Gary Harpst - Chairman
As founder and chairman of Solomon Cloud Solutions, Gary took the initiative to ensure that the Dynamics SL (formerly known as Solomon) product line would continue to survive and thrive. By starting Solomon Cloud Solutions, Gary and the leadership team were able to retain the intellectual capital that originally developed Dynamics SL and related solutions.
In 2000, Gary started Lead First (formerly known as Six Disciplines). With corporate headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, they operate through a growing network of licensed coaching and consulting organizations, which offer the Lead First strategy execution coaching program to hundreds of small and mid-sized organizations throughout the U.S. Gary has also authored two books: Six Disciplines For Excellence: Building Small Businesses That Learn, Lead and Last and Six Disciplines Execution Revolution: Solving the One Business Problem That Makes Solving All Other Problems Easier.
Prior to Solomon Cloud Solutions and Lead First, Gary was a co-founder of Solomon Software and led that organization for 20 years. In 20 years, Solomon installed more than 60,000 systems in small and medium-sized businesses around the world and grew to be one of the industry leaders in its market. Gary was named four times to the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting" by Accounting Today magazine and holds an honorary Doctorate from The University of Findlay.
Jack Ridge - Board Member
Jack Ridge currently provides facilities direction for Lead First and serves as Lead First's contact in community ministries.
Jack is serving on the board of Lead First, Solomon Cloud Solutions, and Champions for Life Prison Ministries, as well as Basor Ravine Ministries.
Jack was a co-founder of Solomon Software where he served in various Facility and Production related roles.
He and his wife Judy are the parents of Jacquie and Jim and grandparents to seven grandchildren.
Vern Strong - Board Member
Vern Strong is the CEO of Solomon Cloud Solutions and Beyond Software, and also is a principal in Lead First and oversees their technology and software development processes.
As a co-founder of Solomon Software, Strong served as senior vice president of software development for 20 years. In 20 years, Solomon installed more than 60,000 systems in small and medium-sized businesses around the world and grew to be one of the industry leaders in its market.