Stephen D. Ricketts
In addition to growing up in the family manufacturing
business, Mr. Ricketts has over 28 years experience with the creation and
implementation of automated software development environments, advanced
real-time systems, and innovative communication
networks. He managed multi-national development programs with teams from
Europe, Asia, United States and participated in the acquisition of companies and
rights to many international software products. A strong technical base,
international business experience, and entrepreneurial spirit has created a
unique combination of talents that has brought success to a wide variety of corporate
needs. Mr. Ricketts excels in his ability to:
provide an innovative and technologically advanced
communicate with all levels of management, company,
and client personnel
communicate orally and in writing in a clear and straightforward
handle multiple projects and tasks
analyze and interpret data
make key decisions and solve problems while working under pressure
manage multiple projects at one time
prioritize and organize effectively
show judgment and initiative and to accomplish job duties
supervise, coach, and motivate others
use personal computer and software applications
Savant Technology Group, Inc.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Director Distance Education
December 1996 – Present
The IDL Group, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan
The IDL Group was a $1m training cooperative founded in 1996 to reduce training
cost, improve quality, and increase availability of interactive training
programs for its Directing Partner manufacturing companies
President and founder responsible for business development, marketing, new
technology, network development, and broadcasting.
Funded and supported by Directing Partners: Allied-Signal,
Ford, General Motors, Goodyear, Hughes, Texas Instruments, Raytheon, and
National Center for Manufacturing Sciences with participation of others.
President: December 1996-January 1998
Founded profitable distance learning company utilizing
integrated Internet, multi-media, satellite broadcast network
Created weekly broadcast, satellite network based on needs
assessment of major manufacturing companies
Implemented radically new revenue-share business model for
course development within the training suppler industry
Developed partnerships with National Technical University,
Westcott Communication, Workplace Training Network
Velocedge, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan
(name changed to reflect change in
Velocedge was a privately held corporation formed to focus on the
development of software products and provide design, operational support
services for satellite based Interactive Distance
Learning (IDL) systems.
President and founder responsible for business and
Partner with several companies to form virtual corporation for
software development and support remote management of networked computers.
Provides Help Desk and network management for satellite networks in U.S. and Canada.
Profitable in first six months of operation.
President: January 1998--July 2003
Developed the most advanced interactive satellite communications and
training delivery software in the market, CADE (Communications And
Distance Education) and web-based learning management support
Developed a wireless handheld participant response device with
built-in microphone for audio and data interaction.
Provided services to Implement computer networks, designed broadcast
selected studio and downlink equipment, satellite and audio/data response
systems, trained clients in IDL instructional design and delivery, and
developed web based support applications.
Founded web-based international electronic trade business
with U.S. and Japanese partners
Acquired customers that include:
Canadian Automotive Repair and Service Council, K-Mart, Evangelical
Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, and others.
Savant Technology Group, Inc.
(Acquired Velocedge in July 2003.)
Privately held corporation founded in 1986. Provides consulting
and markets the Communication And Distance Education (CADE) software
system for interactive audio/video delivery via satellite and the Internet.
Responsible for the design, development, and technical sales support
of the CADE portfolio of software products.
Managed software development teams based in Michigan and California
Director Distance Education: July 2003-Present
Developed the interactive distance learning market's most advanced
web-based audio and video delivery system, eTutor.
Enhanced the CADE portfolio of interactive satellite delivery systems
- Live & recorded interactive programs
- Live & recorded web delivery system
- Web based learning management system
- Wireless microphones & response devices
Developed partnerships with Broadcast International, Codecys,
Diversified Media, Dish Network, Echostar, Globecast, Helius.
Acquired customers that include: Wal-Mart, UCSF Medical Centers, and others.
National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Inc.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
July 1991 – November 1996
International Center for Manufacturing Sciences
Advanced Manufacturing Research
$100m not-for-profit R&D consortium with 100 employees
and 220 members formed in 1986 to improve competitiveness of US
Reported to the President, managed 40 employees.
