SmartDog Leadership TeamOur Experts, Your Friends.
Scott Elequin is the President of SmartDog Services and is responsible for overall operations. He defines his primary role as “understanding what our customers need and bringing those things to market.” SmartDog’s current business model reflects his vision and leadership, both of which are always focused on the customer.
Scott engineered the transition of DCC Services into SmartDog Services and coined the phrase “The Oracle Customer’s Best Friend” to describe the relationship he envisioned between the organization and the Oracle community. His vision was realized when SmartDog was awarded Top Oracle Partner (four times), the Titan Award, and the Oracle Excellence Award. As an Oracle customer and consultant, Scott believed that organizations could do more with Oracle if only they had the tools. By communicating this vision to his team of experts and giving them the means and opportunity to bring it to life, he has been proven right again and again.
A native of Austin, Scott’s free time is spent playing basketball with his kids, working on old broken sports cars, and volunteering in his church and in his community.
Garth Hernandez is the Chief Operating Officer at SmartDog Services. In this position he manages the daily operations and long term strategy of the financial, human capital, recruiting, information technology and legal functions of SmartDog. Additionally, he oversees the operational support provided to the sales, consulting and management organizations.
Garth brings more than 25 years of delivery and management experience in the professional services industry. He is driven to provide ever-improving service levels and processes that deliver valuable services to SmartDog Services’ customers. This approach has allowed SmartDog Services to achieve rapid growth while maintaining high customer satisfaction levels.
Garth joined SmartDog Services in 1994 and has served in a variety of technical and business management capacities. Garth graduated from Louisiana State University in 1988 and began his Oracle career while working for Texaco in New Orleans. His duties at Texaco included Oracle database administration, development and project management. With Texaco, Garth was the project leader for several major exploration and production initiatives. During that time, his team received the corporate IT Quality Award for their work with Oracle technologies.
Garth and his wife, Stacy, are the proud parents of two boys, and his personal interests include spending time with his children by participating in their hobbies and fishing anytime he can find a nearby lake.
Mihir Patel is the Chief Technology Officer at SmartDog. He joined the company in 2008 and is responsible for managing Technology and Remote Delivery Services. This includes database administration, applications technology and remote functional support teams. Mihir has extensive experience in the design, development, implementation and operational management of complex Oracle ERP systems.
Prior to SmartDog, he was responsible for developing and delivering the strategy for a single global Oracle ERP on Dell Linux RAC. He helped design, benchmark, implement and support one of the world’s largest single global Oracle ERP systems.
Currently he works with over 200 customers defining, managing and scaling their operations to meet strategic business objectives. His talents and experience are most obvious when he is engaging with the leadership team at a client site on their Oracle Roadmap and ensuring successful delivery of their high-priority initiatives.
Mihir describes himself as an “avid audio and videophile.”
Deb brings more than two decades of recruitment and talent management expertise in the Oracle partner eco-system to SmartDog. She has deep expertise in talent acquisition, development and retention and easily pivots from providing guidance to executive teams on talent acquisition and HR strategies, to rolling up her sleeves and recruiting the talent necessary to scale organizations. In her role at SmartDog, she is committed to attracting bright, passionate and highly driven individuals to join our team and to perpetuating our collaborative and team based culture. In prior roles, she has led and directed talent acquisition, development and retention programs in the professional services arena, supporting teams in the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia and the United Kingdom.
Michael Foret is the Sr. Director of Database/Cloud Infrastructure and has been with SmartDog for over 14 years. He is a detail oriented, Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) with over 22 years of industry and Oracle consulting experience. His career began as an Oracle PL/SQL programmer for the State of Florida, followed by 8 years of Oracle consulting consisting of implementing and upgrading Oracle’s flagship products, Oracle RDBMS and E-Business Suite going back to version 7.3 of the database and 10.7SC of the application. He has been responsible for the Oracle Infrastructure Managed Services at SmartDog for the past 12 years, and oversees a global 24x7 team supporting client’s mission-critical systems. Originally from South Louisiana, but residing in North Florida, Michael enjoys spending time outdoors boating and fishing, and enjoys traveling in the RV exploring new areas with his wife.
Al Veach is the Vice President of Sales at SmartDog. He is passionate about working with leadership at SmartDog to enhance customer install-base delivery and has developed a sales model with the goal of providing clients with a long-term strategic approach to managing Oracle E-Business Suite and technology environments.
Keith brings more than 25 years’ experience helping companies use ERP applications to improve their processes and productivity. Keith has worked exclusively with the Oracle Ebusiness Suite the last 18 years. A manufacturing and distribution consultant at heart, Keith has worked in a wide variety of industries leading projects to implement key modules in the Supply Chain Management, Financial Reporting, Value Chain Planning and Project Management suites within EBS. Keith enjoys helping Oracle customers find new ways to utilize the tools and technology they have invested in.
Prior to rejoining SmartDog Keith led a practice for Oracle Consulting, helped found a consulting company and managed large and complex Oracle EBS projects on a contract basis. Key recent clients include a provider of debit cards, an international coal miner, an international manufacturer of medical products and a cruise ship line
Sushil Motwani is the Director of Cloud Infrastructure at SmartDog. Sushil has about 24+ years of experience as an Oracle SME, with hands-on experience on the complete Red Stack of Oracle, from Hardware to Software and the Oracle IaaS/PaaS Cloud.Sushil Motwani has a Computer Science Engineering Degree from the University of Bombay. Over the last few years, before joining SmartDog Services, Sushil has lead Oracle and Microsoft teams to proactively deliver to their customer’s technical roadmaps and provide newer/better solutions to improve technical delivery in the long run. At Oracle, Sushil worked with Advanced Customer Services for 6+ years leading some of Oracle’s largest premier customers as a Technical Account Manager. Sushil has also worked as a Director of the DBA Practice for a well-known Managed Services Provider in the Boston area from 2007 to 2009. From 2001 to 2007, Sushil worked at Harvard University as their Oracle and Microsoft SME and lead multiple technical implementations as part of their central IT team.
Sushil has several hobbies, with his favorites being singing Indian music and working out with a group of like-minded friends. He is actively involved with several social service activities, with a very strong belief in “Love All Serve All”, and spends most of his free time to fulfill his beliefs with his wife and two daughters in the lovely town of Andover, MA.
Paul McCarthy is the founder and chairman of SmartDog Services and is responsible for management. He founded the company and managed the operation until 2004. He was personally responsible for growing the organization from nothing to $34 million in annual sales and was named Louisiana Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology in 1999.
Paul no longer plays an active role in the day-to-day activities of the organization, but his influence and leadership are still felt. He and his wife, Sherry, live in Mississippi with their two dogs, Heidi and Mandy, and a cat named Tabby, all strays who are now living a life of luxury.
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