MEET THE SENIOR ADVISORS

Friday, June 23, 2017

Senior Advisors

AMR consultants are veterans of our profession with proven track records and excellent people skills. Clients benefit from our team spirit and cohesiveness – most of us have worked together for years. We share a value system and commitment to excellence that distinguishes us from our competitors.

We have the credentials to undertake a wide variety of assignments – with small and large firms. Achieving measurable results, and solutions that reflect the true needs and capabilities of our customers, are our highest priorities.

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Tim Hogenbirk, BBA

Tim’s business career began with Philips Electronics in the Netherlands. A promotion with Philips led to his move to Canada and assumption of Controllership duties in their Toronto information services division. An opportunity in the mid-1980s introduced Tim to the AE industry. He continues to guide a prominent AE firm’s Controllership and Treasury functions, and is a valuable contributor to AMR’s small business advisory services. With AMR, he plays a key role is assisting customers with the transition from Deltek’s Sema4 software to Deltek Vision.

Tim holds the Netherlands’ equivalent of the CGA designation. He is a member of the Society of Design Administration Canada (SDA), and maintains leadership positions with The Rotary Club of Brampton and the Netherlands Luncheon Club.

Tom Petersen

Tom is AMR's longest serving consultant and played a key role in the launch of Deltek Vision in Canada. He has worked extensively in PC and mid-range computing environments with a wide spectrum of operating systems, software systems, and programming languages.

Previously, he held positions such as Manager of IT, Manager of Year 2000 Project, and Senior System Analyst with companies like Hudson’s Bay, Sandvik Canada, and American Can.

Tom’s expertise includes:

  • Conversions to Deltek Vision software
  • Deltek Vision report writing
  • Programming and database design
  • IT operations management
  • System security

Tom studied Computer Science at the University of Toronto and achieved his Computer Science Technologies Diploma at Sheridan College.

Bill Blum, CPA

Bill, a Certified Public Accountant, has an extensive background in the AE sector, the controllership function, and with various Deltek products. His AE experience includes serving as Chief Financial Officer with Spillis Candela & Partners, one of the oldest and largest professional design firms in the southeastern United States.

Bill is a Sema4 expert and able to provide assistance with any aspect of this popular Deltek product. Bill’s Sema4 application knowledge is complemented by a thorough technical understanding of FoxPro and the Sema4 database. These skill sets have allowed Bill to easily transition to our Deltek Vision conversion team and begin supporting AMR’s rapidly expanding Vision client base.

Bernard Lafreniere, H.B. Comm.

Bernie brings over 20 year's accounting experience to the AMR team. His background includes public practice and private company settings, and more than 7 years as a Deltek Vision system administrator with a prominent international engineering company. At this firm his duties included managing financial reporting, staff training and implementing numerous changes to how his firm utilized Vision.

Bernie is an excellent communicator in both verbal and written French, and is responsible for managing AMR's Quebec based clients.

He earned his Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree at Laurentian University.

Toufic Elkadri, P.Eng.

Coming soon.

David Springer

An accomplished strategic and project planner, David is an electrical engineering graduate of Texas A&M University. He has more than 25 years of consulting experience with a special emphasis in database applications, including Deltek Vision. His areas of concentration with Vision, as an advisor and trainer, are client relationship management (CRM), project management, and automation using stored procedures and workflows.

The management of several complex business process improvement projects highlight David’s career. Prior to joining AMR’s alliance partner, Central Consulting Group, David created and managed an Information Systems department at a large architectural and engineering firm. His responsibilities with this organization included the architecture, applications development, implementation, and training for the new corporate database.

DeEtte Krogh, CPA

DeEtte is a Deltek Vision accounting specialist and team leader. She has worked on more than 200 Vision implementations throughout North America. Her Vision application experience includes functions such as multi-company, multi-currency, organization structure, corporate and project budgeting, and overhead allocation. In addition, DeEtte frequently assists clients with the streamlining of their accounting processes.

Prior to joining AMR’s alliance partner, Central Consulting Group, DeEtte was the Controller of a large architectural firm using Deltek Advantage. She was one of Vision’s “early adopters” and has participated in numerous conversions from Deltek legacy products to Vision.

DeEtte is a Certified Public Accountant. Her credentials also include Bachelor Degrees in Accounting and Business Administration.

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In this webinar we will share best practices that will improve your firm's culture and your team's performance. Underlying all of these best practices are nine areas of your business that commonly cause leaks in profits. During the webinar your will have an opportunity to identify and address these areas - Learn More & Register Here 

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Interested in attending a premier knowledge sharing event for the Vision user community in Vancouver? Join us for lunch!

Over lunch we'll present tools and idea that can significantly improve your Vision ROI and productivity. In addition, our consulting team will be available for one-on-one conversations before and after lunch.

Hosted by AMR Group, Elevia Software, AEC Business Solutions, and Deltek.

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017
  • 11:30am-1:30pm PST
  • Chateau Granville, 1100 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

Register with Craig LaFranchise - clafranchise@amrgroup.ca

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"Each year, 100 VAR Stars are picked from the best organizations that market financial software. It is always an honour to recognize those who contribute to the development of our business," Bob Scott said.

Learn more about Bob Scott's VAR Stars

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USER MEETINGS

Vancouver/BC Deltek Vision User Group

  • Date: Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017
  • Time: Doors open, buffet breakfast served at 8:00am PST - Meeting begins at 8:30am
  • Venue: Chateau Granville - 2nd floor, 1100 Granville Street Vancouver
  • Content: TBD 

Please RSVP to Tiffiny Palmer - RSVP Now

Vancouver's Vision user community is thriving! Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your Vision skills, exchange ideas and discuss issues that are impacting users across the Vision community.

Feel free to invite your colleagues and peers who would benefit from attending.

Barry Goman, Principal

We take great pride in our ability to consult in a wide variety of business settings and consistently delivery quality, cost-effective, solutions.

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