The vdR Group, Inc.

The vdR Group is partnered with industry leading software vendors to help their customers get the most out of their technologies.  We do this via a consultative and solutions focused approach that includes, workshops, implementations, application integrations, product development and ongoing support.   With nearly 30 years of industry experience, the Group has helped 100s of engineering, manufacturing and owner/operators and is used by over 220,000 users.

Fast Facts

  • Founded January 1986 and Privately Held
  • Engineering and manufacturing software solutions
  • Partner-based business model
  • Over 220,000 users of vdR developed technologies
  • Headquartered in Southern California
  • Over 25 employees with several celebrating more than 15 years

The Leadership Team

Martin van der Roest - President

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Martin has nearly 3 decades of experience in the systems and software development business. A majority of this time has been spent in the product lifecycle management (PLM) space with a specific focus on solutions for engineering and manufacturing organizations.

He has participated at all levels of the business including product development, implementation, and consulting. He has written for almost every industry magazine on the market and has been a regular speaker at several industry conferences. Today, Martin works closely with partners and other entrepreneurs in identifying and bringing to market value-add solutions.

Prior to founding vdR in 1986, Martin spent several years in the defense industry. This included time with the Department of Defense and Hughes Aircraft Company.  While at Hughes, he was selected as a “Hughes Fellow”.  His academic background includes a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University at Fullerton and the University of Southern California (USC) respectively.

 

Louis Salgado - Vice President and General Manager

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Louis is responsible for all operational aspects of vdR’s business which includes product development, support and services. He has been with vdR for over 25 years and has been involved in all areas of the business ranging from product sales and marketing, implementation and consulting.

Prior to joining vdR, Louis spent several years in the area of business computer systems sales.

He graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Business with an emphasis in Business Computer Methods.  Additionally he has completed course work for an MBA at Chapman University.

 

Jim Dodds - Professional Services Director

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Jim is the Manager of Professional Services for vdR. He joined vdR in 2006 and brings with him nearly 20 years of managerial experience from various industries including architecture, facilities management, and customer relationship management.

Jim has extensive experience establishing, developing and operating professional services delivery processes related to both off-the-shelf and custom enterprise management apps.

Prior to joining vdR, Jim worked as a senior business analyst in the customer relationship management field and was Vice President of a technical consulting firm specializing in enterprise Computer Aided Facilities Management system deployments and implementations.

"On the partner side of things, we work closely with the business development and sales teams and provide domain expertise and proposal development support." 

Complementing his professional experience, Jim also served as an adjunct professor at Woodbury University teaching Computer Aided Facilities Management. He received his MBA with an emphasis in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Facilities Planning and Management from the school of Architecture and Design from Woodbury University.

 

Hiep Tran - Solution Architect Director

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Hiep is responsible for leading and architecting the development of all vdR’s various solutions.   He has diverse experience ranging from product development for commercial use as well as custom software development to meet unique customer requirements.

Since joining the group in 1989, he has developed significant experience in engineering, manufacturing, and the AEC industry.   Hiep works extensively with enterprise search, enterprise content management (ECM), product data management (PDM), product lifecycle management (PLM), and CAD integration solutions.  He has a broad knowledge of configuration management, development technologies, standards and techniques, and software development processes.

"The success of an effort is measured not just on how well a solution is deployed but how well the solution is adopted by the user." 

He graduated with high honors from the University of Kentucky with dual master’s degrees in Computer Science and Operations Research, and from Bryan College in Tennessee with a bachelor’s in Mathematics.

 

Ben Desmarais - Technical Services Manager

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Ben is responsible for product quality and testing, documentation, release controls, training and customer support. He also provides his technical expertise on many of vdR’s products and professional services projects.

Since joining vdR in 1995, Ben has been involved in all levels of product development, implementation, consulting, and product/implementation support. With more than 17 years of industry experience, Ben brings extensive experience on various product data/lifecycle management (PDM/PLM), enterprise content management (ECM), and CAD products to vdR.

Prior to his current role, Ben served as Implementation Specialist at vdR, where he was involved in many of the Group’s PDM/PLM, ECM, and CAD Integration implementation projects.