Strategies Group

Meet the Team

Meet the Strategies Group Team

Leadership Team

Randy Collins

Principal 
President

Randy received his Bachelor’s degree from Furman University and his Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University. He loves to solve problems and has always been fascinated by the opportunity to help businesses improve their efficiency. He feels like one of the luckiest people on the planet because he gets to work hard with great friends during the day and then go home to an incredible family at night. Randy and his wife Allison have been married for 33 years and are blessed with seven incredible children and one slightly psychotic dog.

Scott Calhoon

Principal
Vice President of Professional Services

As a business process consultant, Scott spends most of his time working closely with clients designing and implementing their ERP and CRM software systems with an emphasis on industry best practices and Continuous Process Improvement (CPI). Scott’s overall pursuit is to add value to organizations, blending pure analytics with a form of “Business Artistry” to assist clients in capturing the essence and inherent intellectual property of their respective organizations.

Rebekah Helton

Principal
Vice President of Client & Staff Success

Rebekah is a business process consultant with over 25 years experience designing, implementing and supporting ERP systems. While she has engaged with a wide variety of organizations, she has developed specialties in Distribution, Manufacturing, Service Management, and Job Costing applications. Professional areas of expertise include business process reviews, system design & implementation, general consulting, and report writing. Her degree in Elementary Education has provided her with a solid background for consulting and training, and her sense of humor has served her well in working in the areas of accounting, operations, and IT. While away from work, Rebekah enjoys travel, reading, running, and following soccer — including enthusiastically supporting the Portland Timbers.

Lisa Conrad

Principal

Lisa Conrad started her career in the accounting world and worked as a Controller before moving into consulting. She was intrigued by finding technological means to improve efficiency and gathering data for analysis and by doing so she has furthered her education in the technology field. She has been helping clients for 15 years. She is a big Portland Trailblazer fan and loves to attend games with her son Aaron and also enjoys the great outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

Ron Smith

Principal – Emeritus

Ron grew up in South Alabama where he spent summers working in construction. After receiving his Bachelors degree in Accounting from Troy University, Ron took graduate classes in Management Information Systems from Auburn University at Montgomery. He later moved with his family to Pensacola, Florida where he worked with a CPA firm before starting his own software consulting business.  For the past 30 years, he has specialized in providing solutions to the construction industry.  Ron serves as an elder at Life Church in Gulf Breeze, Florida. He has also served as president of his local homeowners’ association and as a Cub Scout Leader and coach of multiple youth sports teams.  His passion is his family and missions, especially in Africa.

Professional Services Team

Ian Cook

Solutions Architect

As a Senior Consultant, Ian brings 25 years of industry experience, gained while working with manufacturing, service, project-based and financial organizations throughout North America, Europe and Africa. Ian Cook’s extensive background also includes overseeing accounting, auditing, and financial operations working for shipping and manufacturing companies as well as for the English government and Price Waterhouse specializing in bankruptcy administration and corporate recovery insolvency. Ian has been married to Debbie since 2003 and they enjoy watching adult sons thriving in their own lives. Ian likes to relax playing tennis and golf, is actively involved in the music ministry at his church and has a very lively and loveable dog.

Phil Robinson

Solutions Architect

Phil Robinson is an accounting professional who has spent 20+ years working both for and with a wide variety of Contractors, Subcontractors and Property Managers throughout Southern New England. Previously a Certified Consultant for Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate, Estimating, Project Management and Service Management, as well as Controller and Chief Financial Officer working in the Industry, Phil has both assisted with all aspects of Consulting Services and applied these skills to real-life Companies in their day-to-day operations. Now working with Acumatica ERP Construction Edition, he looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with a whole new generation of up-and-coming Companies. When not helping your Company’s front and back office run more smoothly, he can often be found exploring the trails, waters, slopes and shops of North Conway and the Mt. Washington Valley in New Hampshire.

Rick Trupp

Solutions Architect

Rick came to Strategies Group with over 18 years of extensive experience in construction accounting, purchasing, inventory, service/work order and project management. During this time, Rick worked with customers using enterprise accounting programs such as Sage/Timberline, Viewpoint and Dexter + Chaney’s Spectrum. Rick provided services in a variety of roles including customer support, consulting and implementation services, data conversion services, custom report writing and managing consulting teams. Having grown up in a military family, Rick is no stranger to travel, and relocations. His most enjoyable time is with his family – son, daughter, wife, two dogs and bunny. 

