Vernon Smith, President / CEO
Vernon Smith grew up on a family-owned poultry farm in South Africa and has extensive experience in the poultry industry. Before co-founding CAT Squared, Vernon earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in computer science and business economics as well as a Master’s degree in computer science before working as a food-industry process control specialist. As CEO, Vernon has integrated CAT Squared’s individual software modules into a cohesive MES solution for meat manufacturers offering complete visibility of plant-floor processes. Under his leadership, CAT Squared has been honored with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and twice recognized as a finalist for Arkansas Business of the Year.
Kathy Barbeire-Bruton, Marketing Manager
Kathy came to CAT Squared in 2015 with more than a decade’s worth of experience in web development, graphic design, and building strategic partnerships. Kathy graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional and technical writing and a double minor in sociology and information technology. She then returned to UALR and completed the MBA program. She worked as a project manager at Ken Hubbell and Associates for five years managing communications and strategic planning projects for the firm’s clients including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the University of Namibia’s Northern Campus. She then worked at Our House, a shelter for the working homeless. There, she built systems to track clients’ progress through the shelter’s programs and built strategic partnerships to expand the shelter’s adult education programs. She then served as director of marketing and public relations for The Salvation Army’s Central Arkansas Area Command for over five years before joining CAT Squared.
Aristides Urdaneta, Project Lead / Technical Sales
Aristides (Art) Urdaneta holds a BA in computer science and business, and a MA in finance. Aristides has applied his expansive educational background to the food industry for over 25 years. With experience spanning customer support, software design and development, accounting, and project management, Art has implemented our systems over several countries and multiple US states. Since arriving in the United States with his family in 2003, Art has merged his unique knowledge of the Latin American food industry with CAT²’s diverse international offerings. Art continues to be a vital player here at CAT2, employing his fluency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and his knowledge in multiple systems to provide a great support experience to our customers.
Jeremiah Moon, Sr. Software Engineer / Team Lead
Jeremiah graduated from the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) with a Bachelor of Computer Science degree with a minor in management information systems. He has served the CAT2 team for over a decade and is now our senior software engineer and team lead. In this position, Jeremiah is responsible for project management, software development, documenting technical specifications & requirements, customer support, and managing one of our software development teams.
Mark Bowden, Research & Development Manager
Prior to joining CAT2 in 2006, Mark was a lead developer and senior project analyst for General Electric's medical software division. Mark now oversees the design and development of the next generation of CAT² software tools, which incorporate the latest Microsoft technologies including .NET Framework and Reporting Services. He also uses his experience in developing cutting-edge integrated software suites to provide high-quality, feature-rich applications to our customers.
Karen Lambert, Development Manager
Karen graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management information systems, with an emphasis in programming and analysis, and upon graduation was selected by the College of Business Administration to receive the Outstanding Graduate in Management Information Systems award. She minored in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies as a graduate from the UCA Honors College. Before joining CAT2, she lived and studied in California after receiving an Honors College grant to work as an intern at the C.S. Lewis Foundation, a non-profit organization. She joined CAT2 in 2003 and has served in many different positions over the years, from office manager to team lead to customer support manager, and most recently serving as CAT²'s development manager using her expertise in software design and development to contribute to CAT2's innovative software solutions.
Joseph Ganann, Senior Customer Support Manager
Joseph joined CAT Squared in 2019 as customer support manager. Prior to joining the CAT Squared team, Joseph earned a B.S. in accounting from the University of Central Arkansas and transitioned from accounting to software development in 2013. Joseph is skilled in business finance, communication, strategy and design, project management, and project scope development. Joseph is a huge baseball fanatic and enjoys BBQing and cooking for friends and family.
Donna Henderson, Finance & Administration Manager
Donna Henderson came to CAT2 in 2011 with 25 years of experience in purchasing, project management, and logistics. She studied business administration at Mountain View College in Dallas, TX. As finance & administration manager, Donna manages all aspects of project accounting, purchasing equipment, materials management, and logistics. In her spare time, Donna loves to camp, hike, and spend time with her family.
