Management Team

Philip Laney

Philip Laney

President & CEO

Philip Laney  became B&L Information Systems' President in May of 1999, after serving as Manager in the Client Services and the Business Development Departments. His 25 years in the software business and his customer-focused background give him a unique perspective in today's business environment. Philip is second-generation ownership.  His father, Dick Laney, founded B&L in 1976. 

After implementing Philip's team management philosophy of running the business, B&L has led the way in business innovations including market changing products such as Odyssey (B&L's Windows-based product), Odyssey SaaS (Software as a Service) in 2009 and Odyssey evolution to a Web UI (User Interface) in 2015. Philip has been published in Die Cast Engineer, Modern Castings, and Foundry Management and Technology; and he is a sought-after speaker for various industry events. Philip also serves on the board of the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce.

Philip earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University. In his spare time, Philip and his wife Becky enjoy traveling, golf, boating as well as attending their 3 children's varied acitivities. 

Doug Hinman

Doug Hinman

Senior Vice President - Research & Development

Doug joined B&L in 1989 as a Software Development Engineer. As Vice-President of R&D, Doug has lead the technological innovations from B&L including: Odyssey, Intelligent Views, Odyssey Shop Floor Manager, and Odyssey Software as a Service (SaaS). Doug is also responsible for all software enhancements and development which includes Odyssey SaaS, Odyssey, and BLIS-400.

Doug has over 30 years experience in programming, design, and management. He has a degree in Computer Programming from Davenport College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Matt Gacek

Matt Gacek

Vice President - Business Development

Matt Gacek is responsible for all aspects of marketing and sales including revenue and market share growth, partnerships and alliances, corporate identity and new product initiatives.

Since joining the firm in 1997, Matt has held positions of increasing responsibilities. In 2008, Matt was instrumental in developing the business model for B&L's Odyssey Software as a Service and its very successful launch. Matt has spoken to several groups about Software as a Service and Cloud Computing including Progress Exchange and various AFS chapters. Matt continues his passion, drive, and openness to new ideas by heading up B&L's re-branding campaign and the design and release of B&L's new website and on-line community.

Prior to joining B&L, Matt was a Production Manager for Zenith Data Systems. He received his degree in Business Management from Saint Joseph's College. In his spare time Matt enjoys weightlifting, boating, fishing and hanging with the family.

Joe Harmon

Joe Harmon

Vice President - Technology & Support

Joe Harmon became B&L Information Systems' Vice President of Technology in 2011 with responsibility for B&L's technical and technology issues. In 2014, he added the Customer Services Department to his team and lead them in creating B&L's new Rapid Support documents. Joe joined B&L in 2001 as a Software Engineer. He has been instrumental in the design and development of Odyssey, Intelligent Views, Supplier Portal, and the new Odyssey Web User Interface. Joe is recognized for his creativeness and innovative thinking.

Joe has over 25 years experience in development and design. He holds a degree in Business Management from Indiana Institute of Technology, lives in La Porte, Indiana, spends his spare time leading worship at his local church, and is married with three children.

Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas

Vice President - Administration

Ron Thomas joined the firm in 1996 as a project consultant. In 1997 he moved into the Controller's position. Ron's background includes working as a financial analyst for the foundry group of a flow control manufacturer, and also as a financial analyst for an automotive supplier. In addition, Ron has worked in sales for a mainframe manufacturer, and he has worked in cost accounting in the office furniture and truck manufacturing industries.

Ron has his CPIM from APICS, his CMA from IMA, and an MBA from Indiana University. Ron lives in South Bend, Indiana, and spends his spare time bicycling, golfing, basketball, house renovations, and learning to play the guitar.

Kristine Craft

Kristine Craft

Vice President - Professional Services

Kristine Craft heads up the software implementation team and oversees all client training, including creating new training programs as well as the curriculum for B&L's annual users' conference, Spectrum, which is B&L's premier customer event.

Within B&L, Kristine is known for her client-focused training innovations and striving to implement new customers in a consistent manner by developing internal materials and more training to help consultants. Since assuming the management of the Professional Services Department in early 2014, Kristine has been responsible for the creation of the Odyssey Accounting Class and the Odyssey Web User Interface Class as well as revamping the class manuals.

For the 2014 Spectrum, she brought shop floor data entry to life with the MetalCasters' Room where attendees directly interacted with Odyssey's Shop Floor Manager as if in a production mode on a variety of display devices commonly used in production environments.

Prior to joining B&L as a Project Consultant in 2005, Kristine was Accounting Manager at Plastic Masters, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations from the Indiana Institute of Technology and in 2010 updated her focus on financials with a Certificate in the Fundamentals of Cost Accounting from the American Management Association. In her spare time Kristine enjoys golfing, walking, biking, cross country skiing, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.