RICK ALTENAU, Vice President, Business Development
Rick Altenau has been a manager, an executive and a consultant for manufacturing companies for 34 years and has led global implementations for major manufacturing clients in 20 countries around the world.
As Vice President of Business Development at Guide Technologies, Rick’s has developed processes which are utilized by the entire consulting staff that emphasizes value to Guide’s customers. Through a formalized implementation methodology that stresses business goals, metrics, and project ownership, Rick works with Guide clients at all levels—from the executive team to the shop floor—to help them maximize the business benefits they derive from their ERP solutions.
Starting his early career in the chemical industry, Rick soon entered the manufacturing sector, working for more than 12 years in various operations management roles. In this capacity, he learned an array of complex ERP software systems, with a specialization in manufacturing shop floor and manufacturing planning applications.
In 1994, Rick leveraged this hands-on manufacturing experience to work as a consultant and manufacturing specialist helping companies install lean manufacturing systems. His emphasis on the basics allows his customers to build the foundations to become the world-class lean manufacturers. Six of Rick’s customers have been recognized as “world class” by their ERP provider.
He has direct experience with Infor XA (MAPICS); JD Edwards, Baan (LN); SyteLine, Microsoft, SAP and other providers of ERP solutions and ancillary products to the manufacturing market. A sought-after speaker, Rick has presented at a number of ERP user conferences and other keynote events.
A graduate from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rick earned a dual major in Business Management and Manufacturing Information Systems, with post graduate studies in Accounting, Finance, Lean Manufacturing and Materials Management.