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Avaap is an industry-focused technology management and advisory services partner known for delivering strategic technology solutions and exceptional customer experiences. Headquartered in Edison, N.J. with global offices and customers around the world, we have an expert consulting team with deep experience in healthcare, higher education, manufacturing and distribution, government, professional services, and other industries.
Our success is focused on three pillars: employee engagement, talent development, and outstanding customer experience. Done well, it leads to growth in value for our investors and pride among our citizens. Learn more about our history, industry partnerships, and how our experienced consultants deliver quality engagements that help customers drive strategic outcomes by downloading our company kit.
Our professional team brings an average of 15 years of industry and technical experience and 50+ projects per consultant.
As market-leading Prosci-certified change management experts, our Organizational Change Management services empower clients to own and manage their change process.
The broad and extensive experience our team brings across various industry verticals has enabled our global customers to leverage investments and optimize their technology spend.
We offer expert-level consulting services across our leading partnerships. From BI & analytics to implementation, deployment, and beyond, our services are unmatched.
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Led by founder and CEO Dhiraj Shah, the Avaap team works on the principle of addressing critical business gaps through leveraging the world’s best technology solutions. Today, the executive leadership team is comprised of the best and brightest in the enterprise space with an average of 15 years of experience. Enterprise is what we do, and it’s what gets our people up and excited every single day.
Founder & CEO
Dhiraj Shah founded Avaap in 2006 to address critical business gaps for organizations that rely on Infor Lawson as their mission-critical ERP.
In 2011, Dhiraj made the decision to strategically focus on Infor software solutions.
Under Dhiraj’s leadership, the company has experienced significant growth and exceeded its goals every year since its inception. Today, Avaap is among the largest Infor Alliances Partners.
In 2016, Avaap acquired Falcon Consulting, a KLAS-leading Epic Systems implementation and optimization firm. Avaap is the only Infor systems integrator with a dedicated EHR practice, providing healthcare customers with a single source solution for clinical, business and financial applications. Avaap employs more than 400 technology and business professionals across its locations, including offices in Edison, New Jersey, Chicago, St. Paul, MN, Spain, U.K. and Chennai, India. This growth is testament to Dhiraj’s vision and genuine desire to improve customer business practices through strategic partnerships and exceptional software services.
Avaap has earned several accolades including Infor Alliance Partner of the Year in 2014-2018; Manufacturing and Retail Partner 2018, Infor Cloud Partner 2016-2018; Net-New Sales Partner 2016-2017, Infor Services Partner of the Year in 2013 and Infor 2012 Partner of the Year for Innovation. Avaap has also been recognized for its fast growth, including the Best in Biz award in the medium size business category; NJBIZ’s Fastest Growing Companies in New Jersey and a six-year honoree on the INC. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S.
Prior to Avaap, Dhiraj held several positions at Lawson Software. He was instrumental in developing Lawson’s offshore strategy by helping establish a global center of excellence in Chennai. He has spoken at numerous industry conferences including Inforum, Infor Partner Summit, INC. 500 conference, and the Kaplan Institute. Dhiraj graduated with honors from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in professional communications. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a global networking organization of successful entrepreneurs.
Dhiraj has the unique talent for leveraging the latest technologies and conceptualizing them into turnkey solutions that drive better efficiency and efficacy for Avaap’s growing customer base. His deep industry knowledge has helped Avaap build a strong presence in the healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and public sector verticals, among others.
Steve Csuka is president of Avaap where he is responsible for strategy and operations management, leading Avaap’s overall businesses, including the sales, delivery, and operations of company business units.
In this role, Steve is also responsible for driving industry-specific solutions for upper-middle enterprise and large enterprise accounts along with customer satisfaction and strong financial performance.
Prior to joining Avaap, Steve successfully served as a COO for 5-years at a large Workday consulting partner where he managed the sales, delivery and customer operation teams. Previously he was the senior vice president of SAP America’s field services team where he was responsible for leading a designated sales and account management team for field services in the U.S. This included business transformation services, implementation consulting, education end user services, and implementation product solutions. Steve also held other leadership roles at SAP, including Vice President of consulting for the retail, southeast and mobile business units. Prior to SAP, Steve worked at PeopleSoft, joining as a financial implementation consultant and following a career path to project manager, and ultimately the top service sales manager within the northeast region across multiple industries.
