businesses streamline their operations and accelerate growth by providing powerful integrations with Acumatica and other cloud technologies. He leads the Technology Solutions team, which built SynteghLS—a heavily integrated Acumatica ERP module for leasing companies—and the electronic invoicing and accounting modules required by companies in Mexico.

As a specialist in systems integration and collaboration applications, Marco has developed a knack for innovative solutions from emerging technology and is thrilled with the growing availability of microservices, APIs, and connected devices. He encourages his colleagues to continue learning about new tools and share their knowledge.

Marco recently published an excellent “Guest Blog” on the ADN site: Acumatica + Twilio = A Hackathon Solution in 4 Hours. If you haven’t had a chance to read the article, please do—it will be time well spent.
In his free time, Marco enjoys reading (mostly sci-fi and mystery novels), watching the latest “guilty pleasure” TV show with his wife, playing video games with friends, and travelling.

Marco is always available for coffee or a quick chat online. You can find him lurking in stackoverflow (answering Acumatica questions) as markoan. Find out more about Interastar here: https://interastar.com

Zelatskyy Yuriy
Yuriy Zelatskyy
Kensium Solutions, Solutions Architect
Yuriy Zelatskyy

Yuriy started programming in 2003 using C++ and FoxPro then switching to .Net in 2006. Beginning in 2013, he has been actively developing applications using the Acumatica xRP Framework, developing solutions for many clients over the years. He has a personal blog, aptly named Yuriy Zaletskyy’s Blog, where he has been documenting programming issues he’s run into over the past six years – sharing his observations and solutions freely with other Acumatica developers.

Cawley Diane
Diane Cawley
Savant Software, Chief Software Architect
Diane Cawley

Diane Cawley is Co-Founder and Chief Architect of Savant Software, which has been providing Supply Chain Solutions since 1995.  She holds a BS in Computer Science and MBA from Arizona State University.  She leads the development and implementation teams, and is responsible for ongoing product evolution as well as its integration with ERP systems such as Acumatica.

Diane has been an Acumatica MVP since 2018.  She has participated in all of the annual Hackathon’s to date.  She has been working with the Acumatica framework with a concentration on API’s since version 5.1 and has developed several complex integrations between Savant’s WMS and Acumatica.

Outside of work, Diane and her husband enjoy traveling around the world and learning new things by attending various meetups – especially those related to IoT and robotics.

Ahammad Sharif
Sharif Ahammad
Kensium, Delivery Head
Sharif Ahammad

Sharif comes with over 16+ years of experience in the software industry, along with more than 6 years in the ERP domain and serves as a Solution Architect for Kensium’s Acumatica ERP Services.  He has been working on Acumatica technologies since 2013, bringing high-level expertise and experience in developing custom applications, accounting modules, and custom ERP solutions using the .NET Framework.

Sharif has been instrumental in developing and leading Kensium’s Acumatica development and support team since its inception. He manages the ISV certification of all of Kensium products. He hold holds various Acumatica certifications & badges, and is a certified scrum master who utilizes agile principles to lead developer teams to deliver high quality software.

Michaud Gabriel
Gabriel Michaud
Velixo, CEO
Gabriel Michaud

Former General Manager, Acumatica Labs Montreal. I love traveling and speaking about cloud, ERP, SaaS, software development and am passionate about what I do.

Sample Terry
Terry Sample
AIM Solutions, Inc., Senior Software Developer
Terry Sample

Terry has been developing innovative user-friendly solutions for the AIM client base for over four years. He has spent five years working with Acumatica framework since version 3. Terry’s advanced knowledge of developer applications, tools, methodologies, and best practices makes him an invaluable asset to the AIM team. His cross-platform proficiency and fluency in programming languages enables him to create seamless integrations with other software. Terry enjoys contributing helpful suggestions and solutions to the Acumatica community through stackoverflow.com. His technical expertise and patience make him a great mentor to Junior Developers on the AIM team.
Here are some of his accomplishments at AIM:

  • Pricing Suite – Development and coding of a custom suite specifically for an AIM customer that is a leader in the propellant industry. The new module creates contracts for both sales and purchases using daily industry updates to provide pricing.
  • AIM Positive Pay – Leading method of check fraud prevention. It can support the various formats that banks require for the file out of the box.
  • AIM AP Document Maintenance – Allows the user to edit non-financial data for AP invoices entered into Acumatica.
  • AIM 1099 History – Allows the user to edit 1099 vendor balances.
  • AIM CC Expense – Custom application that uses the Expense reporting module and mobile app. Allows uses to track expenses incurred with company credit cards.

In Terry’s free time, he builds and creates remote controlled aircraft and drones, and he rides motorcycles and bicycles. He aspires to one day make a guest appearance on American Chopper. So look out for Terry!