Leadership

 Management Team

Tom Gregory 

Tom Gregory
CEO, International TechneGroup, Inc.
Tom Gregory is Chief Executive Officer; he was elected to ITI’s Board of Directors in November 2014. A growth-oriented executive with private and public company experience, Gregory’s diversified background includes experience in international business operations, finance and accounting. He is responsible for implementing the financial goals and corporate strategy set forth by the Board. In his previous roles as COO and CFO, Gregory was responsible for day-to-day operations, three international acquisitions, and the implementation of strategic programs that resulted in 200% growth. Gregory also serves on the board of advisers for the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, Clermont County Chamber of Commerce and Great Oaks Career and Technical School District.

Don Hemmelgarn 
Don Hemmelgarn
Senior Executive Vice President, C3 Interoperability Solutions
Don Hemmelgarn is Senior Executive Vice President of C3 Interoperability Solutions. A CAD industry veteran, he came to ITI in 1984, one year after the company was founded. From the late 1980’s through 2000, he developed, grew, and managed ITI’s standards-based translator business. From 2000-2013, Hemmelgarn played an integral role in the acquisition and integration of two companies and the implementation of ITI’s first direct sales channel. In his current role, Hemmelgarn oversees global operations for software development, technical services and project delivery. He currently serves as an officer and Executive Committee member of PDES Inc.

Tom Makoski
Tom Makoski

Executive Vice President, PLM Integration Solutions
Tom Makoski is Executive Vice President of the PLM Integration Business. Makoski is a PLM industry veteran, with over twenty-five years of experience in CAD migrations and PLM deployments. In this role, Makoski leads ITI’s PLM vendor partnerships with Aras Corporation, Dassault Systemes, Siemens PLM, and Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC). In addition, Makoski oversees the expansion of ITI’s global PLM integration products, software development, technical services, and delivery teams. His credentials include a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University.


James Flerlage

Executive Vice President, Global Business Development
James Flerlage is Executive Vice President, Global Business Development. His twenty years of experience includes Fortune 500 direct sales, channel management, and marketing responsibilities for LAN/WAN technologies, IT security systems, plant engineering applications, and PLM technologies. Flerlage previously served ITI from 2003-2012 as Regional Director. Flerlage is responsible for implementing a global sales and marketing organization that aligns with the company’s growth strategy. His credentials include a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from DeVry University.

Theresa Bolin
Theresa Bolin

Vice President, Finance and Administration
Theresa Bolin is Vice President of Finance and Administration. Bolin previously served as Corporate Controller during her fifteen-year career at ITI. She possesses over twenty-three years of experience in accounting and finance, with specializations in globalization, acquisitions, audits, contracts administration, and regulatory compliance. Bolin oversees ITI’s business processes, financial systems, banking, risk management and human resources. Bolin’s credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Geoffrey Butlin
Chairman and CEO, International TechneGroup, Ltd.
Dr. Butlin gained a BSc Civil Engineering from Birmingham University in 1963 and a PhD, from Cambridge University in 1966. From 1966 to 1978, Dr. Butlin held various academic research positions, including research fellow in Cambridge University Engineering Department, a visiting research worker in MIT and a visiting lecturer in SINTEF in Trondheim, Norway, pioneering, what today has become known as Computer Aided Engineering (CAE).

As the Assistant Director of Research in the Engineering Department of Leicester University, England, Dr. Butlin established foundation software for interactive graphics applications in engineering leading a 20 strong team researching geometry representation, computer graphics, data structuring and structural re-analysis.

In 1978 Dr. Butlin founded FEGS Limited where he developed and built a market for the FAM, Field Analysis Modeler software package and pioneered parallel FEA. In 1996 Dr. Butlin brought the CAD data exchange software product, CADfix, to market. In 1998 he sold FEGS to International TechneGroup Incorporated and has since been the Chairman and CEO for International TechneGroup, Limited.

 

Alex Tsechansky
General Manager, ITI Proficiency, Ltd.
Mr. Tsechansky is responsible for Proficiency product line and interoperability solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in CAD/CAM/CAE field. Mr. Tsechansky previously headed the development of the next-generation 3D solid modeler for Cimatron, a NASDAQ-traded CAD/CAM company. Prior to Cimatron, he developed customer tied CAM applications for APEX, a privately held Russian company. Mr. Tsechansky holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and computer science from The Moscow Polytechnic Institute.

 

Board of Directors

ITI's Board of Directors is comprised of industry experts from leading corporate and academic organizations throughout the United States. The ITI Board of Directors meets on a quarterly basis to counsel and govern the direction of ITI, ensuring ITI's position as leader in product data interoperability.

Mike Lemon

Michael Lemon
Chairman and Chief Strategist, International TechneGroup, Inc.

Mike has been with ITI since its inception in 1983. Over the years he has provided technical leadership for many programs. With a focus on Technical Data Interoperability and electronic co-location, he has achieved significant impacts in development productivity for various global clients.

Some of the roles Mike has taken on include leading ITI's Virtual Product Development Group and developing advanced capabilities for managing, sharing and visualizing systems engineering data.

Mike served as CEO of ITI from 2008 to 2014, guiding the company through a major restructuring to focus on core businesses in model-based interoperability and PLM/enterprise migration.  In a time of significant adjustment, the company grew and broadened the ITI technology portfolio for enabling customer model-based and PLM processes.

Mike's focus on growing a network of valued industry, technology, and academic partners resulted in groundbreaking programs with AFRL, DARPA, NIST, DMDII, and America Makes. These programs continue to add to ITI's unique capabilities for facilitating 3D model-based definition and 3D model-driven manufacturing.

As Mike has transitioned to a strategic role, he has added and empowered professional management, business development and technical subject matter experts to lead a company now poised for significant growth.

