Director, BBRT North America
Managing Director, Beyond EPS Advisors
The Player Group
Steve Player serves as the North America Program Director for the Beyond Budgeting Round Table (BBRT) and works with BBRT member companies to implement continuous planning processes.
He has over 30 years experience with improving performance management and implementing strategic planning processes. He is also the Managing Director of Beyond EPS Advisors, a Business consulting firm, and founder of ABM SMART.
He is the co-author of Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting and Beyond Performance Management as well as five other books. He writes the “Finance Transformation” column for Business Finance Magazine featuring CFO interviews from leading organizations on innovative finance and planning processes
Vice President, Principal Analyst
Bryan Ball is the vice president and principal analyst for Aberdeen’s Supply Chain and Supplier Management research practice, responsible for developing Aberdeen's research coverage within the practice and delivering findings via published works, speaking engagements, on-line events and media interaction.
With over 30 years of supply chain, operations and materials management experience acquired across multiple product lines and serving several markets, including retail, wholesale, commercial, OEM and private brand customers, Ball brings a high level of knowledge and insight on the challenges and opportunities facing supply chain practitioners worldwide.
Ball’s career encompasses a range of experience areas including system implementations, startup operations, consolidations, and outsourcing, all while delivering value in the form of cost reductions, improved inventory turns and enhanced efficiencies attained through process improvements. His professional accomplishments cover a wide range of disciplines including sales and operations planning, risk mitigation, strategic sourcing, product sourcing, change management, purchasing management, cost reduction, and lean manufacturing.
Office of Finance Subject Matter Expert
Dean works closely with Sales and Solutions delivery teams to ensure that our Finance Performance Management (FPM) solutions are best aligned to address enterprise or industry-specific business issues and challenges, as expressed by the Finance Executives at our clients.
Dean is a California CPA. Prior to joining IBM, Dean worked for 12 years in Big-4 consulting firm where he led a regional Data Management Advisory group, and later a Strategic Finance Consulting Group. As a strategy consultant, he helped several Fortune 1000 Clients design and implement enterprise-wide finance transformation strategies, including new technology deployments. Dean was also a Business Unit Controller for Media and Entertainment Company, and a VP for a Real Estate Investment Management Firm.