Responsible for strategic planning, technology agenda,
international partnerships, and collaborative projects in systems
architectures, communications, networks, training & education, supply
chain management, management practices, technology transfer
Subject Matter Expert for Advanced Manufacturing Research
Vice President of Research-Concurrent
Founded international R&D consortium (NCMS subsidiary)
Founded for-profit interactive distance learning company
utilizing integrated Satellite, Internet, multi-media broadcast
Created electronic network of 25 state-of-the-art teaching
factories and shared-use facilities
Developed Internet/Web based information services business
Managed over 150 collaborative research projects: Business practices,
advanced materials, processes and equipment, information technology.
Gave over 200 presentations on technology, collaboration,
deployment, intellectual property in US, Europe, and Japan
Designed/taught course internationally on Enterprise Resource Planning and Supply Chain Management for IBM
November 1989 - July 1991
$200m consortium of U.S. Semiconductor manufacturers with
over 700 employees, formed in 1988 to develop advanced manufacturing
processes, materials, equipment and systems.
Reported to senior staff, managed over 100 professional
engineers and member assignees.
Responsible for development of an advanced architecture for
Computer Integrated Manufacturing.
Defined semiconductor manufacturing reference architecture
Acquired model based manufacturing execution system
Published strategic technology concepts and implementation
guides for semiconductor industry
Developed and deployed CASE Tools and implemented formal
Object Oriented methodologies to member companies
Developed standard requirements specifications and models
Established six, 250+ member domain working groups
Transform Logic Corporation
Vice President - Product Development
August 1987 - November 1989
8 year old CASE products and consulting services focused on
the improvement of productivity in software development. $12
million, 120 employees.
Reported to the President, managed 50 employees.
Responsible for strategic product planning, software product
development, system architecture's, new technology, quality assurance,
Planned and managed largest release in company history
Tripled market size
Developed Artificial Intelligence based reverse engineering
system to analyze and interpret software source code
Implemented Optima world wide credit card processing system for
American Express and Acquired IBM as joint development and distribution partner
Developed object oriented software PC development system
Established partners in Italy, Germany, China, and Japan.
Vice President Manufacturing Systems
March 1982 - August 1987
Systems Control (Scicon Subsidiary) Palo Alto, CA
PS Systemtechnik,GmbH Essen, West
15 year old systems integration company providing
development, consultancy and system products in manufacturing. $350
million revenue 4,500 people.
Reported to the Senior VP Products & Services, managed 50 employees.
Seconded to Scicon International, parent of English, French, German, and U.S. operating
Reported to the CEO, managed international project development teams
of over 1,500 employees.
Responsible for international marketing strategy and the
development of an integrated portfolio of manufacturing system products
Director of Engineering
Technical Advisor, Board Member
Created international marketing strategy for manufacturing system product development
Developed integrated portfolio of advanced manufacturing
system products with annual budget of £14 million: ERP, shop floor
control, cell control, purchasing, corporate planning
Managed fixed-price, multi-national projects from $500k to $20m
- Library or Congress catalog system
- First credit card operated
- SCADA system for country of Saudi Arabia
control system for Hong Kong Tunnel
- Firestone material control system
- Automated warehousing system for Collins Avionics
Acquired two companies, rights to three software products
Developed business plan and requirements for an integrated
enterprise resource planning and shop floor system
Realtron Corporation, Inc.
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Vice President Product Development
February 1980 - March 1982
Real Data Inc. Los Gatos,
California (acquired by Realtron)
10 year old company providing publishing and on-line
real estate services. $35 million revenue, 300 people.
Reported to the President, managed 20 employees.
Responsible for new system products, on-line service
applications, product planning, technical sales support.
Marketed application program generator
Developed 1st turn-key PC Real Estate Broker system
Sold company to Realtron Corporation, Inc.
Increased market share, and took customers from largest competitor
which had never lost an account to Realtron
Development of one of the industry's first Computer
Aided Software Engineering (CASE) systems to generate software applications.
Attended Wichita State University on a track scholarship,
received B.S. degrees in Economics and Business Administration.