 

Robert Kiggans
Vice Chairman, ATI
Robert (Bob) Kiggans is Vice Chairman of the ATI Board of Directors. ATI, an SCRA affiliate, is a private, nonprofit company and a world leader in distributed technology management. SCRA is a non-stock, tax-exempt research and development corporation established in 1983. 

Mr. Kiggans has over thirty years' experience in advanced computer and product data technologies, program and technical management, manufacturing technologies, and command and control systems. Most recently, Mr. Kiggans was Chief Operating Officer of SCRA and President of its Federal Sector. Appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, he serves as Head of the U.S. Delegation to the international Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) Steering Committee.

Mr. Kiggans was also Director for C3I Advanced Systems at Cincinnati Electronics, managing all international research and development and bid and proposal budgets, as well as the five-year business plan. Mr. Kiggans was Deputy Director, Information Science and Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) before joining Cincinnati Electronics. He was responsible for planning, budgeting, and organizing an office of senior program managers and scientists with a $200 million annual research budget. As Assistant for Program Integration with the DoD Joint Program Management Office, Mr. Kiggans supported the development of a multi-billion dollar computer/communications upgrade program. While with the Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC), he directed advanced computer technology initiatives, including development of a multimillion dollar automated executive information system. Earlier in his career, he was a software systems engineer for Electronic Data Systems (EDS).

Mr. Kiggans received a B.S. degree from The Citadel and an M.S. degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a member of the ISG and ARDI Advisory Boards. Mr. Kiggans was also a Research Fellow with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a former senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer.

 

Dr. Mike Benzakein
Board Member
Dr. Benzakein received his Mechanical Engineering Degree in 1960. He received an MSME in 1963 and a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics in 1967. He joined General Electric in 1967 where he served in a number of positions in Advanced Technology, Project and Product Engineering. From 1995 up to his retirement in 2004 he had the responsibility for engineering leadership and technical oversight of GE Commercial and Military Aircraft Engines. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading the Technology Development efforts and new engines development programs. Under his leadership, the development time for commercial engine platforms have been reduced by a factor of two with associated improvements in performance, quality and reliability.

In 2001 Dr. Benzakein was elected as a Member of the National Academy of Engineering. That year he also received the Gold Medal Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2002 and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2004. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Poitiers in France in June 2006 and was elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in February 2007.

Dr. Benzakein was selected to receive the 2007 Reed Aeronautics Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Named for Dr. Sylvanus A. Reed, the aeronautical engineer, designer, and founding member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences in 1932, the Reed Aeronautics Award is the highest award an individual can receive for achievements in the field of aeronautical science and engineering.

Today, as a Board Member of ITI, Dr. Benzakein continues to advance product development process and product improvement through the continued development and global implementation of best practices for new product development.

 

Tom Gregory
CEO, International TechneGroup, Inc.
Tom Gregory is Chief Executive Officer; he was elected to ITI’s Board of Directors in November 2014. A growth-oriented executive with private and public company experience, Gregory’s diversified background includes experience in international business operations, finance and accounting. He is responsible for implementing the financial goals and corporate strategy set forth by the Board. In his previous roles as COO and CFO, Gregory was responsible for day-to-day operations, three international acquisitions, and the implementation of strategic programs that resulted in 200% growth. Gregory also serves on the board of advisers for the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, Clermont County Chamber of Commerce and Great Oaks Career and Technical School District.

 

Dr. Thomas R. Kurfess, Ph.D., P.E.
HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control
Professor, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Thomas R. Kurfess received his S.B., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT. as well as his S.M. degree in electrical engineering and computer science. Following graduation, he joined Carnegie Mellon University where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor. In 1994 he moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology where he rose to the rank of Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. In 2005 he was named Professor and BMW Chair of Manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research.

In 2012 he returned to Georgia Tech where he was appointed the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. During 2012-2013 he was on leave serving as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. In this position, he had responsibility for engaging the Federal sector and the greater scientific community to identify possible areas for policy actions related to manufacturing. He was responsible for coordinating Federal advanced manufacturing R&D, addressing issues related to technology commercialization, identifying gaps in current Federal R&D in advanced manufacturing, and developing strategies to address these gaps.

Dr. Kurfess has served as a special consultant of the United Nations to the Government of Malaysia in the area of applied mechatronics and manufacturing, and as a participating guest at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in their Precision Engineering Program. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences.

Dr. Kurfess' research focuses on the design and development of advanced systems targeting the automotive sector (OEM and supplier) including vehicle and production systems. He has significant experience in high precision manufacturing and metrology systems. He has received numerous awards including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Investigator Award, an NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award, the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Award, SME Young Manufacturing Engineer of the Year Award, the ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, the ASME Gustus L. Larson Award, an ASME Swanson Federal Award, and the SME Education Award. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, the SME and the ASME.

 

Terry Theye
Board Member
Terry attended Indiana University, where he received a degree in business administration. Terry was the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Future Now, Inc., a $900 million national computer sales and consulting company, from 1978 to 1996. The Future Now, Inc. was named by Fortune magazine as one of the fastest growing companies for two consecutive years. As a public company they completed and integrated 13 acquisitions in 7 years. He left The Future Now, Inc. shortly after the company was sold to its largest shareholder and supplier.

Prior to starting The Future Now, Inc. Terry held various management positions during his 13 years with IBM.  He has served on numerous private and public company board of directors. He also has served as CEO for several small technology companies in recent years.

Terry and his wife Karen, have 2 married children in Cincinnati, Ohio and 6 grandchildren. While Karen and Terry spend the majority of their time during the year at Harbour Ridge, they do spend summers in Cincinnati.

 

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