Softrend has a strong management team leading the company. Great companies are created with great employees and Softrend has some of the best.
President and CTO
Michael is President, Chief Technology Officer, founder and senior architect of all software solutions at Softrend. Michael attended the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Mathematics at the age of 20. His studies included a minor in Computer Science, Programming and Accounting.
Michael has been involved with computer software for most of his life. His strong love of programming caused him to seek employment in the software industry back in 1981 when the PC was still a mostly unfamiliar object to the general public. He proceeded to work for software firms involved with accounting software, where he quickly gained an understanding of the design of accounting systems and realized that there was much room for improvement in their power, flexibility and ease-of-use. In 1997 he started a Research and Development firm, and after meeting Sandy Milne, founded Softrend Systems Inc.
As the founder of Softrend, Michael’s duties include Senior Management issues as well as the guiding of all products toward technical excellence.
Richard (Yanping) Hu
Senior Project Manager
Richard has over 17 years’ experience in POS and Accounting System development, including GL, AR, AP, Inventory Control, Job Costing, Asset Management, BOM and Reporting Tools. Richard previously developed one of the largest networked Hotel Management Information Systems in China, which was awarded a Certificate of Scientific and Technology Achievements from The Science and Technology Commission of the People’s Republic. He led the team that developed Asdion, a ERP system that is now capturing a growing market in Asia.
In 1998 he was promoted from Software Engineer to Manager for Software R & D at Techtron Integrated Systems (S) Pte Ltd, Singapore; and in 1992 was a Director of the Computer Centre for ShenZhen Petrochemical RAYBO Industrial Co. Ltd., in ShenZhen, China. He was Deputy General Manager, Xian HITEC International Electronic and Computer Co. Ltd, of Xi’an, China. He was also a Guest Scientist at US National Institute of Standard and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD, USA in 1987. He has extensive experience in China and is very familiar with government polices and the Chinese business environment, having previously set up a branch office in China and successfully developed that market.
Richard’s duties at Softrend are as Senior Project Manager responsible for Foundation 3000™ installation, development and support, and he is spearheading the company’s China initiatives.
Laurie Robertson, CPA, CMA
Controller; Director of After-Sales Services & Customer Training
Laurie is a Chartered Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in financial and IT management for enterprises in a variety of industries. These include Financial Services, Manufacturing, Printing, Customer Service and Distribution. Laurie draws on this and her extensive customer skills to manage and direct Softrend’s finance department and our Customer Support team. She has developed our User documentation including our User Manual, and her input has proven to be invaluable in helping our customers achieve full actualization of Softrend’s products within their IT and finance departments.
Mustafizur (Ripon) Rahman
Senior ProgrammerRipon came to us from Bangladesh. His programming experience includes mobile devices, iPhone and iPad app development, web sites and vast database and C++ programming experience. He has worked on barcoding, mobile cell phone projects, complex web applications and he is indespensible to us in so many development areas. Currently Ripon is spearheading our web store, barcoding, iPhone and iPad initiatives. Ripon also liaises with our offshore programming team on our behalf.