Amber Sanchez

Solutions Consultant

Amber graduated from Mercer University, with a BBA in Accounting and Literary Studies. She also holds an MBA in Accounting from Keller Graduate School of Management. Amber Sanchez came to Strategies Group with 10 years of experience from a global A & E firm. She has a background in corporate accounting, project accounting, intercompany accounting, systems analysis, systems configuration, business process improvements, global ERP implementations, and global ERP support. Amber enjoys challenges and loves to learn new things. In her downtime she enjoys spending time with her dog, family and friends, as well as working out, reading, watching movies, and loves everything technology related. 

Penny Tingle

Solutions Consultant

Penny has a passion for helping companies reach and exceed their financial goals and expectations by implementing information systems that supply viable data that will enable them to make adequately informed decisions.  Not long after graduating from Mississippi State University she began working  in public accounting where she had her first encounter with construction accounting.  Spending the next 15 years in Controller and CFO positions in the industry she went on to develop her knowledge and learned to appreciate the uniqueness of construction accounting and all of the complexities involved.  Penny quickly learned the value of generating accurate real-time data as efficiently and effectively as possible.  Her desire to spread that capability grew, and she now enjoys spending her time working with companies to master those same attributes.  Penny’s best day would be spent in Key West just hanging out, or at an MSU football game with her daughters.      

Chris Carr

Project Coordinator

Chris received his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of North Georgia. As a Project Coordinator, Chris spends most of his time working directly with our consultants and clients to ensure we are adding value through our implementations and ongoing support. He has always enjoyed developing and improving upon processes in order to improve efficiency and quality. Chris has been married to his lovely wife since 2016, loves to play soccer, and is an avid Atlanta United FC Fan.

Account Management Team

Pat Chappell

Sr. Enterprise Sales Representative

Since graduating from Clemson University in 1975, Pat has focused on helping architects, engineers, developers and construction companies select and implement estimating, project/equipment/service management and financial accounting solutions.  His intense focus on “client wins” has led to many long-term friendships as well as a lot of fun.  When not working, Pat and his lovely wife Margaret spend time traveling, visiting their 4 children, 5 grandchildren and wastes any spare time trying to lower his (golf) handicap.

John Pezzino

Sr. Enterprise Sales Representative

John has worked with Strategies Group clients for over 15 years, providing business solutions to a wide variety of clients and industries, including Manufacturing, Distribution, and Service Companies.  John attended Auburn University, but maintains his affinity for his hometown Miami Hurricanes, and adopted Atlanta sports teams. Having recently moved back into the Atlanta area. John enjoys playing golf, backyard barbeques with friends, and building things with Legos with his grandson.

Eric Diaz

Enterprise Sales Representative

Having graduated from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management in 2012 and jumping right into the world of sales, Eric Diaz, is well versed in solution selling.  Previously with the United Solutions Group he helped construction companies throughout New England discover, design, deploy and deliver the best solutions for their unique work environments, with an eye towards increasing adoption of cloud-based technologies for the digital years ahead.  As more companies move to SaaS, Eric hopes to make that migration as streamlined as possible.  When he’s not pursuing new Strategies Group clients, Eric spends his time with family & friends in the Boston area, practicing Muay Thai, all things outdoors, and is an avid marathon participant, having recently completing his 4th.

Bill Rogers

Account Executive

Bill attended school at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA where he received a Bachelors degree in History and Political Science. In the days following college, he worked in the Apple consulting world and found a real heart helping businesses grow and utilize technology/software in their daily activities. He enjoys being able to provide value to clients by working with them to discover the perfect solutions that help their day to day and grow their business. Bill loves being able to spend time with his wife & sons when he is not at work. He can also rattle off pretty much any UGA recruiting news at any given moment in time. 

Operations Team

 

Daniel Collins

Director of Operations

Daniel attended school at Beloit College in Wisconsin where he received a Bachelors degree in Public Health. He has an analytical mind that loves finding logical solutions to illogical problems to improve business efficiency. He enjoys being able to provide value to clients by providing scalable solutions and effective automation to commonly found issues. Daniel loves being able to spend time with his wife, daughter and German Shepherd when he is not at work. He also enjoys playing any sport from Basketball to Soccer to Rugby. Daniel loves following Atlanta United FC and attends games whenever possible.

Lanette Swistock

Accounting Manager

Lanette holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia State University.  She has experience in retail management, public accounting, and small business accounting.  Her focus on providing clients with the utmost care and customer service came early on during her years of working retail.  She began her professional career working in public accounting.  Through this diverse background she brings to Strategies Group public accounting expertise with a customer-focused approach. In her time away from the office, she loves to volunteer, organize everything she can get her hands on, cook new recipes for family and friends, walk the dogs, travel, and hang with the family.

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