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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
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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Katie Lally, SimuTech Group Owner and Director of Marketing & Sales Enablement

Katie Lally
Owner and Director of Marketing & Sales Enablement

Responsibilities: Directs all aspects of strategic Marketing and manages Inside Sales Team. Leads Sales Enablement initiatives including sales onboarding, training and resources. Along with Ken and SimuTech’s Strategic Leadership Team, leads the company’s vision, mission and overall strategy.

Education:
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 teaching boxing to people with Parkinson’s disease, participating in charity fitness events and sharing her family dog at local nursing homes.

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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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Brent Mattson, SimuTech Group Vice President of Sales

Brent Mattson
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.

Education:
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.

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Victoria Cone, Human Resources and Recruiting Manager

Victoria Cone
Human Resources and Recruiting Manager

Responsibilities: Recruiting, Training & Development, HR onboarding and ongoing HR people interaction.

Education:
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.

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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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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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