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.
Chief Financial Officer
Responsibilities: Directs SimuTech Group’s finance, accounting, human resources, and sales administration.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
Vice President of Sales
Responsibilities: Leads all ANSYS simulation software sales and services for SimuTech Group in North America.
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.
Vice President of Turbomachinery and Testing Services
Responsibilities: Oversees SimuTech’s sales operations in turbomachinery and testing.
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.