From frontline employees to back-office support, we’re all in this together. But every great team needs top-notch, professional leadership to lead the charge of strategy, performance and growth.
At Alta Resources, we’ve amassed an impressive senior-leadership portfolio — a collection of seasoned professionals with experience in marketing, sales, IT, business development, quality, care and more. With their credentials and résumés of proven experience, our corporate leadership has achieved for Alta Resources a track record of year-after-year success, moving us in the right direction for the long term.
Yeah, we’re going places. And by that we mean up.
Alta Resources’ Corporate-Leadership Profiles
Read executive bios profiling members of our senior-leadership team.
James F. Beré Jr. | Chairman & Chief Executive Officer | LinkedIn
Our fearless leader, Jim has been with Alta Resources from the beginning, having strategically built the company brick by brick. It all started with this Chicago native’s bachelor’s degree in political science from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Illinois, followed by a career in finance and marketing at Kimberly-Clark Corporation.
In 1982, Jim cofounded Ameritel Corporation before it was acquired by Convergys in 1990. Five years later, his entrepreneurial spirit carried over to the cofounding of Alta Resources. No longer just a vision but now a success-driven organization, Alta Resources, like Jim’s first company, was quickly named to Inc. 500’s list of “Fastest-Growing Companies in the U.S.” Jim’s 30-plus years of management, CPG and contact-center experience culminated in him being named the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year®” (2004) for his work with Wisconsin-based business and technology.
Outside of Alta Resources, Jim applies to philanthropy his inner passion and our Guiding Principle of Community. His community efforts include sitting on the board for Legacy Private Trust; serving the United Way Fox Cities Leadership Giving Committee; and being involved with World Vision®, which is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to providing community-based relief and development programs globally. As chairman of World Vision USA®, as well as board member and Finance Committee chairman for World Vision International®, Jim has traveled the world to study the impact of and possible solutions for neglect and poverty.
Today, Jim lives in Neenah, Wisconsin, with his wife, Sue. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his three children and two grandchildren.
Jim Goetz | President & Chief Operating Officer | LinkedIn
As Alta Resources has grown, a developing need has been the coordination of our service offerings in a new world of advanced, integrated technology. Reporting to the chairman and CEO, Jim Goetz leads our business-unit operations and supports our tremendous growth, especially among our targeted industry verticals: healthcare/health insurance, entertainment and consumer-packaged goods. Jim also ensures that the company’s complex business operations and service offerings are integrated globally, fully leveraging technology to further help our Fortune 500 clients reduce costs and drive revenues.
Jim joined Alta Resources in early 2013 from Ohio-based Convergys Corporation, where he served as chief information officer as well as general manager of its Global Technology Solutions. Prior to Convergys, he held executive roles at ServiceMaster and IBM Global Services. Jim holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Wheaton College.
Patrick Hawley | Chief Financial Officer
Possessing a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, as well as Master of Science (financial management) and Business Administration degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Pat has excelled through 20-plus years in finance and accounting.
Following a 14-year career as chief financial officer at ThedaCare, which is a leading healthcare system in Northeast Wisconsin, Pat joined Alta Resources in 2007. In his current role, he oversees finance; accounting; physical and network security; facilities management and procurement; and quality assurance, including Six Sigma and workforce management.
A strong community advocate, Pat frees his mind from crunching numbers by exercising and enjoying family time.
Steve Hyde | Chief Information Officer | LinkedIn
Steve leads Alta Resources’ global IT operations, infrastructure and future-growth strategy, having achieved a Six Sigma Green Belt as well as certification from Harvard Business School’s Management and Leadership. Prior to joining Alta Resources in 2011, Steve acquired a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in business and economics from St. Norbert College, along with a Master of Science degree in managing information systems (2000) and a Master of Business Administration degree in operations from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
During and after his schooling, Steve spent more than 17 years collectively in information technology, including project specialist at Dielectric, consulting supervisor at Kolb & Company, manager at Deloitte Consulting and manager at Capgemini. More recently, he was part of strategic leadership for multibillion-dollar staffing outsourcer ManpowerGroup, where he served as director of digital technology and services for the company’s operations in North America as well as completed Manpower’s Accelerated Manager-Training Program. But Steve isn’t all work and no play, as he is an avid wine connoisseur, golf fanatic, investor and active father of two boys.
Patrick Nicholson | Vice President, Business Development | LinkedIn
Pat, more commonly known around these halls as “Nic,” has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and personnel management from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He also has extensive experience in business development and sales-team leadership, as evidenced by his tenure at Whitehall-Robins (now Pfizer); there, he was part of field sales responsible for calling on key accounts' wholesalers and distributors.
In 1995, Pat joined Alta Resources as a program director for one of our sales teams. Today, he is an integral part of our growth strategy by developing relationships with prospects, maintaining a network of key business partners and leveraging our solutions to solve critical business challenges for Fortune 500 companies. Through his procurement efforts and knowledge of technology and processes, he has been closely involved with all our clients and verticals, as well as the solutions we use to serve them.
