President Gene Paplanus

Assisting small businesses in increasing profits, building sales, organizing operations, developing market-specific products and positively impacting market share. Guided successful organizations towards achieving higher goals, as well as salvaging previously unprofitable operations. Working with owner(s) to regain the focus of the company and bring it back to its original intent for profitability. Mentor businesses to better understand their focus and limitations in order to build upon successful planning to achieve their vision.

Executive Background

Experience in various management positions has resulted in record levels of team productivity in manufacturing, distribution and internet companies. Business experience has been successfully utilized in companies that serve the Construction, Electrical, HVAC, Distribution, OEM, Petroleum, Industrial User and Business Internet markets.

A “hands-on” manager who has reshaped organizations by utilizing consultants, recruiting new employees and mentoring existing personnel. Expertise in increasing profits, building sales, organizing and running operations, developing market-specific products and positively impacting market share. Over the years, has been repeatedly recognized for excellent work, dedication in meeting company objectives and high ethical work standards. Guided successful organizations towards achieving higher goals, as well as salvaging previously unprofitable operations.

Recent Projects

  • Developed and implemented an internet strategy for replacement motor starter contact Company who sold through distribution to the Industrial User and Construction markets.
  • Developed and implemented a plan to transition a 40 year old family owned chemical additive manufacturer’s representative company into a chemical distributor. Staffed the organization, developed/implemented an integrated computer system and set up contract warehousing throughout the USA and Canada to support the distributor infrastructure. - This company’s revenues increased by 100% and profits by 200% in two years.
  • Developed and launched the first B2B vertical product, with a market potential of $250 million for a Company who developed software for a “private internet network” for children. The B2B network was (eDistributors Internet) for Distributors with multiple locations for better communications. - Inventory reductions of over 75% were the norm.
  • Managed the creation, architecture and supervised the implementation of 11 projects for a Distributor chain. These included CRM, eProcurement and custom supply chain systems. - Sales increased by 75% and net profits by 100%.
  • Formulated focused sales and marketing program for key vendors (product lines), for an Industrial Distributor. - Resulted in a 92% increase in sales for participating vendor’s products.
  • Managed the modification and implementation of a new companywide integrated inventory control system for 50 branches of a National Distribution chain. - Inventories were reduced by half, while maintaining good customer service levels.
  • Secured and negotiated over 40 procurement contracts with major Original Equipment Manufacturers. - Increased sales revenue from $60 million to $150 million.
  • Received the Corporate International Marketing Sales Award for leading a sales team that obtained an $11.2 million dollar order for electrical equipment for the Saudi Arabia Peace Shield project.
Professional Skills
  • Executive Manager with expertise in P & L / general management, operations, sales, marketing, business development and strategic planning.
  • Solid business leader who delivered record levels of team productivity in manufacturing, distribution and internet companies.
  • Proven turnaround expert who utilizes sales and operations background to optimize performance of successful companies, as well as salvaging unprofitable operations.
  • Creative thinker who is successful in increasing profits, building sales, organizing and running operations, developing market-specific products and positively impacting market share.
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Vice President Steven Paplanus

With 20 years of experience, Steve Paplanus has an extensive background in creating, implementing and managing complex projects. These include infrastructure projects, database design, enterprise application/multi-tiered application, and applications for mobile based systems. He is an expert with managing diverse teams and customers, from single locations to multi-national teams. He is also familiar with common application design techniques such as OOP and SCRUM.

Steve Paplanus architected and implemented our private cloud implementation and overall systems architecture based upon Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2/Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2 to enable us to better support students and researchers, while gaining a greater control over the computing environment. I have planned out the migration and performed the actual change over from our SharePoint 2010 and Exchange 2013 on-prem environment to a hybrid environment with Office 365 for Education.

Mr. Paplanus has worked on a wide variety of development projects, from mobile, web, desktop and service based solutions. His solutions are currently being utilized by such diverse institutions such as the Army Corps of Engineers, USDA Forest Service, Kyoto University, Franz Consulting, and the University of Hawaii to solve a wide range of problems from database management, decision support, to knowledge mining and management. He has also designed and constructed networks, including security and disaster prevention, for the University of Hawaii, Consolidated Electrical Distributors, University of Redlands, and Dynamic Collision Centers.


Recent Projects

Mr. Paplanus is currently responsible for programming and systems consulting for a wide variety of businesses and government organizations, including the USDA Forest Service, ISEA, and University of Redlands. He works as the lead designer, programmer, and technical architect for EMDS and the EMDS Consortium. He guides consortium partners to assist in the creation a unified ecological decision support and geodesign system.

Mr. Paplanus was responsible for development of strategies and systems architecture for access to Redlands Institute and the University of Redlands systems and their partners systems. He works across multiple projects in a leveraged capacity at all stages of the system lifecycle (inception, design, development and deployment). He functions as the overseeing technical authority on system and software integration and provides leadership to technical architects, developers, and consultants on a project team. He worked on several projects that encompass a wide variety of technologies including Sharepoint, Documentum, FileNet, Topbraid Composer, ESRI ArcGIS toolsets, Protoge', FAST searching, SQL Server, Oracle, Netweaver, and Criteria Decision Plus to solve knowledge management issues and be able to reorganize unstructured data for intelligent modeling and decision making processes.

For the Army Corp of Engineers, he has built two systems for their use. The first is an application that determines the optimal schedule for repairs for Dams and Dikes, as well as their gates, based upon a wide range of factors. These include budget, repair costs, importance of waterway, number of gates for functionality, and last repair date along with other factors to determine the number of years and order of repair work. The second application is a prototype to allow the Army Corp of Engineers to perform watershed based budgeting and analysis. Building upon the experience of another decision support project for the USDA Forest Service, EMDS became the blueprint for this prototype. This web based prototype enables for quick viewing and tweaking of budgeting activities across the nation. This tool allows for quick alteration of the underlying model and allows for viewing the changes via reports and graphs.

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