Jim Kurtowicz: Founder and CEO
Jim started Serac Technologies, Inc in 2008 after seeing a gap in the Oracle partner community. Reviewing the partner landscape it became clear that customers were still looking for a partner that could provide a high level of customer service, deep Oracle knowledge, and an unbiased no-nonsense approach. Today the team at Serac fulfills that vision every day. "I am proud of what we have accomplished in such a short period of time. Our team is simply the best in the business" according to Jim. "We have worked hard to earn our customer's trust and this is something we treat with the utmost respect."
Jim is a recognized thought leader and enterprise software expert. He has advised several independent software vendors on licensing structure and strategic alliances. Jim has also coached numerous customers large and small through negotiation of significant technology transactions while providing strategic negotiation advice and subject matter expertise.
During his tenure at Oracle Jim received numerous awards and was named MVP multiple times including MVP World Wide in 2006. Jim was also recognized as an innovative sales and management professional within Oracle. He helped to develop several sales strategies and customer engagement tools within Oracle, many of which are still in use today. Jim continues to enjoy a very strong relationship with many key members of the Oracle sales and technical organizations and acts as a career mentor to many of them.
Prior to founding Serac Jim had a very successful career holding leadership positions at several enterprise technology companies including Oracle, Ariba, and Computer Associates. Jim is graduate of the University of Rhode Island, a competive sailor, and avid skier.
Jake Berry: Vice President of Marketing & eCommmerce
Jake has worked in marketing, advertising and software for the past 15 years. He has worked on projects for numerous Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s largest non-profits. Jake’s background includes a mix of traditional marketing in TV, radio, and print advertising, plus extensive experience in website design, online marketing and software development. Jake's work always has a creative blend of marketing and technology that delivers unique products. He has worked on interactive projects for OshKosh B’Gosh, Publishers Clearing House, Volkswagen, Kia Automotive, The Children’s Place, and IKEA, to name a few. Jake holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont. His work has won numerous awards from HATCH and MIMIC and has been referenced in the Boston Globe, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.
James Menon: Strategic Business Development
James brings over 8 years of Enterprise Software Account Management Skills to the Serac Team. Starting his professional career in the wireless industry, working for Nextel, T-Mobile, and Good Technology. James was a key member of notable Silicon Valley start-ups, Success Factors and Good Technology. As a 9 time NCAA All American in Track and Cross Country at The University of Wisconsin James learned the importance of hard work to achieve a lofty goal, he brings that dedication to Serac Technologies and his clients on a daily basis. As a former Senior Account Executive at Oracle, James brings the insight and experience of an Oracle insider to help customers achieve their goals. Time spent inside Oracle was vital to the knowledge he provides his customers. He prides himself on making Oracle software procurement simple and painless for his customers. In his down time you can find him skiing the slopes of Lake Tahoe, touring California on his motorcycle, volunteering for local charities, and spending time with family. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a Masters in Industrial Technology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.