Management Team

Ned Lilly
President and CEO
In October 2001, Ned co-founded xTuple, originally called OpenMFG, with the aim of bringing the worlds of open source and enterprise resource planning (ERP) together to solve the unmet needs of small- to mid-sized manufacturers. In 1999, he was a co-founder of Great Bridge, an early business built around the PostgreSQL open source database. PostgreSQL is the core technology for xTuple today. Great Bridge was incubated inside Landmark Communications, a mid-sized media company where Ned directed corporate venture investments, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and startup activity. Prior to Landmark, Ned worked for a regional technology group in Washington D.C. and had a brief first career in political media — television, radio and a non-partisan news wire. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. from George Washington University.
Missy Schmidt
Vice President Marketing
Since early 2012, Missy has directed marketing strategies for xTuple open source ERP, including the global user conference, inbound and outbound, sales campaigns, and digital. She has ties to the business and economic development, startup and entrepreneurial communities in Virginia and nationally. Prior to joining xTuple, Missy was VP of strategic communication and marketing for Hampton Roads Partnership, a public-private corporation working to improve the region's economy within the international marketplace. Before that, Missy spent 25+ in sales, including product development, in telecommunications, retail, industrial food service, contract packaging and manufacturing. Missy holds a B.S. from James Madison University, and she and her husband reside in the "innovation corridor" of downtown Norfolk.
Wally Tonra
Vice President Sales
Wally has been with xTuple since 2004 and in ERP sales since the mid-1990s. After all that time selling vendor-centric, proprietary enterprise software, moving to an open source, Mac-friendly ERP package was a natural evolution. Prior to xTuple, Wally spent 10 years at JD Edwards, which was eventually acquired by Peoplesoft, in various sales and sales management positions. He made the move to xTuple before Oracle took over both Peoplesoft and the former JDE. Prior to JD Edwards, Wally held sales positions at ERP software company Daly.commerce (formerly Daly and Wolcott), hardware supplier XL/Datacomp and storage vendor EMC. Wally holds a B.S. from Boston College, where the Mac fanaticism all began.
Pierce Tyler
Vice President Knowledge Management
Pierce is a founding member of xTuple, and, since 2001, has been responsible for the day-to-day technical support of xTuple's global community of customers and implementation partners. In addition to his support role, Pierce also manages product documentation and launched xTupleU. He was previously a manager for knowledge management at Great Bridge, a commercial open source company serving the PostgreSQL community. For many years he taught digital literacy and college English at Old Dominion University and the University of Maryland. He also worked as a beat reporter for various newspapers. He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Mike Atherton
Director Product Evangelism
Mike has delivered project management, implementation, technical and training services to xTuple clients since the earliest days of the company. These clients span a wide range of industries around the world. Prior to xTuple, Mike was a Senior ERP Consultant for Computer Associates International, an expert on multiple CA products, notably the Baan Triton/MK product acquired first by SSA, then Infor. He served as adjunct faculty for The George Washington University and Marymount University where he taught courses on Operations Management and Global Operations Strategy, and currently guest lectures on project management and systems-thinking in The Graduate School USA's Center for Leadership and Management. He holds a B.B.A. from the College of William and Mary and a M.B.A. from The George Washington University. An author of numerous articles, Mike has written on a variety of topics including "Becoming a Closed-Loop Organization," which appeared in Darwin magazine and, and "Strategy Implementation: Closing The Management Gap," which appeared in Industrial Management magazine. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Solve ME/CFS Initiative, the leading charitable organization dedicated to curing myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
Danielle Kerner
Director Partner Channel Development
With xTuple since 2009, Danielle has managed the growth and development of xTuple's Partner channel expanding the overall reach into more than a dozen countries across six continents. Danielle is responsible for the cultivation of Partner relationships and the development of new markets around the world. Danielle provides sales and technical support to the growing global community of xTuple Partners. She works directly with the xTuple Marketing Department to secure best-in-class services for xTuple Partners. Prior to xTuple, Danielle held several leadership positions at Dominion Enterprises where she directed the development of their Web-based businesses. She holds a B.A. in Historic Studies from Virginia Wesleyan College and worked as an archeologist for the James River Institute for Archaeology.
Jim McCluskey
Director Professional Services
Jim joined xTuple to lead the professional services team in May 2014 after consulting as an Elite Partner for three years and an xTuple champion and customer for five years with The Marena Group. His career in manufacturing organizations spans the support of both accounting and informational technologies functions. In addition to xTuple, Jim has implemented and worked with a multitude of ERP systems, including ASK/MANMAN, Oracle, Visual Manufacturing, and Sage MAS 200. He earned a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from Bostonís Northeastern University, a B.S. in Information Technology from the DeVry Institute, and a M.B.A. from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, near Boston. Jim splits his time between our Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Gil Moskowitz
Director Software Development
Gil joined xTuple in 2005 to develop the first version of multi-currency support in our products. He helped xTuple transition from its original closed source OpenMFG product to the commercial open source company we are today. Before coming to xTuple, Gil worked for several large and small software companies in a variety of roles, including Informix Software, where he managed the database backup/restore utility group. He always advocates for, and delivers, high-quality products through improvements to the software development process. Ask about his other jobs next time you see him — ! He has a B.A. in Biology from Reed College and an M.S. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University.
Rick Murchake
Director Special Projects
Rick joined xTuple in April of 2013 after many years of innovation at Dominion Enterprises, an international marketing services company connecting buyers and sellers in numerous industries, including real estate, apartments, specialty vehicles, employment, automotive and travel. There he focused on new initiatives to help customers better leverage marketing and operating efficiencies through the effective use of Internet technology. He currently manages the groups within xTuple focusing on wholesale distribution and Web-based commerce. He has a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park.
BC Wilson
Director Cloud Services
With the explosive movement of cloud strategies, BC was promoted to director of cloud services in 2014. Previously, he oversaw operations and hiring of managers for critical lines of business for the Product Management Group, driving return on investment (ROI) for all xTuple products and managed ongoing engineering and development of the xTuple Classic GUI product, including all customer-sponsored enhancements, as well as the xTuple Web Portal product. Prior to xTuple, BC was a senior product manager for Trader Electronic Media, where he directed the development of websites for the classified advertising market. He has also worked as a partner in a web design agency, and a content producer for the Road Runner and Starband broadband service providers. BC began his career as a writer and editor for the Ziff Davis computer magazines. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Georgetown University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University. In 2012, BC was appointed as a commissioner of Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails in Norfolk, Virginia.
Josh Fischer
Product Manager — xTupleCommerce
xTuple’s Josh Fischer is passionate about launching successful Web projects — from online retailers and distributors to manufacturers big and small — to improve customer conversions (and bottom line profits!). As product manager of xTupleCommerce, Josh is developing revolutionary B2B eCommerce Web portals — integrated with open source xTuple Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) — to solve productivity and customer relationship issues for every business type and size. Josh writes and teaches about innovative strategy and technologies to build Web-based brands, launching startups, productivity and leadership, online presence and growth-hacking. Josh is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a B.S. in Visual Arts & New Media.
Ben Thompson
Product Manager — ERP
Ben joined the xTuple development team as Senior Software Engineer in March 2012 from an xTuple customer, XIKAR, the world's leading manufacturer of cigar accessories. Ben's major work focus at xTuple has been the xTupleCommerce integration and the REST API. Ben's current role is Product Manager for xTuple's core ERP product where he focuses on identifying problems, creating unique solutions and delivering them to our customers. How did Ben get into technology as a career? "My dad seeing the value of me having a computer at a young age." Ben is based in beautiful Boulder, Colorado (USA).