Prior to Peoplesoft, Steve served in several roles at IBM, within their technology, finance, and global services divisions.
He holds a Master’s degree in Operations Research from University of New Haven and received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration of Management Information Systems from Western Connecticut State University.
Chief Financial Officer
Larry Stabler is chief financial officer (CFO) at Avaap. Larry is responsible for all aspects of Avaap’s finance and accounting functions including treasury, risk management, financial planning, analysis and reporting, payroll, accounts payable, and taxes. Larry has more than 25 years of experience in finance roles with multi-practice, project-based professional services firms.
Prior to joining Avaap, Larry was CFO at Optum Advisory Services, a division of UnitedHealth Group that provides consulting and information technology services to healthcare providers. Larry’s previous roles include CFO for Evidera, a healthcare economics consulting firm, the vice president of financial planning at OAO Technology Solutions, a former private equity-owned provider of information technology services, and the vice president of finance at Fluor Daniel GTI, a former publicly traded environmental services firm.
Larry has extensive experience working closely with executive leadership teams in a collaborative manner to develop actionable recommendations for streamlining processes and driving continued revenue growth. Larry holds a master’s degree in finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, earned his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College, and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Vice President, Global Marketing
Melissa Prusher is vice president of Global Marketing where she oversees all aspects of Avaap’s global marketing, corporate communications, brand, content, digital, and sponsorships.
Melissa brings a strategic mindset and more than 25 years of experience planning, developing, and executing marketing initiatives that authentically connect with customers and prospects through the sharing of brand stories that engage, inspire, and motivate. Under her leadership, Avaap’s marketing campaigns and approach to content have driven strong results in global brand growth and recruitment efforts.
Prior to joining Avaap, Melissa spent thirteen years in private practice as a content development and marketing strategy specialist for enterprise software vendors with an emphasis on best-of-breed HCM solutions, as well as supporting organizations in the healthcare, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and beauty and fashion industries. Her work has been featured in the Human Resource Management Journal, Workforce Magazine, Wall Street Journal and other business publications. She is the recipient of numerous awards including best business blog by American Business Awards, the prestigious Davey International Award for best feature writing, and a Platinum MarCom award.
Vice President, Operations
Rebecca Workman is vice president of Operations where she is responsible for the effectiveness, accuracy, reliability, security, usability, and updates of Avaap’s enterprise systems and architecture.
She works collaboratively with marketing, finance, account leaders, client teams, project managers, and others to oversee enterprise operations, including commercial and delivery processes, analytics, performance metrics, and operational reporting.
Rebecca brings more than 20 years of consulting delivery, systems, operations, and recruiting experience. Prior to joining Avaap in 2016, Rebecca worked at Accenture (previously Andersen Consulting) and as an independent consultant for various businesses. Her professional training includes project management, client interaction and presentation, estimating, leadership, quality assurance, business process design, PeopleSoft, and human resources.
Rebecca received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Management, and French, with honors, from Albion College.
Katie Brooks is vice president of Human Resources at Avaap. She brings more than 18 years of experience in the consulting industry in delivery, recruiting and human resources.
As vice president of Human Resources Katie is responsible for developing and executing Avaap’s human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction, specifically in the areas of hiring, onboarding, retention, compliance, compensation strategies, employee engagement/satisfaction and training programs. In collaboration with marketing, finance, operations, team leads and business unit leaders, Katie provides overall leadership and guidance to the HR function as well as launching innovative initiatives in workforce development and diversity and inclusion to drive best practices within the organization and enhance the work experience of individuals who choose to build their career at Avaap.
Prior to joining Avaap, Katie worked as a technology consultant at various EHR consulting firms with experience in system implementation and project management. Learning her passion was the people side of the business, Katie transitioned to recruiting and eventually human resources, bringing a technology set of competency to the role as HR leader.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration and a Masters of Public Health.
General Manager, Infor ERP
Adam Goldstein is general manager of Infor ERP at Avaap, responsible for product architecture, development, support and all Infor software delivery.
With 15 years of professional ERP experience specific to Infor Lawson, Adam brings expert-level knowledge of methodologies, processes, and tools to Infor Lawson ERP implementations.
