NetSuite HERO Award 2013

The HERO Awards recognize individuals that have embraced cloud business solutions within their organizations and driven transformative change to achieve breakthrough cost savings and productivity gains with NetSuite. For 2013, individuals will be honored with NetSuite HERO Awards during the SuiteWorld keynote session on Thursday, May 16 across 5 categories:

The NetSuite HERO Awards


Saved their company the most money


Gary Heege, CFO, Anisa International
Cory Douglas, CFO, Medidata Solutions
Ralph Heiman, CFO, Soligent

Medidata Solutions


Cory Douglas
CFO, Medidata Solutions

Cory and his team have overhauled Medidata's contract entry process with the NetSuite workflow function. By the end of Q2, Medidata will have transitioned the entire contract entry process into NetSuite, allowing the company to continue to scale while reducing time to close. Suiteflow has helped Cory and team transition from manual and paper driven processes to automated and scalable processes, allowing them to manage key operational metrics.

The Controller HERO

Increased efficiency across their finance team the most


Mark Waller, Controller, Empired Limited
Stephany Zamora, Controller, Hortonworks Inc.
JP Headley, Controller, SOLiD Technologies



Stephany Zamora
Controller, Hortonworks Inc.

As Hortonworks continued to grow to meet the demand for big data processing on Apache Hadoop in the large enterprise market, it required a scalable, real-time ERP solution. With Stephany driving the NetSuite implementation, Hortonworks was able to handle the mounting transaction volume and complexity as software revenue is expected to grow by 500x or more in a year with a 5x growth in workforce. Yet, Stephany and Hortonworks continue to reduce the financial close time. Month-end went from weeks to 3 days and year-end was recently closed in 7 days. The services team now generates timely, accurate billings to customers, accelerating cash flow. Meanwhile, Hortonworks continues to expand its NetSuite footprint to support subsidiaries in U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, France and India.

Operations HERO

Drove the biggest improvements across back office operations for their company


Sabine Castagnet, COO, Data Physics
Christina Peterson, Operations Manager, Finis
Vanita Wells, Vice President of Customer Operations, Lytro
Michael Wood, Director of Operations, The Noerr Programs



Vanita Wells
Vice President of Customer Operations, Lytro

Vanita used a combination of tools and processes to build LYTRO's supply chain into a world-class solution. LYTRO's NetSuite system is at the center of this complex model that interacts with partners in the LYTRO supply chain and includes Contract Manufacturers, Component Suppliers, Fulfillment Partners, Merchant Banks, and Value Added Resellers. This complex supply chain fulfills customer demand, handles returns, payments, refunds, and service all with speed and efficiency that gives LYTRO a competitive advantage in their market segment.


Executed the best deployment in the cloud for their company


Brian Luckey, Director of Information Systems, Infusionsoft
Mike Macrie, VP, IT, Land O' Lakes
John Ogle, Sr. Applications System Analyst, Lightspeed Technologies

Land O' Lakes


Mike Macrie, VP, IT
Land O' Lakes

Mike spearheaded the NetSuite OneWorld deployment across several Land O'Lakes subsidiaries and joint ventures in the U.S., Mexico and China. Since joining Land O' Lakes, Mike has been instrumental in leading Land O' Lakes $100M Bedrock Applications Upgrade Program as well as aiding the Winfield organization in developing unique and market leading solutions in the areas of Prescription Agriculture and Industry Analytics. Mike has played a key role in adopting a two-tier ERP strategy at Land O' Lakes by deploying cloud business software for subsidiaries and synching it with their Oracle ERP system at corporate headquarters.

Business HERO

Transformed their overall business the most


Rob Roy, Director of Information Systems, LifeProof
Mark Magel, Director, Business Transformation, Mitchell International
Simon Talbot, Managing Director, P3 Medical Ltd.

Mitchell International


Mark Magel
Director, Business Transformation, Mitchell International

In keeping with Mitchell International's philosophy of continued improvement, Mark deployed NetSuite OneWorld at the company to make the back office a point of competitive advantage. Mark's work helped to transform both the internal and external customer experience by making data transparent via improved reporting and removal of data silos, giving employees clear insight into business operations and providing better, faster service to customers. By consolidating 24 disparate legacy systems all of Mitchell International's business systems are now cloud-based and tightly connected.