Paul Berger: Technical Director
Paul Berger has been directly involved in the Australian IT industry since the late 1970's.
In 1983 Paul successfully started and later sold Applix, a Sydney-based firm involved primarily in hardware and software development.
Paul can be credited with the design and development of one of the IT industry's first 68000 processor-based computer systems, used extensively through the Australian CSIRO. This development included circuit design, PCB layout, firmware and operating system development, as well as product commercialisation and marketing.
The Applix 1616 (one of the first true 32 bit systems) and its consequent add-on's were truly innovative products at a time when the IBM PC's and Apple II systems were only just emerging in the market.
Paul founded P2 Computing, a component-level IT service and support company established in Sydney in early 1989.
Paul has extensive technical knowledge and experience in the areas of both hardware and software. He also has practical experience in business and management skills having successfully started and operated two companies in the SME IT sector – renowned for rapid growth and equally rapid change.
Paul Berger is the sole designer and developer of the original Job Information Management (Jim – DOS version) in 1990. Paul currently heads the development team of Jim2® (the Windows-based version of the original application).
His experience is clearly evident in the clean architecture and functionality of Jim2®. This product is positioned as one of the few business software applications currently able to adapt to the new market demands for true B2B and B2C interaction.
John Green: Sales Manager
John is the Jim2® Sales Manager, handling pre and post sales implementation scheduling, project scoping, training schedules and general helpdesk support.
Previously John has held senior financial positions reporting at board level and has attained formal qualifications in accounting, marketing and sales. Since completing his Bachelor of Commerce, John has marketed, implemented and supported various business applications.
John is also a member of the Australian Institute of Management.
Ernest Jaraminas: Senior Programmer
Ernest is the senior programmer at Happen Business, originally employed to implement the DOS-to-Windows conversion of Jim2® back in 1998.
Ernest brings substantial programming experience to the technical team, as well as an extremely efficient and technically excellent coding style. Ernest also has practical business management and financial systems skills gained in Eastern Europe.
Fred Garside: Business Manager
Fred joined Happen Business in 2005 with over 15 years
experience in sales and marketing for the IT industry. Fred works with
John Green in sales and account management and is responsible for
development of business relationships and promoting Jim2® to service based companies including the Office Equipment and Photocopier industry.
During his career Fred has provided solutions to large and small
businesses across Australia including Federal and State Governments,
Emergency services, Health, Manufacturing, Engineering and
Mining/Resource companies. With experience in sales with many
enterprise level technologies Fred brings strong account management
skills and experience to Happen.
Duncan Stodart: Software Developer
Duncan joined the Happen Team in October 2003. He has developed systems for the computer, travel and telecommunications industries using a range of technologies, development languages, and formal development methodologies. These systems have been both in-house custom applications and commercial products used around the world. Some are used in high-volume mission-critical situations that require greater than 99.9% uptime.
Duncan has worked with project teams ranging from one or two members to over a hundred. As well as helping Paul and Ernest with development of the core Jim2 Business Engine, Duncan uses his XML and communications experience to deliver high quality B2B and third-party integration solutions.
Paul Blair: Business Manager
Paul has recently joined the Happen team after 22 years in the copier and printer industry. Starting as field service, Paul moved into a sales based role in 1992 and focused primarily on major account sales. With the dawning of the digital age, he developed his skills on a broad range of software solutions.
Paul has been a top performer in his field with product sales from vendors such as Panasonic, HP, Lexmark and Canon. His understanding of the copier and print industry and his knowledge of Managed Print Services implementation and billing provides Happen with another string to its already extensive bow.
Clinton Good: Software Developer
Clint has recently joined
the Happen team and brings with him over 15 years experience in
commercial software development. After completing a Bachelor of Computer
Science and Mathematics, Clint went on to develop both in house systems
and web based client software for air freight and leasing companies.
He is looking to continue his track record of producing high quality applications at Happen.
Linda Carr: Marketing Manager Linda has just joined the Happen team after successfully running a graphic design and prepress business for 21 years.
Linda is in charge of all Marketing activities within Happen Business – direct mail, emails, website, communications, design, advertising, conferences, social media and internal marketing requirements.
Brenton McSweyn: Software Developer
Brenton joined the Happen Business team in June 2006, after completing his computer science degree from Wollongong. Brenton has unique software engineering abilities and has proven to be invaluable to the Happen team.
Brenton actively works on the testing of Jim2® and is involved in building reports, scripting and data manipulation. This enables Jim2® to be customised to suit the unique requirements of our clients. Brenton is also our resident expert in Jim2® Managed Print Services Edition.
Ian Dick: Implementation & Training
Ian joined Happen Business after eight years as the owner of a
computer training and consulting company. Ian's role is to partner our
clients with their Jim2® implementations and training.
Before establishing Cronulla Computer Training in 1996, Ian worked in
numerous management positions with Grace Bros., including relational
marketing and training. Ian has a thorough knowledge of retail
systems, point of sale and inventory control.
Ian is a Certified Level IV Workplace and Assessment Trainer, and has
worked with clients both large and small on developing customised
training programs and publications.