Pat balances his work with his family life and hobbies, such as running and sports fandom. An alumnus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, he bleeds Badger red and white, cheering his team onto football and basketball success. In the summer months, he follows baseball like a hawk, even serving on the NCAA® Baseball Division III Championship Host Committee in the Fox Cities as well as occasionally hosting out-of-town minor leaguers on behalf of our Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Dnyanesh Patkar | Entertainment/eBusiness | LinkedIn
Dnyanesh Patkar possesses more than 20 years of leadership experience in global consulting, technology, product development, acquisitions, financial services, and marketing and corporate strategies. At Alta Resources, he applies that experience to oversee, innovate and develop holistic solutions for our entertainment clients, as well as our order-to-cash e-commerce and back-office services, including document processing, finance and accounting.
Before joining Alta Resources in 2012, Dnyanesh was senior systems engineer at National Semiconductor, where he oversaw product management and technical marketing. He then served DiamondCluster International as senior manager, followed by principal for Infosys. When he joined multibillion-dollar transportation- and logistics-solutions company Schneider National, Inc. as director of technology strategy, he quickly emerged as a leader by being named director of corporate development; vice president of corporate development; and vice president of corporate development, architecture and analytics.
A Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders honoree in 2012, Dnyanesh has three degrees: a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. When time allows, Dnyanesh can be found golfing, traveling, or training for an upcoming marathon or triathlon.
Kim Peterson | Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer | LinkedIn
Kim Peterson offers a world of marketplace expertise, thanks to her 25 years in planning, marketing and corporate leadership. With tremendous business acumen, she has also demonstrated a deep knowledge of marketing-strategy development and execution for clients across a variety of verticals, including entertainment, healthcare and consumer-packaged goods.
In her early career, Kim was assistant vice president of product marketing for Associated Bank, followed by 10 years as regional director of marketing at Ministry Health Care. Following three years as vice president of marketing at Alta Resources, she served as chief market-development officer at Bellin Health, before joining Alta Resources again in 2008 as vice president of marketing (in 2013, she was named chief marketing and strategy officer). In her current role, Kim is tasked with leading Alta Resources’ growth strategy, corporate marketing, and business development among existing and prospective clients.
Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (marketing emphasis) from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. When time allows, Kim’s interests are golfing with her husband; journaling; and reading, often on her Kindle.
David Quandt | Healthcare/Health Insurance
Applying his Bachelor of Business Administration degree and an MBA in finance, both from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, Dave has amassed more than 25 years of experience in business-process outsourcing and the contact-center industry. In fact, along with Jim Beré, he is one of our founding fathers, having been with Alta Resources since its inception in 1995. Over the years, Dave has been a jack of all trades, serving as chief financial officer, vice president of human resources and senior vice president of our California facility.
Most recently, Dave was senior vice president of care, a role that gave him responsibility for developing and implementing customer-engagement solutions as well as overseeing metrics-driven programs on behalf of world-leading brands. Dave’s immense knowledge of our organization and the marketplace has positioned him to be a catalyst for continuous improvements, as he has done through a Six Sigma-certified Green Belt project and other improvements to our quality, processes and technology.
David Richter | Consumer-Packaged Goods | LinkedIn
If Dave could be gifted with any super power, he’d want to pick up a book and immediately possess an understanding of its contents. That wish is representative of his constant pursuit of knowledge and success, as he has demonstrated time and again at Alta Resources. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, Dave Richter secured a position as sales representative at Alta Resources. Over the next 14-plus years, he immersed himself in our culture and success, even completing a Six Sigma Green Belt project.
Our organic success story, Dave was eventually named managing director of customer care and, later, vice president of sales, a role that enabled him to develop relationships with clients in a variety of industries as well as improve B2B and B2C sales success for many brands. In his current role, Dave oversees our consumer-packaged-goods vertical, developing programs inclusive of holistic, multichannel solutions so that brands can efficiently grow and streamline their programs.
Dave applies his on-the-job leadership to being the front man for a local band. In fact, his musical and vocal talents nearly put him on national TV, after finishing a close second in an original-song contest. In his free time, Dave enjoys microbrews, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, attending Milwaukee Brewers games, golfing and spending time with his family.
Lisa Schulze | Vice President, Human Resources | LinkedIn
Lisa’s role sits at the crossroads of people and business, where she advocates a happy, healthy, safe workplace for the benefit of employees and employer alike. A veteran of human resources, she possesses more than 16 years of experience, which was jump-started with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.
Shortly after graduation, Lisa became a personal banker at Associated Bank and quickly advanced into an employee-relations role there. Next, she secured a position as human resources generalist at McCain Snack Foods, which included recruitment, overall employee relations and assisting the company through its transition from Anchor Food Products. For the past 10-plus years, Lisa has headed Alta Resources’ human resources, first as director and more recently as vice president.
In her current role, Lisa is responsible for everything, from employee relations and performance-management programs to the creation and execution of policies. She also heads our efforts for corporate-level recruiting, complete with employee onboarding, leadership orientation, retention and more. Part of her responsibilities are staying abreast of sensitive topics such as employee rights and legal policies, as well as collaborating on the creation and enforcement of internal guidelines pertaining to safety, employee behaviors and more. Lisa’s leadership resulted in a Six Sigma Green Belt in August 2012 — a project that helped improve the efficiency and scalability of the recruiting process.
Lisa is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, both at national and regional levels. When she’s not busy making Alta Resources a great place to work, she spends times with her son and husband, perfecting her equestrian talents riding horses, reading and camping.