Arturo Nito, Implementation Specialist / Senior Manager of CAT2 Mexican Office
Since 2005, Arturo has been implementing and supporting CAT2 solutions for various food processing companies in Latin and Central America, Turkey, and the United States. He earned his degree as a computer systems engineer from the Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya (ITC) and has over 20 years of experience in IT with troubleshooting and improving technical processes. Prior to coming to CAT2 he worked for General Electric, supervising and coordinating the installation of electric turbines.
Barbaros Ulker, Technical Sales - Eastern Europe & Middle East
Barbaros joined the CAT Squared team in January 2019 and is responsible for technical sales and implementations for Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Middle East regions. Barbaros holds a degree in mechanical engineering, and, before joining CAT Squared, he worked for one of the largest poultry and beef producers in Turkey for 25 years as a technical manager. In his spare time, Barbaros enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.
Corey Wright, Software Engineer
I graduated from Arkansas State University with a bachelor’s in Industrial Technology and worked for 5 years as an Aerospace Manufacturing Engineer, where I began dabbling in software development to automate processes around the factory. After realizing I had a passion for telling computers how to do things, I left the world of manufacturing to pursue a career in software development, and I enjoy it today as much as I did when I began. I grew up in a town with a population just under 300, where there were literally more cows than people.
Damian Clegg, Implementation Specialist
Damian Joined CAT Squared in September 2019 as an implementation specialist in Hereford, UK. Previously, Damian worked for Cargill Meats Europe (CME) for over 15 years where he was an operations data analyst, prior to this he was a manager for CME's retail chicken business. Damian has extensive knowledge of the food industry and the manufacturing supply chain. Outside of the office, Damian is a big family man and loves to spend time with his wife and three children. He also likes to ride his motorcycle around the UK.
Dede Gifford, Purchasing and Shipping Coordinator
Previously served CAT Squared as office manager from 2005 to 2011 and returned to CAT Squared in 2019 as the purchasing and shipping coordinator with 15 years of experience in accounting, purchasing, logistics, project management, office management, and accounts payable. Studied accounting and business management at Arkansas State University. As purchasing and shipping coordinator, I’m in charge of the purchasing, logistics, equipment and materials, and accounting involved with projects and customer orders. I like the constant action in the office, the camaraderie of the CAT Squared team, and the opportunity to support the team and customers daily. Things I enjoy in my free time are camping, boating, walking, dancing, music, and spending time with family, pets, and friends.
Eduardo Rodríguez, Software Developer
Eduardo joined CAT Squared as a software developer in December 2018. He studied Computer Systems Engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya and is currently seeking a master's degree in Web Technologies and Mobile Devices. He began his career as a software developer (web, desktop and reporting) and supporting the main production system in a manufacturing plant. In his spare time, Eduardo loves playing the ukulele, reading and spending time with his family, friends and dogs.
Elvis DeAbreu, Software Engineer
Elvis joined the CAT Squared team in 2016. "I really like working at CAT Squared because my coworkers are so nice, and I love what I do. I really enjoy working with our customers and seeing the value we bring to their companies. I love binge-watching TV with my wife. We have a list of 100+ shows that we want to watch (more than 5000 episodes), hopefully we will be able to watch all of them in this life time."
Enrique Espinoza, Software Engineer
Enrique joined the CAT Squared team in 2016 as a computer systems engineer in our Mexican office. He has worked integrating our plant-floor system with the ERP systems of our customers in several countries around the world. He has a master's degree in distributed software engineering. In his spare time, he enjoys gaming, watching movies, and reading up on the latest technology trends.
Ethan McKee, Software Engineer
Ethan joined CAT Squared as an intern in 2019. "I love the challenging and friendly environment. My wife and two daughters are very excited to see me dive into a career I'm passionate about. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next."
Hector Barron Valle, Process Automation Specialist
Hector is a process automation specialist with nearly two decades of experience in the food industry.
"I am a specialist in process automation and implementation and my job is to define, together with the plant and administrative staff, the strategic measurement points for obtaining yields and efficiencies, identifying improvements to the processes to achieve better performance in the different departments. , which is why most of the time is to be in the plants implementing and training. I really like my job. Working at CAT Squared is like having a ticket open to the world, and, thanks to this, I have been able to experience many places and people. I especially enjoy working with our clients. In addition to having a working relationship, we often maintain a friendship, which is very valuable for both of us."
