| New Faces at Red Cedar Technology|
We're growing for 2011! And, we're very pleased to announce the following talented additions to our team:
James E. Vincke, Chief Financial Officer
Jim was recently appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Red Cedar Technology. Jim has a broad background as CFO for seven early-stage companies over the past 30 years. He has led one company from start-up through an IPO and has extensive experience with early stage capital fund raising, mergers and acquisition, cash flow, budgeting, financial modeling, and profit and loss management.
Jim spent twenty two years at Mechanical Dynamics, Inc. (MDI), a virtual prototyping software company in Ann Arbor, MI. Jim was the company's first full-time employee, after the three founding members, and was the company's CFO during its IPO. He developed and managed the company's accounting, budgeting, human resources, sales administration, contract management, cash flow, and financial modeling functions. Jim was instrumental in the analysis, negotiation, and incorporation of seven acquisitions. In addition, he served primary roles in several capital fund raisings.
Since leaving MDI, Jim has worked with a number of start-up companies, either as a consultant or as an employee. His first engagement was with Mobius Microsytems. As the CFO at Mobius, he helped raise nearly $2M in seed money from angel and equity investors and another $8.1M from West Coast VCs.
Jim holds BSME, MSME, and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan.
T.J. Flemings, Senior Lead Engineer
Prior to joining Red Cedar Technology, T.J. was a sales engineer for ETA, Inc. in Troy, MI, and a senior product engineer for General Motors in the United States and Opel in Germany.
He has sold engineering software and services, conducted structural and occupant crashworthiness analyses, developed new analysis methods, and improved engineering business processes.
Originally from New York, T.J. has Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and speaks fluent German.
Jason Dunn, Senior Software Engineer
Prior to joining Red Cedar Technology, Jason worked for MSC.Software Corporation for 13 years. During his time there, his work included development of the interface to MD.Nastran's optimization features, finite element mesh generation, geometry modeling, FEA results processing, user interface design and development, and most recently, process automation and management. Jason's work also included contributions to the coupling of kinematics and FEA simulations.
Jason earned his Master's degree in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University, where his research focused on improving the efficiency of multi-disciplinary design optimization. He lives in Dexter, MI with his wife and five children.
Matthew McCann, Project Engineer
Matthew has spent over 10 years in the automotive safety engineering, finite element modeling, and product and system analysis fields. Prior to joining the Red Cedar Technology team, he held various engineering positions within TRW Automotive Safety Systems and was an FEA engineer for Humanetics Innovative Safety Solutions (formerly Denton ATD Inc.).
Matthew's experience has included impact biomechanics, automotive restraint development and testing, FE dummy model creation, value engineering, human body modeling, and blast testing simulation.