Scott Brickler is a partner and one of the founding members of CADTALK. He holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a MBA from Xavier University. He is happily married with one daughter and lives in Northern Kentucky just off the Bourbon Trail. Scott is active in his community and coaches his daughter’s Destination Imagination team and is also a supporter of F.I.R.S.T Robotics Competition.
The original idea for integrating the CAD to ERP came to him while he was working as a manufacturing engineer at RA Jones, a midsize packaging machinery company in Northern Kentucky in the late 1990’s. He belonged to a team of 8 engineers who were required to process 3,000 new part numbers as well as 3,000 design changes per month. He saw that they had to manually transfer much of the part definition, routing and bill of material data from the CAD to the ERP and he thought that there had to be a better way. In a pursuit to solve this problem, Scott taught himself programming and started building applications to automate many of repetitive task of his job and integrating many of the disparate software systems that he used every day. He moved on to creating software for other departments and eventually that became his full time job and passion. He quickly realized the power of software and more specifically, the integration of software and how it can be leveraged to increase efficiency and effectiveness in an organization.
After working in manufacturing for a few years, Scott realized he wanted to be in the software industry. Soon he was able to take a position with one of the software vendors he worked with, SigmaTek Systems, a leading provider of software for the CNC nesting industry. While at SigmaTek, Scott led many of the ERP integration and nesting automation projects and contributed to the development of SigmaTek’s integration solution, SimTrans. After about a year at SigmaTek, Scott was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and decided to start a consulting/software company with two other partners that specialized in ERP implementation and complimentary software products. Shortly after starting the company, Scott revisited his original idea of integrating CAD to ERP and built the first version of what is now CADTALK. CADTALK has now grown significantly and is used by companies on 5 continents around the world. While the team has grown, Scott still plays an active role in the software architecture and future strategic direction of the product.