Jack Teague, Implementation Specialist
Jack graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering and performed graduate research in food science. He has a variety of food plant experience in peach processing, egg production, and instant and frozen rice production. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, watching basketball, and hanging out with his wife and two dogs.
Jason Skinner, Senior Web Application Engineer
Javier Jimenez, Sales Manager - Latin America
Javier joined the CAT Squared team in 2019 and brings with him 28 years of experience in the food processing industry in various capacities. Javier's experience includes heading quality assurance at a Pilgrims Pride processing plant and becoming a corporate project manager (1991 to 1995); he went on to become a site project manager for Cantrell/Meyn - Latina America (1996 - 2000); In 2001, he started selling food processing equipment from Dapec, Stork and Foodmate. His education includes a BA Northeastern Illinois University (Applied Math) and certificates in production and inventory control (DePaul University) and total quality management (Crosby Institute).
Jazmín Hernández, Software Engineer
Jazmín joined CAT Squared's team in 2019 and works in our Mexico office supporting our PPTS applications. She graduated from the Instituto Tecnologico de Celaya specializing in information technologies. "Working for CAT Squared is big opportunity for me to enhance my skills. I've learned a lot from my coworkers while supporting our customers. Being a part of a multi-cultural team has been a great experience."
Jeremy McKee, Systems Architect
Jeremy McKee graduated from Pulaski Technical College in 2011 with an Associate of Science degree. After graduation, he began building a career in .NET development, primarily working in the healthcare and food service industries. At CAT Squared, his responsibilities center around mobile applications development, services, and web applications. Jeremy also coordinates with the R&D team bringing with him his experience developing smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain.
Joe Hilton, Software Developer
Joe joined the CAT Squared team after an internship while attending the University of Central Arkansas, where he graduated summa cum laude in computer science. He's now a software engineer on the Research and Development Team. "I really enjoy working with the lively crew at CAT Squared to come up with innovative solutions that meet what our customers expect. When I am not creating solutions at CAT Squared, I am usually hanging out with my wife and two guinea pigs. I also really enjoy travelling and have been to nine countries."
Joe Wendell, Business Development Manager
Joe grew up in the manufacturing industry working in the family business building custom commercial cabinetry. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business before starting in the food industry. "I started at Cargill in 2005 as a customer service representative. Over the next 10 years, I worked hard to move up through the company, being promoted into positions such as regional router, pork procurement regulatory manager, scheduling manager, and data automation manager. While at Cargill, I won awards for innovation and process improvement and was runner up for the employee of the year award. In 2015, I became a livestock procurement manager for Smithfield Foods where I served for two years before transitioning to CAT Squared."
Jossie Stephen, Project Billing Coordinator
"I am from Chile and moved to the United States in 2001. I attended UACCM (University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton). Upon completion, I opened and ran a family business in 2013. In 2017, I had the wonderful opportunity to join the CAT Squared team. I enjoy exercising, hiking, reading, shopping, outdoor activities, and spending time with my husband."
Kevin Martin, Continuous Improvement Specialist
Kevin joined CAT Squared in 2015 working in our accounting department. After completing his degree at UCA, he became a business analyst helping CAT Squared and our customers develop real-time reporting tools with Power BI.
Kirby Shrable, Software Engineer
Kirby graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway with a bachelor's degree in computer science in August 2017 and joined the CAT Squared team in December that year. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to learn and grow in the programming career-space. In my spare time, I enjoy movies (cheesy or not), music, games, and the odd book."
Lane Reves, Automation Engineer
Lane graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering while working for CAT (Cooling and Applied Technologies) in Russellville, Arkansas. Shortly after, he began working as a project engineer for a small automation company in Russellville that specialized in automation controls for conveyor systems in the aeronautical industry. Lane enjoys sports and all outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, and canoeing.
Lyle Helton, Continuous Improvement Manager
Lyle started with CAT Squared in November 2016 as a plant subject-matter expert with 26+ years of experience in pork processing. His career began as a line employee in 1990 and progressed into management roles in QA, operations, and customer service. Lyle was instrumental in implementing HAT / FSQM in operations and safety programs at the facility. He is experienced with HACCP, process improvement, third-party auditing, and understands the daily challenges for processing facilities. In his spare time, Lyle enjoys spending time with grandchildren, family / friends, and grilling / smoking pork. When time allows, he can be found somewhere fishing, which typically results in at least catching bottle bass from a cooler!
