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Carmel Wynkoop

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Bio

Meet Carmel

Carmel has over 20 years of experience applying software solutions to solve her clients’ strategic business goals. She has proven successful in directing new business-driven processes from conception to implementation, including comprehensive product management, usability and organizational development.

Prior to Armanino, she served as Director of ERP & Control Systems for Guitar Center, and held positions as CIO and VP of IT at Network Equipment Technologies. She holds an M.S. in organizational development with a focus on change management from the University of San Francisco, and a B.S. in health and community science from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Experience

Professional History

Experience

  • Guitar Center
  • Network Equipment Technologies

Education

  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of San Francisco

Honors/Awards

  • Microsoft Dynamics Customer Excellence Award for Innovation in Manufacturing – 2009-2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Microsoft Convergence, AXUG.com and High Tech conferences – 2007-2011
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas Sourcing and Procurement Department – 2001-2004
Q&A
Q. Make a prediction and describe your vision of the future business environment for your area of expertise or the industries you serve.
I think cloud services are going to continue to grow. More off-the-shelf, self-managed features and processes are going to be necessary to remain competitive. The industry needs a lot of overhaul as it moves from a monolithic ERP system/platform to more of a cloud-hosted/streamlined/self-service option. We have experience helping companies transform beyond simply managing implementations. We can help them see the bigger picture and what will work best for them.
Q. Describe your work style.
I’m pretty upfront and fairly direct, but personable. Very results oriented. For me, we’re here to do a job and do it really well. We’re here to work with a client to help them grow their business and make process improvements so their company is profitable and their employees are fulfilled and satisfied.
Q. What’s your proudest moment?
It’s more about small wins. When you can get a management team to see a vision and help them execute on it. Or when you’ve helped someone else succeed and you watch them rise to the occasion. Those are the wins that are my proudest moments.
Q. Who is (or was) the most influential person in your life?

I have two. When I was in graduate school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Another woman I went to school with said I should try being a project manager. I didn’t have any direction, so I tried it and it changed my life.

My second is a former manager at Network Equipment Technologies. He has been a big mentor in my life. I love the way he thinks about things. Like me, he is very direct. He has the ability to cut straight through the clutter and come up with a meaningful solution that no one thought of. I find his approach inspiring, and it has shaped how I view the workplace.

Q. What is it about the consulting profession that first drew your interest?
I was on the other side as an IT customer. Armanino was the partner for my implementation and I saw firsthand how they handled the process. Having worked in ERP for a long time, I trusted our working relationship and thought consulting could be an interesting challenge for me.
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