Aspen Executive Team

Aspen Systems' talented executive team represents a diverse group of visionaries with expertise in the food service IT processing industry. Utilizing their expertise in building food service organizations in conjunction with a proven track record of innovation, technology leadership, and corporate management, Aspen Systems continues to develop proven solutions for high density, high-performance, complete scalability, and quality to help customers address the next set of challenges in their food distribution and processing networks.
 

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Chairman of the Board Emeritus 

George Puype is a founder of Aspen Systems. He retired from his position as President/CEO at the end of 2014 and his outstanding shares of the company were purchased and retired as treasury stock in 2015. George continues in his role as Chairman of the Board of Directors Emeritus. His vast experience in technology and in the Food Industry has been a great benefit to the company. His pioneering efforts in establishing a vertical software company specifically for the needs of the Food Industry were revolutionary in 1988. His early vision and direction continue as a foundation for the company.

 

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President / CEO

Shareholder

Lisa has been employed by Aspen since its inception, and is a founder of the company. She is the sole owner of Aspen Systems. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and graduated with honors from Arizona State University. Upon graduation, she was employed by the CPA firm formerly known as Price Waterhouse. She worked as a CPA in their audit department until she left public accounting to establish Aspen Systems, Inc. with her father, George Puype. As President and CEO of Aspen, she oversees the Financial, Marketing, Development and Operations of the company.

 

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Vice President

Andrea Aberle, daughter of Lisa Lawrence and granddaughter of George Puype, began working at Aspen at the age of fourteen. She joined Aspen full-time as a Graphic Designer in 2006 while she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute in Phoenix. Her education and talent was put to great use as she took on the task of overhauling all of Aspen’s marketing literature and created the annual Aspen Report. Her design initiatives gave Aspen a modern look which included branding for the new products. She oversaw the move to Aspens new facility in 2011 and worked with the architect to create the buildings interior design. In 2013, she spearheaded the Aspen Executive Conference, taking responsibility for the many details that contributed to the overwhelming success of the event. In her current role as Vice President, Andrea is committed to carrying on the next generation at Aspen Systems.

 

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Steve French
Chief Information Officer

Steve has been employed by Aspen since its inception and helped with the establishment of the company. He received a B.S. Degree in Computer Sciences from Arizona State University. Steve has overseen the Development for both PFS and Canopy. His timeless efforts have maintained the concept of “one system for all users.” In view of the volume of programming requests over the years, this is a considerable feat. Steve is a skilled designer and programmer whose intimate knowledge of both PFS and Canopy has proven invaluable. Over the years Steve has divided his time between Development and Sales, and his constant interaction with Leaders in the Food Industry has provided him with extraordinary strategic planning capability. Under Steve’s guidance, Canopy has evolved into the most feature-rich, fully integrated system solution available to the Food Industry today.

 

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Chief Operating Officer

Tim joined Aspen Systems as a skilled programmer/analyst in 1991 and has held senior staff positions in Systems Design and Development, Customer Support and Quality Assurance. His career has ranged from programmer/analyst to global development, implementation, and directing service teams focused on the grocery, food processing, and health care industries. Tim is a talented individual, possessing a variety of skill sets and one of the senior designers of Aspen's flagship product, Canopy. Tim has been a key contributor to all elements of Canopy, from design concept to the first go-live in 2003, and he continues to provide his valuable experience in ongoing enhancement. Tim was promoted to Director of Operations in 2008, overseeing and directing Implementation, Customer Support, and Hardware Services for both Phoenix Food System and Canopy. In October of 2016, Tim accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the growth, structure, and operation of the company as a whole, while also connecting with our customer base.

 

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Director of Development

Justin joined Aspen Systems in 2000 as a programmer while completing his B.S. Degree in Computer Information Systems. Justin started out programming for the Phoenix Food System and later migrated to programming for Canopy. Justin now oversees the development and quality assurance of Canopy and its Enhanced Modules. Justin is a talented designer and programmer with great in-depth knowledge of Canopy. He possesses tremendous management, communication and interactive skills. Justin is constantly seeking innovative solutions that provide both customers and employees with the resources they need to meet their most pressing needs.

 

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Misty Heydens 
Director of Implementation

Misty joined Aspen as a Senior Implementation Specialist in 2005.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a minor in Computer Science from Old Dominion University. Her previous work experience as an accountant and working at an aerospace software company are put to good use in Aspen’s Implementation Department. In her role, Misty is responsible for and directs all aspects of the Implementation and Business Analyst efforts. Misty thrives in a challenging environment and has proven her adeptness while handling complicated installations, including multiple companies and multiple modules being brought live at the same time. She does a remarkable job of planning and carrying out installations customized to meet each customer’s unique operations.  Misty handles each case with a calm and intelligent direction. She has superb organizational skills and her methodical and professional approach to implementation has won her many successes. 

 

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Director of Technology Platforms

David joined Aspen in 1993. He received a B.S. Degree in Education from the University of Texas El Paso. David directs and oversees new product selection, acquisition and installation of systems. David acts as the key consultant guiding warehouse management decisions for Aspen’s customer base by designing optimum solutions for tracking inventory using Aspen's Data Capture and Scales Solutions. David's skills of analytical trouble-shooting, hardware integration, operating system concepts, and factory warehouse organization using radio frequency concepts, are superior and perhaps unparalleled in the Industry. He has gained the respect of Aspen's vendors often resolving their technology issues. Customers, peers and subordinates likewise respect David's abilities. David uses his expertise in hardware matters to assist Aspen in marketing efforts both in new transactions and Data Capture transactions, devoting nearly half of his time to Marketing.

 

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Mickey Reese   
Director of Solutions

Mickey joined Aspen Systems in 1997 as a Senior Implementation Specialist.  Mickey has great in-depth knowledge of Canopy and insider knowledge of the food industry. He got his start at a Further Processing Meat plant, where he did everything from drive delivery trucks to Accounting, Steak Cutting and Sales. He possesses tremendous management, communication and interactive skills. Mickey is a true team player. He goes the extra mile for both his co-workers and his customers. He is the first person to volunteer his assistance for particularly challenging assignments. Mickey’s down to earth approach gets the job done; he leads by example and his team is the best in the industry. In his role, Mickey is responsible for and directs all aspects of Technology Solutions, which is Aspen’s hardware support department as well as Client Solutions, the team which delivers support and training to all live Canopy customers.

 

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Director of Sales

John joined Aspen as a sales representative in 1994. Before coming to Aspen he spent 19 years with a food distribution and processing company. He has worked in many areas of the food industry including shipping, warehousing and production. He was an experienced route salesperson and also spent time as an inside salesperson. Most of his 19 years were spent selling to retail grocery chains, food processing and food service companies. John’s vast experience in the food industry provides him with a direct understanding of the needs of Aspen’s customers. This has translated into many intuitive additions to the Canopy product to better meet the unique requirements of the food industry. John's many years with Aspen incorporate computer systems’ expertise from both a software and hardware perspective. In his current position as Director of Sales, John’s comprehensive experience has translated into an optimum formula for guiding sales and marketing efforts to best meet the individual needs of Aspen's customers.

Aspen Systems develops enterprise software solutions for food processors and distributors.

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