Meredith Mattingly, Software Developer
I grew up on a tiny island off the coast of Maine and went to high school in Bar Harbor, ME. I started my career at a small point-of-sale company based in Portland, ME in 2002. They taught me the Clarion programming language, and I started developing software for them shortly after. I continued working for them until 2019 when I left to join the CAT Squared team.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and sometimes being a couch potato with my better half. I am an avid baseball fan and follow the Boston Red Sox closely.
Michelle Jimenez, Software Developer
Michelle is a Software Developer in CAT Squared's Mexico Office where she develops and supports .NET projects including LIMS. "CAT Squared is a great company to work for with an amazing team. I really enjoy supporting our customers and seeing how we bring unique value to their operations."
Pablo Perez, Software Developer
Pablo joined the CAT Squared team in 2021 as a software developer in our Mexico Office. "I'm excited to be here. My teammates are awesome, and the work is very interesting. As a child, I knew I wanted to have a career in technology. I'm grateful for the opportunity to build a career doing something I love."
Raul Cornejo, QA Tester
Raul joined the CAT Squared team as a quality-assurance tester in 2018. He works out of our Mexico office testing and assessing the quality of our applications, creating technical documentation, translating documentation for customers, and analyzing customer business problems to be addressed with our software changes. In his spare time, Raul plays soccer and enjoys gaming.
Sheridan Brewer, Implementation Specialist
Sheridan joined CAT Squared in May 2021 as an Implementation Specialist. Sheridan graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2016 with an honors B.S. degree in microbiology with a minor in neuroscience. During undergrad, he contributed to numerous biological research projects ranging from Parkinson’s Disease genetics at the Mayo Clinic to hydraulic fracturing bioremediation at Oak Ridge National Lab and continued to work on environmental research projects at ORNL after graduation. Sheridan then attended graduate school at the University of Georgia where he completed an innovative research project on the viability of foodborne pathogens and shifting microbiota in fermenting foods. After graduating from UGA with an M.S. in food safety in 2019, he went to work at Land O’ Frost deli meat processor as a food safety supervisor. During his time at Land O’ Frost, he worked to incorporate most of the plant’s FSQ paperwork into an electronic database and digital tracking system. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the outdoors, watching the Tennessee Vols play, and drinking beers in new places.
Sinhue Baez, Software Development Manager
Sinhue is a software development manager for the CAT Squared office in Mexico. He leads the design of our system integration tools used by customers around the world and oversees the support of our .NET applications. Prior to joining CAT Squared, Sinhue served in software development roles maintaining applications, leading B2B integration projects and standardizing development practices and procedures with TATA, Bachoco and the federal government in Mexico.
Somkiat Kulklom, Implementation & Support Specialist
Somkiat joined the CAT Squared team in 2017 and supports our projects in Thailand. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science and 18 years of experience in information technology. Prior to joining CAT Squared, Somkiat worked for nine years in the poultry industry for Cargill Meat Thailand. In his spare time, he likes to play badminton, and he enjoys travelling.
Tanner Sullivan, Technical Writer
Tanner joined CAT Squared in 2016 as an intern and was officially hired as a full-time employee in January 2018 after officially graduating from UA Little Rock in the fall of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional and technical writing and a minor in information technology. Tanner is pursuing a Master of Arts in professional and technical writing and plans to finish his thesis in the fall of 2019. "I enjoy traveling, cooking, and getting to chow down on some good food. I have focused a lot of my education on learning about new technology and innovation. I hope that, by working with CAT Squared, I am able to continue that education and improve myself professionally."
Tyler Carroll, Technical Project Manager
Tyler joined CAT Squared in 2012 as our implementation specialist before being promoted to technical project manager in 2016. He now uses his experience to lead project implementations. Prior to joining the CAT Squared team, Tyler earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management information systems from the University of Central Arkansas. Tyler is skilled in business intelligence, software implementation, project management, communication, and project scope development. Outside of the office he enjoys travel and the great outdoors.
Will (Mingyang) Yu, Implementation Specialist
Will joined CAT Squared in 2019 as a member of the implementation team. He started college in China majoring computer networking. He then transferred to the University of Central Arkansas and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. He has experience with web development, IT support, supply chain management, and the food industry.