Meet the IT professionals that will teach your RPG Boot Camp sessions.

Patrick Behr | Jim Buck | Ray Everhart | John Fellner | Scott Klement

Kody Robinson | Max Valdman

Patrick Behr

Patrick BehrPatrick Behr has been working on IBM i and its predecessors for 20 years, with a focus on RPG and DB2. Patrick has worked for large retail companies like Costco and Starbucks, manufacturing companies, small businesses and the government.

Patrick lives with his wife in Southern California and enjoys the many outdoor activities that the area affords, including kayaking, rock climbing and surfing. He and his wife also volunteer for local animal rescues and have fostered more than 700 dogs so far.

Jim Buck

Jim BuckJim Buck’s career in IT has spanned more than 35 years, primarily in the manufacturing and healthcare industries, in addition to teaching at the collegiate level. He is a past President (13 years) of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association ( and has served on a number of teams developing IBM and COMMON certification tests. Jim has co-authored with Bryan Meyers many IBM i books that are used in companies and colleges worldwide, with “Programming in ILE RPG” 5th Edition being the latest in 2015.

Other accomplishments include: recipient of the 2007 IBM System i Innovation – Education Excellence Award, 2014 COMMON President’s Award and recognition as a 2013/2016/2017 IBM Champion – Power Systems.

Jim is an independent consultant and professional IBM i trainer. He is active in the IBM i community, working to help companies train their employees in the latest IBM technologies and helping develop the next generation of IBM i professionals.

Ray Everhart

Ray EverhartRay Everhart is Senior IBM i Analyst and X-Analysis Product Manager for Fresche Solutions. He has spent years helping IBM i companies by assessing their RPG, COBOL and CA 2E (Synon) applications and processes to improve business outcomes. As Product Manager for X-Analysis, he works closely with IBM i customers to understand their business goals and technical needs to drive innovation within the product suite.

John Fellner

John FellnerJohn Fellner is an independent software development consultant for the IBM i and Windows platforms. For many years he did software development and support at the IBM Toronto Lab in the AS/400 / iSeries / IBM i RPG Compilers and Developer Tools area.

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Scott Klement

Scott KlementScott Klement is a Product Developer at Profound Logic Software and is well known as both an author and speaker in the IBM i community. Scott is a passionate advocate for RPG on the IBM i platform and enjoys teaching tips and techniques to other developers. His efforts to help programmers have earned him many accolades and awards. In 2012, IBM named Scott an IBM Champion for Power Systems.

Kody Robinson

Kody Robinson is a Business and Financial Systems Developer for AECC, headquartered in Little Rock, AR. He started his IBM i journey right out of undergrad at the age of 21. Kody develops and modernizes old and new applications for internal clients using languages ranging from RPG free-format to PHP. Along with his day job, Kody also travels and advocates for IBM and COMMON in regards to companies modernizing and hiring young developers in the work force. IBM has also named him an IBM Champion for Power. In between that, helping with nonprofits and finishing up his masters in Information Science, he also does Economic Development for Central Arkansas.

Max Valdman

Max ValdmanMax Valdman is an IT professional with an MBA and BS in Mechanical Engineering and over 20 years of IT experience, primarily in the Consumer Goods industry. He is currently an IT Manager for the world’s largest hammock manufacturer, The Hammock Source. Max is an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Group of IBM i Collaborators – MAGiC ( and serves on the Advisory Committee of HarrisData, an enterprise software application company. Max and his family are enjoying the climates of Eastern North Carolina and Greenville, home of the ECU pirates.