Brandon Richards


Brandon joined Crestwood Associates as a senior systems engineer. Based in Minneapolis, he brings with him 10 years of Microsoft Dynamics GP experience and over 14 years of broad technology experience including SQL, Windows Server, Hyper-V, networking, Exchange and Office 365.

Prior to joining Crestwood, Brandon worked as Director of Information Technology for a high volume DVD distributor and as a Technology Consultant for the SMB market. Brandon graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in Management Information Systems and holds his MCSA.

Microsoft Dynamics GP knowledge and experience include:

  • Microsoft Dynamics GP installations, customizations, upgrades, and migrations
  • Responsible for planning, procurement, implementation, administration, and support of all IT functions including:
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP, SQL, Active Directory, Mobile, EDI, Office 365 and related products & services
  • Provide thorough remote and on-site consulting and support for 450+ Crestwood clients
  • Train end-users on functionality of Microsoft Dynamics GP and related products
  • Implementation of 3rd party solutions including integrations and data exports
  • Evaluation of client environments affecting ERP performance; including items such as hardware and networks
  • Virtualization migrations to increase application performance and create failover clusters to ensure a highly available infrastructure
  • Experience combining AD Domains and Exchange mail server migrations, as well as migration to Office365
  • Implementation of vSync EDI for both the SOP and POP modules in Dynamics GP
  • Reporting expertise in, Report Manager, Dexterity Reports, SSRS, FRx, Crystal Reports, and Management Reporter

Other areas of knowledge and experience include:

  • Engineer, install and support Microsoft Windows Server and Exchange environments Migration of technology from various servers and email platforms Implementation of technology & networking:
  • Servers, workstations, network infrastructure, VPNs
  • Windows Server, Exchange, SQL, Hyper-V Cluster, iSCSI/SAN, Networking, VoIP
  • Cisco products, routing, switching, VLANs, wireless, VPN, wireless
  • Wide variety of programming and scripting experience:
  • C++, COBOL, Visual Basic, HTML, VBScript, JavaScript, ASP, .NET, and ODBC connectivity

Education and Professional Certifications:

  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire - Magna Cum Laude
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Management Information Systems
  • Advanced Business Communications Certificate, University Honors Program