Who We Are

JDE101 was created when a number of outside factors coalesced and the JDE ecosystem responded organically to the need for more resources to get started on a career in JDE.

Multiple retirements of JDE resources with 20+ years of experience

+ Recession of 2008-2009
+ Hundreds of net new customers every year
+ Lack of College & University programs
= Lack of resources with < 10 years experience

The factors listed above have created an amazing opportunity for JDE101 participants to learn the basics of JDE and get started on their careers.

JDE101 Board members have stepped up to guide the program to success:


Kem Butler, Oracle.  Kem is the Chief of Staff for Lyle Ekdahl, Oracle’s Senior VP and General Manager for JD Edwards. Kem’s forte is innovation, strategy, and marketing.  Her 15+ years of experience with Oracle and JD Edwards includes roles in Business and Product Strategy, Product Management, Product Launches, Messaging, Marketing, Communications and Collateral, Social Media, and Public Speaking, and Customer Engagement.



Patrick Donlin, Heartland IT Consulting.  Patrick is the founder of Heartland IT Consulting, an Oracle resource delivery firm.  Patrick has over 10 years experience providing Oracle consulting services to organizations in the US and Canada.  He consistently excels at putting complex situations into a simplified solution that is beneficial to each member involved.




Scot Fahrenbruch, Colas, Inc.  Based in Denver, Colorado, Scot is the ERP Manager at , a multi-billion dollar worldwide road construction and maintenance firm. Scot is an information technology and business leader focused on service, delivery, partnership, and positively impacting people, processes, and performance. Scot has worked with JDE since 1997, and is currently on the Board of the JDE Rocky Mountain User Group as well as the JDE Strategy Council at Oracle.


Kim HaysKim Hays, AutoDeploy. Kim is the Product Manager for AutoDeploy, a gold level Oracle partner. Kim has over 15 years experience in consulting, product management, and strategic quality delivery, specializing in PeopleSoft and JD Edwards. She is focused on providing clients with standardized technology that simplifies and enables their unique business processes. 




Andy Klee, JDEtips.  Andy is the President of JDEtips, a JDE training firm and the Acting Executive Director of JDE101. Andy is passionate about knowledge transfer and working with the entire JDE community to create a successful JDE101 organization and program. Andy started with the JD Edwards Response Line in 1989, and was a field consultant and trainer with JDE until 1998, when he left to form JDEtips.




Victor Lang, Smartbridge.  Victor is the Vice President of Enterprise Systems at Smartbridge, an Oracle/JDE Business Partner based in Houston, Texas. Victor works with clients to create and execute successful business strategies and solve difficult business problems combining the right balance of people, process and technology. Victor has been with Smartbridge since 2003, and before that he was a manager and consultant with BearingPoint and Arthur Anderson.



Joel Schipper, Enterprise Software Insight.  Joel recently retired from Oracle after 21 years of JDE presales consulting, sales, and sales management. He presently consults with JD Edwards clients as an Advisory Architect, and is starting a program with a local Community College to teach Supply Chain and ERP skills. Prior to his years with Oracle and JD Edwards, Joel was a consultant and manager with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, and Co.


MarisaVenturaMarisa Ventura, The Conti Group.  Marisa is a Technical Support Manager at The Conti Group, a JD Edwards client.  In addition to her IT experience, she worked in HR managing Conti’s collegiate recruiting program and their internal University.  She is the chair of Quest’s newly formed JD Edwards Training SIG, and is an active presenter at JDE user group meetings, focusing on topics related to training, recruitment, and working with the Millennial generation.