Our team members reflect the diverse sets of skills and experience, but they all have two things in common – a passion for their work and a commitment to our clients.
The Apero Solutions team is led by industry professionals, each with decades of experience in distribution, software development, IT and technology.
Our in-house experts constantly strive to find new and innovative approaches to make work processes more efficient, integrated, and collaborative.
Meet your Apero Team
President of Apero Solutions Inc. and Co-Owner
Joan began her career in distribution in the early 1980’s. She spent 23 years as an end user with a Western Canada HVAC company before migrating into the ownership role of Apero. She has been exposed to several business models and operates on experience and intuition.
Her passion lies in sharing knowledge with those who love to learn. Her best audience is looking for new ways to gain efficiency, effectiveness and productiveness within their business and their environment.
Joan is a shoeaholic and resists rehab because it’s too much fun to have too many pairs. She loves taking easy money from Oscar who doesn’t learn but keeps betting. Seeing Twitch every day at the office is a plus.
A wife, a mom and a grandma - Extremely proud to have these roles because she earned them!
CEO of Apero Solutions Inc. and Co-Owner
Sophy Nathanail has over 30 years of experience in the ERP Software and Distribution Industry. Implementing software solutions in the wholesale distribution industry has taken her to all corners of the world, including the USA, Australia, Europe, North, South, and Central America and, of course, Canada.
Sophy holds a bachelor's degree in Education. She began her career in the technology industry writing documentation, which led to roles in software testing, implementing and ultimately designing solutions that fulfilled client business processes and software requirements.
In January of 2011, with her partner Joan Chambers and an expert team of development and support staff, Apero Solutions Inc. was born.
Sophy resides in Calgary, Alberta with her husband Al. They love spending time with family…especially the grandkids! In her free time, Sophy loves experimenting in the kitchen (as long as Al is taking on clean up duties), summers in her backyard garden, travelling for “fun” and volunteering with numerous charities involving women and children in need. Her current passion is the Canadian Progress Club “Elevate”, which supports local Calgary charities.
Being Nonna to 3 young grandchildren has become the best exercise & recreational activity to date!
Director of Technology
Darrin Brown has been studying and working in the IT field since 1985 and has built a vast array of experience and knowledge in Unix/Linux, Progress, and many other technologies. He continues to develop in technical related areas, which includes product integration, CRM, BI, cloud computing, network architecture, VoIP, and system security/encryption.
Darrin makes his home in Edmonton, AB where he resides with his wife and four children. When he manages some free time away from work, he enjoys camping, photography, spending time with family & friends and studying physics.
Director of Software Development
Oscar Perez is passionate about many things and technology is one of them. He began his career in software development and software engineering over 20 years ago in the ERP field. He is well versed in Project Management as well as application frameworks and architecting solutions. The work he is involved with inspires him to greater heights and successful results. Oscar holds the position of Director of Software Development with Apero Solutions Inc. and is an integral part of the management team. Oscar was a lead player in Apero’s modern rich user interface development including mobile applications like SalesXpress. Through his knowledge and efforts and with the assistance of his valued team members, Apero proudly accepted the second-place award at the Progress Exchange 2013 Mobile Application contest.
Oscar resides in Edmonton, AB and enjoys spending time with his family & friends. He participates in a multitude of sporting activities in his alternate free time.
He entertains the Apero team by losing bets with Joan and is well known for consistently running late.
Director of Business Development & Marketing
Laurinda’s passion lies in helping Apero’s business to be the “best it can be” and to ensure that we provide an excellent customer experience. She has spent over 20 years in Business Development and Marketing. Her experience and knowledge have prepared her well for working with our customers. She has spent most of her career in Technology, including ERP, document management, workflow and more. She also spent 4 years in transportation where she learned the importance of proper inventory management and its financial impact on the customer.
Laurinda is an outdoor girl. She spends her free time in her garden, walking her dog, riding her Harley or just enjoying the sun wherever she can find it. She is known for burning toast and instigating laughter in the office.
Her boys (including Shiloh) and her husband are the true loves of her life!
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IT Professional Services
Andre LeBlanc has spent his career in IT infrastructure and operations. His range of experience includes system administration, solution architecture, project management and supporting mission critical production environments. His responsibilities encompass support for Apero developers and business users, as well as our customers. His expertise spans a wide array of technologies and he loves new challenges. However, he will admit that he has a soft spot for Linux/Unix. Andre’s priority is always to provide excellent customer service to internal and external clients.
Andre loves Edmonton and often frequents our beautiful river valley for picnics and walks with his family and friends.
Senior Software Designer, Developer
Michel graduated in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in computer science and has been working with Apero’s ERP ever since. He has vast technical and knowledge in our Latitude ERP and has experience with many other technologies. He continues to lead and develop in technical related areas including multiple third product integrations.
Michel enjoys camping and outdoor activities along with spending time with family and friends.
Senior Software Developer & EDI Expert
Tim graduated from DeMonfort University in the UK and has 25 years plus experience as a Software Engineer. He has coding skills in multiple languages: Progress ABL, Visual Basic/Access, PHP, Perl, C/C++, and supports many databases, i.e.: Progress, MS SQL, mySQL.
