2013-2014 ASUG Board of Directors
Our Leadership sets the strategy and direction of the organization and works closely with SAP to identify areas for growth and new opportunities.
Our Board of Directors is comprised of ASUG volunteers elected by our membership. Our organization’s daily operations are managed by the Chief Executive Officer of ASUG, along with The ASUG Management Team, a group charged with delivering on the Board’s vision and serving the membership on a daily basis.
Paul Fipps serves as Senior Vice President, Global Operations at Under Armour, where he oversees Global Sales Operations, Planning, Logistics, and Distribution. Mr. Fipps joined the team in January 2014 and works out of the Under Armour Global Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.
Prior to joining the Under Armour team, Mr. Fipps served as Chief Information Officer and Corporate Vice President of Business Services at The Charmer Sunbelt Group (CSG) – a leading distributor of fine wines, spirits, beer, bottled water, and other beverages. While at CSG, Mr. Fipps led the strategic development and execution of CSG’s multi-functional shared services organization, designed to deliver process excellence, technology innovation, and business transformation. Before entering into the corporate world, Mr. Fipps also proudly served in the armed forces as a member of the United States Army.
Mr. Fipps holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Baltimore and received his Masters of Business Administration from UB’s Merrick School of Business. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Six Sigma Greenbelt.
In addition, Fipps is a member of the Project Management Institute and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Americas' SAP Users' Group (ASUG). He previously served on the University of Baltimore’s Alumni Board of Governors and actively serves on UB’s MIS Advisor Board. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of Shared Services, Centers of Expertise, and SAP technology. Mr. Fipps, his wife Amy, and two daughters reside in Mount Airy, Maryland.
Keith Sturgill|Vice Chairperson
Keith Sturgill is Vice President and CIO of Eastman Chemical Company, and is responsible for the strategy, use, and delivery of information technology services to Eastman’s global businesses. He is also responsible for driving improvements and productivity across Eastman through the widespread use of Six Sigma methods and leadership.
Sturgill is a native of Wise, Virginia. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the Tuck Executive program at Dartmouth College. He has served in various roles in multiple IT associations including Americas' SAP Users' Group.
Sturgill joined Eastman in 1986 as a systems analyst. He has had various and growing responsibilities around implementation of enterprise wide technologies that have significantly impacted the strategies and bottom line of Eastman.
Sturgill lives in Kingsport, Tennessee, with his wife, Linda.
Anthony J. Bosco, Jr.|Director
Anthony Bosco Jr. is President of Yoh, a Day & Zimmermann Company. Yoh offers a wide array of contingent workforce services and solutions, including temporary staffing, contingent workforce program management solutions, direct placement services, 1099 audit and control, contingent payrolling, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). Bosco is also a member of Day & Zimmermann’s Leadership Council, which directs the overall company strategy, policy, and investment.
Day & Zimmermann is a leading provider of diversified services and products with 28,000 employees headquartered in Philadelphia. The company, which was founded in 1901, provides architectural-engineering-construction services, power plant maintenance and modification services, security services, talent and outsourcing services, and validation services to businesses and government agencies, as well as munitions products, logistics, and a wide variety of equipment maintenance and facilities management services to the Department of Defense.
Bosco has been with Day & Zimmermann for 35 years. During that time, he has held a series of progressively responsible staff and line roles in all areas of the company. These include Sr. Vice President & CIO, vice president and treasurer, project controls manager for a number of construction and construction-related projects, project manager, corporate planning, finance, accounting, and information technology. Most notably, he has been responsible for successfully leading Day & Zimmermann’s enterprise-wide implementation of the SAP Business Suite, the single largest resource and technology investment ever made by Day & Zimmermann.
T.J. Graven|Member at Large
T.J. Graven is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Brown-Forman Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky. In this position, he is responsible for providing technology vision and advocacy, leadership of the company’s global IT efforts, and defining priorities for fundamental organizational transformation.
Brown-Forman, founded in 1870, is among the top 10 largest spirits companies in the world, and sells its brands in more than 135 countries across the globe.
Prior to this position, Graven served as Vice President, Director of Investor Relations for Brown-Forman. Graven joined Brown-Forman in 1998 as a Finance Team Lead. In 1999 he was appointed to Manager, Planning & Analysis, and was subsequently named Controller for the Wine Group. He has also served as the Director of Enterprise Systems with the Information Technology Team.
Prior to joining Brown-Forman, Graven was a consultant for SAP America, Inc., where he worked with Fortune 500 clients to apply technology to improve business processes.
Graven earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University and an MBA with high distinction from the University of Notre Dame.
He resides in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Kimberly, and their three children. In his free time he enjoys golf and auto racing.
Mike Stoko|Past Chairperson
Michael J. Stoko III, is Chief Technology & Information Security Officer – DuPont IT. Stoko began his career in 1974 directly from college as a Mechanical Engineer in DuPont’s Engineering Department.
