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Sage Partner - Colette Markham on the changing approach to ERP marketing
Colette Markham shared her insights about the Nuvei's marketing approach, which involves understanding the needs of their partners and tailoring strategies accordingly. She mentioned that about 20% of their top Partners are broken down into tiers, and each partner's needs are addressed individually. She also highlighted the shift towards virtual marketing, particularly webinars and podcasts, due to Covid-19, which now constitutes about 60 to 70% of their marketing efforts. Colette acknowledged the challenges of partners being stuck on their own ideas and the need to adapt and learn from trial and error. The conversation ended with an exit question from Ed, asking about Colette's hero.
With over 20 years of experience in partner management, channel development, and strategic alliances, Colette Markham is a seasoned executive who delivers strategies that drive growth, profitability, and competitive success. As the Director of Channel Partnerships at Nuvei, Colette oversees the domestic portfolio of B2B strategic partners, aligning with ERP product integrators and leading initiatives to increase year over year revenue, promote product enhancements, and foster organic growth within the channel. Her mission is to add value to the organization and the partners by understanding their different needs, guiding and mentoring them with solid leadership skills, and resolving conflicts that arise on a daily basis.
Sage Partner - Brett Michalson on maximizing the value of ERP
Brett Michalson shared about the company's focus on enhancing the Sage Intacct ecosystem with integrations, automations, and intelligence products. He also reflected on his professional journey and the importance of fully leveraging a new finance and accounting system. Furthermore, Brett emphasized the importance of actionable insights for decision-making and shared his admiration for Alan Turing.
Brett has more than 20+ years of accounting and technology experience. Brett is an experienced executive leader with an extensive background in solution design, product management, product development, professional services, information technology, and enterprise risk management. He was a founding employee of AcctTwo, and since the firm’s combination with Baker Tilly, leads Baker Tilly’s finance as a service solution designer and software developer. Brett started his career in the advisory practice at a Big Four public accounting firm and spent seven years in public accounting advisory before becoming the implementation practice leader and CTO of AcctTwo.
Sage Partner - Jeremy Almond on the commercial uses of blockchain
Jeremy Almond discussed the limitations of traditional financial services and how his company, Paystand, is using blockchain technology to improve the industry. He emphasized the benefits of Paystand’s service, such as faster money transfers, automated processes, and eliminating fees. Ed Kless brought up the emergence of blockchain technology, which Jeremy responded can improve financial efficiency and automation for businesses. Jeremy also highlighted the security benefits of blockchain technology and shared his personal goal of creating a lasting legacy through his involvement in the blockchain industry.
Jeremy Almond, CEO and Co-Founder of Paystand. Jeremy has spent the last 15 years in the tech-industry as a serial entrepreneur, startup adviser, and occasional investor. Jeremy has helped dozens of B2B companies drive adoption of digital commerce, and is still an active board member at a number of fintech companies. He's been thinking about how to use technology to innovate in B2B financial services ever since.
Sage Partner - Scott Hollrah on the weaving together of culture and brand
Scott Hollrah discussed the mission and culture of Scott's company, Venn Technology. Scott emphasized the importance of freeing small and medium-sized businesses from time-consuming tasks through integrations between cloud accounting and CRM solutions. He also underscored the significance of company culture, noting that their relaxed and fun culture is reflected in their unique branding. Furthermore, Scott highlighted the importance of hiring employees who share their core values and creating a strong company culture. Ed agreed, suggesting that this approach is key to preserving the team's culture. Scott also shared his personal motivation for building the kind of company he would like to work for, aligning with the Golden Rule taught by his father.
Scott Hollrah is the founder and CEO of Venn Technology. He has more than 17 years of experience in the business technology industry, and more specifically in CRM and accounting software solutions. Scott founded Venn Technology in 2015 to help small and medium-sized businesses get their time and sanity back by building integrations between cloud accounting and CRM solutions to just about anything with an API. Venn’s top priority: build solutions that free people to focus on what they’re best at.
Sage Partner - Ben Parker on the evolution of expense management
Ben Parker shared his professional journey and insights on the evolution of expense management, emphasizing the need to balance controlling and insight into spend. Ben also revealed that his father, a successful salesman, was his hero due to his dedication and integrity. Ed concluded the interview by providing contact details for Ben.
Ben Parker is the Director of Strategic Alliances at Emburse. Ben leads the strategic direction for all referrals and bookings growth for ERP & VAR Partners. Ben has more than 20 years of experience in the ERP, risk management, and spend management technology industries. He joined Emburse in 2013 and led the business development efforts for Travel before becoming ERP Strategic Alliances Manager in 2020. Prior to Emburse, Ben worked in the Government Sector for Tyler Technologies and prior to that focused on Risk Management efforts at Pulte Homes in Scottsdale, AZ.
Sage Partner - Andy Nunez on being acquired by a private equity firm
Andy Nunez is an industry leader with extensive expertise in operational and sales domains, specializes in ERP consulting and ISVs. His M&A career started in 1997 with ePartners, eventually leading to the co-founding of NexTec Group. As SWK Technologies' CRO, he increased revenue from $7M to $50M, was pivotal in 17 acquisitions, and aided SWK's NASDAQ listing and Mapadoc's sale. Currently, as President & CEO of Scanco, he guided its sale to Firmament Partners, a PE firm. He continues to focus on driving Scanco's organic growth and strategic acquisitions in collaboration with Firmament.
Operational and sales expertise in ERP consulting and acquisitions. Andy Nunez, industry leader in ERP consulting and ISVs, shares insights on growth and acquisitions. Career path from archaeology to ERP software sales. Ex-archaeology major finds excitement in ERP software industry's daily variety. The impact of a company acquisition on the team and culture. Andy: Acquisition was transparent, resulting in team's readiness to "hit the ground running" after six months. Organization hires new team members to fill gaps and change culture. Growth strategy and acquisitions in a business. Andy highlights the importance of hiring the right people to build a successful business, citing their experience with Firmaments and acquisition in December. Living life without regrets with a 96-year-old activist. Andy shares their admiration for a 96-year-old neighbor who is a retired professor and social activist, inspiring them with her fearlessness and lack of regrets about her life. Andy believes that making small decisions over a lifetime and living with no regrets takes more character than making one heroic decision in a moment of crisis.
The "Sage Thought Leadership Podcast" is a compelling platform that showcases the stories and wisdom of entrepreneurs shaping the future. The dedication to encouraging creative ideas and technology-driven solutions makes it a must-listen for anyone aiming to succeed in the world of business. This podcast truly sparks inspiration and fuels entrepreneurial spirits.
What a great podcast! The short format requires an extreme focus and precision that is not found elsewhere! The guests are fantastic!
Full of inspiring stories
Love the guests - and Ed's amazing talent in making conversations interesting and engaging! Plus, there's a lot of insightful info to absorb in every episode. A must-listen if you want to stay up to date with the latest trends on everything business-related!