Chief Executive Officer
Jerry is a former Pacific Gas & Electric principal FERC accountant and the original co-designer of the IS/U-FERC module. He now leads our team of SAP consultants and utility industry experts as CEO of HPC America, view and has a clear vision for optimizing SAP Financials, Regulatory Reporting, and Work Management for modern utilities. Jerry’s combined 20+ years of SAP and utility experience enables HPC to solve problems faster and more effectively than clients have experienced before.
Jerry joined HPC in 1999 after 15 years in financial roles at Pacific Gas & Electric in San Francisco. He led the team that developed the very first SAP solution for utilities to comply with U.S. accounting requirements. He has held positions as Vice President, Professional Services, Director, Utilities Business Practice, and SAP Project Manager on premier client engagements. He is a guest lecturer on SAP topics in the utilities industry. Jerry earned a Bachelors degree in Business from the University of San Francisco, and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. Jerry is on the board of directors of ACRT, Inc., a Utility Vegetation Management consulting firm, and on the board of HCIM, Inc., a provider of business process automation solutions and consulting services to the managed care and health care payer industry. He is also on the advisory board of the SAP Recognition Award Program at San Francisco State University. Connect with Jerry on LinkedIn.
Eugen Furler, PhD
Senior SAP Solution Architect
Eugen is the SAP equivalent of a rocket scientist: he excels at solving very complex and obscure problems that elude most other seasoned architects. He brings more than 12 years of functional and technical SAP experience to HPC’s clients, and has worked with many utilities including PG&E, Southern California Edison, Trans Bay Cable, Tacoma Public Utilities, Public Services Enterprise Group, ABB, and Ontario Power Generation.
Eugen’s SAP skills span all SAP R/3 releases from 3.0F to SAP ERP, the utility sector IS-U/FERC module, and the integration of SAP and Microsoft via the SAP .NET Connector to the SAP Business Object Repository. He is certified in SAP’s MM, FI Travel Planning, and GRC, and has deep knowledge of SD, EDI, and the integration of SD/MM with other modules such as PM, FI/CO, and HR. Eugen is also highly experienced in the design and development of interfaces, add-ons using user exits, customer enhancements, dialog transactions, function modules (including RFC’s and BAPI’s), and reports using ABAP, SAPScript, SMARTFORMS, ALV, and ABAP OO methods. He is patient and strives to understand user requirements whether developing new SAP functionality or providing training and support.
Beyond his experience serving utilities, Eugen has worked for HPC Germany and consulted for SAP, Wolfcraft North America, OCR Services, Inc., Hitachi America, and Foster Farms. His educational background includes a diploma from the University of Karlsruhe and a Ph.D. in theoretical high-energy physics from the University of Heidelberg.
Senior SAP Consultant
Matt has developed more than 20 years of utility company experience and 14 years of SAP consulting. Based on his strong accounting background and experience as a Controller, the majority of his SAP work at utilities has focused on regulatory matters, such as advising Regulatory Relations departments, implementing, configuring, and enhancing the SAP FERC module, and leading General Rate Case projects. He has served as Lead Consultant and Consultant on engagements with Pepco, Pacific Gas & Electric, Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, and Tacoma Power.
Prior to joining HPC America, Matt was a consultant for R3KB Consulting and managed the configuration and support of regulatory accounting systems for U.S. energy companies. He also held a variety of finance leadership and strategy roles for National Grid Company and Datum Solutions in the United Kingdom.
Matt’s SAP expertise includes FI, CO, IS/U-FERC, and HPC’s SAP-certified solution, Utility Financials Accelerator. He is also experienced with SAP MM, AM, and ABAP Query, and is a power user of Microsoft Excel, Access (Applications and VBA), and SQL Server and Reporting Services. Matt is a member of CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and earned a B.S. in Business with honors from the University of London.
Senior BI/BW Consultant
Ron is an SAP reporting guru, from classic SAP to the newer Business Warehouse and Business Objects tools. Clients value his ability to take voluminous amounts of complex data and create interactive reports that are both easy to understand and navigate. Ron’s 20 years of experience in software development also includes analyzing and solving complex programming problems, implementing new systems, and supporting existing applications. Since 1998, he has worked exclusively with utility companies running SAP, such as Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Sempra Energy, PacificCorp, and Entergy.
Ron has 10 years of technical development experience with SAP R/3 and four years with SAP BW. He has strong knowledge of BW migration and upgrade best practices and processes, and is proficient in data modeling using BW extended star schema models. Ron also has extensive project management experience, including Planning (Blueprint and Spec), Designing (Technical Spec), Test Plans (User Acceptance Testing), Training and Documentation (Roll-Out), Cut-over, and Project Closure (Post Mortem). Ron’s specific SAP experience includes SAP R/3 (4.7, 4.6C) ABAP/4, Dialog Programming, SAPSCRIPT, SAP BW (7.0, 3.1C, 3.0B), ADK, ALV, Report-to-Report Interface, User Exits, and BAdI (RSR_OLAP_BADI), as well as SAP Modules for Conversion, MM, FI, CO, and AA.
Before focusing on utility companies, Ron consulted Kubota Tractors, Hunt Wesson, Yamaha Motors, Isuzu Motors, and a number of other businesses requiring expert systems analysis, programming, and project leadership. Ron is SAP Certified in SAP R/3 and ABAP/4, and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Senior SAP Consultant
Duane is a Senior SAP Functional Consultant with twenty years of experience in the Utilities and Oil & Gas industries, and more than 17 years of SAP experience. While at Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Anadarko Petroleum, KBR, Inc., and Enron, Duane configured and supported SAP ERP applications; held team lead and managerial responsibilities; contributed to three full life-cycle SAP R/3 implementations; fulfilled internal and external reporting and audit requirements; and developed SAP redesign and upgrade strategies. Duane has deep expertise in SAP FI, CO, FERC, and FSCM, and additional experience with JVA, AR, AP, HR-Payroll & Time, MM, PP, PS, SD, BCS, and BW. He holds a B.S. in Accounting.
Duane’s relationship with HPC goes back to the late-1990s, when HPC assisted OG&E with the implementation of the FERC module, which HPC had originally built for Pacific Gas & Electric and then sold to SAP for distribution to other utilities on SAP.
Senior SAP Consultant
Steve has more than 35 years of utility accounting experience, and has worked in General Accounting, Financial Reporting, Internal Controls, and Business Services at several utility companies, including one of the largest in the United States. He is an SAP Financials and Regulatory Reporting (FERC) subject matter expert, and has led numerous SAP implementation and optimization projects during his career. Steve knows first-hand the benefits of adopting a “CO-centric” FERC model that enhances external reporting with secondary costs from the Controlling module. He also has experience in the special needs of multi-jurisdictional utilities that are required to file multiple rate cases and mitigate the risks of cross-subsidization.
Project Manager / Director of Business Development
Steven brings 20 years of communications, project management, and customer relationship management experience to HPC. Clients value his responsiveness, organization, and clear approach to assessing user needs and developing training materials and documentation. He has worked with HPC since 2008.
Prior to joining HPC, Steven held sales, marketing, and operations leadership roles at Lyris Technologies, Ritchey International, and MPM Consulting, helping all three entrepreneurial ventures to grow consistently. He also held corporate marketing roles at PWC, Toyota, and Logitech. Steven earned a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from U.C. Berkeley. Connect with Steven on LinkedIn.