Prior to joining Columbus, Michael held positions with JDA Software in Consulting Services, Program Management, and New Product Development. During this time, he became conversant with a considerable number of JDA products including Arthur Planning, Enterprise Planning, Arthur Information Manager, Arthur Knowledge Base, Enterprise Knowledge Base, Performance Analysis, PA Web, and Arthur Assortment Planning. While at JDA, Michael was part of a team responsible for designing and building Enterprise Planning. He was a System Designer and Business Analyst helping to gather and define functional and system requirements. He was the Architect and Lead Developer for the Enterprise Planning Implementation Toolkit. He developed training materials and trained the Consulting Services Personnel on Enterprise Planning implementation procedures. Prior to that, Michael was part of the Implementation Practices team responsible for identifying and codifying JDA’s best implementation practices. He was one of the two people responsible for writing the Visual Basic DLLs and EXEs that make up the ARTHUR Channel and Product Rapid, a fully automated implementation of ARTHUR Planning using industry best practices. Michael began his retail career where he worked for Jacobson Stores, Inc. for 17 years.
Michigan State University – BA