He had various assignments as a Design Engineer with responsibilities for the design and construction of major chemical plants in Tennessee, Texas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. From there he moved through various assignments in manufacturing and supply chain, where he was responsible for running a Global Supply Chain for one of DuPont’s many business units. Stoko then took a position in IT, and served as Chief Information Officer for the Electronic Materials business. In that position, one of his major responsibilities was a Global SAP implementation across six business units.
In 2003, Stoko was assigned the role of Global Operations Manager of DuPont’s SAP ERP environment and then moved to Director of Global End-to-End Solution and Service Delivery, providing strategic direction and integration of continuous improvement efforts across the applications, data, and infrastructure landscapes.
In 2011, Stoko assumed the role as Chief Technology Officer for DuPont Information Technology with responsibility to lead innovation and strategic change for the technology footprint of DuPont along with Enterprise, Business, and Domain Architecture.
In 2012, the role of Chief Information Security Officer was added to Stoko’s responsibilities where he is now working with the Corporate Security Officer to understand the companies changing cyber threat risks and improve the companies capability to defend and protect high risk assets from compromise.
Stoko has been an active member in the Americas' SAP Users' Group community since 2003, serving on the Board of Directors at present; is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Pennsylvania; and serves on several global technology advisory boards.
Rudy Hendricks is a Production Control, Planning, and Scheduling Coordinator for Huntington Ingalls Industries at the Newport News Shipbuilding facility. Huntington Ingalls designs, builds, and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer, builder, and refueler of U.S. Navy nuclear aircraft carriers and one of only two capable of building and refueling U.S. Navy nuclear submarines.
Hendricks began his shipbuilding career at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1975 as a Design Lofter. He left in 1980 and worked at three other companies providing design, procurement, and planning support services in various areas of shipbuilding before returning to Newport News Shipbuilding in 1994. Having served in positions as a structural designer, planner, production controller, engineering analyst, and business analyst in IT, his current role is as the coordinator and POC for a multi-departmental group that processes inspection reports for all aircraft carrier new construction, overhaul, and fleet support concerns for the Manufacturing Division. He has 13 years of SAP experience at Newport News Shipbuilding, having been on the frontlines during their rollout of SAP into the production environment in April 2001.
Hendricks has been a lifelong volunteer, having served as a volunteer firefighter for 30 years; a youth sports coach; commissioner and president of a local athletic association; PTA president; youth camp director with the local and state Elks Association; youth football official; VA High School League fast-pitch softball umpire; Program Chair and Chair of the ASUG Virginia Chapter, and now a member of the ASUG Board Of Directors.
He resides in Hampton, Virginia, with his wife of 38 years, Betty. They have two grown daughters and three granddaughters, all in Hampton.
Paul Roche|Finance Chairperson
Paul Roche is the Chief Information Officer for Network Services, responsible for setting and driving the overall technical vision and strategy for this national organization of distributors of janitorial, sanitary, packaging, and foodservice disposable products.
In addition, he is responsible for the business process and technical integration of Network’s 75 member companies located across North America, representing a 12 billion dollar distribution organization with more than 400 warehouse locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Roche started with Network Services in 2004 as the Director of Business Applications, and was promoted to Chief Information Officer in 2006. Prior to joining Network Services, Roche held various consulting and management roles with Daly Commerce, Infinium Software, and Peregrine. Paul has a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and a bachelor's degree from Providence College.
Network Services implemented SAP ERP across its three companies in under 13 months, completing their final go-live in December 2010. Network Services was awarded an ASUG Impact Award in 2011 for its rapid implementation leveraging the wholesale distribution All-In-One approach, and as the first company in North America to implement SAP’s agency business solution. Roche is also a member of ASUG’s Executive Exchange Steering Committee.
David Wascom is Vice President of Information Technologies and Chief Information Officer for Summit Electric Supply (summit.com), one of the nation’s top 25 electrical distributors.
Summit, founded in 1977, is headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and employs 500 associates in 19 markets across four states, as well as in international operations.
It was the company’s growth from 2002-2007 that led Summit to consider SAP as its ERP system. Summit doubled in size with the acquisition of another distributor in 2002 that Wascom was working for. His sales and operations experience included progressively more responsible positions, including automation products manager and service center leader in New Orleans.
In 2006, Wascom was appointed to his current position to lead Summit's SAP implementation project. He and Summit’s team of 20 in-house IT professionals not only accomplished the enterprise-wide implementation, but customized many SAP functions to specifically meet Summit’s unique business needs as a wholesale distributor. He was named Chief Information Officer in 2007, and his experience led him to become an active member of the Americas’ SAP Users' Group.
In 2010, ASUG recognized Wascom with its Volunteer Service Award for his service as chair of the Wholesale Distribution Special Interest Group (SIG). ASUG also recognized Summit’s overall SAP efforts, led by Mr. Wascom, with its Impact Award.
In his current role, Wascom continues to oversee Summit’s information technology operations and is responsible for continuous business process improvements using SAP.
Wascom holds a bachelor's degree in economics and an MBA from Louisiana Tech University, as well as a Master of Science in economics from Louisiana State University.
