Leadership

Meet the team

Founder/CEO

Scott Brickler

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.

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Director of Customer Experience

Jeff Brickler

Jeff started his career as a Latin teacher. He continues teaching in his role as CADTALK Product Manager, working with our engineering, quality assurance, implementation, and sales teams to continually build out additional CADTALK features while ensuring the product remains the most functional and easy to use bill of material transformation application available on the market. He has a long history in the software industry, having worked with complex manufacturing customers across a variety of industry segments. He specializes in business process improvement, deep integrations between business applications, enterprise resources planning (ERP) technologies, and CAD/PLM systems. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Language with a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University in Languages, Literature, and Linguistics. He spends his free time with his wife Amanda.

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Chief Product Architect

Rodney Thomas

Rodney brings his strong engineering and programming experience to CADTALK leading our product development team. He holds several degrees in software development and computer aided drafting and design, with a decade of real-world experience as a design engineer and IT professional, in addition to owning his own company for more than 24 years providing enhancements and add-ins for Autodesk customers. Awarded the prestigious Autodesk Expert Elite award, he is skilled in C#, ASP.NET, and other programming environments and languages with deep knowledge and experience in CAD and PLM business applications. Rodney never fails to deliver new integrations to CAD and PLM business applications or new features making CADTALK a stronger product for our customers.

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Director of Business Development

Rich Creech

Rich assists prospective CADTALK customers in demonstrations, trials, and evaluations of CADTALK for their manufacturing businesses. He provides price quotes and helps his prospects to understand and validate the total cost of ownership and potential return on investment by automating the bill of material transformation process from CAD and PLM to ERP business applications. A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Rich brings over a decade of sales experience to CADTALK from the telecommunications and healthcare industry. He has led CADTALK sales efforts since 2015, consistently growing sales and partnerships with ERP publishers and resellers alike. In his free time, you’ll find Rich on the golf course or at a country or rock concert.

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Chief Marketing Officer

James Mallory

James started his career in journalism as the editor of a small weekly newspaper in Northeast Ohio. He moved on from there to public relations and marketing roles in several global businesses, including Winner International and Sage Group. An ERP software veteran with 20-plus years of ERP experience, he leads CADTALK marketing efforts, coordination of trade shows, webinars, email campaigns, social media efforts, advertising, and all other lead generation activities. In his spare time, he is an assistant scoutmaster with his two sons in BSA, assists as a baseball coach, and spends time with his wife and seven children. He enjoys hiking, biking, camping, and bonfires.

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