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Jay Hall, General Manager

Jay Hall

General Manager

Jay has worked in the Wine Industry Software business as a product manager, wine industry ERP software business owner, software designer and business analyst, developer, and salesperson.
His career started with the Arthur Andersen Consulting practice. He then moved to the business application development business and eventually, in the late ’80’s, entered the wine software business.  In the early ‘90’s he was an owner and President of what he believes was the first Windows-based business application for wineries in the United States.  When that business was acquired by Orion, he took on product management of the WiMS suite of applications, and in 2011 he became the Orion GM.
He likes to talk about his past athletic glories in his spare time.

Robert Chown

Robert Chown

Senior Support Specialist, WiMS/POS

Robert’s dedication to his customers is legendary. In fact, he is so dedicated he didn’t have time to write this bio.

Chris Katsuda, Lead Developer, WiMS

Chris Katsuda

Lead Developer, WiMS

Chris is an experienced and dedicated programmer. He has been working with WiMS and its customers for over 8 years. In his free time he enjoys robotics, camping and sports.

Stephen Pimentel, Application Technical Specialist

Stephen Pimentel

Application Technical Specialist

Stephen’s broad IT knowledge and infinite curiosity allows him to quickly trouble-shoot and fix the myriad challenges that can come up in a day. When not working the support desk for Blend, WiMS and POSR, he is exploring the latest advances in computer learning and artificial intelligence.

 

Willie Huitema, Lead Developer, WiPS

Willie Huitema

Lead Developer, WiPS

Willie has a long history developing for IBM iSeries applications. His broad knowledge and particular interest in the wine industry makes him an invaluable resource for our enterprise scale customer using WiPS. When not at his desk, he enjoys week long treks into the wilderness.

Jason Curtis, Director of Product Development

Jason Curtis

Director of Product Development

Jason has had an abiding interest in wine since his college days (while his friends were buying shots, he was busy tasting Burgundies (and maybe some shots as well.)) This interest led him to move from Texas to California to pursue a career in the wine industry;  he kept himself busy working for DeLoach, Rodney Strong and Francis Coppola, with a focus on packaging, production and operations. When he joined the Orion team  he combined wine with his other passion: computers. When Jason isn’t busy helping customers and laying the roadmap for Blend’s future, he is struggling to keep up with his active family and still find time to read a good book.

Jason Jue, Lead Blend Developer

Jason Jue

Lead Developer, Blend

Jason joined Orion Wine Software in 2008 after spending five years working for Constellation HomeBuilder Systems, a partner company in the home building software industry.  He specializes in Microsoft SQL Server 2000-2008, Microsoft Visual Studios.NET, Visual Basic, C#, ASP.NET, Java, and JavaScript.  In order to gain a better appreciation for winemaking, tasting, and production, Jason and his wife have traveled to many wineries across California.  Some of his favorites are St. Clement in St. Helena and Justin in Paso Robles.  When he is not actively writing or editing code, he enjoys cooking and cheering for the Los Angeles Lakers.