Specialized as an Infor Lawson Solutions Architect, Adam possesses significant experience working on ERP implementations with roles ranging from technical lead to the detailed design and development of dashboards, reports, process automation, interfaces, conversions and extensions. He has deep understanding of Infor technologies and data structures and has worked on many projects that range variably in size and complexity.
Since joining Avaap in 2008, he has been highly leveraged as the architect for Avaap’s portfolio of turnkey solutions and dashboards, built with one key objective to seamlessly integrate with Infor Lawson customer environment. Under Adam’s direction, Avaap’s product portfolio features 12 solutions designed specifically to extend value and capabilities of Infor software.
Adam has an impeccable consulting track record due to his strong technical expertise and hands on approach. Most recently, he has defined a methodology to reduce the complexity of migrating to the cloud and adapted Avaap service delivery and consulting to support customer modernization efforts.
Prior to joining Avaap, Adam served as a senior consultant at Bearing Point, a multinational management and technology consulting firm, and as a Technology Consultant at Lawson Software. Adam has received numerous awards for his work and spoken at industry conferences such as CUE and INFORUM.
General Manager, Advisory Services
Dave Schoettmer is general manager of Advisory Services at Avaap, which includes responsibility for all Prosci©, Oracle, SAP, Tableau, Alteryx, and Snowflake engagements.
Dave has dedicated his career to helping customers optimize performance and create value through enterprise technology.
Prior to joining Avaap, Dave was the founder of Navigator Management Partners (now Avaap) and held a variety of positions in engineering, operations management, and consulting with United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney, ABB, and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). While at Accenture, Dave was a recognized thought leader in packaged software implementation and process reengineering.
Dave is an active corporate citizen. He is the board chair for the American Heart Association in Central Ohio. He has previously held leadership positions with Mental Health America and Goodwill, and has made significant contributions to the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, the Groundwork Group, The Ronald McDonald House at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University, and the OSU Wexner Medical Center.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
General Manager, Workday
Jim Carr is general manager of Workday at Avaap. He brings deep functional and technical proficiency with more than 25 years of enterprise software and business consulting experience.
Jim is an established thought leader with a reputation for challenging the status quo and driving efficiencies in software deployments. Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in creating innovative approaches to delivering consulting services.
Prior to joining Avaap, Jim co-founded and launched one of Workday’s fastest growing service partners, after nearly 11 years at Workday. While at Workday, he was the third consultant hired and worked with Workday’s first 125 customers. Jim helped launch the Workday professional services organization and served in a variety of leadership roles during his tenure. Jim was instrumental in creating the sales and services methodologies as Workday prepared to go public. He also co-created the Lifecycle Deployment Program (LDP) focused on Workday’s medium enterprise market segment. This approach has been leveraged by 1,000+ Workday customers.
Jim received his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Material Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University.
General Manager, Manufacturing
Robin Irvine is general manager, Global Manufacturing at Avaap. He is responsible for the sales strategy and delivery execution. Robin is a 25-year industry veteran and chairman of the M3 User Association for UK, Ireland, and Benelux.
Robin brings deep IT and Infor M3 experience, with emphasis on the food and beverage and consumer goods manufacturing industry. He also brings experience in the oil, recycling, bio diesel, and pet food industries.
Prior to joining Avaap, Robin served as the global CIO for ABP Food Group, a multi-agriculture group based in 14 countries. Over the course of his career, he has delivered more than 30 Movex/M3 projects and served on the Infor Customer Advisory Board.
Robin was educated in Perth, Scotland up to college level, where he received his IT technical HNC certification and went into the industry to receive hands-on manufacturing and production experience.
General Counsel, Avaap
Eric Harris is the General Counsel for Avaap where he serves as the corporate legal officer handling complex legal matters. Eric consults all corporate legal processes and helps develop company policy on legal issues.
As a strategic business advisor, Eric brings broad knowledge and experience to proactively advise internal leaders on risk and the appropriate path to achieving business objectives.
Eric has more than 20 years of experience and specializes in litigation, employment law, data privacy, intellectual property, commercial contracts, and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Avaap, Eric began his career as a litigator and in-house corporate attorney for organizations including American Express, Fiserv, and IGATE.
Having lived and worked in Spain, Japan, and China, Eric speaks fluent Spanish and Japanese. Eric is a graduate of Albany Law School and Gettysburg College and holds a certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.
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