Martin Green - President
After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Martin went to work for a consulting company working as a computer programmer. Soon afterward he was trained on the Oracle’s JD Edwards ERP software system and did his first implementation of JD Edwards for Westminster Homes in 1983. Since then he has written custom programs, managed projects, taught JD Edwards classes, worked to sell software systems and has led brij (the oldest JD Edwards reseller partner in the United States) in over 156 software implementations. From the earliest days of developing RPG code on the JD Edwards World product to the latest web client EnterpriseOne releases, Martin has been dedicated to the successful implementation of JD Edwards Software Systems. brij has won a whole list of industry awards including JD Edwards Business Partner of the year and most recently was nominated by Triad Business Leader Magazine as one of 2009’s Top Business Leaders.
From the earliest days of his career Martin has had an acute sense of the importance of giving back to the community particularly around children and education. He was one of the founding fathers of the IBM Triad Users Group, has served as the President for the local PTA, and served on a countywide School Climate Task Force. Martin currently serves on the boards of the Guilford Education Alliance and High Point Community Foundation and works as a substitute teacher at local public schools from time to time.
In 2002 Martin and his wife, Lou and two daughters started Dustin’s GreenHouse www.dustinsgreenhouse.org, a foundation dedicated to working with disadvantaged youth. Their foundation has built technology centers in low income neighborhoods, taken underprivileged students to exotic destinations around the world to do service work, worked with schools to bring in motivational speakers and sponsored all kinds of scholarships for students.
In 2006 the Green family received the “Spirit of the Foundation Award” from the High Point Community Foundation as one of their highest recognitions of community service and philanthropy. In 2007 the University of North Carolina at Greensboro awarded him their Distinguished Alumni Award.
Richard Garraputa - Vice President of Sales and Marketing
As Vice President for brij, Richard has broad responsibilities which include directing the overall strategies of both the business development and marketing departments. Richard joined brij in 1996 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with degrees in Information Systems and Accounting. Richard provides 18 years of insight into system and architecture design, installation, programming and administration based on his many years of implementing JD Edwards across multiple industries, from pre-revenue start ups to large, multinational corporations.
Richard also stays very involved in the community he maintains a prominent position within the JD Edwards community. Richard supports this position through active participation in the JD Edwards user community, presenting at regional and international JD Edwards User Group meetings. He is an active member of the Triad Business Guild, a professional networking organization, and supports the Guilford Green Foundation, which promotes diversity and inclusiveness across Guilford County, NC. Richard and his partner are CHRIStal Visionaries, supporting Atlanta, GA based CHRIS Kids, an organization dedicated to the long-term welfare of victimized and homeless children.
Manoj Thakur, MBA, CSCP, PMP - Vice President of Consulting Services
Manoj has years of progressive experience demonstrating a consistent track record of outstanding performance delivering JD Edwards ERP Implementation, Process Improvement and Software Development Projects working along with on-premise and/or off-premise teams. He has equally strong qualifications and experience in areas of Manufacturing and Supply Chain operations including Forecasting, Planning, Distribution, Lean (Kanban) and delivering values through Shared Services. In leadership roles he has been very successful and been able to exceed the expectations of the stakeholders’ most of the time. He is an effective Communicator, Leader, Trainer and Problem Solver who believes in Teamwork and possesses the drive to surpass goals. His mantra has been to “Simplify Operation & Supply Chain Functions for better Business Results through Technology and Process Improvements”.
At brij, Manoj is responsible for crafting services strategies and efficient service offerings to address operational challenges faced by small to mid-sized manufacturing & distribution organizations. Successful delivery of such offerings with tailored approaches and keeping the consulting team motivated to churn out the next solution is what he loves doing.
Giving back to community is one of his core values that inspires Manoj on a daily basis. However, he prefers to serve anonymously, allowing those who benefit from his service to express their gratitude with their smiles.
Lou Green - Vice President of Finance
Lou started brij with her husband Martin Green in 1986 and continues to serve as the company’s Vice President of Finance. Lou has been instrumental in guiding brij through its years of growth, a role that she continues to play as brij celebrates its twenty fifth year of providing JD Edwards software sales and implementation services. Lou graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology.
In 2002 Lou co-founded Dustin's GreenHouse with her family in honor of her son Dustin, who died in an auto accident. The organization is dedicated to working with youth. The foundation cultivates hope for high school students by exposing them to travel, scholarships, and intern opportunities. Lou led a scholarship team through Guatemala in 2004, Ecuador in 2006 and Peru in 2008. She is also involved in the cultural arts and scholarship program with the Sedgefield Women’s Club. She is a volunteer with the Big Brother Big Sister program and with the Lighthouse project, which brings motivational speakers into the public schools.