Biographies - Alta Via's Principal Partners
Dawn Sedgley, founding principal, has been a leader and subject matter expert in ERP design, implementation, testing, and advisory capacities for over 15 years. Ms. Sedgley has experience in both the private and public sectors within the areas of Budgeting, Planning, Management Accounting, and Effective Enterprise Management. Dawn Sedgley’s mission for Alta Via Consulting, LLC is to remain at the forefront of advanced strategic and managerial accounting practices within sophisticated ERP environments. Her vision for Alta Via has been realized by fostering the company’s international reputation and developing a team of highly specialized consultants.
Key aspects of Ms. Sedgley’s role include, but not limited to, operating as project lead and knowledge consultant for full-lifecycle system integration projects; conceptual design; business process re-engineering; implementation of best practices; managing various projects and project teams simultaneously; and, in-depth business case analysis. By performing and monitoring these events, Ms. Sedgley successfully addresses our client’s corporate and project expectations, through sound recommendations and effective enterprise optimization solutions.
Dawn’s expertise in managerial accounting and SAP systems led her to co-author The 123s of ABC in SAP, published by Wiley in 2001. Graduating from Purdue University, Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Planning, and completed her MBA, with concentrations in Logistics & Transportation and Information Systems, from the University of Tennessee in 1992.
Christopher (Chris) Jackiw, principal member of Alta Via Consulting, is responsible for managing operations, strategic alignment, and partner development. Mr. Jackiw’s experience covers the application of advanced cost management concepts that includes RCA (Resource Consumption Accounting) analysis, business processes, activity-based costing, and establishing performance measurements. In 2001, Mr. Jackiw co-authored with Alta Via Consulting partner Dawn Sedgley, The 123s of ABC in SAP; a valuable reference book for ERP implementations in the SAP-CO environment. Mr. Jackiw has been involved with integrating cost concepts into client-specific implementations, using cost management systems from vendors such as SAP AG; macs Controlling™; and Jedox-Palo BI Suite™ for over fifteen years.
By combining his analytical insights of advanced cost concepts with his base knowledge of customizable software tools, Mr. Jackiw has had the pleasure of consulting for a wide cross-section of industries. These industries range from manufacturing to professional service firms, including several federal governmental agencies. Over the span of his consulting career, Chris has made several presentations including SAP’s Sapphire FI-CO Conference; CAM-I’s Public Sector Conference; Institute of Management Accountants’ Annual Conference; and other AICPA presentations. He also is actively engaged as a member at the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) and a board member of the RCA Institute.
Chris Jackiw, a Chicago native, graduated in 1989 from Northern Illinois University’s College of Business and has obtained both his CPA and CMA designations. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Chris leads a very active personal life raising his three young sons along with his wife of almost twenty years.
Anton van der Merwe
Anton van der Merwe, principal member of Alta Via Consulting, has specialized in ERP system implementations with an emphasis on management accounting and decision support for over twenty years. Anton has been actively engaged in advancing managerial accounting principles in the cost management field and has published numerous articles, most notably the Case for RCA series, the Management Accounting Philosophy series and the Debating the Principles series. His consulting and implementation experience covers several generations of SAP systems, to newly developed open-source BI application tools such as the Jedox Palo BI Suite.
Mr. van der Merwe was instrumental in the conception of Resource Consumption Accounting (RCA) and was a CAM-I’s Bonsack Award Recipient in 2006 for his contribution to management accounting. Mr. van der Merwe is currently a member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) task force working on a principle-based good practice guide for management accounting, and is co-authoring a Statement of Management Accounting (SMA) publication with Dr. B.Douglas Clinton, Professor at Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL) for the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) that outlines the same need for a managerial accounting principle-based theme. Anton van der Merwe also currently serves as an Editorial Board member for Cost Management magazine.
Anton van der Merwe holds the following academic qualifications with an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Baccalarius Commerci (B. Comm) in Economics, and an MBA from the University of South Africa. The latter included a thesis that entailed an international research project into 180 companies on the German management accounting approach – Grenzplankostenrechnung (GPK).