Andy Carlson brings 13 years of entrepreneurial experience, as well as over 15 years of marketing, sales and operations experience in enterprise and supply chain software and technology companies. Andy has a track record for outside-the-box thinking, which has allowed him to build and grow the organizations he has managed, including Ace Hardware, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Manugistics and Harris Corporation.
Andy’s association with Mereo builds on his on-going work with supply chain and technology companies while also owning his own small business in Denver, Colorado. Andy started his own Ace Hardware retail business 13 years ago and has grown his original store’s sales by more than 100% since opening in 2006. He has both acquired and sold additional store locations over the past 10 years but still owns his original 15,000 square-foot store located near downtown Denver. Working with DilSe.it as a contributor, investor and principal, Andy helped develop innovative business systems and processes for Ace stores including telecommunications, document management and file sharing, email and calendaring, and digital signage. DilSe.it currently counts more than 60 Ace stores in the western U.S. as clients. Andy has also served on advisory committees for advertising and business-to-business sales at Ace Hardware Corporation.
Prior to becoming a successful entrepreneur, Andy held the position of Vice President of Product Marketing for Supply Chain products at PeopleSoft where he was responsible for the marketing and sales enablement strategy for positioning JD Edwards EnterpriseOne into the supply chain management solution for the company after the merger between PeopleSoft and JD Edwards.
Before this merger, Andy had successfully managed the acquisition of supply chain software provider Numetrix by JD Edwards. Andy’s previous software industry experience included sales and business consulting at Manugistics and ProMIRA Software.
During the first seven years of his career Andy was responsible for leading and managing supply chain and manufacturing operations for various divisions at Harris Corporation including Microwave Telecommunications and Semiconductors. Andy became an expert in Demand Flow Technology®, and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), helping to cut supply chain and manufacturing lead times by as much as 80% during his tenure with the company.
Andy holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University with a concentration in Operations and Logistics Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Marietta College where he majored in computer science. For the past 10 years Andy has served on the Board of Directors of Rocky Mountain Ace Stores – the dealer group representing 85 Ace Hardware stores in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico – where he has held a variety of leadership positions. Andy’s passions include cycling, skiing, 4x4ing and enjoying the great outdoors with his wife and family.