SimuTech Group Leadership
SimuTech’s leaders are seasoned professionals with a diverse background in business and engineering. Together, they bring decades of experience in engineering, simulation software and services, physical testing, design, and product development.
Owner and Chief Revenue Officer
Responsibilities: In addition to her role as majority owner, Katie directs all aspects of strategic Marketing, Sales, and Human Resources. She leads Sales Enablement initiatives including sales onboarding, training, and resources. Along with SimuTech Group's Strategic Leadership Team, leads the company's vision, mission, and overall strategy.
James Madison University, BS, Communications Studies
Background: Katie brings over 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the construction real estate and professional insurance industries. Her passion is leadership through collaborative work with all of SimuTech’s functional areas and team members. Katie has made an impact on SimuTech in many significant ways, including developing best practices and processes company-wide as well as initiating and growing SimuTech’s Inside Sales and Marketing Teams. She also continually develops and expands SimuTech’s sales enablement tools and new hire sales training program. Along with her professional responsibilities, Katie gives back to the Greater Rochester community by volunteering through fitness and charity as well as sharing her family dog at local nursing homes.
Chief Operating Officer
Responsibilities: Directs SimuTech Group's engineering, testing, business operations, IT, and finance teams. Executes and develops company strategy.
University of Rochester – William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, MBA, Finance and Economics
Rochester Institute of Technology - BS, Accounting
Background: John brings over 20 years of progressive leadership experience with an emphasis on continuous process improvement, fact-based management, and customer support and satisfaction. He has supported organizations both public and private in construction, manufacturing, and professional services.
Vice President of Engineering
Responsibilities: Directs SimuTech’s engineering team in providing simulation consulting services, training, and mentoring via ANSYS simulation software.
University of Tennessee - MS, Mechanical Engineering
University of Florida - BS, Mechanical Engineering
Background: Butch served as a structural engineer with Pratt & Whitney, where he analyzed and tested engine externals and nozzle components for both military and commercial aircraft engines. In 2001, he moved to Exotic Metals Forming Company, continuing to provide structural analysis of parts in the aerospace industry, expanding his expertise into more airplane components. Butch started as an FEA Consulting Engineer with SimuTech Group in 2007, but quickly moved up the ranks to become Engineering Manager for the West offices. With his promotion to Vice President of Engineering, Butch ensures that all offices of SimuTech provide high quality world class simulation consulting, training, and mentoring.
Vice President of Sales
Responsibilities: Leads the Sales Team on software, consulting and training efforts for SimuTech Group. As a member of the Strategic Leadership Team, contributes to the company's vision, mission, and overall strategy.
Brigham Young University - BS, Computer Science
Background: Brent brings over 20 years of progressive technical sales and leadership experience. Prior to joining the SimuTech Group team he began his sales career with National Instruments in the Pacific Northwest before moving to Austin, TX where he built and led their highest performing US region for over 12 years. Hallmarks of Brent’s success are an intense focus on delivering value that helps customers be more successful in their businesses, growing sales teams, leading global cross-functional teams as well as developing sales strategy and process.
Chief Information Officer
Responsibilities: Guides operations and information technology processes, including Customer Relationship Management (CRM), financial data, ANSYS support and sales operations, and electronic communications and security.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MS & BS, Ocean Engineering
Background: Jim founded in 1983 one of the original worldwide ANSYS Channel Partners, JLR, which later merged into SimuTech. Jim brings almost 35 years of experience as an ANSYS Channel Partner involved in all aspects of the business, including support, consulting, training, accounting, sales, and marketing. Jim is uniquely qualified to integrate all components of a successful company and deliver value to customers as their trusted advisor.
Director of Human Resources
Responsibilities: Recruiting, Training & Development, HR onboarding and ongoing HR people interaction.
St. John Fisher College, BA Communications
Roberts Wesleyan College, M.S Strategic Leadership
Background: Victoria brings over 10 years of human resources experience, serving an array of organizations in the professional services and not-for-profit industries. She brings a proven track record to SimuTech Group when it comes to creating and effectively managing organizational process and procedures. Victoria has catalyzed a multi-faceted recruitment and hiring process, structured the onboarding of team members and their benefits and developed professional growth plans so far during her tenure here at SimuTech. She has a passion for coaching and developing team members. She is both certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) as well as Society for Human Resources – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) Certified.
Responsibilities: Leads SimuTech Group’s vision, mission, and strategy.
University of Rochester - MBA
Clarkson University – BS, Chemical Engineering
Background: After excelling in increasingly responsible positions in rotating equipment design, application, and manufacturing, Ken became President of a division of a Fortune 500 company. Starting in 2000, he acquired and led the integration of several independent ANSYS Channel Partners and rebranded as SimuTech Group in 2008. The successful implementation of a world class customer value proposition led to growth and recognition as the largest North American ANSYS Channel Partner. He served as CEO before gaining his current title in 2015.