Microsoft Dynamics GP community remembers Richard Whaley as educator, MVP

July 1 2014

The Microsoft Dynamics GP community lost a veteran member today. Long time GP consultant, author, and publisher Richard Whaley has passed away following a prolonged illness.

Richard Whaley
A photo collage of Richard Whaley | Credit: Leslie Vail 

Friends and colleagues from his many years in the Dynamics GP community disclosed the information today, following a report two weeks ago from Leslie Vail that his health had declined. According to Vail, he was sixty three years old today.

"He was a dear friend and I know he helped many of us on the Forum," Leslie wrote in her blog post disclosing the news. "He will be deeply missed."

Richard has been known in recent years for his work at his publishing house Accolade Publications, which has been one of the most prolific producers of Dynamics ERP and CRM books on the market.  Whaley wrote many books personally.

He has also been a fixture of the Dynamics event circuit, highly visible at the annual GPUG Summit and Convergence events. He was an energetic promoter of his company's latest titles, but he was also a respected presenter, frequently leading educational sessions for attendees. He could frequently be spotted in a bit of old-fashioned professorial garb and, in recent years, cruising the event halls on his Segway.

Whaley was one of the first Microsoft MVPs for Dynamics GP and was considered a subject matter expert and champion for manufacturing in Dynamics GP. He was also a senior consultant at Integrated Business Group, a GP partner in Florida.

Though the news of Whaley's death only began to spread a few hours ago, other Dynamics GP veterans who knew him well have been quick to recall fond memories of their relationships with him.

Mariano Gomez recounted an anecdote from 2008. An angry disagreement on a Microsoft newsgroup between he and Richard led to a phone conversation that Gomez expected to be difficult. But Gomez discovered that "he wasn't such the grumpy old guy reflected in his online persona". As they shared technical knowledge and met at conferences, their friendship grew.

"The only one regret I have is him not being re-awarded with the Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP award," Gomez wrote in an email today. "He was by far a brilliant mind and evangelizer of the product. Well, at least wherever he goes he will have quite a bit of Manufacturing to teach to others."

Bob McAdam, VP of Finance for at Dynamic Communities and another GP community veteran, noted in an email that Whaley had a significant impact on the GP space. He wrote: "I will miss this man who so easily educated me on the things I needed to know to constantly better my career, not to mention a caring friend.  He was indeed a good man as well as a good man to know."

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Victoria_l's picture

I found sad news about Richard Whaley who I know from his posts and blogs that helped me a lot in my work. I cannot believe that we lost him still. We will miss you greatly Richard. My prayers are for Richard's family.

cspanburgh's picture

Curt Spanburgh One Solution Group Dynamics CRM MVP First met him in 2006 at Convergence. Great Guy, but his passion and results he had on the industry made a big difference. His publications were truly detailed, in areas of Great Plains that many GP consultants feared to tread without Richard's provision of detailed understanding of the subject. Sorry to see him go but now he is in God's memory, and in ours.

MikeLupro's picture

Richard Whaley was a huge part of my professional success and his efforts to educate the world about Microsoft Dynamics are LEGENDARY. I am blessed these past several years being able to call Richard a friend of mine. I can’t count the times I’ve reached up to the bookshelf and snagged one of his Accolade Publications to thumb through it thinking: “I think Richard mentioned something about that….” And about 95% of the time that turned out to be true. I was able to find the reference and provide the needed feedback to my clients. Not ONLY that, but there hasn’t been a time when I’ve just found one of his many books, thumbed through it, and ALWAYS found some gem that I’d forgotten about or never even knew about. He will be missed - God rest his soul. Mike Lupro - MCP's picture

What a lovely, generous man with a delightfully quirky outlook. We use his reference manuals frequently, and I enjoyed seeing him at various GP gatherings. He was pure gold and will be greatly missed. Michelle McDonald

Luvs_GP's picture

He always put a positive spin on everything, even in his writing, he would point out features in manufacturing no one else would have found. In several cases in his manuals he wouldn't call out a "flaw" in GP, he would just point it out and offer a workaround or a solution. I too read and pack his books with me whenever I'm on a manufacturing consulting trip. We will surely miss him. Best to his family through this most difficult time.

rwheeler23's picture

It was with great sadness that I read of Richard's passing. Over the years we had exchanged emails and chatted at Convergence over several GP topics. He was a major contributor to the GP community. He will be missed and I offer my sincerest condolences to his family and friends. Richard E. Wheeler Microsoft 2014 Most Valuable Professional