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Innovating, Collaborating, and Elevating with the Insights 2023 Award Winners  

May 23, 2023

Insights has always been a place where Epicor customers gather to learn about new innovations from leadership, share successes with industry colleagues, and find inspiration to drive success in the year ahead. It’s also a forum to recognize those who have used Epicor solutions as a jumping-off point to new achievements across the make, move, sell economy. At this year’s event in Las Vegas, companies and individuals received Champion and Innovator awards, as well as the CEO award, as a testimony to their continued quest to push the boundaries of possibility in doing business better.


Champion Awards:

JR AutomationA long-time user of Epicor Kinetic deployed in the cloud, JR Automation is driving change in how the world’s leading manufacturers make and distribute products with a range of intelligent, automated manufacturing and distribution technology solutions.

A.Y. McDonald A leading manufacturer of water works, plumbing, pumps, and natural gas products, A.Y. McDonald has been family-owned since 1856. The company uses Epicor solutions to optimize quality and exceed customer expectations.

ARS As a premier wholesale distributor of refrigeration, air conditioning, heating parts, supplies, and equipment, ARS uses Epicor Prophet 21 deployed in the cloud to power their digital transformation and navigate their continued growth.

Van Meter Van Meter is a 100% employee-owned, wholesale electrical supply distributor, powered by Epicor Eclipse to streamline warehouse operations, support customers, and drive continuous improvement every day.

Piston Ring Service Supply – As a family-owned and operated auto parts and service business, Piston Ring uses Epicor solutions to help balance exceptional service with continued growth, streamlining inventory management and delivery while driving performance.

Deco Automotive (Magna International) – Magna International, a mobility technology company and leading global automotive supplier, Magna International puts Epicor solutions to work as part of its ongoing commitment to continuous innovation, social responsibility, and creating excitement with consumers.


Innovator Awards:


Jordan Grove, Kadant: While working as an Epicor developer at Kadant, a global provider of solutions to process industries, Jordan Grove was able to use his expertise in Epicor Kinetic and cloud technology to turn these findings into an opportunity for innovation and system improvements, protecting the company from potentially costly data breaches and safeguarding its reputation for superior service.

Jacob Wrenn, Tyber Medical: Tyber Medical, an orthopedic device manufacturer enabling rapid access to FDA-cleared and CE Marked implants in the spine and extremity/trauma markets, uses Epicor solutions to help analyze actual vs. standard preventive maintenance over time. As a Continuous Improvement Builder, Jacob Wrenn has been leading a project using Advanced MES to review chronic loss data. The results of this analysis will drive significant gains in efficiency and productivity, positioning Tyber Medical well for the challenges of a constantly evolving marketplace.

Laurent Renaud, Guillevin: Guillevin, one of Canada’s largest distributors of electrical material, recently decided to launch a digital transformation initiative. They sought to eliminate their existing system’s limitations in efficiency, capacity, and scalability. Laurent Renaud, Vice President, Information Technology, has been overseeing this process, managing a complex integration of Epicor Prophet 21, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) that empowered Guillevin to grow and thrive on the leading-edge of modern distribution.

Brett Klein, Jamie Kolkman, Bill Meldrum, Etna Supply: Etna Supply, a plumbing, waterworks and fire protection distributor serving the commercial and residential markets, sees the value in using Eclipse to reduce manual work, increase efficiency, and exceed customer expectations. As Director of Pricing, Brett Klein collaborates and leverages Eclipse with the Etna Supply sales team to assist with profitability and expanding market share. Jamie Kolkman, Information Technology, empowers team members to combine new ideas with real-life experience and know-how. And Bill Maldrum, Director of Operations, shares the big-picture sales goals that helped define Etna Supply’s future course. Brett, Jamie, and Bill work with the Eclipse community on many key issues that help improve efficiencies within all of Etna Supply’s businesses.

Rick Goodwin, Auto Repair Compare: At Auto Repair Compare, Rick Goodwin, Executive Vice President, uses Epicor solutions to grow and scale ARC Smart Quoter—the only B2C technology in the marketplace using exact pricing from data providers and parts suppliers to give customers a real-time quote from their preferred repair shop. This unique website/service writer program empowers consumers with the ability to make an informed repair decision when they need it, at the location they prefer, driving new and returning traffic to repair facilities.

Jayne Scranton, Dayco International: As IT Director of ERP at Dayco International, Jayne Scranton collaborates with Epicor to drive results, increase innovation, and continuously improve the company’s Epicor CMS solution. Dayco, a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of essential engine drive systems and aftermarket services for the automotive industry, uses Epicor CMS to meet the strict delivery requirements and tight production deadlines that its demanding customers expect.

CEO Award:

Marmon Water - A collective of companies dedicated to providing clean, accessible water and innovations in water treatment, Marmon Water uses Epicor Kinetic deployed in the cloud to deliver modern, scalable, and effective solutions to improve water quality. Every day, they demonstrate how technology can be at the forefront of good health, good business, and thriving communities across the globe.


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