Sharon Kaiser is the CIO at New England BioLabs, a leader in the production and commercialization of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research. She built her extensive knowledge of SAP, IT technology, and operations management in several industries including medical device technology, manufacturing, retail, financial and credit card services, and petroleum. In 2014, Kaiser was honored as a recipient of the 2014 CIO of the Year Award for Healthcare / Life Sciences by the Boston Business Journal.
Kaiser is recognized as a successful leader for effectively managing international initiatives, simplifying complex operating environments with multi-faceted issues, leading business process improvements initiatives, incorporating effective change management practices, and managing enterprise development activities to affect bottom-line results.
Kaiser holds an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Oklahoma State University and a BSBA in information technology from the University of Arkansas. She is a frequent speaker on information technology and SAP. She is an avid hiker and spends many of her weekends in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She is also a long term volunteer in her local community. Kaiser and her husband, Jerry, have three children and reside in Greenland, NH.
Geof Corb is the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Johns Hopkins University, one of the nation’s preeminent research universities. His enterprise portfolio also includes the business systems and business intelligence solutions for the Johns Hopkins Health System.
Corb supports Johns Hopkins’ tripartite missions of research, teaching, and service/patient care by guiding the effective use of technology. As the Deputy CIO, he partnered with the CIO in developing and leading strategy, implementation, and operations relating to enterprise information systems and services, with a specific emphasis on service excellence. He is responsible for growing and cultivating positive and mutually beneficial relationships between central IT and constituencies across the university and health system. Corb has held increasing levels of responsibility and broadening roles within the IT organization at Johns Hopkins for more than 10 years.
Corb earned both his bachelor’s degree in computer science and his MBA in marketing at the Johns Hopkins University and has had the good fortune to work for Goldman Sachs, the Yale School of Medicine, and in e-business consulting. While serving as a staff programmer in the Yale Center for Medical Informatics, he published five papers in peer-reviewed journals related to computerized implementations of clinical practice guidelines. While consulting, he was involved in the initial development of one of today’s most popular Internet properties, sophisticated satellite-based workflow solutions for the maritime industry, cutting-edge marketing solutions for the entertainment industry, online governmental lotteries, brand management solutions, and loyalty marketing programs.
Corb lives in the suburbs of Baltimore with his wife, Jennifer, and three children, Alyssa, Jonathan, and Sarah.
Mark LeClair brings more than 20 years of experience in large scale systems design and operation. LeClair’s responsibilities at Cintas are overseeing the development and execution of the strategic IT vision and plan, department goals, and initiatives that support the long term mission and objectives of the corporation. LeClair has responsibility for establishing the company’s technical vision and leading all aspects of the company’s technology development. He is accountable and responsible for technology strategy, internal and external partnerships, all IT engineering and operations, SAP Center of Competency, help desk services, network and telecommunication services, middleware application services, legacy application support, and data center operations.
Prior to joining Cintas, LeClair was the Vice President of Global Service Operations for British Telecom. He was responsible for leading an organization of more than 1,000 team members located across the globe providing Service Operations for all major multinational customers.
Before BT, LeClair was the Senior Vice President of IT Telecommunications at Charter One Bank Inc., where he led the development of integrated telecommunications solutions to more than 700 locations. Earlier in his career, he held IT leadership roles at Office Max and Westfield Companies. Throughout his extensive career in computing, LeClair has demonstrated an unwavering focus on growth, efficiencies, and customer satisfaction.
LeClair proudly served in the United States Air Force, specializing in Telecommunications and Electronics. In his spare time, he is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his two children, one grandchild, and his wife of more than 25 years.
Stephen G. Shander|SAP Representative
In his current position as Chief Customer Officer at SAP America Inc., Stephen Shander is responsible for overall customer satisfaction and acts on behalf of SAP operational leadership in the role of customer advocate. Shander’s organization is comprised of project recovery, customer engagement teams, HANA, cloud, mobility, and analytic ambassadors. His team focuses on maximizing past investments in SAP solutions. His main areas of concentration include project success, establishing an environment for sustainable value realization, improving system related operational efficiencies, broadening and strengthening the Customer/SAP Ecosystem relationships, and leveraging SAP’s new innovations to provide business value.
In Shander's 12 years with SAP, he has held several senior management positions including, Senior Vice President and General Manager Line of Business, Senior Vice President and General Manager Northeast Enterprise Division, Senior Vice President Premier Customer Network, and VP Sales Manufacturing.
Prior to joining SAP, Shander served as Senior Vice President at Exchange Inc. Over a 30 year career in software and technology, he also served as the Eastern Region Vice President Mid-Market at PeopleSoft, as well as several sales and sales management positions with Hyperion Solutions and Management Science America (MSA).
Shander holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Pennsylvania State University. Active in his community, Shander is a board member of TECHIMPACT, a non-profit organization that accelerates the philanthropic impact of non-profit organizations through the adoption of innovative technologies.