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 at BP and Sara Lee Corporation and brand management 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. magazine's list of 500 "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. In 2014, he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Outside Alta Resources, Jim applies to philanthropy his inner passion and our Guiding Principle of Community. His community efforts include serving on the United Way Fox Cities Leadership Giving Committee and on the board of directors for the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Jim has also served on the board of Associated Bank Fox Cities and is currently on the board of Legacy Private Trust.
Also, for many years, Jim was involved with World Vision, having served on World Vision International’s board of directors and having been chairman of the board of directors for World Vision USA; World Vision is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to providing community-based relief and development programs globally. As former chairman of World Vision USA, as well as previous 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 children and grandchildren.
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 health care 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.
Kim Peterson | Senior Vice President and 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, health care and insurance, 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, followed by her current role in 2015). In her current role, Kim is tasked with leading Alta Resources' strategic platform, including growth strategy; corporate marketing; service lines; 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 | Senior Vice President
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, senior vice president of our California facility and senior vice president of care.
In 2013, Dave was selected to lead our vertical of health care and insurance, an evolving, dynamic industry. In that role, Dave develops and implements customer-engaging, metrics-driven programs for world-leading brands looking to improve insurance-plan enrollment (tiered support). He played a pivotal role in the development of our proprietary Alta Axis™ lead-management system for health-insurance clients. Dave’s immense knowledge of our organization and the marketplace has positioned him as a catalyst for continuous improvements, as he has conducted a Six Sigma-certified Green Belt project and other enhancements to our quality, processes and technology.
Pamela Weinhold | Senior Vice President | LinkedIn
Pam has amassed more than 26 years of proven experience in general management, strategic planning, marketing and new-business development, just to name a few. From 1985 to 2011, Pam held various strategic and leadership roles at Appleton Papers Inc. (now Appvion, Inc.), including vice president of marketing and general manager of global-thermal high-value business as well as vice president of global marketing of technical papers. Having served at the company’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, facility, Pam made the move to Wisconsin in 1992.
She joined Wisconsin-based Alta Resources in 2012 as a program director. In that role, she led various sales teams on behalf of global CPG clients and acted as a critical liaison between each client and Alta Resources. During that time, she also developed internal leaders and, by consistently producing results for our clients, helped us achieve our growth and profitability goals. In 2014, Pam was named vice president of CPG sales to fulfill a very important purpose: In her role, Pam worked alongside the vice president of CPG care to strengthen our industry-specific expertise in the growing CPG space, as well as to hone our focus on CPG-specific sales and care. In 2015, she was named senior vice president.
An avid traveler, Pam hopes to soon add more stamps to her passport. When Pam isn’t leading her team, you can find her on the sidelines cheering on her three active boys. A Pennsylvania native, she has enjoyed the Wisconsin life, yet is privileged to interact with brands from all over the world. She also enjoys investments, horseback riding and day trips to the spa.
Pam has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Six Sigma Green Belt in 2005.
Matt Nelson | Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer | LinkedIn
Matt’s active disposition aligns perfectly with his daily responsibilities as vice president of IT and as CIO, for he actively oversees Alta Resources' global IT operations, infrastructure and future-growth strategy. Versed in technology, operations and strategy execution, Matt has an extensive background in information systems — more than 13 years — and plays a major role in driving our technology and information initiatives.
In his eight-year tenure at Alta Resources, Matt has held various roles, including project manager, director of information technology and operations manager. Most recently, he spent three and a half years as the director of information technology infrastructure, giving him responsibility of, among others, a global team of engineers; technical strategy for computing infrastructure; and overall operations of secure computing resources, including network, servers and application-platform software. Prior to Alta Resources, Matt held information/technical roles at Miles Kimball Company and Thrivent Financial between 2001 and 2006.
Matt received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management information systems (MIS) from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He is a current member of the Association for Information Technology Professionals and Help Desk Institute. In addition, Matt is a frequent speaker for University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s MIS Capstone class and, similarly, has represented Alta Resources by speaking at technical conferences and tradeshows. Matt lives in De Pere with his wife Kim and daughters Ashlee (9) and Alexis (6).
Heather Owen Nigl | Vice President, Finance | LinkedIn
Heather Owen Nigl has increasingly assumed expanding responsibilities and has grown her career within the organization. Following her accounting internship while attending the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Heather formally joined Alta Resources in December 1998. After two years as corporate business analyst/accountant, Heather took on the role of senior corporate financial analyst, a position she held for nearly 14 years. During that time, she managed corporate compliance; financial audits, lending agreements and reports; client- and vendor-contract negotiations and reviews; and new-business pricing.
In June 2014, Heather became corporate controller, giving her accountability of our facilities and annual financial audit, among others. In just 10 months, she identified several areas of process improvements, including automating expense reports and developing a payroll-ticketing system focused on improving service levels for customers and employees. In 2015, she was named vice president of finance, putting her at the helm of finance and accounting for our global operations. Focused on maximizing efficiency and profitability across the organization, she oversees teams of security; facilities; and quality, which also includes our Six Sigma and workforce-management programs.
Having already received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Heather is currently working toward a master’s degree in the same field, with an emphasis on international business (to be completed in 2017/2018). She lives in Oshkosh with her husband and two daughters.
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 17 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 11-plus years, Lisa has headed Alta Resources' human resources, first as director and more recently as vice president.
In her current role, Lisa oversees Alta Resources’ global human-resources teams and strategy, including compensation, benefits, employee relations and performance-management programs. She also heads Alta Resources’ efforts for corporate-level recruiting, complete with employee onboarding, leadership orientation, retention and more. Lisa stays abreast of important topics such as employee rights and legal policies, as well as collaborates with other teams to create, execute and enforce internal policies pertaining to safety, security, compliance and more.
Lisa’s leadership resulted in a Juran Institute-certified Six Sigma Green Belt in August 2012 — a project that helped improve the efficiency and scalability of the recruiting process at Alta Resources. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, both at national and regional levels. Her involvement with student programs at area universities and colleges has been instrumental for career development among today’s aspiring business professionals; in fact, she played a key role in moving forward the current partnership between Alta Resources and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Business, resulting in the Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2014.
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.
Paul Loebbaka | Vice President, Fulfillment | LinkedIn
Paul holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management information systems and finance as well as an MBA, both from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. After graduation, Paul spent seven years with Kimberly-Clark Corporation in a variety of IT positions, including IT team leader and senior analyst programmer.
Paul joined Alta Resources in 2005 and spent his first seven years in a variety of strategic technology and telecommunications roles. Currently, he serves as vice president of fulfillment, where he is instrumental in cultivating client relationships and cementing fulfillment as a client service. Paul is a Six Sigma Green Belt who leverages Six Sigma and Lean methodologies to gain efficiencies and reduce fulfillment-related costs for both Alta Resources and clients.