Wayne Pentecost: Software Developer
Wayne comes to Happen as a Software/Report Developer with a lifetime of experience, originally working in large corporations (predominantly banking) in mainframe operating systems support and systems programming. Following that, he worked as a software developer for software vendors in systems software and support.
Even though management responsibilities have been a significant part of his job specifications in recent times, he has always been a ‘hands-on technical’ person and never tired of writing code in over 30 years of playing with computers.
Wayne has degrees in Science (majoring in Computer Science and Pure Mathematics), and Commerce (majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law, with Economics).
Chris Smoother: Implementation & Training
Chris has over 20
years experience in the IT Industry, having covered areas such as
software application development, training, implementation, technical
sales and support.
Chris has extensive practical experience in managing
software projects and producing favourable and long term client
Tom Robertson: Software Developer
Tom comes to Happen with 15 years Delphi programming experience in the service management and airline fields.
Tom has spent the last 10 years as sole Delphi developer at Infra Corporation/EMC/VMWare and is looking forward to rubbing shoulders with some of the best Delphi coders in Australia.
Tom has an honours degree in Pure Mathematics which has mostly been expunged and replaced with Delphi code.
Tom is an avid cricketer, playing both summer and winter. He also enjoys keeping fit by cycling, running or paddling in the Georges River.
Betty Visensang: Implementation and Training
Betty joins the Happen Team with over 7 years’ experience within IT Support roles, ranging from Helpdesk, Technical Support, Implementations and Training. She previously worked with a 3rd Party Logistics organisation, which brings with her the experience of understanding quality workflow and stock and inventory control.
Betty also worked with Mirvac Hotels, installing, implementing and upgrading Hotel Property Management Systems and post Support and training of the Systems. She is a qualified trainer and has worked with all levels, where training is either classroom style or customised one-on-one sessions.
Michael Ridland: Software Engineer
Michael has over 10 years of IT and engineering
experience. He graduated University of Wollongong with Distinction in
Computer Science. Michael is a key engineer on our eBusiness suite of
products, including our web framework, eBusiness Service, eBusiness
Supply, eBusiness Connect, eBusiness Link.
He is responsible for most
web development at Happen Business, developing on the Happen Business
Web Framework. (He helped a lot with this site too! Thanks Mike!)
Rosalind McCool: Business Analyst
Rosalind joined the Happen Team in June 2003, bringing over 20 years of experience in accounts and administration, together with many years of first-hand experience of accounting software, as well as 5 years in sales, sales support and staff training.
As an accounting software user, Rosalind immediately recognized the benefits and unique features offered by Jim2®, and cannot imagine life without them!
As well as taking care of the general accounts and administration at Happen, Rosalind specialises in customer support and training in this area.
Having decided a while ago to learn how to do what she has done in the workplace for several years more effectively, Ros has recently achieved the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – TAA40104 qualification.
Nathan Tegel : Product Manager
Nathan brings a wealth of experience to his role as Product Manager having worked in the IT Industry for over 20 years. He started his career as component-level computer technician then various computer support roles including workshop manager and technical services manger.
Prior to joining Happen, Nathan worked at one of Australia's leading market research companies as the Chief Information Officer.
Nathan has been a Microsoft Professional (MCP, MCSE) for over 10 years and is an active member of the System Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU). He is still handy with a soldering iron.
Renee Pimentel: Business Analyst
Renee joined the Happen Team recently after running her own import/export company for 10 years using Jim2® software. In fact, Renee was involved in the very first site implementation of Jim2® years ago when working for a Wholesale Business.
As a User of Jim2® in business for over ten years, Renee has a genuine understanding of the Client/Happen Business relationship
Greg Noyes: Support Manager
Greg joins the team as support manager by overseeing the entire support function within Happen Business. This includes the allocation of support tasks and support documentation.
Happen Business, Noyes was IT support/records officer at Lifestyle
Designer Homes, implementing document and records management procedures.
Noyes brings to the business a different perspective with his prior
experience with Jim2®.
Danielle De Silva: Marketing Assistant
With Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and Bachelor of Creative Arts (Graphic Design & New Media) degrees under her belt, her marketing background is evident in her approach to graphic design. Danielle looks after the 'look' of Happen Business, including maintaining the website and helping out with marketing campaigns.
Graham Tuite: Documentation Specialist
Graham has a varied background, starting with an apprenticeship in radio and television. He then moved on to work in marine communications for a company which developed one of the first EPIRB units. After a break from the electronics industry, he worked for a large video production company, which led him to form and run his own specialised video production company for a time.
Following on from that, Graham worked for Hagemeyer, distributor of JVC products, assisting their professional sales division with technical support of the FAST non-linear video editing system, and then went on to become technical manager of DPS, also a distributor of non-linear video editing systems. Graham returned to Hagemeyer as Technical Services Manager, responsible for creation and dissemination of JVC technical manuals and bulletins, while also supporting their network of authorised service centres.
Graham brings strong documentation skills to Happen.
Adriana Abbon: Sales & Marketing Assistant Coming from a background of retail, distribution and buying groups, Adriana has extensive experience in sales and marketing.