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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.

Our leadership team is united in their vision to lead the industry in technical and engineering expertise and to become our customers’ most trusted advisors.

Kenneth Lally, SimuTech Group Owner & Director

Kenneth Lally
Owner & Director

Responsibilities: Leads SimuTech Group’s vision, mission, and strategy.

Education:
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. Later, he acquired and led the integration of several independent ANSYS Channel Partners which eventually became SimuTech Group in 2008.

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Rick James, DrEng, SimuTech Group President

Rick James, DrEng
President

Responsibilities: Leads and provides oversight for all SimuTech Group’s product development, simulation consulting, training, and mentoring.

Education:
Southern Methodist University - Doctor of Engineering, Engineering Management; BS & MS, Mechanical Engineering

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John Ilijevski, SimuTech Group Chief Financial Officer

John Ilijevski
Chief Financial Officer

Responsibilities: Directs SimuTech Group’s finance, accounting, human resources, and sales administration.

Education:
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 in finance and accounting 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.

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Jim Radochia, SimuTech Group Chief Information Officer

Jim Radochia
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.

Education:
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.

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Butch Vision, SimuTech Group Vice President of Engineering

Butch Vision
Vice President of Engineering

Responsibilities: Directs SimuTech’s engineering team in providing simulation consulting services, training, and mentoring via ANSYS simulation software.

Education:
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.

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Alan McKim, SimuTech Group Vice President of Consulting

Alan McKim
Vice President of Test Engineering and QA

Responsibilities: Working with an advanced team of test and simulation engineers applied to new product development and existing issue resolution. Key objective is the integration of test and simulation to industry for significant gains in product performance.

Education:
University of Toronto - Master of Applied Science (MASc), Aerospace
University of Toronto - Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc), Engineering Science, Mechanics of Materials

Background: By combining and maximizing engineering knowledge in both physical test and advanced software capabilities, Al has led multi-disciplinary and multi-company projects. His work includes the International Space Station Project, litigation work, and advanced thermal, structural, dynamic, and composites analyses. He’s authored two composite finite element algorithms, and his software code experience includes ANSYS, Nastran, NISA, ASAS, Algor, and SAP86. Recently he has been exploring the Digital Twin world. With the advances in computer software, data acquisition and data management systems, complex engineering problems have become much easier to tackle from an overall integrated approach. The challenge is often getting the customer to understand the value of the information (product optimization, failure analysis, predictive maintenance).

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Laura Makowski, VP Sales

Laura Makowski
Vice President of Sales

Responsibilities: Leads all ANSYS simulation software sales and services for SimuTech Group in North America.

Education:
State University of New York at Buffalo

Background: As an experienced sales executive, Laura has contributed both individually and through team leadership to meet and exceed revenue targets. Laura joined SimuTech Group in 2012 leveraging her knowledge of engineering design & information management systems to accelerate growth as a business development manager in key markets. As a regional sales manager across the Eastern US, she led the team to achieve critical goals and is now responsible for all ANSYS sales & services across North America.

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Dennis Peel, SimuTech Group Vice President of Turbomachinery and Testing Services

Dennis Peel
Vice President of Turbomachinery and Testing Services

Responsibilities: Oversees SimuTech’s sales operations in turbomachinery and testing.

Education:
University of Rochester - William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, MBA, Business, Finance & Marketing
University of Rochester, MS, Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Sciences
University of Rochester, BS, Mechanical Engineering

Background: Dennis brings decades of practical engineering experience in providing value-added solutions to a broad customer base, including in the machine tool, power generation, turbomachinery, transportation, and heavy equipment industries. His experience includes 25 years in gear technology and machine tool development at Gleason Works as Chief Engineer of Controls Engineering and as Director of R&D and the Test Center. Dennis has served SimuTech for seven years by integrating his technology and business experience in contract manufacturing as Manager of Engineering, and for over 20 years by focusing on turbomachinery and testing applications.

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