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What attracted you to Nonprofit HR?
It is a great consulting firm with highly credentialed consultants and a mission that is easy to get behind.
What is your favorite aspect of talent management?
Staying abreast of the latest trends.
What led you to a career in business systems/business management technology?
Fate. When I enrolled in college, my intention was to be a meteorologist for the U.S. Air Force. By the time I graduated, I was an English major with a keen interest in business. I earned an MBA and worked for several firms in the accounting department. In 2001, I joined an architecture firm as a finance manager, working in the Atlanta office. A few years later, the company decided to upgrade their software and wanted me to be a part of the team to implement it. As such, they moved me and my family to Omaha, Nebraska and I played a lead role in getting that software system set up for them, then stayed on for 10 years to manage the software system for them. During this time, I worked for the IT department instead of the accounting department. As an accountant who was working in the IT department, things weren’t always easy, but I learned a lot about a lot of different things.
When I looked for a new job in 2013, I had developed the skills to get hired with Deltek (the software manufacturer of the software I had managed for 10 years). Things clicked immediately and I was quickly promoted to Principal Consultant, working with hundreds of different clients using the same software. I was with Deltek for eight years before joining Nonprofit HR. Now, here I am working at as a ERP manager again. So, to sum up, I did not choose this career; it chose me. ????
“I read everything I could get my hands on—fiction, non-fiction, biographies. I really love learning new things.”
What is the coolest thing you’re working on right now and why?
Influencing change around an ERP implementation. It is exciting because of the potential huge impact to the business.
What is your favorite part of your position?
The ability to influence change and recommend best practice for a wide variety of business practices, from timesheet administration to key metrics, from budgeting to approvals.
What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?
I read everything I could get my hands on—fiction, non-fiction, biographies. I really love learning new things.
Which two people would you like to have brunch with and why?
My parents. I am an only child and have always been really close with them. I still call them everyday. Lately, I have not been able to spend much time with them face-to-face and would love to get together for brunch.
What is a fun fact about you?
I have been to 48 states and 17 countries.
What is your favorite quote?
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb
Bob Johansen serves as an internal subject matter expert for the firm’s business management technology, partnering internally with users on set up, training and troubleshooting. He works collaboratively with firm leadership to understand business needs and identify opportunities to best utilize Deltek to achieve identified business goals. Read Bob’s full bio.