People

Carsten Erickson

Co-Founder, CEO

Carsten co-founded Coolearth Software along with David Zimmerman in July 1997. With more than fifteen years of experience in the design, development, implementation, and support of manufacturing systems, Carsten has driven the vision and architecture of Coolearth’s Whistle SCE solution. Working with customer sponsors, Carsten designed and programmed the first version of Whistle in its entirety, and has overseen its direction with the continued growth of the company.

Before co-founding Coolearth, Carsten was a senior technical consultant at SCT Corporation (now Infor), where he helped Fortune 500 customers install, configure, and enhance the ADAGE ERP system. Carsten worked closely with process manufacturers in several industries, including food, beverages, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Carsten also worked as an independent consultant for Weyerhaeuser Company, where he supported computer and network infrastructures, and developed manufacturing software designed to run on touch-screen monitors and handheld barcode scanners.

Carsten studied Physics as an undergraduate at the University of Washington in Seattle. While a student, Carsten started his own companies providing Linux distribution and web-based advertising.

Michael A. Lea

VP-Business Dvlp. & Operations

Michael joined Coolearth Software in June 2003. An experienced software sales consultant with extensive knowledge and a demonstrated record of success as a solution architect for the technical and functional solution demonstrations of complex sales cycles for mid-market to Fortune 500 Food & Beverage, Chemical, CPG, and Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Clients.

Previous to this position, Michael also worked numerous years in procurement for major worldwide suppliers and manufacturers, and spent years focused on Continuous Quality Improvement (TQM) programs for manufacturing-centric operations and working throughout the Pacific Rim and Europe learning, developing and instructing on programs of Just-in-time (JIT), Lean Manufacturing/Production and overall improvement (“Kaizen”) philosophies/theories, practices and strategies.

Michael grew up in Central California, and has always been interested and involved in the many diverse aspects of food and beverage operations (including Viticulture), emphasizing product/process improvements and advanced technologies. Michael holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing, with a minor in Business Law and graduated with honors achieving his Masters of Business Administration in International Business from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.