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When it comes to software development, Kevin has a significant track record of both development and leadership on a myriad of software and related development projects and system solutions, from basic report writing and query optimization to predictive analytics and machine learning. He is a Microsoft certified professional with a certification in business intelligence. In addition to business intelligence, a large portion of his career has focused on data-oriented projects that have transformed rapidly-growing companies systems and processes, especially companies who find their growth quickly outpacing their legacy systems’ capacity.
After graduating from Penn State, Kevin began his career ten years ago as a reporting developer for TetraData, a small, Greenville-based company specializing in the educational market. At TetraData, Kevin first worked in business intelligence, writing reports about student performance for school districts, taking into account various factors including demographics, individual student progress in relation to other students, and individual student progress in relation to previous years. In later stages of his time at TetraData, he built the data warehouses to load and store information from multiple reporting systems into their product and worked in research and development, building and repairing the systems themselves.
From TetraData, Kevin moved on to a tech start-up, where he worked for a year. Once again, his main job had to do with data, extracting information from multiple places into one data warehouse. However, since the company was a start-up, he wound up wearing many different hats.
“I did some web scraping, some web site development, whatever the company needed,” he explains. “Most importantly, I learned a lot about business, which prepared me for my work with Kopis. I had a boss who was remarkably transparent about business operations, about what was working and what wasn’t. I learned how to not waste time doing things that didn’t return value for the company.”
In 2011, in an opportune turn of events, Kevin began working for Kopis as a developer.
He recounts, “The start-up that I was working for began to shut down development a couple of months after we found out my wife was pregnant with our first child. We had put a lot of time and money into development and needed to push sales and marketing for the products we’d made. Fortunately, my boss knew Andy Kurtz well and set up a lunch meeting for us. At the end of the meeting, Andy asked me if I had a couple minutes to meet one of his biggest clients.We went over to their office together, I met the clients, and Andy put me to work with them immediately. I thought we were just having a casual lunch interview. He thought I was starting work.”
At Kopis, Kevin came full circle back to his first love, specializing in business intelligence. He has recently been promoted to Chief Operations Officer and is responsible for making sure that the company runs efficiently and profitably, that they exceed client expectations by delivering high-quality, high-value solutions, and that they stay true to the budget guidelines, time frames, and quality control that they set with clients. In short, he uses business intelligence to make sure that the Kopis team works well together. He has been using technology to support others in his position for years, and he believes that his experience building data systems from the ground up enriches his management style and helps him communicate with his team more effectively.
Kevin credits his work at Kopis with igniting a passion for community involvement and education. In the past few years, he has mentored three Greenville Tech Charter High School students, helping them complete senior projects in software development, database management, and business analytics.
While at Penn State, Kevin was part of a men’s volleyball team that went to the National Championships. Now, he coaches club teams at the high school level and previously served as an assistant coach at Wofford College. In 2015, his 17 and under team won the AAU National Championship in the premier division. He is an avid fan of all Pittsburgh sports, especially the Penguins and the Steelers, and gets outdoors to play golf in the enviable South Carolina sunshine as much as time and two toddlers will permit.
Dear Valued Customers and Friends,
We know the next few weeks, possibly months, will provide an unprecedented challenge for our clients, partners, friends and fellow local businesses. We want to make sure everyone is aware that despite COVID-19, Kopis remains stronger than ever, fully committed to providing the absolute best to those who have placed trust in us.
Kopis has complied with CDC recommendations, and have asked all employees to work-remotely during this outbreak. Our full team of over 40 technology experts are still working diligently on your projects, meeting important deadlines and remain dedicated to having a positive impact on your businesses. All meetings will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams. Our team members are available during regular hours and available to answer calls and emails as usual.
It’s a time of unity, and Kopis is proud to stand by our clients and help them continue to meet their goals through the challenges ahead. We remain grateful to our community, proud of our nation and hopeful for the future ahead in Greenville, South Carolina’s emerging tech scene.
We remain open. We remain fully equipped. We are here for you as you navigate these waters.
Andrew Kurtz, CEO
Kevin Wentzel, COO
Adam Drewes, GM of the ERP Division