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William Elder

William R. Elder is the Director of Consulting for the Manufacturing Division of ECI Software Solutions, a global leader in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for Small to Mid-sized Enterprises (SME’s) where he leads post-sales support and technical teams for the Macola and MAX ERP system product lines.


Prior to this position, Elder operated Micro Manufacturing Systems where he was a manufacturing consultant for 27 years.  He has also held positions ranging from Foreman, to Vice President of Operations in various manufacturing companies in the greater Philadelphia area.  He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.


Elder obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Temple University (MBA, 1988) concentrating on Management and Organizational Behavior. He also graduated with honors with a degree in Business Administration from Rowan University (BA, 1981) with a specialization in Industrial Management.


He is a longtime, active APICS member and is the Past President of the Central Montgomery Chapter (now part of the Philadelphia Area Network) and the East Tennessee Chapter, serving the Knoxville Tennessee area.  He is a certified Associate Instructor for the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program.