Tim’s role with Apero includes development and support with many key products including EDI, Pinpoint Interface, Web store, Clippership interface, B/I.
Tim is fondly known by his teammates as the Thermostat Ninja – he’s too quick at cranking the heat up to get caught. Tim only appears grumpy in his meet-up picture. His only daughter recently graduated high school and like any dad, he is fighting back tears of pride!
Josue is a Software Engineer with over 15 years of development experience. He has worked on several enterprise-level software projects as well as cloud-based web applications. He has been an integral part of the development of the browser-based version of our Latitude ERP application. He is consistently commended for his ability to work independently or with the team while meeting critical deadlines.
Josue has a beautiful wife, son, and daughter. His children are greatly appreciated by Apero as they get him out of bed early meaning he, in turn, gets an early start at the office. Josue is the office prankster and instigator of Nerf football games.
Miguel is a Full-Stack Developer with over 10 years of experience. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science. His role at Apero involves designing and developing hybrid mobile apps connected to .NET backend services.
He is a nature enthusiast and has a passion for creating YouTube videos for his fans to follow. He has a great love and appreciation for animals and their well-being. Side note: He is a suspect for being the writer of the “Apero News” articles that appear on our office walls detailing pranks and embarrassing moments.
Senior Software Designer, Developer
Randy is the Pinpoint warehouse automation software designer and senior developer.
He wears lots of hats at Apero which include looking after warehouse RF hardware setup and customization, Pinpoint databases, intersystem communication and coding/customizing the Pinpoint WMS system for Apero’s clients.
Randy is known for finding the best internet deals and sharing them with us – we think that he is getting spiffs from the sellers on the side!
Senior Software Developer
Leya graduated as a Software engineer in 1990 out of Havana, Cuba.
As a software developer in the Progress Language, she works with product managers and the Apero support department to develop customer centric solutions.
She assists in resolving application defects and the addition of new enhancements. She uses techniques to create and maintain application components, analyze different coding challenges and propose efficient solutions.
She is also instrumental in Latitude’s integration to the Cyberquery report tool and Apero’s custom built reports.
Mother of 2 daughters and married to a wonderful Canadian man for over 20 years. Outside of work, she loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends.
I’m so grateful to live in Canada and have the opportunity to work in this great company.
Development Team Lead
Mariano is a CPA, CMA with a varied background in business and ERP implementations. He has led many implementations in a variety of industries in six countries. As the development team lead, he runs the daily SCRUM meetings, plans work- flows, designs, tests and documents new features.
Mariano is a proud dad. His daughter Nadia followed him by becoming a CPA. While his Son Nicholas is an Electrical Engineering and Computing Science grad working for a high-tech company. Mariano enjoys cooking with his wife Stephanie and visiting wineries to ensure they always have a nice red to enjoy with their meals.
Customer Support & Implementation Specialist
Dave is a Pinpoint Support specialist that came to us after many years managing warehouses and using Apero’s Pinpoint WMS in a distribution center for 3 years. His experience "where the rubber meets the road" is a huge asset when it comes to helping anyone from end users through to management to get the most from Apero’s WMS product.
This overgrown kid is always pranking, riding his mountain bike and playing with his LEGO.
Customer Support & Implementation Specialist
Mark has over 20 years experience in retail inventory management. Prior to joining our team, he worked for an Apero customer who used our Latitude ERP solution to manage their business. He has worked with the Apero support team as an ERP implementation specialist for over 11 years. He loves to help customers and enjoys the daily interaction that he has with them. He values the friendships that have been established with our customer group.
Many people aren’t aware that Mark is a closet Comic Book geek with a collection of over 1500 rare and collectible Silver (1960s) and Bronze (1970s) age comics. Mark also sang tenor in gospel quartet for over 14 years and has recorded multiple CD’s.
For 25+ years Alison’s career has revolved around developing people, their knowledge and finding creative ways to support the End User with a relentless focus on delivering exactly what people need to be confident, skilled and effective. “Whether delivering documentation, training or sustainable solutions – making a positive impact is what gets me out of bed every day. I love technology and using truly intelligent applications to their full capabilities. Working with the amazing people and products at Apero has been the best experience and most welcomed challenge of my career.”
Alison is married to an up-and-coming stand-up comedian who is tied for 1st place for “most amazing man I know” with her son (balance may tip this year as he’s making her a Grandma!). An avid “garage sailer” and treasure restoration enthusiast. Groans, staggers and dances her way through the annual Zombie Walk and Thrill the World to support the Calgary Food Bank (and her love of all things horror!). Does do not consider trendy / buzz words to be a form of serious communication.
After obtaining her diploma in Business/Office Administration, Karen went on to work for 20+ years in the distribution industry. She is now an Executive Assistant at Apero Solutions which in turn has increased her skills to new levels. She has experience in accounting, inventory control, time management (more so for Joan) and much more.
Outside of work, she spends time with family and friends, enjoys watching hockey and taking her dog for walks.
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